Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) might be dead, but the battle is not won yet. In the anticipated fifth season of the critically-acclaimed Vikings, Ivar the Boneless (Alex Hogh Andersen) is going to war against the warrior bishops led by Heahmund (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers).
The Battle Continues
The next season of Vikings is all about Ragnar’s children rising into the spotlight and etching their names into history. Just as the name of their father was feared, the brothers will go out into the world to conquest and plunder.
While Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig) and Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) will go to the Mediterranean and Iceland, Ivar is going back to England in order to take over the city of York. There, he will encounter one of the strongest and most interesting adversaries to ever appear on the show: the warrior bishops.
EW published a photo of Ivar in Heahmund’s territory, York. In the scene taken from Season 5, Ivar was sitting beside a broken chariot as the rain pours over the city.
Showrunner Michael Hirst shared what exactly happened to Ivar in York. He explained that it was the Viking’s recklessness that brought him into that position.
“He’s given a chariot to travel around in, and being Ivar, he travels around in it completely recklessly, and crashes it at a very inopportune moment,” he explained. “The moment he’s crashed it and leans up against the wheels, he realizes he’s surrounded by Saxon warriors.”
However, this could not break his spirit. Ivar, while surrounded, still thinks that he has the upperhand. “He laughs at them and he taunts them,” Hirst said about his hero. “He is Ivar the Boneless, and it doesn’t matter how many arrows they shoot, they cannot kill him.”
While Ragnar will definitely be missed, Ivar will be an interesting replacement for the legendary Viking. He possesses qualities that are similar and, at the same time, very different from his father. That said, even with Fimmel’s absence in the period drama, Andersen has the capacity to keep viewers glued on to their television screens in the upcoming seasons.
Hirst has nothing but good things to say about Andersen. The actor joined the drama in Season 4 and will become one of the leads moving forward. “He’s a very, very powerful presence,” the award-winning screenwriter stated.
In addition, he described Ivar’s relationship with Heahmund. While the two have their differences (i.e. the Vikings wanting to take over York), the two warriors eventually will earn each other’s respect. “The battle is completely dominated by the personalities of these two great and formidable warriors,” he claimed.
Ivar Wants Blood
Vikings Season 5 is going to be eventful for Ivar the Boneless. Aside from his mission to take over York in England, he also has a couple of remaining scores to settle. One of which was his anger toward the death of his mother, Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland). While their battle was halted by Bjorn in Season 4, Ivar is still hell-bent on taking Lagertha’s (Katheryn Winnick) life to avenge his mother.
Winnick will be returning to the drama in Season 5. The fate of the character is still unknown; the upcoming season has already wrapped up filming, but it likely will not be revealed whether she survives to see another season or not. The actor did say that Lagertha, like every one of the show, will eventually die.
History is yet to announce the official premiere date of Vikings Season 5. According to rumors, the critically-acclaimed period drama will return to television screens before this year comes to an end.
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