The Vikings warlord and his brood are taking over the world.
Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) suffers no fools in historical drama Vikings (2013- current). Get on his bad side and you have an enemy for as long as he lets you live. So it bodes ill when The Seer (John Kavanagh) tells Ragnar’s eldest son Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig), “Your father’s return brings calamity. Chaos. Tragedy. And death.” Here’s what the second half of 20-episode season 4 holds for Vikings audiences…
Ragnar’s sons – Bjorn, Ubbe (Jor
1 dan Patrick Smith), Hvitserk (Marco Ilsø), Sigurd (David Lindström) and Ivar The Boneless (Alex Høgh Andersen) – are men who’re ready for war… possibly against Ragnar. And while Bjorn tells The Seer, “I am not afraid”, the soothsayer replies: “You should curse the day [Ragnar returned].” Series creator Michael Hirst says, “We follow storylines inspired by real-life events such as Bjorn sailing through the Mediterranean and Ivar becoming the most feared warrior of all time. It’s not a story of one man, but a saga of Ragnar and his sons.” This could be teasing a bigger storyline for the boys in season 5 with Ragnar only popping in – it would make sense as Aussie actor Travis is busy filming 2017 crime thriller Finding Steve McQueen and would miss a lot of Vikings filming days anyway. But it’s not just the men who’re 2 fighting. Ragnar’s first ex-wife Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) would rather slit throats than chitchat around a campfire. So it’s best that second exwife Queen Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) watch her back after Lagertha sneers, “I’ll never forgive you for taking away my husband, my world, my happiness.” And then there’s Ragnar’s now3 enemy brother Rollo (Clive Standen). He tells his princess wife Gisla (Morgane Polanski), “I cannot deny my Viking heritage,” and rumour has it this sets up the brothers for one final fight, with Rollo dying. That’s because Clive is playing Bryan Mills in Taken (2016- current), the TV prequel series to Liam Neeson’s film franchise of the same name (2008-2014), which is currently filming in Canada.
Ragnar is a broken old man stuck in a cage when Vikings returns.