11 Shows and Movies to Watch if You Love Vikings and Vikings: Valhalla

Alexander Ludwig, vikings

Bernard Walch

Vikings, the epic historical drama that made Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick and Alexander Ludwig stars, entered TV Valhalla with its series finale in late 2020. But it only took about a year for the Vikings to invade again your TV with the February 2022 premiere of Netflix Vikings: Walhalla, a series of sequels set approximately 100 years after the events of the original. The shows have different casts, but they’re very similar in many other ways, with many of the same writers and producers (and more importantly, the same stunt coordinator) who worked on vikings now working on Valhalla. Both shows have sword action, intricate drama, and beautiful costuming and production design.

A premiere date for Season 2 has yet to be set for Vikings: Walhalla, so you might be looking for another ancient adventure to keep you busy while you wait. Or maybe you really miss the original recipe vikings and want something else that captures that feeling. Whatever you’re looking for, we bet you’ll find it on our fan shows list. vikings the franchise will appreciate.

Alexander Skarsgard, The Northman

Alexander Skarsgård, The man from the north

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We don’t usually recommend the movies on our “If You Like” TV show lists, but sometimes there’s a movie so perfect we’d be remiss not to recommend it. And if you are a fan of vikingsyou need to check The man from the north. This brutal revenge epic based on the Scandinavian myth that inspired Hamlet comes from visionary director Robert Eggers, making the most of the first big studio budget of his career. It stars an incredibly torn Alexander Skarsgård as Amleth, a Viking prince who dedicates his life to exacting revenge on his uncle Fjölnir (Claes Bang) for the murder of his father, King Aurvindil (Ethan Hawke). It’s a visual marvel that’s been one of the most unique action movies in years. Just know that it’s more extreme in every possible way than vikings — which can seduce you! -Liam Mathews

Barks

David Thewlis, James Bloor and Christian Cooke, Barkskins

David Thewlis, James Bloor and Christian Cooke, Barks

National Geographic/Peter H. Stranks

If it’s a historical drama full of conniving factions at odds with each other you’re looking for, check out the underrated Barks, which received strong reviews but had a quiet launch due to airing on National Geographic during the pandemic. The characteristics of the series vikings‘ biggest trademark – neglected men in the wild trying to kill each other in new territory – as it follows English and French settlers who came to the new world from the Americas in the late 1600s, either for the generous opportunities to plunder the fresh countryside, either as criminal indentured servants serving their sentences. The budget is impressive, the cast (which includes David Thewlis) is great, and the drama is thick. It was also a limited series, which means you can get a whole story in just eight episodes.

Barbarians

Barbarians

Barbarians

Katalina Vermes

Someone at Netflix said, “Let’s make our own vikingsbut not as good.” And then Barbarians was born. The German series released its six-episode first season in October 2020, and it follows the titular tribes of German warriors who fought against the Roman Empire in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in 9 AD. vikings, there are a lot of complicated inter-tribal politics, weird haircuts, and violent battles. But for the real fans of vikingsit might look like a counterfeit.

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Travis Fimmel, Raised by Wolves

Travis Fimmel, Raised by wolves

Coco Van Oppens

You became such a big fan of Travis Fimmel from the first seasons of vikings (Ragnar!) that you watched Warcraft just to see him again. It was obviously a mistake, but don’t let Fimmel’s latest project, his first role in a TV series since vikings, sneaking around without a watch. The HBO Max sci-fi series stars Fimmel as a space crusader trying to retrieve his son from a pair of androids who took the child to raise him on a desert planet. It’s full of questions about parenthood and religion, and it’s tough and weird sci-fi stripped down to the essentials with the help of Ridley Scott, who produces the series and directed the first two episodes. Additionally, Fimmel does some impressions of a duck, which shows his clumsy side. The show was canceled after two seasons, but it packed four seasons of eccentricity.

game of thrones

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones

HBO

Here is the most obvious choice: HBO game of thrones. In fact, since game of thrones is anterior vikings in a few years, it is quite possible that you will find vikings because of your love game of thrones. But if for some reason you haven’t seen game of thrones, then a) where were you? and b) you’ll find the only show in the last decade that has better battle scenes than vikings Is. And contrary to what you may have been told, game of thrones doesn’t put too much emphasis on the fantasy elements. Yes, there are dragons, but when author George RR Martin crafted the story, he based it on history, specifically the Wars of the Roses in which several different families claimed the crown. It’s up to you if you want to watch the last two seasons, which unfortunately didn’t live up to the rest of the series.

