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Katheryn Winnick Talks Lagertha’s Evolution and Big Changes in “Vikings”

May 01, 2016

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IMDb: What does it mean to you to have such a massive viewership and fan base?

 

Katheryn Winnick: It’s amazing just to see how many people relate to the show and how people from different backgrounds, cultures, and countries all identify with these characters and are fascinated with the Viking world. It’s now going into Season 4 and having now double the episodes. And the fact that History Channel ordered twice the number is such a proud moment — that all our hard work from Season 1 is now coming to fruition. It’s amazing to have the fans and the critics all by our sides. Our biggest complaint was people wanted more episodes!

 

Lagertha has consistently been a fiercely strong, independent woman and leader. How has she changed in Season 4?

 

You will see her making decisions totally based on herself and trusting herself, especially in the midseason finale and the one coming after. She’s been burned before and betrayed before from everyone from Season 1, from Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) to her second husband, who physically abused her and Kalf (Ben Robson), who betrayed her by taking over Hedeby.

 

I think that she’s definitely now trusting her own intuition, and she probably will never put herself in a situation where she’s depending on other people as much. I would even say that she comes into her own even more so in Season 4. You’ll definitely see a big change with Lagertha. There will be a change not just physically but also in who she is as a person, and she gets a new tattoo and more responsibilities. There are definitely some fun changes.

 

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‘Vikings’ creator on what’s next after that time jump twist

April 28, 2016

ZAP2IT – It’s hard to believe that wasn’t a season finale, but “Vikings” is only halfway through Season 4 and already nothing will be the same.

 

In Thursday’s (April 21) episode, Rollo (Clive Standen) defeated Ragnar (Travis Fimmel), leading to a major jump in time that brought the midseason finale episode to a close. After being away for years, Ragnar returned to a Kattegat that had evolved into a major settlement without him to find all of his sons grown and Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) plotting out the Mediterranean voyahe he is historically most remembered for.

 

With so many developments, Zap2it went to “Vikings” creator and sole writer Michael Hirst to help us sort out what it all means and get the lowdown on what’s to come when the show returns later in the year.

 

Zap2it: After the battle between Rollo and Ragnar, we see the Vikings retreating, defeated. We see Ragnar off to the side, curled up in a ball. What’s going through his head after being thoroughly handled by his own brother?

 

Michael Hirst: Well, I think that’s for you to decide. I think it was an interesting trajectory to take the most charismatic, the most beautiful, the most compelling character in the show and then to take him on a downward trajectory into defeat.

 

I don’t think that’s particularly normal. Certainly in America, it’s not something you’d expect to see. But I thought I could carry the audience with me because they knew Ragnar wasn’t interested in power. They knew the burden that he carried was almost too much for him. They knew he would probably be happy to die.

 

The funny thing is as well, whatever you think of Rollo — who’s not charismatic in the same way — you kind of went, “That’s OK! I’m rooting for him, he’s good! I like him!”

 

Then they say “Hail Caesar!” it’s a good moment for Rollo. I’m kind of pumping my fist for him too.

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Katheryn Winnick and Clive Standen Talk Season 4

April 28, 2016

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HUFFINGTON POST – This Thursday marks History’s mid-season finale of Vikings season 4 – the show that managed to break the mold for TV storytelling combined with breathtaking visuals and stellar performances. Created by Michael Hirst, this season of Vikings might be its trippiest yet. With Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) falling into a Chinese hallucinogenic’s arms, Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) experiencing out-of-body visions, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) developing as a ferocious shieldmaiden, Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) going full Revenant with a bear and Rollo (Clive Standen) learning Frankish (that’s the craziest plot of them all), there’s no doubt we’ll be in for a treat at the mid-season finale.

