The Northsmen are ready to start raiding again. Vikings Season 5 has wrapped up filming a few months after Season 4b aired its game-changing finale episode. To celebrate, executive producer Morgan O’Sullivan talks about the critically-acclaimed period drama on History.
Season 5 Enters Post-Production
The cast and crew behind Vikings Season 5 have been hard at work for the continuation of the story of Ragnar Lothbrok’s (Travis Fimmel) children. The series started filming in Ireland last year immediately after the fourth season wrapped up.
The next 20 episodes will now enter post-production before it is ready to air on television later this year. History has yet to announce a release date.
The show’s schedule has been a mess since last year when, after the popularity of the series, the network was encouraged to double the episode order to 20. All previous seasons premiered around Spring. Season 4 aired its first episode on Feb. 18 last year and then, after ten episodes, had a mid-season hiatus that ended on Nov. 30.
However, it has only been a few months since the fourth season finale aired. Fans will likely have to wait a little longer for all new episodes. Word on the Internet claims that Season 5 will premiere some time in November.
Raising The Bar
Fans are not the only ones who are excited to see Ivar the Boneless (Alex Hogh Andersen) and his brothers back on television. Executive producer Morgan O’Sullivan also talked to IFTN to discuss the new season.
He revealed that after five years of storytelling, Season 5 will raise the bar. O’Sullivan revealed that the series filmed not only in his native home Ireland but also in Morrocco and Iceland. It was unsurprisingly a logistical nightmare, but one that they were able to handle.
“You can imagine if there are 700 people working here then you’re hiring another group of people in Iceland and Morrocco,” he explained. “Having people go from here to Morrocco and Iceland and then you’ve still got people that have to manage the show in Ireland […] It’s as big as Braveheart, which is amazing for a TV series.”
The executive producer also talked about the historical accuracy of the series. While the show features familiar heroes such as Ragnar and Lagertha, screenwriter Michael Hirst added his own magic into their stories.
After all, as O’Sullivan pointed out, they are not in the business of creating a documentary. While they have a brilliant researcher working alongside Hirst, the primary goal is to entertain.
But that does not mean that it is all fiction; the executive producer thinks it is necessary to be as accurate as they can because history was written from the point of view of Christians. They were portrayed as villains who raped and pillage.
“We have to entertain first and then hopefully we would inform,” he stated. ” [I]f we inform people enough they will go in search of the information themselves.”
Vikings On Camels
O’Sullivan talked about raising the bar in terms of quality, but he also promised that viewers will see new things from the Northsmen in Vikings Season 5. For one, he mentioned that the warriors who have started expanding their world by exploring uncharted territories will find themselves riding camels. He boasted that, while it would be fun to do, it is also historically accurate. “Viking did all these things, they went to all of these lands,” he said.
Moreover, he does not see the show ending in Season 5. He told the publication that Vikings artifacts were unearthed in North America. Hopefully, in the next seasons, they will be able to explore the warrior’s journey to North America.
Vikings Season 5 will star Katheryn Winnick as Lagertha, Clive Standen as Rollo, Gustaf Skarsgard as Floki, Alexander Ludwig as Bjorn, Moe Dunford as Aethelwulf, Jordan Patrick Smith as Ubbe and Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Bishop Heahmund.
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