Netflix has ordered a spin-off Vikings: Valhalla series set 100 years after the bloody events of the original drama.
The streaming giant wants to carry on the success of the popular History channel drama with Valhalla, with Die Hard and The Fugitive writer Jeb Stuart acting as show runner.
Netflix said the series “concludes and dramatizes the adventures of the most famous Vikings who ever lived — Leif Erikson, Freydis, Harald Harada, and the Norman King William the Conqueror (also a Viking descendant).
“These men and women will blaze new paths as they fight for survival in an ever-changing and evolving Europe.
“This is the explosive next chapter of the Vikings legend.”
Meanwhile Michael Hirst, who created the original Vikings series, said: “I am beyond excited that we are announcing the continuation of our Vikings saga.
“I know that the millions of our fans across the globe will be thrilled by the belief being shown in our show by MGM and Netflix.
“Jeb Stuart, a truly wonderful writer, will bring new story lines and a powerful visceral vision to stories about some of the most famous Vikings known to history.”
The spin-off announcement comes as the original series gears up for its sixth and final season on History.
Channing Dungey, vice president of original series at Netflix, added: “Vikings: Valhalla promises to be everything that fans love about the franchise: heart-pounding, unstoppable action rooted in rich characters and dramatic storytelling that shines the light on family, loyalty, and power.”
Vikings premiered in March 2013 and it was announced in January this year that the sixth season would be its last.
The show is inspired by the sagas of Vicking Ragnar Lothbrok, a legendary Norse hero.
Ragnar goes from a farmer to a Scandinavian King thanks to his successful raids in England.
The later series also follows the fortunes of his sons.
The final series of Vikings premieres on December 4 on History.