 

Hirst, who also serves as the sole writer of Vikings, has gone in great lengths in terms of adding strong subplots in the general show storyline. Vikings is not just about Ragnar anymore. Travis Fimmel might have served us with one of his best Ragnar performances this season (The “When everyone wanted you dead! I kept you alive! You hurt me, brother. And this is how you repay my love?” Ragnar quote to Rollo is still playing on my mind) but it’s Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen and Alexander Ludwig who really brought their A game in the show.

 

I had the chance to speak with Katheryn Winnick and Clive Standen about their characters’ rapid development and the channel’s decision to order 20 episodes for season 4.

 

I am a great admirer of the way Michael Hirst has handled female characters such as Lagertha and it’s becoming evident to me that the show has an increasing female audience now. Are there any inspiring messages you have received from your character’s fans that have stuck with you?

 

KW: I’m still amazed and humbled how Lagertha has touched so many women from so many unique backgrounds in different countries across the globe. I still get social media messages daily from mothers and daughters who look up to Lagertha and are inspired by her. One of the most memorable was a young girl who was fighting cancer. Her father created a Lagertha shield that she kept by her hospital bed to give her the strength to get through her treatment. It’s also so fascinating for me to see how many people have tattooed Lagertha on their bodies! They’re stuck with me for life now.

 

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Clive Standen talks Rollo’s big showdown

April 23, 2016

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Entertainment Weekly  – Season 4 has been a transformative period for Rollo, brother of Ragnar. Having long grown used to living in his brother’s shadow, Rollo betrayed his Viking brethren, allying with the Franks and defending Paris against a new attack from the Northmen. In Thursday’s midseason finale, Rollo met his brother in the field of battle. And the results were bloody. We talked to actor Clive Standen about what led up to this — and what the finale means for his Rollo.SPOILERS, natch!

 

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: It feels like the whole show has led up to the moment when Rollo faces off against Ragnar. What do you think is going through Rollo’s mind, in that moment?

 

CLIVE STANDEN: It’s never been about betraying Ragnar. It’s about existing. Michael [Hirst] and I always held onto this old Swedish proverb: “One wants to be loved, in lack thereof admired, in lack thereof feared, in lack thereof loathed and despised. One wants to instill some sort of emotion in people. The soul trembles before emptiness and desires contact at any price.” We talked about that in season one. He just wants to fit in. He just wants to be acknowledged by his brother.

 

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‘Vikings’ Boss Talks Midseason Finale Twist, Ragnar and Rollo’s Rivalry

April 22, 2016

VARIETY – After three seasons of simmering jealousy, Ragnar Lothbrok’s (Travis Fimmel) rivalry with his brother Rollo (Clive Standen) finally came to a head in a brutal battle in the April 21 epiode — but the long-awaited clash had an unexpected result, with Rollo and his Frankish forces defeating Ragnar and his Viking warriors. The episode then jumped forward several years, revealing that Ragnar left Kattegat after his loss, leaving his sons — Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig), Ivar (Alex Høgh Andersen), Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith), Hvitserk (Marco Ilsø) and Sigurd (David Lindstron) to grow up without their father, curious about his fate and (in some cases) resentful of his absence.

 

Variety spoke to “Vikings” creator Michael Hirst about the events of the midseason finale, the introduction of Ragnar’s adult sons and what’s ahead in the back half of Season 4. This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.

 

Why did now feel like the right time for Ragnar and Rollo’s confrontation, and why was it important for Rollo to win?

 

It was always going to happen. Rollo had rebelled before, when he tried to creep out from under Ragnar’s shadow — the Viking idea is that fame is everything, to be remembered for things, and he just felt that he was never going to be remembered. And then the Seer had told him that if he went to Paris that something extraordinary would happen. And I remember telling Clive that, and Clive was very excited by the idea, because Clive had thought himself that his character was always put upon and always beaten. But I said, “if you look at history, history tells you something different; the character you’re playing becomes one of the most impressive people in Dark Ages Frankia and establishes an empire, basically,” so I’m only following history. Whatever the psychology is and whatever I’m supposed to do myself, I’m actually trying to follow a historical line, because I knew that Rollo became a Count, and that was going to happen because I try to be as truthful as I can be.

