With the second season of Vinland Saga reviving the ‘lost dream’ of a peaceful life for Vikings, we’re all thrilled at the prospect of a third season. But when to expect Vinland Saga season 3? If you’re here to find that out, keep reading as we talk about everything we know about the third season of Vinland Saga!!
Based on Makoto Yukimura’s manga series, Vinland Saga anime instantly garnered millions of fans when the first season premiered, and the popularity only went up as the second season premiered and concluded.
This success can be attributed to the series’ already-established fanbase. After all, the manga had been ongoing since 2005, so fans had demanded its anime adaptation for at least a decade before WIT Studio finally picked the series.
But then, Vinland Saga isn’t just a plain story about Vikings and their splendid feats.
Instead, the series highlights the irony of how a thirst for peace led Vikings to war after war because they couldn’t settle for anything less than blood. And so, even the victors became losers because peace would’ve meant an absence of war altogether.
That’s why this seinen anime series is titled after ‘Vinland Saga,’ which represents a dreamland with enough resources that nobody has to fight for anything.
I found Vinland Saga addicting for its theme and mind-blowing plot twists. It’s like every character can betray you at any given moment. And the only thing giving the series a remote sense of plot is that a boy named Thorfinn vows revenge against Askeladd for his father’s murder.
However, even that’s not as simple as it sounds. It’s because Askeladd ends up raising Thorfinn under his tutelage and gradually becomes a father figure to him.
But Makoto takes this thrilling unpredictability a step further when Thorfinn’s dispute gets muddled with Europe’s power struggle. And so, Vinland Saga ruthlessly shows how political turmoil takes a toll on a common man’s life.
After the successful first season, it took two years before a second season was announced. This is the reason why fans had little hope of an immediate renewal for a third season after the second season concluded.
Will There Be A Season 3 of Vinland Saga?
So far, Vinland Saga season 3 isn’t officially greenlit. But the hype surrounding the series and the availability of enough manga content suggests that a third season will be profitable for all parties involved, including the fans!!
After all, both seasons of Vinland Saga anime were loved by fans worldwide, who rated it as one of the best anime shows in recent times!
Although the third season isn’t officially announced, it’s been teased that there will be another season. Vinland Saga’s character designer, Takahiko Abiru, thanked the staff members after the completion of the second season and mentioned that “Thorfinn’s journey will continue.”
While he outright didn’t mention that Vinland Saga season 3 is confirmed, his tweet teased the fans that they can look forward to an announcement soon.
My gratitude goes to you as all staff members were able to continue making this work without giving up until today.
I'd like to extend my appreciation to the fans all around the world that love VINLAND SAGA. Thank you so much!
…Thorfinn's journey will continue.#VINLAND_SAGA pic.twitter.com/deFllStN9k
— 阿比留隆彦 (@mountful) June 19, 2023
In other words, Vinland Saga’s popularity and demand have grown even further after the season 2 release. And so, we can expect that there’ll be a season 3 for Vinland Saga anime. It’s just a question of when it will be released!
Besides, the manga contains over 200 chapters, but the anime has covered only around half of these. So, there’s enough source material to create at least two more seasons.
Vinland Saga Season 3 Release Date Expectations
As Vinland Saga season 3 isn’t officially renewed yet, we don’t know for sure when the anime will come out. As fans, we all hope for the anime to come out soon, but we cannot expect the anime until 2024.
The reason why I’ve mentioned the next year is not just because there was a 4-year gap between the previous two seasons.
After all, that gap can be explained by the fact that there was a global pandemic going around. Also, the first season of anime was animated by WIT Studio, while the second season was animated by MAPPA. So, a little delay was inevitable.
But I’ve two reasons to predict that Vinland Saga season 3 will not come out earlier than the summer of 2024.
Firstly, Vinland Saga anime has just ended, and a sequel is usually released around 4-6 months after the renewal announcement. As the third season of Vinland Saga hasn’t officially been announced, odds are that production hasn’t started yet.
That means the anime will probably not air in the first quarter of 2024.
Secondly, MAPPA is expected to remain the main production studio for Vinland Saga season 3. But the studio is currently busy releasing Jujutsu Kaisen season 2. Meanwhile, it has scheduled Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 4 and Alice to Therese no Maboroshi Kōjō for Fall 2023.
