Vikings: Valhalla Season 2 Review – it feels like a middle season

January 12, 2023 (Last updated: 3 weeks ago)
Daniel Hart 1
Netflix, Streaming Service, TV Reviews
3.5

Summary

It’s tempting to suggest that Vikings: Valhalla Season 2 will not be the stand-out installment by the time the third chapter is released, but this is still an impressive piece of storytelling and one that refuses to allow the audience to give up.

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3.5

Summary

It’s tempting to suggest that Vikings: Valhalla Season 2 will not be the stand-out installment by the time the third chapter is released, but this is still an impressive piece of storytelling and one that refuses to allow the audience to give up.


We recap the Netflix series Vikings: Valhalla Season 2, which does not contains significant spoilers. 

Vikings: Valhalla had an enormous task to take on its predecessor. Branded with Netflix and marketed as a sequel, many were wondering how the story could continue to move forward after such success. Vikings embraced a loyal fanbase, after all.

But what Valhalla did was position itself as an isolated series. The tales of the past were whispers amongst the characters, praising their legendary ancestor for what they achieved. After many battles in Season 1, the second season had a lot more to achieve. Once you’ve removed the bloody battles, what story do you have?

Vikings: Valhalla Season 2 Review and Plot Summary

Fans that love the Vikings action may feel disappointed in Season 2 – that’s not to say there are no battles, but Vikings: Valhalla enjoys world-building first, blood and gore second. The lead characters are as separated as ever, presenting three story strands to follow. There’s much to be said about the story and the history it represents in Season 2.   

Freydis (Frida Gustavsson) embarks on her own journey in Season 2, venturing to faraway lands to explore her spiritual and religious prophecy. She is beloved by followers of the “Old Ways,” so her identity in the world is up for discovery; Olaf (Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson) finds himself at the hands of Forkbeard (Soren Pilmark), his life at the hands of the ruthless King; Queen Emma (Laura Berlin) and Godwin (David Oakes) navigate the throne and the security issues that bring; Leif (Sam Corlett) has to endure and overcome grief while finding new purpose in life; finally, Harald (Leo Suter) has to fulfill the oath, and find a way of becoming King of Norway. 

There’s no story that can be easily pinpointed in Vikings: Valhalla Season 2. The writers have superbly collated a script where each story feels equally as important as the rest, and there’s no room for a diva. It’s a strange achievement. Usually, bloating a series comes with a compromise, but the second series does not feel burdened by its storytelling at all.

However, Season 2 does feel like a “middle season.” We are already aware that Netflix plans to release three seasons. Being the middle is often a conversation brought to trilogies in films, but there is an argument to be made that Valhalla has a similar situation. It feels evident that the entirety of Season 2 was made to holster the third, which is why the world-building and character development feel so paramount. You leave the finale hoping that the groundwork pays off. 

Is Vikings: Valhalla Season 2 any good?

While Vikings: Valhalla Season 2 is building a base, there’s plenty of credit attributed to the costume department and the cast for embracing the Viking-ness (and any other groups of people represented in the series). It always feels like the production team and cast enjoy representing the history for the audience. It translates rather well. 

It’s tempting to suggest that Vikings: Valhalla Season 2 will not be the stand-out installment by the time the third chapter is released, but this is still an impressive piece of storytelling and one that refuses to allow the audience to give up.

What do you think of Netflix’s Viking: Valhalla Season 2? Comment below.

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1 thought on “Vikings: Valhalla Season 2 Review – it feels like a middle season

  • February 2, 2023 at 2:33 am
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    For me, season 2 has been a touchy feely mess and needlessly killing off characters. Hopefully this season wasn’t a jump-the-shark event

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