History has renewed scripted series Vikings for a third season of 10 episodes, the network said Tuesday.
Production on season three will begin this summer to air in 2015.
The second season of Vikings is drawing fewer viewers than last year, averaging 3.4 million, although last year had miniseries The Bible as its lead in for much of the season. The 3.4 million average still tops cable in its Thursday 10 p.m. time slot. The series is averaging 1.7 million adults 25-54 and 1.8 million adults 18-49 viewers.
Creator Michael Hirst told Multichannel News recently he had already been writing season-three episodes, including what should be a memorable centerpiece. “It’s no secret that I want them to attack Paris, because Paris at that time was a very significant city,” he said. “The attack on Paris, there were over 100 Viking ships, and it’s a great story I want to tell.”
Vikings' second season still has six episodes remaining, with the finale set for May 1.