The death of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) in Vikings Season 4 was expected, but it came as a blow to loyal fans of the show. The first three seasons of the critically acclaimed period drama followed the legendary warrior from his beginnings as a farmer, and eventually the ruler of Kattegat. But, the current season was the beginning of his fall, and in a snake pit, he greeted death.
It marked the show’s new era as the next generation of Vikings take over. But, while the core cast are starting to say their goodbyes, there are still a lot of characters to root for. Ragnar‘s sons, Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) and Ivar (Alex Hogh Andersen), are now major players to the story.
The New Ragnar and Rollo?
In the previous episodes, Lagertha’s (Katheryn Winnick) rise to power in Kattegat caused a rift between the family. To avenger his mother’s, Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland), death, Ivar challenged Lagertha. Luckily, Bjorn appeared just in time to save his mother from her brother.
This, however, will not be the last that the sons of Ragnar will clash. In an interview with Toronto Sun, Ludwig revealed that Bjorn’s relationship with Ivar will be rocky from here on. “I’d say you can look forward to a similar relationship that Ragnar and Rollo had, in terms of the struggle for power,” the actor stated.
Bjorn’s Glory in Vikings Season 4
As for his character, the 24-year-old promises exciting things ahead. He teased that Bjorn, who was a real person, will achieve great feats on the show. “Bjorn is becoming the character I’ve long waited for,” he admitted. “I did my research. This is what I spoke about to Michael (Hirst, the series creator), and the kind of the season I was promised when I first signed onto the show.”
While the show features actual historical figures from history books, it also made changes to the story. In reality, Bjorn Ironside was the second son of Ragnar and Aslaug. As a grown man, he traveled, raided and pillaged many places including France, Spain, Italy and cities in the Mediterranean Sea.
Ludwig’s character is traversing the same road to glory on the small screen. The actor promised that Bjorn’s future will “blow [viewer’s] mind.” Vikings Season 4 airs every Wednesday on History.
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