Vikings season 5 promo Ivar weeps at Sigurd’s funeral
A picture of Ivar (Alex Hogh Andersen) from "Vikings" season 5 promo. Facebook/Vikings

The makers of “Vikings” season 5 have already released a promo video teasing what’s in store for fans next season. Now, Alex Høgh Andersen (Ivar) has revealed that the forthcoming season will be released this year.

It was is expected that the makers of the show will take a gap of at least a few months before airing the next season. Season 4 returned last year after a gap of almost 10 months. The finale of season 3 aired on April 23, 2015, while season 4 premiered on Feb. 18, 2016 in the US. Season 4 comprised of 20 episodes telecasted in two parts. Part 2 was aired after a gap of seven months. The last episode of “Vikings” season 4 part 1 was aired on April 21, and the first episode of part 2, on Nov. 30.

Judging by the pattern, “Vikings” season 5 will most likely air in the last quarter of 2017. However, nothing can be said to be true as of now.

The fifth season will also have 20 episodes like the previous one, according to Deadline. Perhaps it will also be aired in two parts.

Filming is currently ongoing. Showrunner Michael Hirst is writing the last two episodes. “I’m just writing the last two episodes of Season 5,” he told Variety, further confirming season 6 as well. “I’m pretty sure we can go on for another two seasons."

Hirst also revealed that season 5 will begin with the burial of Sigurd (David Lindstrom), who was killed by Ivar in the last season. “Ivar is weeping and saying he never meant to do it."

The promo clip shows Ivar weeping, as well as the Seer telling Lagertha, “The consequences of Ragnar’s death are not yet played out. You have only seen the beginning of the end. Now prepare yourselves for what is to come.” Lagertha asks, “What is to come, tell me,” and the Seer says, “Do you suppose you could change your fate if you knew it?”

“Vikings” season 5 will air on History channel in the US. The show also airs in Australia on SBS One.