History has picked up a 10-episode third season of the hit drama series, "Vikings," it was announced today by Dirk Hoogstra, EVP and General Manager, History & H2. Created and written by Michael Hirst, the renewal comes just four episodes into "Vikings'" second season. Six new episodes remain in the current season airing Thursdays at 10 p.m. with the season finale slated for Thursday, May 1 at 10 p.m.
Production on season three will begin this summer to air in 2015.
"'Vikings' has taken viewers by storm and has established itself as one of the most compelling, visually stunning dramas on television. With its large, passionate and loyal fan base, 'Vikings' has cemented History firmly in the scripted series genre, just as we are the leaders in reality television," said Hoogstra. "We are incredibly fortunate to have such an enormously talented cast and crew led by Michael Hirst whose intricately woven storylines vividly brings the unknown, epic world of these Norsemen to life. Season three promises to immerse viewers even deeper into the exploits of these fearless warriors who are willing to risk it all for conquest and power."
MGM Television brought the series to the network and brings "Vikings" to global audiences, as the worldwide distributor outside of Ireland and Canada.
"'Vikings' is an epic story brought alive by a talented creative team. We are delighted by the support 'Vikings' receives from History and their audience, as well as from our partners and fans around the globe," said Roma Khanna, President, Television Group and Digital, MGM.
"Vikings" centers on Ragnar (Travis Fimmel), a restless young warrior and family man who longs to find and conquer new lands across the sea and claim the spoils as his own. Now he is an Earl, with more power than ever before, his desire to sail west and explore new kingdoms remains unquenchable.