Fans of utterly ridiculous beards and large sharp things rejoice! History Channel announced today that they will be renewing Vikings, their quietly very popular scripted series, for a fourth season. Production on the next season is scheduled to start in the coming months in Ireland, with creator Michael Hirst (The Tudors) supervising production. Considering the fact that season 2 of Vikings has five episodes left, it would seem the cast and crew will be heading over to Ireland for the next season before this season is even done.
Dirk Hoogstra, executive vice president and general manager of History, made the announcement about Vikings Season 4, saying:
“Vikings has raided the hearts of both audiences and critics, establishing itself as one of the most compelling, visually stunning dramas on television…we are so proud of our immensely talented cast and crew led by Michael Hirst, whose intriguing storylines and pivotal arcs have the perfect balance of scope, smarts and bloodshed to keep our loyal fans watching and wanting more.”
The next season of the series will likely continue to follow Travis Fimmel’s Ragnar Lothbrok—still one of the best names to enter the modern television lexicon—alongside Rollo (Clive Standen), his brother, and Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), his ex-wife. That being said, there’s no guaranteeing anything, as the third season hasn’t finished and this isn’t exactly a series where characters don’t die. In fact, considering the diseases that were roaming around in the time of King Ragnar, it’s pretty surprising that any of the characters are still breathing at this point in Vikings.