Vikings Renewed; Jonathan Rhys Meyers Joins Season 5!

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Vikings will continue to raid audiences well into 2017.

Jana Bennett, President and General Manager of History made the announcement of the renewal today.

Viking Season 5 will consist of 20 episodes and Golden Globe Award winner Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors) joins the cast.

Vikings Renewed

“The brilliant writing and depth of historical research and authenticity brought to the screen by Michael Hirst paired with our talented cast and crew, has made this series one of the most compelling, visually stunning historical dramas on television,” said Bennett.

“Vikings has raided the hearts of audiences and we are thrilled that Jonathan Rhys Myers will become a bigger part of the History family after his incredible performance in our upcoming production of Roots.”

MGM Television brought the series to the network and brings Vikings to global audiences, as the worldwide distributor outside of Ireland and Canada.

“Vikings continues to be a powerhouse series worldwide, bolstered by the ongoing support from History and the direction of our first-class creative team, led by Michael Hirst, and partners World 2000 and Take 5 Productions,” said Mark Burnett, President, Television and Digital Group, MGM and Steve Stark, President, Television Development and Production, MGM.

“We are excited to have Jonathan Rhys Meyers join our talented cast and watch as this epic story evolves heading into Season 5.”

In addition to the miniseries Roots, History's upcoming scripted content also includes Six and Knightfall.

If you haven't yet caught up with this sensational History series, you can watch Vikings online here at TV Fanatic.

Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.

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Vikings Quotes

Ragnar: I have something to say. I did not become Earl because I aspired to be one. It came about because of other people's actions. And I did not become king out of ambition, but once again I had no choice as a result of other people's actions. But nonetheless, I am king. King Ragnar, that is my name. What does a king do Bjorn?
Bjorn: He rules.
Ragnar: Yes, good... he rules. And as a ruler, I have the last say. Me! Not you, not you and not you.

Ragnar: What do you see?
Bjorn: Power, the power of a king.
Ragnar: Power is always dangerous. It attracts the worst and corrupts the best. I never asked for power. Power is only given to those who are prepared to lower themselves to pick it up.