Barbarians is due to land on Netflix soon and the series is set during the battle of the Teutoburg forest. The series will go down well with fans of shows like Vikings and The Last Kingdom, and it follows Germanic tribes who try to stop the evolution of the Roman Empire. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about the Barbarians release date, cast, trailer, plot and more.
When will Barbarians be released on Netflix?
Netflix released information about the new series on September 23, 2020, and an official trailer was dropped.
At the end of the trailer, it says: “Only on Netflix, October 23”, so viewers will be pleased to hear they only have a month to wait.
As this is a Netflix original, all episodes should land at the same time, with fans in the US having access from midnight.
Fans in the UK usually have to wait until 8am for the episodes to drop, but they should all be available to access on that day.
According to IMDb the debut series will be made up of six episodes.
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Who is in the cast of Barbarians?
The official IMDb page for Barbarians lists the full cast for the series, including the main characters and extras.
Characters appearing in all six episodes include Gaetano Aronica as Varus, Bence Ferenczi as Berulf Buddy Y and Jeanna Goursand as Thusnelda.
Tibor Milos Kriski will play Berulf Buddy, Jeremy Miliker will play Ansgar and Laurence Rupp will play Arminius.
Also in the main cast is David Schütter as Folkwin Wolfspeer and Bernhard Shütz as Segestes.
As this is a German series, most of the cast members are from Germany. Filming for the series took place in Hungary, so there may also be some Hungarian talent.
Is there a trailer for Barbarians?
Yes, Netflix has released the official trailer for the series which shows a huge army travelling through the forest.
The trailer says: “History’s greatest empire, history’s greatest traitor, the untold story of the battle that changed the world.”
Viewers can see the two sides go to war as the Germanic tribes launch an attack on the Roman soldiers passing through.
A voice is heard saying: “I know I can only rely on you, my son. You are surrounded by a pack of wolves, what do you do?”
Another voice says: “Give me strength and courage… whatever we fight for we pay for in blood.”
Fans have already shared their thoughts on the series, with one saying on YouTube: “Netflix making one show after another about epic European history is something I absolutely didn’t expect and I’m totally here for it.”
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What will happen in Barbarians?
The series is based on the battle of the Teutoburg forest, which was a real battle during which an alliance of Germanic tribes ambushed three Roman legions.
The Romans were led by Publius Quinctilius Varus and the Germanic alliance was led by Arminius, a Germanic officer.
Arminius was a Roman citizen and with his military background he was able to predict the Roman army’s actions.
In the end they claimed victory over the Romans, as they never again made an attempt to conquer many German territories.
The series is likely to remain true to the facts, and it should be historically accurate, with some room for creative changes.
More fans have shared their thoughts on the series having watched the trailer, with one saying: “Looks really interesting, gonna add that to my list.”
Another fan said: “I’m really really excited about this release! The Teutoburg Battle or has some others call it, the Varian disaster, was really a major event that catches the imagination!”
Historical drama series have proved popular with fans recently, including The Last Kingdom, which also airs on Netflix.
Vikings, on History and Prime Video, is also a popular series for fans of series based on real historical figures.
Barbarians will air on Netflix