History’s Vikings is set to begin the second half of its fifth season later this year, and the network dropped a visually striking trailer to herald the return of Ivar the Boneless and his warring brothers. The series has been going strong for several years now, and although the most recent season was the first without Travis Fimmel as Ragnar Lothbrok, his ostensible replacement, Alexander Høgh, as Ragnar’s bloodthirsty son Ivar, has been as magnetic a presence, though for completely different reasons.
Season 5 has more or less been about Ivar’s pursuit of power, even against his own brothers, whom he’s demonstrated time and again he’s more than happy to do without. At the end of the midseason finale, Ivar’s efforts saw him emerge victorious as the new ruler of Kattegat, having displaced Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) and ensured his half-brother Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig) has set his sights on revenge. And if the new trailer is any indication, the last 10 episodes of season 5 will feature some of the most impressive battle sequences the show has put on yet.
The new trailer and premiere date came during the show’s panel at Comic-Con 2018 in Ballroom 20. And along with a surprisingly lengthy look at what’s in store for the warring Lothbrok clan, it also featured the return of Ragnar’s brother Rollo (Clive Standen), which no doubt was a nice way to cap the announcement off. Though Standen’s participation in season 5 had been announced some time ago, Rollo’s future on the show may be subject to change now that NBC’s Taken has presumably gained entry into Valhalla.
The return of Rollo aside, Ivar’s reign has taken the series to some interesting and incredibly violent new places. Ivar’s relationship with his brothers has been so brutal it makes the on again, off again sibling rivalry between Rollo and Ragnar look positively Gallagherian by comparison. And that enmity looks to be a boon for Ludwig’s Bjorn as well, as his wanderlust has seemingly been quelled by a need to win back Kattegat and exact a little payback on behalf of his mother.
The trailer begins with an ominous foretelling by The Seer (John Kavanagh), who seems to think Ivar’s rise to power herald’s dark times ahead for all the people of Norway. At any rate, that certainly raises the stakes for the back half of season 5, though fans will still have to wait quite a while.
Vikings season 5B premieres Wednesday, November 28 on History.