"Vikings" season 4 concluded in February and the hype is already up for season 5. This is partly thanks to the preview History released shortly after the season 4 finale.
In true "Vikings" fashion, the one-minute trailer features a lot of bloodshed and battles. But a particularly interesting part of the video sees Peter Franzén's Harald wearing a crown. According to IBTimes, Harald as the ruler will not bode well for Katheryn Winnick's Lagertha. The publication even posits that the two will be at each other's throats in the upcoming season, especially since Harald's hunger for power is now more intense than ever. However, should Harald and Lagertha go head to head next season, it is expected that Harald will prevail.
The same publication also points out that Gustaf Skarsgård's Floki can be seen discovering Iceland in the preview. Should this be true, "Vikings" likely drew inspiration from a historical figure known as Hrafna-Flóki Vilgerðarson, who was the first Norseman to travel to Iceland on purpose.
Series creator Michael Hirst previously revealed that the fifth season will open with Sigurd's (David Lindström) burial. It can be recalled that Sigurd's brother, Ivar (Alex Høgh Andersen), had killed him with an axe in the season 4 finale. This murderous act will result in the Lothbrok siblings' divide, as previewed by Hirst.
"These people are playing for possession of the known world," Hirst told Variety. "It's not like a little local fight — these are huge territories. The Great Army has conquered a huge part of England. How do we behave now? That's what Season 5 opens with."
Hirst also teased the addition of a new character, Jonathan Rhys Meyers' Bishop Heahmund, who was introduced in the season 4 finale. "I found out about these warrior bishops who were real people — Heahmund was a real person," Hirst said. "They were the precursors of the Knights Templar."
He continued to describe these bishops as smart and educated, but that certainly does not mean that they cannot wield a weapon. In fact, they were also warriors. And Heahmund will be someone who "could potentially stand up to the vikings."
"Vikings" season 5 does not have a premiere date yet, although it is widely expected to return in November, based on historical pattern.