The History Channel has begun to make a name for itself producing original dramas appearing as period pieces. At the forefront of their new productions is the surprise hit Vikings, which should begin its fifth season in late 2017. Filming is already complete. The show is known for its hard-hitting action scenes, deep family relationships, and devious political plots. If you’re wondering “Is Vikings on Netflix?”, you’re in the right place.
Release date on Netflix: Season 4 – July 17th in Australia and New Zealand
Director: Ken Girotti, Ciaran Donnelly, Jeff Woolnough, etc.
Runtime: 44 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.7
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%
Vikings is an authentic period piece that mixes true history with dramatic license. It centers around the adventures of the family of Ragnar Lothbrok, a semi-fictional hero considered the father of the Viking culture and several lines of Scandinavian kings. The story also follows the kings of ancient England near the end of the Anglo-Saxon period, including the struggles between Wessex, Northumbria, and Mercia.
Ragnar himself is played by Travis Fimmel, and his estranged wife Lagertha by Katheryn Winnick. Several of Ragnar’s sons are key to the plot, as is his brother Rollo, played by Clive Standen. The show has an extended cast, many based on historical people.
The show is loosely based on real history, though many of the characters are fictional or composites. It places Ragnar’s brother Rollo as the Rollo who founded the Duchy of Normandy, though there was at least a century between the two events. Several of the major seasonal story arcs include the first Viking raids on England, before it even became a united kingdom. They also tell the story of the Viking sack of Paris, ruled by the grandson of Charlemagne.
Throughout the series, political and family intrigue set the tone. Betrayal, followed by forgiveness, followed by betrayal once more is sometimes the pattern, but it is done with a heart and realism that appeals to both fans and critics. There are also well choreographed battle scenes that show both the tactics and the brutality of the time with a good deal of accuracy. Show runner and writer of all 69 episodes is Michael Hirst, also known for his involvement in other period series like “The Tudors” and “Elizabeth”.
Vikings season 5 will be released on the History Channel in late 2017, and there is a lot of speculation about where it is headed. The last season ended with the death of Ragnar in a way much like ancient tales claim. His sons appear to be uniting to create what was known in English history as “The Great Heathen Army”, which invaded the island in 865 AD. The true history of that event is fairly well documented. Many fans are looking forward to seeing how the story treats it, or if Duke Rollo of Normandy will play any part.
The trailer for season 5 hints at all these possibilities.
Is Vikings on Netflix?
The answer to that question is both yes and no. In the United States, it only streams on the History Channel and on HULU. Because of the conflict in those rights, Netflix USA no longer carries any season of Vikings. However, Netflix in other countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the UK all have Vikings currently available, including Season 4. Season 5 will be available once it is finished on the History Channel.
So, if you want to watch the latest season of Vikings on Netflix, this is only possible if you live in Canada, the UK, Australia, or New Zealand. If you live in the US, you can catch the series on the History Channel or HULU. It is a fantastic watch, perfect for all-day binges. Be sure to check it out on whatever service you have.