History Renews New Drama VIKINGS For a Second Season

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History has a scored a few big ratings hits this season, and though its first scripted drama Vikings has not even finished its inaugural run, the cable network has already renewed it for a 10-episode second season.  According to the network, Vikings has been the #1 new cable series in 2013 in terms of viewership, even in its competitive Sunday night slot, averaging around five million viewers.  I reviewed the series as it first aired and found it compelling, especially in the weeks before another gritty period drama, Game of Thrones, returned — although Vikings certainly has its own merits.  Hit the jump for more.

vikings-season-2Dirk Hoogstra from the History Channel said of the program,

“Vikings is a win win for us. As our first scripted series, VIKINGS has paid off in a big way with critical acclaim, strong ratings and a passionate, loyal fan base. It came out of the gate strong and has stayed on top, solidifying HISTORY as a major player in the scripted genre, just as we are in reality. We could not be more proud of the entire cast and crew and everyone involved in the making of VIKINGS. Michael Hirst has captured audiences with his complex, compelling characters and brought the unknown, epic world of these warriors to life. Season Two will begin production this summer to air in 2014.”

Vikings‘ success and renewal shows that cable channels, even ones just starting out with scripted content like History, are leading the game when it comes to quality programming.  The restricted number of episodes for each season also allows much tighter storytelling.  Vikings is not just full of action, but has a  compelling emotional aspect too, with high production values.  Though Vikings’ story is a trip to the past, its model is one for the future.

Vikings stars Travis FimmelGabriel ByrneKatheryn WinnickJessalyn GilsigGeorge BlagdenClive Standen and Gustaf Skarsgard. The series airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on History.

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  • sloan

    Cool, Vikings is a good original show and it’s a nice companion to GoT,

  • Facade

    Vikings is a must watch for me!

  • REALLY?

    Started off a bit slow but last two episodes have been money in the bank – really happy to hear this news

  • GunsOfNavarone

    Bloody love this show. Couldn’t be happier.

  • dogg

    I like the show until it gets weird. Like “I just murdered all your friends, now babysit my kids and screw my wife”. WTF was that all about?

    • Shaney

      I thought I was the only one that was like totally wtf, That was the last episode of Vikings I have watched and honestly I don’t think I might revisit the show till say the end of the season or maybe even just drop it for good.

    • GunsOfNavarone

      Ragnar spares his life, the priest knows that he can leave at any point but would die if he did as he’s in the middle of nowhere. He’s also a man of god and so abandoning children wouldn’t be god’s work. In many real world scenarios, captives have often grown a forced affiliation / solidarity with the person imprisoning them. This is the way I see it. If you stopped watching it from that point on, you’re missing out.

  • Shaney

    I thought I was the only one that was like totally wtf. That was the last episode of Vikings I have watched and honestly I don\’t think I might revisit the show till say the end of the season or maybe even just drop it for good.

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