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Vikings Season Five Debuts on November 29th on the History Channel
28 Nov 2017 : Brendan Murphy
Season five of the hit show will debut with a two hour season premiere this Wednesday, November 29th, on the History Channel in US.

In UK, Vikings will premiere on Amazon Prime on Thursday 30th, and will be available through to the mid season finale in January 2018. An Irish broadcast date has not yet been announced.

The show, which features Jonathan Rhys Meyers this season as Bishop Heahmund. In an interview in Variety, creator and showrunner Michael Hirst, said of Jonathan’s character introduced in season five:

“I’ve heard about some protests from Christian clergies in the States that my Christians were too feeble when fighting against the Vikings, and that their best dude was the monk Athelstan [George Blagden], so no wonder they got beat up. I thought that was slightly unfair criticism, but at the end of four with Aethelwulf [Moe Dunford] in retreat and the Saxons beaten I knew I needed a Saxon leader or warrior who could potentially stand up to Ivar and the Vikings. My historical research told me about these warrior bishops who were real people. Bishop Heahmund was a real bishop and warrior who died in battle and I knew as soon as I was on the trail of this character who was a forerunner of the Knights Templar I knew I had someone who could stand up to Ivar. You can tell when the characters are fighting each other in York that they recognize something about each other and their stories become more interlinked as the season goes on. It was evening up the playing field to introduce someone who was as formidable as anyone on the Vikings side.”

 ‘Vikings’ season six is currently shooting in Wicklow.

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