Figuring out the rhyme or reason behind Netflix’s decision to either cancel or renew an original series is a fool’s errand, but there are at least some high-profile exclusive episodes that are given the opportunity to end on their own terms and can we add now Vikings: Valhalla to the list.
The sequel to the popular History Channel historical series was announced from the start for a 24-episode order, which of course depended on how the bloodthirsty story of revenge and power was received by subscribers. Needless to say, the total 11 weeks in the global top 10 in the first and second chapters justified its existence, but the end is near nonetheless.
There were no guarantees for this, though Valhalla Netflix and creator Jeb Stuart have decided to call it quits as Netflix would even consider continuing for a fourth season or beyond. The filmmaker made an official statement about this IGN.
“I am so grateful that I had three seasons to tell the stories of Leif, Harald and Freydis. I knew from the start that I wanted to show the evolution of how three of the most famous Vikings became the icons we know today, and that’s exactly what we did.
I hope that when audiences watch the new season, they will be amazed by all the new heights we have reached with these heroes. When we began this project five years ago, I worked hard with this incredible cast and crew to create a journey that we all hoped would be satisfying.
Of course, with real historical figures there are always more aspects of their lives that could be explored, but story-wise it made sense for the journeys of our Leif, Freydis and Harald to end with our third season. And we can’t wait for fans to see the conclusion of this chapter of the story.”
The door was definitely open for further adventures based on both the positive response from critics and audiences as well as the huge ratings, but Vikings: Valhalla will be buried at sea after the end of the next few episodes, although at least the series wasn’t canceled early.