Moreover, the studio has even announced multiple series for 2024, including Bucchigiri?!, Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku season 2, Zombie Land Saga the Movie, and Yuri!!! on Ice the Movie: Ice Adolescence.
As MAPPA currently has its hands full, we can expect that the studio won’t be able to begin production of Vinland Saga season 3 until next year.
And so, we will have to wait a bit longer to see our favorite characters back in action.
What to Expect From Vinland Saga Season 3?
Vinland Saga season 2 finale featured Thorfinn and his companions finally returning to Iceland, where he has a heart-warming reunion with his family. But the finale also hinted how Thorfinn’s disgust for war had reignited his dream to find the peaceful land of Vinland.
Since the second season of Vinland Saga has covered up to the 14th manga volume, we can anticipate the story to pick from the next manga volume or manga chapter 101.
In other words, we can expect season 3 of Vinland Saga to begin with the third arc of the series, i.e., “Eastern Expedition Arc.”
If that happens, we’ll see Throfinn and Einar traveling to Greece to finance their dream of building Vinland. During this journey, Thorfinn will encounter several new allies who will support his pacifist ideology and join him along his voyage.
But he’ll also be tailed by Halfdan’s son named Sigurd. So we can expect that Throfinn will unintentionally get involved in another conflict, making it hard for him to abstain from violence.
As a manga fan, I am excited that the coming season will also bring our long-awaited character, Gudrid. But I won’t spoil the series by telling who she is and why all the manga fans are peculiarly waiting on her.
Anyways, the previous seasons of Vinland Saga anime covered the first two major manga arcs and contained 24 episodes each. So, we can expect the third season of Vinland Saga anime to cover the third major arc completely.
And so, we can anticipate that Vinland Saga season 3 will likely cover manga chapters 101-166 in a total of 24 animated episodes.
However, all this is still an assumption, as the official Vinland Saga media team is yet to renew the series.
Vinland Saga Season 3 Cast & Crew Details
While Vinland Saga season 3 is not officially confirmed, we expect the cast and crew members from Season 2 to reprise their roles for the third season.
It’s because even though the first season of Vinland Saga was animated by WIT Studio and the second by MAPPA, most of the cast and crew members remained unchanged.
So, we can expect Shūhei Yabuta to return as the main director. Meanwhile, Hiroshi Seko and Yuta Yamada will likely reprise their respective roles as a scriptwriter and a music director.
We can also expect producer Naokado Fujiwara to reprise his role. But we are unsure if producers Masae Yamato, Akira Yonezawa, and Hitoshi Matsumoto will return as they replaced the previous producers, Yōko Ueda and Mitsuhiro Sugita, from the first season.
That said, the voice actors will likely remain unchanged. So, we’ll be seeing:
- Yūto Uemura as Thorfinn Thordarson
- Shunsuke Takeuchi as Einar
- Akio Ōtsuka as Thorkell
- Atsushi Ono as Floki
- Kensho Ono as Canute
- Ao Takahashi as Helga
- Hitomi Nabatame as Ylva
- Chinatsu Akasaki as Estrid
But as the series isn’t renewed yet, we don’t know who will be the voice cast for new characters.
Is Vinland Saga Manga Finished?
Vinland Saga manga is still unfinished and contains over 200 chapters compiled in a total of 27 tankōbon volumes.
Though the manga started in April 2005, it seems the series is finally nearing its end, as chapter 167 marked the beginning of the final arc titled the “Vinland Arc.” But there’s no telling how far this final arc will stretch as Makoto Yukimura has not revealed anything in this regard.
However, if you are done with the anime and want to know what happens next, you can start reading manga from chapter 100 onwards.
Though Vinland Saga season 3 is still not greenlit, we can expect the series to be renewed soon. It’s because the anime is very popular, and there’s enough manga content available for an anime adaptation. While we expect the third season to adapt “Eastern Expedition Arc” in 24 episodes, we’ll have to wait before MAPPA officially renews the series.
I hope this article helped answer all your queries regarding Vinland Saga season 3. I’ll be sure to update this article as new information becomes available.
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