The creator of TV show Vikings has explained why the series is coming to an end.
It was announced recently that the sixth season of the long-running programme will also be its last.
Speaking to Variety, Michael Hirst said: “I always knew where I wanted the show to go and more or less where it would end if I was given the opportunity. What I was trying to do was write the saga of Ragnar Lothbrok and his sons.”
He continued: “After six seasons and 89 episodes, that’s what I felt, finally, I’d done. We stopped shooting the final episode in November last year and I felt that I’d said all I needed to say about Ragnar and his sons.”
Hirst added that he had “told [his] saga” and had “no reason to want to continue it beyond that.”
He went on to tease some of the things to expect from the new season, which will feature 20 new episodes.
“We visit three new worlds in those episodes, we go through great tragedies and great heroism, and, if you have tears to weep, be prepared to weep them as you watch season six,” he said. “I’m very proud of the show. I did what I wanted to do, that’s the truth.”
The creator also said that the final series would be a “truly, deeply emotional experience” for fans.
Despite Vikings coming to a close in the near future, that doesn’t mean that it’s the last time viewers will be able to enter the show’s world. Hirst also discussed plans for a “continuation series”.
“Continuation means that, if we make it, it will be connected to my saga,” he explained. “It may not involve necessarily the same characters. I can’t go into more details than that but, for the fans of the show, it will be a continued enjoyment of the Vikings experience.”
There is currently no confirmed air date for Vikings season 6.