The History Channel has announced that its hit scripted series, Vikings, will return for its second season on Thursday, February 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, according to Coming Soon. The show’s first season was the #1 new cable series of the year, averaging 4.3 million total viewers per episode. History is looking to grow that audience as positive word of mouth for the show has spread during its hiatus. Here is a brief description from History teasing what you can expect from this new season:

Season two brings crises of faith, of power, of relationships. Brothers rise up against one another. Loyalties shift from friend to foe, and unlikely alliances are formed in the name of supremacy. Ragnar’s indiscretions threaten his marriage to Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), tearing him and his beloved son apart. Plots are hatched, scores are settled, blood is spilled…all under the watchful eyes of the gods.

Vikings has been a surprise hit for History, and while it may not rival some of the better dramas on TV in terms of character or production values, it should satisfy anyone looking for a little gore on their Thursday evenings.

[via Coming Soon]