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‘Vikings: Valhalla’ star compares Netflix show to ‘Game of Thrones’

Netflix will stream Vikings: Valhalla on February 25th, 2022, much to the delight of fans who have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the series, following Michael Hirst’s Vikings

Helmed by Jeb Stuart, the trailer for the series already promises an equally impeccable and evocative narrative and compelling cinematography. 

The trailer sees one of the mightiest Vikings, Leif Erikson and the rest of the cast before showing various montages of bloodied soldiers, gruesome battles and crumbling bridges. 

Starring Sam Corlett as Erikson, the rest of the cast includes Frida Gustavsson, Bradley Freegard, Leo Suter, Johannes Haukur Johannesson, Laura Berlin, David Oakes, Caroline Henderson and more. 

The spin-off will be set nearly a century after the original series and chronicle the near obliteration of the Vikings against the backdrop of the English putting up an intense fight against the Scandanavian raiders. 

Actor Johannes Johannesson, who had previously been a part of two episodes on the sixth season of Game of Thrones as Lem Lemoncloak, a Brotherhood member, will play a pivotal role in the first season of Vikings: Valhalla

The Icelandic actor will be seen as Olaf Haraldsson, the noble berserker Viking, Harald’s brother. Olaf will be a force to reckon with in the series with orthodox Christian beliefs and a massive build. 

While talking about his shooting experience, he compared the upcoming series to the blockbuster HBO series in terms of the violent and gruesome themes, historical backdrop, and the equally menacing and mercenary rulers. The geographical locations, too, are pretty similar. Game of Thrones was shot in Northern Ireland, while Netflix shot Valhalla in the Republic of Ireland. Praising both the productions, he called them “well-oiled machines”. 

 “I was in season six of Game of Thrones, and you sort of step into this machinery,” he said, “The scale, the amount of equipment, and things being produced. It was all in place and functioning so beautifully. And it was the same with Vikings: Valhalla.”

According to Johannesson, the spin-off has retained most of the old crew, which was a “luxury”. He explained, “We had the luxury of the old crew, the production team, so it was the same feeling of knowing these people have been doing this for years.”

Stay tuned for all the eight episodes to begin streaming on Netflix this Friday!