Vikings 5 Currently Shooting in Morocco

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‘Vikings’ Season 5 Currently Shooting in Morocco

By Amira El Masaiti

The international TV sensation Vikings has followed its HBO rival Game of Thrones to the desert landscapes of Morocco for the production of its fifth season.

Fans of the historical fiction are eagerly anticipating of the fifth season of the show, which will feature North African landscapes as well as a new chapter in Bjorn Iron side’s storyline.

Primarily shot in Ireland throughout its four previous season, Vikings has travelled across the Mediterranean and all the way to Morocco for the shooting of its new season.

True to the original plotline of the legendary king of Sweden, creator Michael Hirst said  to Entertainment Weekly that “I always knew the real Bjorn Ironside went into the Mediterranean and found himself in what is now Tunisia, on the edge of the Sahara”

One of the reasons why Hirst chose to shoot the fifth season in Morocco is because of its rich Saharan land. “One of the things that was constraining us was that we couldn’t reproduce the Sahara desert in the west of Ireland.”

The History Channel production shared glimpses on sociall media of its crew in Morocco, with Bjorn, played by Alexander Ludwig who also showed excitement in his journey in Morocco, riding a camel in the desert.

“When you see the Vikings in the Sahara, in these sand dunes… you’d never seen that palette on the show before. It’s exquisite and wonderful,” he said.

Alex Høgh Andersen, who plays Ivar the Boneless, shared a picture of himself in the rain, leaning against his chariot.

“He’s given a chariot to travel around in, and being Ivar, he travels around in it completely recklessly, and crashes it at a very inopportune moment. The moment he’s crashed it and leans up against the wheels, he realizes he’s surrounded by Saxon warriors,” said the director.

“He laughs at them and he taunts them. He is Ivar the Boneless, and it doesn’t matter how many arrows they shoot, they cannot kill him,” he added.

Vikings’ fifth season is set to premiere later this year on November 29, with a two-hour-long premiere.