After a long wait, the date and official trailer for Vikings season 6 have been announced, but it seems that not everyone will enjoy it at the same time since it will first be released by Amazon Prime.

The Amazon platform will have the first window to the second half of the sixth season and will release all episodes on December 30. History will broadcast them on a date to be determined in 2021.

The deal could be seen as a smart move as MGM Television producers seek to better monetize costly period drama at a time when revenues from basic cable networks like History continue to decline. History also benefits from a likely reduced license fee, as it now has a second window and more revenue to use for developing other scripted series.

Amazon and Hulu have streaming rights to the first five seasons and dropped the first half of season six earlier this year following their first window on History.

“On December 30, Prime members in the US, UK, Germany, Austria and Ireland will be the first to learn about the fates of the beloved characters as the epic drama wraps up in the final 10 episodes.” Said Brad Beale, vice president of worldwide content licensing at Amazon.

The same creator of the series, Michael Hirst, also spoke about the premiere on Amazon Prime Video:

“Prime Video will uniquely expose the series finale to a broadcast audience first. Prepare to be in awe and many surprises along the way. And if you have tears to shed, prepare to shed them too.”

But luckily Vikings fans who don’t have a Prime Video membership on December 30 can sign up for a 30-day free trial. Although this promotion may change.