The creator of Vikings has revealed why it was time for the series to come to an end.
Inspired by the sagas of Viking Ragnar Lothbrok, the historical drama series launched in 2013 and the final season premiered earlier this week.
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Vikings creator Michael Hirst recently spoke to GameSpot about his reasons for wanting to end the show.
He commented: “I knew in a global sense where I was ultimately going. And it was very satisfactory, in a way, when we came to what I knew was going to be by the last season.”
Hirst explained: “I also felt that I’d said as much as I had to say really about Vikings, you know? I started off and I was fascinated by their culture and beliefs, and I wanted to overturn all these prejudices and cliches about them. And [then] I fell in love with these major characters.”
He added: “Often my days and nights for seven years were filled with Vikings. You know, I would write [until] 12 o’clock at night, I commuted to Ireland every week. It was time to conclude the saga.”
Fans can return to the world of Vikings in 2021, however, with a brand new sequel series set to premiere exclusively on Netflix.
Vikings: Valhalla is set 100 years after the events of Vikings and it’s filming right now.
Netflix Originals executive Channing Dungey has promised “heart-pounding, unstoppable action rooted in rich characters and dramatic storytelling that shines the light on family, loyalty and power.”
Every episode of Vikings is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.