Vikings: Valhalla is related to Vikings only in that the series takes place in the same universe, however, the timelines are completely different.
Vikings: Valhalla is the Netflix original series that premiered on the platform in February 2022. Seemingly, the series endeavoured to capture the audience of the History channel’s hit fictional series, Vikings, which aired between 2013 and 2020.
Despite the similarities in the names, the two series have different creators, premises, and characters.
However, since the series take place in the same universe and in light of the use of intertextual references in Vikings: Valhalla, it is justifiable to think that the two series may be related. But in actuality, they are not.
Who are the creators of Vikings: Valhalla and Vikings?
Vikings: Valhalla was created by acclaimed, American action screenplay writer, Jeb Stuart. Stuart is behind hit screenplays including Die Hard led by Bruce Willis, the Harrison Ford fronted blockbuster, The Fugitive, and most recently the upcoming series, Assassin’s Creed.
Vikings, on the other hand, was created by acclaimed writer, Michael Hirst. Hirst’s success comes from creating some of the most memorable period, dramatic, and action screenplays, some of which are the Cate Blanchett fronted Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Billy the Kid, and Showtime’s The Tudors.
Vikings: Valhalla’s only relation to Vikings is due to the fact that the series happens in the same universe as that of the former.
Moreover, there are often intertextual references made to characters that were in Vikings in the recent Netflix series. However, Vikings: Valhalla apparently takes place 125 years after the era and events of Vikings.
As a result of the time gap, the series has steered away from the possibility of crossover episodes that could have characters from Vikings appear on Valhalla.
The relationship between the two series is best surmised by a quote from Vikings: Valhalla which states, “We are grateful and inspired by their heritage, but now is the time to make our own history.”
As such, fans of Vikings, who appreciate the sense of historical references and accuracy of the series, have come to question the authenticity of Vikings: Valhalla.
How accurate is Vikings: Valhalla to history?
Vikings made for a compelling watch due to the action and brutality that featured throughout its six-season run.
It was also appreciated for the way the series attempted to stay true to the factual historical events, especially since the series aired on the History channel. It needed to stay true to history as much as possible.
However, Vikings: Valhalla has been considered more as a spectacle to watch that does not take care in being accurate to actual historical timelines or about the accuracy of the portrayal of the lives and times of the characters in the story.
Below we list two of the most glaring inaccuracies.
One of the biggest matters of contention surrounding Vikings: Valhalla is the appearance of the characters in the story.
While it is plausible for the characters to look scummy, since the series is premised on people sailing across the ocean in an open boat for weeks on end without stopping, the suspicion is how they still look their healthiest with clean, shiny hair and strong pearly white teeth.
Moreover, their hairstyles and costuming are quite contested. However, the creative decisions made by the producers of the show are understandable in terms of making the actors aesthetically pleasing to watch.
The second biggest contention is the timelines of the show’s title characters and their convergence in Vikings: Valhalla, which, according to historians, would not have been possible.
The meeting of Leif Eriksson and Harald Sigurdsson is considered unlikely as history suggests that Harald was about five years old when Leif was the famous explorer visiting North America, long before Columbus.
As a result of this flaw in the narrative, it can be deduced that the entire premise of Vikings: Valhalla is a work of fiction.
Vikings: Valhalla is not the sequel to Vikings. In terms of the relationship between the two series, the biggest and only relation between the two is the use of intertextual references of characters from the 2013 series.
However, that is as far as it goes. Vikings: Valhalla takes liberties in terms of its accuracy regarding the actual historical events, appearances, or timelines of the characters in the series.
While Vikings endeavoured to stay true to history, especially in light of the fact that the series aired on the History channel.