Following the amazing news about the Vikings season 6 renewal, isn’t getting some news about Katheryn Winnick directing exciting as well?
It was recently confirmed that the actress, (who plays Lagertha on the History epic) is going to be stepping into the director’s chair for the first time for one episode during season 6. This is a huge undertaking for any actor, and one that does require an extensive amount of shadowing and preparation before you even start work on the gig. It also takes a great deal of work and effort to do in the middle of the season. One of the reasons why you typically see so many different directors for a television series is because it takes a significantly longer period of time to work through directing an episode (going through post-production and the like) than it does almost any other role in the cast or the crew and with a show as massive as Vikings, we imagine the stakes are even higher. With Winnick’s intimate knowledge of this show, we know that the episode she directs is going to be something really special.
Winnick landing a directing gig with Vikings is even more impressive to CarterMatt given that the show often relies on a familiar stable of directors in order to make their episodes, which often include huge battle sequences. Take a look at Ken Girotti, Jeff Woolnough, or Helen Shaver as great examples. The specific timing of her episode has not been announced just yet, but we’re excited to report on it more when it happens. Filming for the upcoming season may begin later this year, even though season 5 does not actually start airing on History until November.
One thing we can say is that show creator Michael Hirst is as excited as ever to keep the series going. In a new statement to Entertainment Weekly (who first reported on Katheryn Winnick directing) regarding the renewal, show creator/writer Michael Hirst had the following to say:
“It has been my pleasure and my privilege to work with HISTORY and our partner MGM over five seasons and 69 episodes of Vikings. [The sixth season] will deliver a huge and unexpected revelation to our audience.”
Given how long History waited to launch Vikings season 5, it makes the air date for Vikings season 6 all the more ambiguous we are thinking 2019, but maybe that’s just us hoping it will come out quickly since this is easily one of our favorite televisions shows on the air. Once there’s more to report on here at CarterMatt, we’ll be sure to let you know (we cover Vikings extensively while it’s airing and during the off season too). We just don’t want to overlook everything that is coming on Vikings season 5 given that there is so much epic stuff coming up there. After all, early indications are that this will be one of the most expansive, exciting seasons for the show yet.
What do you think about Katheryn Winnick directing?
Share now in the attached comments! If you missed our report on the likely season 6 renewal from weeks ago, you can read that over at the link here. (Photo: History.)