Fam­ily fights

The Vikings war­lord and his brood are tak­ing over the world.

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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.

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