Sad news came overnight from Hollywood. Netflix announced that Vikings: Valhalla will not be renewed for a fourth season. 

The timing of this news could not be worse for all you history buffs (and fans of all things Vikings related, especially the TV series). 

This announcement comes at a particularly unfortunate moment, as the world, along with us here at The Viking Herald, eagerly awaits the release of the highly anticipated third season on Netflix this week. 

According to the show's creator, Jeb Stuart, he had only glowing words to say for the fact that he was given "three seasons to tell the stories of Leif, Harald, and Freydis." 

Stuart spoke of how the show had evolved in his aim to show "how three of the most famous Vikings became the icons we know today..." 

Seasons 1 and 2 drew critical success and popularity for their exhilarating blend of historical fact and artistic license and for bringing the daily lives of the Norse, and Anglo-Saxons to smartphones, tablets, and screens the world over. 

Not a bad feat for Stuart and his crew, given that most of the world nowadays has an attention span lasting microseconds. 

The show has been loved the world over, achieving an unprecedented Rotten Tomatoes rating of 95% - some of the best ratings the Vikings have ever received since their first appearance in the early medieval period. 

This historical drama reimagines the turbulent era of the Danelaw, casting light on the strategic power struggles and cultural exchanges that defined the Viking Age. Source: Netflix, screenshot (Copyright, fair use)

Vikings' spiritual legacy 

Premiering on Netflix in 2022, Vikings: Valhalla picks up more than a century after its spiritual ancestor, Vikings, which aired on the History Channel. 

It focuses on the tense relationships among different Norse groups, including Vikings, living in the 11th-century Danelaw and its surrounds. 

The show's creator, Stuart, had hoped to ride on the popular Viking resurgence, knowing that the history of the Vikings is rich with tall tales and high drama. 

Unlike some other seemingly similar shows like Last Kingdom, Vikings: Valhalla prominently features strong female leads, such as Freydis Eriksdotter (portrayed by Swedish actress Frida Gustavsson). 

It also introduces characters previously known only to well-versed Viking historians, including the Pechenegs and Emma of Normandy. 

Moreover, it includes episodes in which characters travel to exotic locations like the Byzantine Empire and the Kievan Rus

For those wanting to start at the beginning, we have published a handy season-by-season overview of Vikings, available to read here.

More information on Vikings: Valhalla (Season 3) is available from Netflix here.

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