From a media release:
#Slay. HISTORYâ€™s critically-acclaimed original seriesÂ VikingsÂ returns with all-new episodes to a new night and time,Â WednesdaysÂ atÂ 9 p.m. ET/PTÂ beginningÂ November 30. This fall, the riveting series welcomes Toronto Blue Jaysâ€™ third baseman and American League MVP Josh Donaldson, making his acting debut asÂ Hoskuld, a Viking warrior. With more than 7.6 million Canadians* tuning in to the first half of Season 4 last spring,Â VikingsÂ slayed the competition, earning top spot as the #1 Series across Specialty and remains HISTORYâ€™s #1 Series of the year.**.
Earlier this season, a humiliated Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) disappeared after being defeated by his brother Rollo (Clive Standen) in a monumental battle in Paris. The series then took an enormous leap forward during the midseason finale, time-jumping to a new era in its charactersâ€™ lives. In the midseason premiere (Wednesday, November 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT), Ragnarâ€™s reappearance in Kattegat triggers a chain of events no one â€“ except the Seer â€“ could have ever imagined. He unexpectedly arrives home to see what has become of his sons, and to handle unfinished business in Wessex with King Ecbert (Linus Roache). Meanwhile, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) plans a power play in Kattegat, and Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) prepares to fulfill his long-held dream to explore the Mediterranean in a sleek new boat built for him by Floki (Gustaf SkarsgÃ¥rd).
This fall, fans can also delve into the next installments of the in-depthÂ Real VikingsÂ documentary series. First,Â VikingsÂ creator Michael Hirst, actor Clive Standen, and a host of experts sort through historic accounts, Icelandic sagas and archaeological discoveries to gain insight into the real lives of Ragnar Lothbrok and his famous sons, Bjorn Ironside and Ivar the Boneless inÂ Real Vikings: Ragnar and His Sons. Then, from shield maidens and sorceresses, to queens and slaves,Â VikingsÂ stars Katheryn Winnick and Alyssa Sutherland join leading experts to reveal the different roles women played amongst Norse society inÂ Real Vikings: Viking Women.
Fans can catch up on past seasons ofÂ VikingsÂ onÂ HISTORY.ca, HISTORY on Demand, HISTORY Go app, shomi, and iTunes.
Hirst serves as executive producer along with Morgan Oâ€™Sullivan of World 2000 (The Count of Monte Cristo,Â The Tudors), Sheila Hockin (The Tudors,Â Penny Dreadful), John Weber of Take 5 Productions (The Tudors,Â The Borgias), Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer and James Flynn (The Tudors,Â The Borgias).
VikingsÂ is an international Canadian/Irish co-production by Take 5 Productions and World 2000. HISTORY broadcasts both domestically in Canada and the U.S. MGM Television is the worldwide distributor outside of Ireland and Canada.Â VikingsÂ is produced in association with Corus Entertainment.