'Vikings' Cast: Season 5 Renewal Brings Mysterious New Character, Time Jump Imminent? [VIDEO]

Vikings isn't ready to sail into the sunset.

Get your drinking horns; it's time to celebrate. History Channel's acclaimed period drama has snagged yet another 20-episode renewal, bringing Vikings into its fifth season!

To sweeten the pot (as if they even had to), History combined the renewal announcement with the major casting reveal. Although his character has yet to be revealed, fans can expect to see Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Roots, Dracula) during the 2017 season.

"The brilliant writing and depth of historical research and authenticity brought to the screen by Michael Hirst paired with our talented cast and crew, has made this series one of the most compelling, visually stunning historical dramas on television," Jana Bennett, president and general manager of History, said on Thursday. "'Vikings' has raided the hearts of audiences and we are thrilled that Jonathan Rhys Meyers will become a bigger part of the HISTORY family after his incredible performance in our upcoming production of Roots."

When the Vikings raid their ways across our screens for the fifth time, fans should expect the drama to carry them much further into the future. By time season 4's midseason rolls around, you should expect to see the youngsters of Kattegat grow into teens and adults.

"The season's so long," Alexander Ludwig (Bjorn) told TV Insider. "It's got to be like 15 years."

The time really does just fly by, doesn't it? For the older members of Ragnar's world, these time jumps may put an end to their storylines. The King's illness nearly had him down for the count as season 4 began, and few believe Fimmel's character will make it to the finale. Rollo (Clive Standen), meanwhile, has placed himself in a very precarious position. In turning his back on the Norsemen, he has almost certainly signed his own death warrant.

Rollo has a way of surprising us, however, and Standen isn't ready to write the newest Parisian off just yet.

Vikings will resume filming this summer in Ireland. Catch Bjor, Rollo, and Ragnar in action Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on the History Channel.

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