Consistently excellent, though perhaps underwritten about, History’s Vikings show no signs of slowing down through 2015 or 2016. The historical fantasy (ish) drama has officially been renewed for another raid in Season 4, continuing the tale of warrior-philosopher-king Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel).

Five episodes still to go in Season 3 before an April 23 finale, Vikings has earned its official Season 4 raiding orders, as History commands another 10 hours to begin production in Ireland this spring. Thus far of Season 3, the series averages 4.3 million viewers, ranking as the top cable series on Thursdays.

Says History of the order:

VIKINGS has raided the hearts of both audiences and critics, establishing itself as one of the most compelling, visually stunning dramas on television. We are so proud of our immensely talented cast and crew led by Michael Hirst, whose intriguing storylines and pivotal arcs have the perfect balance of scope, smarts and bloodshed to keep our loyal fans watching and wanting more.

New additions for the current season include Ben Robson as Lagertha’s young, calculating second-in-command, The Strain and LOST star Kevin Durand as Harbard, a prophesied wanderer with a profound effect on Queen Aslaug, Siggy and Helga. Also yet to appear in a more historical capacity are Lothaire Bluteau as Emperor Charles of France, and Morgane Polanski (yup, daughter of Roman) as Charles’ daughter Princess Gisla.

Vikings will air its latest Season 3 installment tonight on History, but will Season 4 prove to be Ragnar Lothbrok’s final outing? How long should the series follow the Norsemen’s epic quest?

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