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History Channel orders another serving of 'Vikings'

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The History Channel has ordered up a third season of hit historical drama Vikings, it was announced today.

The show centers on Ragnar -- played by Travis Fimmel -- a restless young warrior and family man who longs to find and conquer new lands across the sea and claim the spoils as his own. Now that he is an Earl, wielding more power than ever before, his desire to sail west and explore new kingdoms remains unquenchable.

Season one of the series debuted March 3, 2013 and ran for 9 episodes. The show's second season, which consists of 10 episodes, is currently airing on Thursday nights.

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Production on the third season will begin this summer and air early in 2015.

“Vikings is an epic story brought alive by a talented creative team," said MGM President. "We are delighted by the support Vikings receives from History and their audience, as well as from our partners and fans around the globe.”

Vikings has been averaging approximately 5.1 million viewers each week, according to numbers from Nielsen Research.

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