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Florian Monteanu joins the cast of Vikings: Valhalla for season 3, as Byzantine general Gyrgir.
Munteanu's massive bulk will undoubtedly fit in nicely in the realm of Vikings: Valhalla, where the sword does most of the talking. Vikings: Valhalla was announced just before the original Vikings series ended in 2020, and it follows the lives of a few key historical people who played major roles in the end of the Viking Age, including Harald Hardrada, Leif Erikson, and King Canute. In February of this year, Netflix released the whole first season, which was then renewed for two more seasons a month later.
Munteanu joins the historical guest list, as Deadline reports that he will play George Maniakes, also known as Gyrgir in the Scandinavian sagas. Gyrgir was a Byzantine general who was known as a great soldier, astute commander, and unwaveringly faithful to the Emir. According to Deadline, Munteanu is presently filming Vikings: Valhalla in Ireland, the production hub.
Gyrgir's appearance suggests that fans will witness Leo Suters' Harald Hardrada during his period in exile as the Varangian Guard's commander. Gyrgir was aided in his reconquest of Sicily from the Arabs by this elite regiment of Byzantine bodyguards, which was ordinarily assigned to defend the emperor. It's also possible that viewers will witness Gyrgir's insurrection against Emperor Constantine, however it's unclear how the key protagonists from Vikings: Valhalla will factor into this.
While the second season of Vikings: Valhalla has already been shot, the third season is just getting started, with filming set to go through the summer. This type of proactive production demonstrates Netflix's faith in its content, which is logical given the first season's tremendous watching numbers. However, there is no specific release date for season 2, so fans will have to wait until Season 3 to see Gyrgir and the rest of the Norse gang.