“Vikings” Season 4 has entered its mid-season break to prevent competition with HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” No return date has yet been announced but it is likely that it will be within the same week the sixth season of the popular medieval fantasy ends.
According to Christian Daily, History Channel’s mini-series about the chieftain Scandinavian chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok has steadily taken over television ever since its 2013 premiere. Currently on its fourth season, the series has averaged 2 million viewers a good sign of the show’s popularity.
‘Vikings‘ season 4 has gone out of its way to cater to the fans’ hunger for good-old-fashion raiding and pillaging. After three 10-episode seasons, season 4 now consists 16 episodes with an additional order for four more episodes.
After the climactic battle between Ragnar and his brother Rollo on the river Seine and his return to Kattegat, the series decided to take a break. The timing of the break is attributed by many to the premiere of the sixth season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”
According to Den of Geek, this follows a trend in TV shows in which they split the story arcs to allow for a mid-season finale. With a similar theme to GOT, this move also allows for less competition between the two shows.
With Travis Fimmel, who plays Ragnar Lothbrok, set to appear in the film adaptation of Blizzard’s popular game Warcraft, the break comes as no surprise. This also gives an opportunity for the producers to take a look at the current state of the show and make some changes if necessary.
The second half of the season will premiere with a huge time skip with Ragnar’s young sons having grown into adults and Ragnar having lived for some time in seclusion. It will be inevitable that he will return to Paris to once again face his brother although his sickness causes others to doubt his capability.
Due to the popularity of the series, it is unlikely that A&E will cut the story short and let Ragnar rest in peace. It could even be possible for ‘Vikings’ to last as long as ‘Game of Thrones’.