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The Vikings: Valhalla trailer offers a thrilling look at the Netflix spinoff

Who’s ready to return to Kattegat?

Sadie Gennis is the managing editor of Polygon. She’s been covering TV and entertainment for nearly 15 years, with her work appearing in TV Guide, Variety, and Vulture.

It’s been less than a year since Vikings concluded its six-season run on History, but fans won’t have to wait much longer before returning to the action-packed world. During Netflix’s Tudum event on Saturday, the streaming service shared the official trailer for Vikings: Valhalla, a new spinoff from Vikings creator Michael Hirst. The first look provides a thrilling look at the new ensemble of warriors, explorers, and rulers determined to make their mark on the world.

Set 100 years after the events of Vikings, Valhalla stars Sam Corlett as Leif Eriksson, the famed explorer who, according to Viking lore, sailed to North America five centuries before Christopher Columbus. (Though, in the flagship series, Floki [Gustaf Skarsgard] and Ubbe [Jordan Patrick Smith] journeyed there a century before even that.)

Vikings: Valhalla will chronicle the adventures of other legendary Vikings from history, including Freydis Eriksdotter (Frida Gustavsson) Harald Hardrada (Leo Suter), and the Norman King William the Conqueror, a descendant of Rollo (Clive Standen). Rounding out the cast are Laura Berlin as the ambitious Emma of Normandy, Bradley Freegard as the Danish King Canute, Johannes Haukur Jóhannesson as Harald’s half-brother Olaf; David Oakes as the English counselor Earl Godwin, Caroline Henderson as the Kattegat Jarl Haakon, Pollyanna McIntosh as the Danish Queen Ælfgifu, and Asbjorn Krogh Nissen is Jarl Kåre.

Though Vikings: Valhalla takes place long after Ragnar’s time, the spinoff will be closely connected to the original series through shared locations and the incorporation of the legacies and mythologies laid out in Vikings. Valhalla will even see a few of the original actors return, such as John Kavanagh as the Seer.

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