After six seasons and seven years on the air, the historical drama Vikings will be coming to a close. The second half of the final season, referred to as “Season 6B,” which will consist of ten episodes, will be airing this December in a rather unusual way.
Following a deal with Amazon, Season 6B of Vikings will be released in its entirety via the Amazon Prime Video streaming service on December 30, 2020. It will be available for viewers in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, and Austria. To watch the season, you can either purchase a subscription to Amazon Prime Video or binge watch during a 30-day free trial period.
Following its debut on Amazon Prime, Season 6B of Vikings will air on its original network, History Channel, sometime in 2021. So far, it has only been confirmed to be airing on History in Canada. It is not yet known whether History will air it in the US or any other countries.
Michael Hirst, who serves as both executive producer and writer for the series, expressed excitement regarding the deal with Amazon. He described Season 6B as “some of [his] all-time favorite episodes” and was happy that streaming audiences would get a chance to watch them.
This move comes due to the History Channel wishing to focus on miniseries, rather than ongoing programs such as Vikings.
Vikings began in 2013 as the story of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), a real life Viking ruler whose deeds had been immortalized in several sagas. Later seasons shifted to focus on Ragnar’s children as they journeyed to far-off locations including England and the Mediterranean. The main cast of Season 6B will include Alexander Ludwig as Bjorn Ironside, Alex Høgh Anderson as Ivar the Boneless, and Jordan Patrick Smith as Ubbe among others.
Following the conclusion of the series, a sequel, Vikings: Valhalla, will be developed for Netflix. It will take place approximately a century after the original Vikings series, and will focus on the adventures of famous Norsemen including Leif Erikson and Harald Hardrada.