In the opening moments of the first full trailer for “Vikings: Valhalla,” a group of Vikings are shown maneuvering a perilous journey across the seas. Later, a man is asked if he has really been through such a dangerous storm. The man answers in the affirmative and introduces himself as Leif Erikson (Sam Corlett). Although Leif is probably best known today for the holiday dedicated to him (an occasion memorably celebrated in an episode of “SpongeBob SquarePants“), the actual Norse explorer is credited with colonizing Greenland and becoming the first European to reach North America (per history).
Leif is easily the most recognizable name in the trailer, but he’s far from the only real historical figure to have a moment to shine. Later, we first learn about Erikson’s sister, Freydís Eiríksdóttir (Frida Gustavsson), who reports that she has traveled to Kattegat to “find someone”. Although less famous than his brother, the real-life Eiríksdóttir (Norse for “Erik’s daughter”, as Erikson translates to “Erik’s son”) was intimately involved in his brother’s and his son’s explorations of the world. father (via HistoryNaked).
Later segments of the trailer take a closer look at characters like Prince Edmund (Louis Davison), Jarl Haakon (Caroline Henderson), and many more. Of course, it wouldn’t quite look like a “Vikings” trailer if it didn’t also include plenty of bloody battles.
The first season of “Vikings: Valhalla” will be released on Netflix on February 25.