A huge pile of promo materials for Vikings season 5 has landed online, consisting of two posters and five teaser trailers. The History Channel is clearly keen to garner some hype for the next season of its hit drama series, which is due to premiere at the end of November.
The network’s confidence in the show is high, as proven by the fact that Vikings season 6 has already been ordered, before season 5 has even started its run. Up until now, there hadn’t been much in the way of teasers for season 5: just one trailer, an image of newcomer Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and a quote from Clive Standen promising “a very different Rollo.”
But now fans are being treated to an utter onslaught of teases. As well as the brace of ‘key art’ posters and the five-high stack of teaser trailers, History also released this brief synopsis, which explains where the new season will start:
“Season five begins with Ivar the Boneless asserting his leadership over the Great Heathen Army, while Lagertha reigns as Queen of Kattegat. Ivar’s murder of his brother Sigurd sets the stage for vicious battles to come as Ragnar’s sons plot their next moves after avenging their father’s death. Bjorn follows his destiny into the Mediterranean Sea and Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) who is suffering from the loss of his wife Helga, takes to the seas submitting himself to the will of the Gods. Additionally, Jonathan Rhys Meyers joins the cast as Bishop Heahmund, a fearsome warrior who passionately defends both his faith and his King.”
These two pieces of key art share a theme: the question of ‘who will rise’, which is also prevalent in the teaser trailer atop this page. This question, of course, alludes to the struggle for power that will ensue now that Travis Fimmel’s Ragnar Lothbrok is dead. His demise has created a vacuum, and various characters will fancy their chances of filling it.
Three of the main players have been gifted their own solo teaser trailers, in addition to the main teaser and the artwork. Katheryn Winnick’s Queen Lagertha wields the flaming arrow of a Viking funeral in her brief scene:
Flaming arrows are clearly a recurring motif, as Alexander Ludwig’s Bjorn is surrounded by the flurry of them in his teaser trailer:
More fire and a fair bit of smoke can also be found in this next teaser, which sees Alex Høgh Andersen’s Ivar dragging himself across a bloody battlefield:
And finally, there is something a bit different. This last teaser trailer features the infamous crow, bringing news of death once again, in the middle of another grim battlefield:
Looking at all of these promotional materials, one thing is for sure: there will be no shortage of blood and death across the 20 episodes of Vikings season 5. However, it's hard to predict which character will win outfollowing Ragnar's passing, and claim the word as their own. It should be a fun ride to find out.
Vikings returns with a two-hour season premiere on Wednesday, November 29 at 9PM ET/PT.