 

Ragnar is comprehensively defeated by Rollo and his comprehensive defeat changes everything. It changes the nature of Ragnar’s life, what he chooses to do afterwards, and it has this wonderfully unexpected texture, that Rollo is victorious. Someone told me, “whatever I thought about Rollo, I didn’t expect him to be triumphant, but when this happened, I kind of liked it. I could respect it, because I expected to be sympathetic to Ragnar and yet when Rollo is victorious I kind of liked that.” And I understand that; I feel that myself. I feel good for Rollo — he deserves it.

 

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“We Didn’t Want to Do Anything Conventional”

April 22, 2016

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – [Warning: This story contains spoilers from Thursday’s midseason finale of Vikings, “The Last Ship.”]

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After spending an entire season apart plotting against each other, Rollo (Clive Standen) and Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) finally came face-to-face in Vikings’ midseason finale.

 

In a twist that many viewers did not have seen coming, a drugged-up Ragnar was epically defeated by his traitor brother and the men of Paris, forcing the injured leader along with his hurt ex-wife Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), son Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) and frenemy Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) to retreat back to Kattegat.

 

There, rather than deal with the immediate aftermath, the show jumped forward in time to an informant telling Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) about Ragnar’s Wessex son and the fact that all the men he had left behind were immediately killed. It set in motion a chain of reactions from the people of the much-bigger town, including Ragnar’s now grown-up sons Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith), Hvitserk (Marco Ilso), Sigurd (David Lindstron) and Ivar (Alex Hogh Andersen), who hadn’t seen their father for years — ever since he disappeared. Then, in the closing minutes of the episode, Ragnar finally returned as a now-hated man, closing out the show in a tense monologue asking who in Kattegat would be brave enough to kill him and proclaim themselves king.

 

THR caught up with creator Michael Hirst to weigh in on the multi-year leap forward, what it means for Ragnar’s journey moving forward and whether this is the last we’ve seen of the Rollo-Ragnar rivalry.

 

How does this time jump reset things for the next half of the season?

 

We’ve done a significant time jump before and we didn’t do it in a conventional way or wait until the end of the season; we didn’t want to do anything conventional this time either. It seemed like it was better to do something dramatic and get to where we needed to be. This has always been the story of Ragnar and his sons, so the time jump is just enough time for all the boys to grow up. In this last episode, we got a glimpse of the boys before starting the next half of the season; it gives a taste of what’s to come.

 

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Katheryn Winnick On ‘Vikings’ Early Renewal And Passionate Fans

April 11, 2016

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STARPULSE – As Lagertha on History’s Vikings, Katheryn Winnick has the enviable job of playing one of TV’s toughest women while also being plenty cool herself. With the series currently airing its longest season yet and recently renewed for another, Starpulse checked in with Katheryn to discuss how doing 20 episodes changed the pace of the show – and the most interesting things that have come out of Lagertha having incredibly passionate fans.

 

When we spoke to her, it was just days after Vikings had received its order for what will be the show’s fifth season. Is it easier for an actor hearing that the show will be back a little earlier, rather than having to wait all the way until it’s finished airing for the network to decide?

 

“It’s interesting, because we find out later and later,” she said, “but now we’re doing 20 episodes and it’s been tough to shoot over the winter in Ireland, so I think they had to let us know since we’re really just having a small break versus a proper hiatus. We’re going to be back there in a few months.

 

“The reason why [it’s difficult] is when we shoot in the wintertime we lose daylight,” she explained, “and it’s really cold in Ireland so we have to start our days sometimes at 4:15 in the morning just to be in the makeup chair at five because we start shooting at seven. It’s definitely a brutal shoot – but it makes it all worthwhile for the fans!”

 

20 episodes is double the usual number of installments in a Vikings season, so we asked Katheryn if she’s seen any difference in the actual pacing or structure of the show since there’s twice as many episodes to fill.

 

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