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Vikings: Valhalla: Could Freydis be the new Lagertha?

Katheryn Winnick stars as Lagertha in History Channel's Vikings
Katheryn Winnick stars as Lagertha in Vikings. Pic credit: History/Jonathan Hession

Little is known about Netflix’s upcoming historical drama series, Vikings: Valhalla. However, for many fans of History Channel’s original series, the question has to be asked: will there be a female character as great as Lagertha?

With news being scant surrounding the upcoming series beyond a brief synopsis, there is only one Viking woman so far that can potentially match Lagertha regarding fan appeal: Freydis.

According to the original press release from Netflix, the synopsis for Vikings: Valhalla is below.

The new saga begins 100 years after the original series concludes and dramatizes the adventures of the most famous Vikings who ever lived – Leif Erikson, Freydis, Harald Harada, and the Norman King William the Conqueror (also a Viking descendant). These men and women will blaze new paths as they fight for survival in an ever-changing and evolving Europe. This is the explosive next chapter of the Vikings legend

While it gives an idea of when Vikings: Valhalla will be set and a list of character names, it doesn’t give any extra details regarding Freydis.

A Viking shieldmaiden draws a bow
A Viking shieldmaiden. Pic credit: Pixabay/sarahfelde

Who will play Freydis in Vikings: Valhalla?

New details are emerging of the actors who will play these characters. According to IGN, Frida Gustavsson will star as Freydis Eriksdotter. Netflix has also provided a bio on this character.

Fiercely pagan, fiery, and headstrong, Freydis is a staunch believer in the “old gods.” Like her brother, Leif, she reaches Kattegat as an outsider but becomes an inspiration to those of the old ways.

This description certainly sounds like a character worthy of comparison to Lagertha. However, the Viking sagas also reveal some startling truths about Freydis.

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