From the showrunner of the original, Vikings: Valhalla creator Jeb Stuart has one goal: to make it feel nostalgic.
Valhalla was picked up by Netflix in 2019, taking the property away from History, where the original Vikings ran for five and a half seasons before ending on Amazon Prime Video in season 6.
Despite production delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, two seasons of the spinoff series have been completed, with the huge 24-episode season 1 set to premiere on Netflix on February 25, 2022.
Vikings: Valhalla is technically a sequel to the popular History series, although it is set 100 years after Ragnar Lothbrok’s raid into England and other distant places. It will follow characters such as legendary explorer Leif Eriksson (Sam Corlett), his sister Freydis Eriksdotter (Frida Gustavsson), Emma of Normandy (Laura Berlin), and king Harald Hardrada (Leo Suter) as they clash with English royals during the conclusion of the Viking Age.
Valhalla promises brutally violent battles and uneasy politics, as is traditional for the Vikings story, which Executive Producer and original creator Michael Hirst wants to be timeless.
Stuart, who is best known for his work on Die Hard and The Fugitive, recounts a talk with Hirst about the spinoff series and what he wanted viewers to take away from it in an interview with Polygon. Stuart was told by Hirst that the series should have a nostalgic air to it. “I [knew] what he meant immediately,” Stuart adds, despite the cryptic warning. Stuart added that he wanted people to reflect on both seasons and think of the “purity of that moment” when things were as simple as “killing Saxons.”
Read the whole of Stuart’s quote below:
“I [knew] what he meant immediately. The goal of the show is that, as we move from season to season, there’s parts of it we’re going to have to give up. So my goal would be, at the very end, that you suddenly look back on this incredible period of time of both shows and say, ‘Wow, it was really good when they were just killing those Saxons. I miss the purity of that moment.'”
In some ways, the original Vikings series achieves this nostalgic effect by great pacing throughout its narrative, which makes Ragnar’s clan’s deadly raiding in season 1 feel like a distant memory.
This kind of plotting may happen with Valhalla, as Stuart hinted to when he mentioned giving up sections of the show in later seasons. From the events of the St. Brice’s Day Massacre, which occurred after the death of King Edward the Confessor, to the Battle of Stamford Bridge, which marked the end of the Viking Age, there are surely many major events for fans to ponder and later look back on.