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Vikings Gets a Super-Sized Season 4 and Premiere Date

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Sadie Gennis

Vikings will return for an extended fourth season on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 10/9c, History announced Thursday.

The network has added four episodes to the initial 16-episode order. However, the super-sized season comes with a slight bit of bad news. Rather than air all 20 episodes consecutively, History will split the season into two parts, with the first 10 episodes airing this winter and the remaining ten airing later in 2016.

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Vikings' third season ended with Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) raiding Paris and returning home to Kattegat. However, the King remains dangerously ill, prompting Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) and Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) to each plot their possible succession to the throne. This season, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) will continue her power struggles with Kalf (Ben Robson), Floki (Gustaf Skargsard) is seized for what he did to Athelstan, and Rollo (Clive Standen) continues to betray the Vikings by staying in Frankia.

Peter Franzen joins the cast this year as King Harold Finehair, a potential threat to Ragnar who hopes to be king of Norway. Jasper Pääkkönen will play Halfdan the Black, King Harold's violent younger brother, and Diane Doan will play Yidu, a completely new type of character on the show who fascinates Ragnar.

Are you excited for more Vikings?

Check out the new key art below.