History unveiled a new look at Vikings season 6 during the [email protected] panel this afternoon. Cast members Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Alex Ludwig, Clive Standen, Jordan Patrick Smith, and writer/creator Michael Hirst, discussed their favorite moments from the past six and a half seasons, along with their favorite fan interactions, and what makes Vikings so extraordinary. The panel was moderated by TV Guide's Kate Hahn.

History's hit drama series Vikings returns for the second half of its sixth and final season this fall. A concrete release date has not yet been announced. For the past five seasons the Vikings have explored and conquered the known world, from early raids in England and the fierce battles of the Great Heathen Army to the heart-stopping death of Ragnar (Travis Fimmel), now the epic saga sails to monumental lengths throughout the rest of the 10 compelling, definitive episodes. The 20-episode sixth season started with a two-hour premiere back in December.

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Last season, History's first scripted series Vikings reached 25.2 million total viewers in Live+7 delivery and is the network's #1 drama series. Michael Hirst, creator, writer and executive producer of the hit series is happy that they were able to accomplish so much in such a short time. But, he is also sad to see the show go. He had this to say.

"I always knew how Vikings would end and, after 89 episodes, I truly believe the saga of Ragnar Lothbrok and his sons has been told and we are leaving our beloved fans with the proper and definitive ending they so deserve. Although it is bittersweet there are still 20 episodes left and the most ambitious and intensely emotional episodes are still to come."

Vikings season six returns following the battle between brothers which has left Bjorn victorious and a hero to the people who have been under the tyrannical rule of Ivar for so long. As the new leader of Kattegat, Bjorn struggles to fill his late father's shoes as king, while facing several dilemmas and wrestling with the idea that power overshadows morals. Meanwhile, Ivar, searching for a new path to separate him from his past, is seen traveling along The Silk Road eventually leading him to Russia. He meets his match in Prince Oleg (Danila Kozlovsky), a ruthless and unpredictable Russian ruler, who shocks even Ivar with his merciless actions. While Lagertha has her own agenda - to live a quieter and less public life on her own farm, but new dangers lurk close to home. This season, the Vikings continue to take over Scandinavia as Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith) and Torvi (Georgia Hirst) travel to Iceland to uncover the mystery circling around Floki's (Gustaf Skarsgård) disappearance and Hvitserk (Marco Ilso) pursues his personal vendetta against Ivar.

Vikings is the critically acclaimed series from creator and sole writer Michael Hirst and is a family saga that tells the remarkable tales of the lives and epic adventures of the raiders and explorers of the Dark Ages. While fans are sad to see it go, they have the Netflix spinoff, Vikings: Valhalla to look forward to. You can watch the panel, along with the exclusive clip above, thanks to the Comic-Con International YouTube channel. The new footage is at the end of the panel.

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