Vikings Season 4 did the unthinkable and killed its main hero, Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel). In last night’s episode, the Viking warrior was finally thrown into a pit of poisonous snakes the way history books recounted his death.
So, what will happen to the critically-acclaimed drama from history? Show creator Michael Hirst talks about the pivotal scene and what the future has in store for Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) and the rest of the cast?
Death of a Hero
This season, following his defeat in Paris, Ragnar is just ready to head to Valhalla. In the midseason finale last month, the Viking warrior who has led his army to greatness tried to kill himself.
His death in King Aelle’s (Ivan Kaye) hands becomes a sort of reprieve for Ragnar. The actor explained to The Hollywood Reporter that what his character felt in that snake pit was contentment.
“Ragnar was so ready to die and was happy to die there,” the 37-year-old stated. “He feels like his whole plan has worked, and his kids were coming to avenge him and get revenge on Ecbert.”
But, did Ragnar die as an atheist? Fimmel said the Viking died knowing he will not go to Valhalla nor Heaven to which Hirst agreed. The screenwriter said Ragnar’s exposure to other religions shook his belief and, in the end, he did not believe anymore.
The final speech he made in the cage, however, was for his children who still believes in Odin and Valhalla. It was, in Hirst’s own words, a “political statement” to push his sons to avenge his death.
Will Ragnar Reappear in Future Episodes of Vikings Season 4?
Travis Fimmel thinks his character will not return in future episodes. The Warcraft star explained that Ragnar died an atheist and, therefore, will not appear as a ghost to Lagertha or any of his sons.
But, Hirst also hints that the actor might return in some form. “But because he’s such a powerful presence in people’s lives he could reappear in dreams, in visions,” Hirst promised. He further added that his major character including Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard), Rollo (Clive Standen) and Lagertha will “not completely disappear from the saga.”
Vikings Season 4 Episode 16 will air on Jan. 4 at 9 p.m. on History.
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