We are still on a high from hearing about Netflix making a sequel series to the popular History Channel series Vikings, but who knows how long it will be before Vikings: Valhalla makes its way to our screens? In the meantime, we can fill our passion for all thing Norse with the new Norwegian Netflix series Vikings, which will be available on 31 January 2020.
A very different concept to the Vikings series, this is a coming of age drama set in a small Norwegian town called Edda. But perhaps not all of the residents of this remote corner of the Norse world are who they claim to be. They town starts to feel the effects of global warming: warmer winters, melting ice-caps, violent storms. A group of teenagers, very concerned about climate change, also think that these are these signs of a second end of the world, a second Ragnarok? If so, is there someone in town who can do something about it. The trailer has a Skins vibe about it, so promises to be grittier than it sounds.
Created by award winning writer Adam Price, the series will feature six episodes. Price is part of SAM Productions, a Danish company founded in 2014 by the creator of the popular Norse thriller The Killing. Price will be joined in the executive producer chair by Simen Alsvik (Lilyhammer), Meta Louise Foldager Sorenson (Antichrist) and Stine Meldgaard Madsen (Pros and Cons).
The show will feature a lot of young Norwegian talent including David Stakston (SKAM), Jonas Strand Gravli (Amundsen), Theresa Forstad Eggesbo (Kometen), Herman Tommeraas (Semester) and Emma Bones (Heimebane).
We can’t wait to see how they go about mixing teen angst with some of the fantastic stories and characters from Norse mythology, while adding some interesting commentary on climate change and our response to it. Will we also get a layer of darkness to the show that Nordic dramas are famous for? We will have to wait and see.
Season one of Ragnarok will be available on Netflix from 31 January 2020.