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Vikings season 4 finally made its way back to the small screen with even more bloodshed and drama than ever on Thursday, February 18, and what everyone wants to know is will Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) live?
The previous season, which ended nearly 10 months ago, saw Ragnar fall from a wall during a battle in Paris. While he managed to survive and bluff his way inside the walls of the city by faking his own death, the king of the Vikings returned to Kattegat a much weaker man.
The Vikings have been led ably by their leader King Ragnar, but everyone who is aware of the story, knows that he ultimately dies and is succeeded by his son Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig). Not surprisingly, rumors have been swirling that the terribly injured king might retire from active politics and will die this season. In that case, Bjorn better get his leadership skills polished in a hurry.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the show’s creator, Michael Hirst, revealed an interesting tidbit. He not only said that some of Ragnar’s sons will play a “bigger and bigger part in season 4,” he explained, “This has never been the Ragnar Lothbrok show, this is a show about Vikings. And again historically speaking, a couple of Ragnar’s sons did become more famous than he was.
“I’m thinking particularly of Bjorn and the wonderfully named Ivor the Boneless. Ivor’s story is a crucial and amazing part of season 4.” And, even though Ragnar managed to return to Kattegat, he explained, “he’s still desperately ill – he’s at death’s door.”
When the stars of the show, including Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha), Clive Standen (Rollo) and Alexander Ludwig (Bjorn), along with Michael Hirst, made an appearance at 2015’s San Diego Comic-Con last July, they provided a few clues as to what the next season would hold.
Fimmel said of his character, “He’s got very close to death. A lot of this year is his fascination with death. Like Odin, who hung himself to feel how it felt to be dead.”
Hirst chimed in, further explaining, “some of the early parts of next season are about the possibility of him dying and what are the ramifications of that. Who’s going to rule and what will it mean if the great Ragnar Lothbrok dies now? It sets up all future possible conflicts about the consequences of him dying. You can see the people cueing up to claim power.”
Another big question is whether or not Rollo (Standen) is going to portray his brother Ragnar. As revealed in the trailer, Rollo has agreed to marry the daughter of Emperor Charles, Princess Gisla (Morgane Polanski) – and in return, it seems he’s going to turn against his brother once again and help the Franks defend the city against the Vikings.
But at Comic-Con, Standen teased that it could be another “route in Paris.”
One thing we do know is that as Ragnar will have a new love interest, whom Fimmel called a “very talented actress” at the panel, he obviously won’t be going to Valhalla anytime soon. Hirst later confirmed in his interview with The Hollywood Reporter that the new woman in the star’s life is actually Yidu (Dianne Doan), a Chinese slave captured in the Red Sea.
How much longer he’ll be a part of this epic History Channel series is still anyone’s guess.