Thanks to Claudia at The McDonnell Rule for the EW Scans. We now have our first look at Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
Thanks to our friends at Far Far Away, I have some new stills from Episodes 4×11-4×15 as well as the upcoming episode The Great Army.
Characters have died on Vikings before — main characters killed by other main characters, major political figures cut down to make way for a new generation, and great warriors dying brilliantly in battle. But this week, the show cut down its most legendary figure. King Ragnar Lothbrok – who sailed across the sea to raid Northumbria and Wessex, who brought ships to the great walls of Paris, who wandered the world for long years after his humiliation and returned to his home to complete one final quest – is dead. Held high in a cage in the forest, he was dropped into a snakepit, his death witnessed by his nemesis King Aelle and his slightly-more-friendly nemesis King Ecbert.
Anyone familiar with the sagas from which Vikings derives its narrative knew that Ragnar would die eventually. You might be surprised, though, to hear that this death was originally going to happen much earlier. “I was meant to die at the end of the first year,” says Travis Fimmel, the Australian actor who played Ragnar. “I ended up staying around for three more!”
December 29, 2016: All His Angels (Season 4 Episode 15)
Alex Høgh Andersen (Ivar), Marco Ilsø (Hvitserk), Jordan Patrick Smith (Ubbe) and Jennie Jacques (Judith) join Nick Hodges.
EW – Vikings recap: ‘All His Angels’
Season 4, Ep. 15 | Aired Dec 28
Little Ivar and Little Alfred play chess. They don’t speak each other’s language, but they speak the universal language: Call it gameplay or call it war. Someday history will know these two boys as men — one Boneless, one Great — but for now, they sit in the shadows and wait patiently for old men to finish playing their own games.
One game moves toward an inevitable conclusion. Ragnar asks Ecbert if he can speak to his son. He knows this will be their final moment together. He tells his son Ivar, “It is you who I believe is the most important to the future of our people.” He tells him anger is a gift and he is unpredictable. “Use your anger intelligently,” says Ragnar. “And I promise you, my son, one day the whole world will know and fear Ivar the Boneless.”
“I wish I wasn’t so angry all the time,” says Ivar.
“Then you would be nothing,” says his father.