Not five episodes into its Season 4 run, the History channel’s Vikings has been renewed for Season 5.
As with the supersized, split current season, the new cycle will span 20 episodes as well as add Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors) to the cast.
“The brilliant writing and depth of historical research and authenticity brought to the screen by Michael Hirst paired with our talented cast and crew, has made this series one of the most compelling, visually stunning historical dramas on television,” History president Jana Bennett said in a statement. “Vikings has raided the hearts of audiences and we are thrilled that Jonathan Rhys Myers will become a bigger part of the History family after his incredible performance in our upcoming production of Roots.”
Meyers’ previous TV credits also include NBC’s short-lived Dracula.
Production on Vikings Season 5 will begin this summer, with an eye on a 2017 premiere date.