The Last Kingdom

Alexander Dreymon and Emily Cox, The Last Kingdom

Alexander Dreymon and Emily Cox, The Last Kingdom

Joss Barratt/Netflix

Of all the shows on this list, The Last Kingdom will look the most vikings, and should be your first stop if you’re trying to relive the thrills of Ragnar and company. According to Bernard Cornwell Saxon stories, The Last Kingdom almost overlaps the events of vikings (which begins in 793), beginning with the Viking conquest of York in 866. The hero of the show is Uhtred of Bebbanburg, a Saxon who is adopted by the Viking invaders and raised as one of their own after the Vikings conquered his homeland, pulling him in two different directions as he has the blood of a Saxon but came of age as a Danish Viking. As both shows are loosely based on the same story, some characters appear in both shows at different ages in similar stories separated by a story generation.

Normans

Normans

Normans

netflix

A little tired of all the seriousness of vikings, with all the war and dismemberment and family members stabbing each other in the back? The rugged world of ancient Norse life slips on a banana peel in this Norwegian-English comedy that parodies Viking culture with a sense of humor somewhere between Monty Python and the Farrelly Brothers. Although everyone wears animal skins and tattered armor, some dialogue is decidedly modern, like when the show’s version of The Seer says, “Hate the player, not the game,” trying to make drinking the reluctant village servant a spitting cocktail to fulfill a prophecy. It’s completely silly, but that’s the whole point.

fall of the knight

Simon Merrells, Knightfall

Simon Merrells, Knightfall

Larry Horricks/STORY

Following the deserved success of vikings, History has been looking for more historical dramas in the same vein, shows that use history as a template and then create complex drama around it. 2017 fall of the knight most closely resembles the strategy that history established with vikings, this time traveling to the 14th century to visit the Knights Templar. The series follows Landry de Lauzon, a disenchanted Templar whose faith is shaken again when he learns that the Holy Grail – yes, THAT Holy Grail – has reappeared in France.

black sails

black sails

black sails

Starz

If “Yarrrrrr” Is Faster Than “Skol!”, Then Set A Course For The Underrated Pirate Drama black sails. As vikings, it details intricately a culture most of us know more from Halloween costumes than actual history, with different factions pitted against each other because they all want the same thing. In vikings‘ case it’s the earth, in black sails‘case, it’s a treasure. black sails is actually a gritty prequel to treasure island, with characters like Long John Silver, Captain Flint and Billy Bones from Robert Louis Stevenson’s books brought to life in heart-pounding drama. There are not as many battles as vikingsfocusing more on the renegade fierce strategy of these sea bandits, but when ships clash in the crystal clear waters, it’s some of the best action ever seen on TV.

Spartacus

Andy Whitfield, Spartacus: Blood and Sand

Andy Whitfield, Spartacus blood and sand

Starz

You know what? It’s good to love vikings for his bloodletting. And if it’s crimson you want, it’s a tidal wave you’ll get on Starz Spartacus. One of the most brutal and violent series of all time, Spartacus takes place in 72 BC. AD in the Roman Empire and follows the gladiators who made a sport out of murder, who Spartacus is more than happy to show off in a cleverly cinematic way. And in keeping with the hedonism of the time, the show is also loaded with sex and nudity, because I know that’s your thing too.

the witcher

Henry Cavill, The Witcher

Henry Cavill, the witcher

Jay Maidment/Netflix

Whether vikings‘complex political drama is what intrigues you, you’ll get a facet of it in Netflix the witcher. However, it’s much more fantasy-based, dramatically bringing Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski’s novels about a monster hunter fulfilling an unknown fate to the small screen, while exposing a vast battle for a continent between an empire brutal and several independent nation states. Plus, Henry Cavill is the only other charismatic swordsman who can hold a candle to Travis Fimmel.

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