Vikings Valhalla Netflix: Is the spin-off better than the original series with Ragnar Lothbrok?

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Without necessarily reaching a production and a budget as substantial as Game of Thrones, the series Vikings has managed to carve out a place for itself in the hearts of regular consumers of series halfway between history and fantasy. On December 30, 2020, the Vikings bowed out… before returning to Netflix on February 25, in a highly anticipated spin-off. A few days after its introduction in the catalog of the SVOD giant, the critics are falling!

Summary

  • Return to Kattegat
  • A worthy successor?

Return to Kattegat

For this triumphant return to Netflix, fans of the series were not totally disoriented: if we are dealing with a new group of Vikings, a hundred years after the events of the original series, they tread the lands of Kattegat, the main village of the Vikings series and stronghold of Ragnar Lothbrok and his sons. To accompany the release of the series, we had concocted an article giving an update on this spin-off which does not ask you to have seen the six seasons of vikings to appreciate the intrigue and the rhythmic confrontations.

However, when we know the resounding success of the series vikingsthis spin-off was expected at the turn, despite the return of well-known figures who worked on the original series. Anyway, the series has a bright future ahead of it because if the first season is only made up of eight episodes, Netflix has, in reality, ordered about twenty episodes, 24 precisely, which implies that a second season is already well advanced. Perhaps even more besides, because season 3 is already talking about it, and this, barely ten days after the arrival of the series in the SVOD catalog.

A worthy successor?

But, of course, Vikings: Valhalla was going to suffer from the comparison with the saga of Ragnar Lothbrok initiated and broadcast on the History channel one fine day in March 2013, nine years ago. On the well-known review aggregator, namely Metacritic, vikings comes out with very good scores: critics gave it a score of 74 while spectators, enthusiastic during the six seasons, gave it a score of 8.2.

Vikings Valhalla Netflix: Is the spin-off better than the original series with Ragnar Lothbrok?

Overall, the critics seemed to be in consensus because we found this success on the famous site Rotten Tomatoes since the series peaked at a percentage of 93%, on the critical side, and 88%, on the public side.. In our French regions, the spectators largely voted for the different seasons of the show, despite a slightly less marked enthusiasm for the final season: anyway, the series is well above the 4/5 rating, but what about, at the moment, Vikings: Valhalla ?

Critics place this first season on the same level as the original series on Metacritic : the score only changes by one point (71 for vikings70 for Vikings: Valhalla) but the critics of the spectators are too few to give a concrete opinion concerning the reception of the public. However, we see a little clearer on the side of Rotten Tomatoes: the series reaches a very nice score of 88% but the public seems more mixed because it only gives a score of 60%, calculated on the basis of help from 485 reviews, where vikings reached 88% of viewers.

Vikings Valhalla Netflix: Is the spin-off better than the original series with Ragnar Lothbrok?Vikings Valhalla Netflix: Is the spin-off better than the original series with Ragnar Lothbrok?

In view of these various returns, you have to believe that the best way to know what this spin-off is worth is to watch it for yourself : Allociné critics confirm it since with more than 400 ratings, the series struggles to reach the average of 2.5/5.

Vikings Valhalla Netflix: Is the spin-off better than the original series with Ragnar Lothbrok?
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