Vikings: Season 5 (2017 - 2018)


Season 5

Critics Consensus

Brutal battles and epic quests help Vikings' fifth season remain an engaging, exciting journey.



Critic Ratings: 11


Audience Score

User Ratings: 824
User image


Air date: Nov 29, 2017
Air date: Nov 29, 2017
Air date: Dec 6, 2017
Air date: Dec 13, 2017
Air date: Dec 20, 2017
Air date: Dec 27, 2017
Air date: Jan 3, 2018
Air date: Jan 10, 2018
Air date: Jan 17, 2018
Air date: Jan 24, 2018
Show More Episodes

Vikings: Season 5 Videos

Vikings: Season 5 Photos

Tv Season Info

Season five begins with Ivar the Boneless asserting his leadership over the Great Heathen Army, while Lagertha reigns as Queen of Kattegat. Ivar's murder of his brother Sigurd sets the stage for vicious battles to come as Ragnar's sons plot their next moves after avenging their father's death. Bjorn follows his destiny into the Mediterranean Sea and Floki who is suffering from the loss of his wife Helga, takes to the seas submitting himself to the will of the Gods. This season is full of startling alliances and unbelievable betrayals as the Vikings fight to rule the world. Jonathan Rhys Meyers ("The Tudors") joins the cast in season five as "Bishop Heahmund" along with series regulars Katheryn Winnick ("Lagertha"), Gustaf Skarsgård ("Floki"), Alexander Ludwig ("Bjorn") and Alex Høgh Andersen ("Ivar the Boneless").

News & Interviews for Vikings: Season 5

Critic Reviews for Vikings Season 5

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

Rich and gritty, this History Channel drama brings the ancient Norse world to life in the most unique way.

Apr 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Rather than the renewal I was hoping for in the back half of Season 5, the show continues to falter, an unfortunate mix of melodrama, one-note characters and absurd fantasy parading as historical fiction.

Dec 11, 2018 | Full Review…

While it may lack the budget or the big names of that show, Vikings nonetheless still engages, entertains and enthralls, thanks to a winning cast, grounded-in-history plotlines and bloody battles and sexy moments that push the boundaries.

Dec 1, 2017 | Full Review…

Michael Hirst's decision to balance the psychological intrigue of Lagertha and Floki's situations with the actions of Ivar and his Christian foes gets the story off to a magnificent start.

Nov 30, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

In a distant land where mountains chug inky blackness into the sky and waves crash on infinite beaches, Floki finds what he believes to be his destiny.

Nov 30, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

In a two-part premiere entertainingly packed with incident and undeniably affecting moments, the pieces all have enough luster to at least give hope that they will fit together in a new, compelling shape.

Nov 30, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Vikings season 5 may feel like the show is starting over but it does so confidently, and without erasing the past.

Nov 30, 2017 | Full Review…

No matter how many seasons this show has been on, the fight scenes continue to impress.

Nov 30, 2017 | Rating: 4.8/5 | Full Review…

Vikings gave us a lot to chew on during its Season 5 opener as the aftermath of Sigurd's death has led to tension between the remaining brothers, a boat trip to beyond for Floki, and Lagertha confronting the man who tried to secretly overthrow her.

Nov 30, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

As for the long view, settle in. Look to the lessons learned, and still being learned in thrilling, shocking ways by Lagertha and her fellow women warriors on Vikings.

Nov 29, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Vikings: Season 5

  • Jul 31, 2019
    Started off good but the bickering between the sons of Ragnor and the strange way they keep acting gets annoying...Floki's journey seems pointless at times and also annoying. Whereas past seasons focused on politics, conquest, ambition and calculated drive of Ragnor and those around him, this season seems to pepper the awkwardness of the sons with interesting battle scenes that are marginally ok...some plot holes seem to appear as the vikings let their defeated enemies escape rather than slaughter them, Ubbe acts behind Ivar's back in a somewhat naive fashion and somehow escapes with his life.. the new warrior bishop seems contrived too
  • Jul 05, 2019
    All the actors give a compelling performance and the the action is as great as ever, but the plot and pacing have begun to stale I'm sad to say. Ivar remains the most charismatic character of the series, yet he continually just kills people and is shocked when they don't open him. He's consistently stated to be a genius tactician, but he devolved into a god complexed supervillain with a wacky costume. Floki's storyline is completely boring and takes away from interesting storylines elsewhere in the show. I hope he doesn't come back and they don't keep up his throughly bland story Hopefully the next season will make up for the mistakes of season five.
  • May 30, 2019
    It wad really boring to see Ivar as the antagonist willing to get the main Viking, every day u was hoping him to get killed Neh
  • May 05, 2019
    What good character building and plot development Vikings had in the first 4 seasons has been traded in for over-the-top dramatic nonsense. Not only does Vikings season 5 completely lack a logical arch for any of the characters, the realistic stakes of the show are gone. To put it simply, no part of it makes sense.
  • Apr 21, 2019
    I know we can't turn back time but I really enjoyed the first 3 seasons and wish they could have slowed down the timeline. The show is not the same without Ragnar. His character was such an intelligent bad-ass who was kind of the "good guy" of his people. There's not any character that I'm in love with in this season and I'm still watching but I don't look forward to seeing the episodes as much as before. In the past I was googling all the time to find out when the next season came out. This time, the season was over and I came upon it sort of by accident. I hope something happens in Season 6 to help fill the void. I hope a lead character emerges that has something amazing that I look forward to seeing each week. This used to be my favorite show but I'm bored just hoping for a spark in future seasons.
  • Mar 31, 2019
    This is a weak season of a good show. I found myself yelling "theres no reason not to kill him" at my TV many times. There is one part of a battle scene where Ivar stops an entire section of a battle just so a guy can get back on his horse. Also, Lagertha, a character I like, is made to look like a complete idiot. I feel like theres also way too much betrayal this season.
  • Mar 10, 2019
    Looking forward to watching the sixth one....
  • Jan 30, 2019
    A show in decline. Hard to like any of the new characters. Very depressing lately, esp. Floki on his island of lunatics. I stopped caring when Ragnar and Rollo left the show.
  • Jan 26, 2019
    Love the acting, love the story line, love the show
  • Jan 23, 2019
    LOVE VIKINGS!!! Best theme song ever. Totally get my fill of adventure. I have been a true fan from the beginning. I think it has an outstanding cast.

News & Features