The best Vikings movies and shows to watch after The Northman

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The Viking Age may date back over 1,000 years, but looking at popular culture in recent years, it seems our obsession with seafaring warriors has never really stopped. You don’t have to look far to see them permeating books, TV and games. We had Michael Hirst’s epic six-season series Vikings, which charts the rise and fall of the period’s greatest warriors; games like God of War and Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla found huge popularity; and now the resurgence continues with the release of Robert Eggers’ acclaimed new film, The Northman.

In fact, the director recently admitted that this huge surge in popularity is one of the things that helped fund his epic – and quite bizarre – 10th-century tale. The film tells the epic story of Alexander Skarsgård’s Prince Amleth who is on a path of gruesome revenge after his father is brutally murdered by his uncle. It traces his beginnings as a young boy pushed into adulthood before he begins his quest to kill his father’s killer and save his mother. His mantra is haunting: “I will avenge you father, I will save you mother; I will kill you Fjölnir.”

The Northman is in UK cinemas now, ahead of a US release on April 22. If the blockbuster made you want more Norse legends, we’ve compiled a roundup of the best Vikings movies and shows to watch next. In Valhalla!

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History Channel’s Vikings is one of the most comprehensive accounts of the period. Created by Michael Hirst, the show initially focuses on Ragnar Lodbrok, one of the most prolific Norse heroes, as he becomes a notorious Norse king after attacking England. The series evolves over its six seasons, moving on to the fate of its family as it spread across England, Scandinavia, Kievan Rus, the Mediterranean, and North America. Many recognizable faces appear in the series, including Katheryn Winnick, Alexander Ludwig and Gustaf Skarsgård. Full of character focus, epic scale, and brutal battles, the series has garnered huge popularity and even a spin-off – but more on that later.

Where to watch:
UK: Amazon Prime Video
United States: Hulu

The Last Kingdom

The Last Kingdom

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The Last Kingdom is based on acclaimed historical writer Bernard Cornwall’s series of novels titled The Saxon Stories. These follow Alexander Dreyman’s Uhtred of Bebbanburg, who was a Saxon lord captured and adopted by a Danish warlord. The adaptation began life on the BBC in 2015 before being acquired by Netflix as it continued the story of the 9th and 10th centuries. It ran for five seasons and is widely considered one of the best historical epics on the streamer. And if that’s not enough, there’s also a movie on the horizon called Seven Kings Must Die.

Where to look?
netflix

Rise of Valhalla

Rise of Valhalla

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Mads Mikkelson helmed this 2009 film directed by Drive’s Nicolas Winding Refn. The Danish adventure film follows a Norse warrior named One-Eye (Mikkelson) and his little companion as they travel in search of the Holy Land. Set in 1096, the pair soon find themselves on a different and much darker path. The film was generally popular with critics, who praised Mikkelson’s performance in the film without compromise. We gave it three stars upon release, praising the film’s tone that “keeps you in a state of expectation and nauseated unease.”

Where to look?
Available for purchase on Amazon Prime Video

Vikings: Walhalla

Vikings: Walhalla

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Vikings: Valhalla continues the story of the Vikings in a new show set 100 years after the original. The Netflix series was created by Jeb Stuart to chart the beginning of the end of the Viking Age. The premise follows rising tensions between Christian and pagan beliefs between the Vikings and the English royal family as it focuses on new characters like Leif Erikson, Freydís Eiríksdóttir and Harald Hardrada. The first season is already available to stream, and two more series have been ordered by Netflix – and did we mention there’s a lot of brutality and bloodshed in this latest epic? Learn more about Vikings: Valhalla season 2 via this link.

Where to look?
netflix

Thor

Thor

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While tonally a mile from the other entries on this list, we’d be remiss to mention Norse Legends without a nod to Marvel. The original Thor movie, released in 2011, introduced a new generation to the mythology, telling the origin stories of the god of thunder. Characters like Odin and Loki are reimagined in the film which introduces Midgard, Bifröst, and the Valkyries, likely to many first-time viewers. While there hasn’t been much emphasis on mythology since, there’s plenty of fun to be had in the Thor movies, especially the wilder Thor: Ragnarok – and there’s not long to wait for Thor. : Love and Thunder.

Where to look?
Disney+


If you’re still not sure what to watch next, check out our list of the best Netflix shows to watch right now.

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