Sprawling drama Vikings has been renewed for a sixth season, before its fifth has even premiered.
The Irish – Canadian co-production will return for 20 more episodes in S6, with filming to begin soon.
“It has been my pleasure and my privilege to work with History and our partner MGM over five seasons and 69 episodes of Vikings,” said the show’s creator Michael Hirst. He also teased that the sixth season “will deliver a huge and unexpected revelation to our audience.”
Season 5 begins in the US in late November for 10 episodes with a new character, Bishop Heahmund, played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The second half is due in 2018.
Vikings airs in Australia on SBS.