THE WRAP – “You’ve got to remind them that it’s a TV show — I’m not actually a Viking,” actor tells TheWrap
“Vikings” star Alexander Ludwig admits his role can land him in trouble off set.
“People will try to fight you,” Ludwig says of periodically pugnacious fans of the often violent History series. “You’ve got to remind them that it’s a TV show [laughs] — I’m not actually a Viking.”
Seemingly obvious explanations aside, Ludwig’s experience on the show has been “amazing,” if occasionally “brutal.”
“The freakin’ weather!” the actor exclaimed during an interview at TheWrap Studio. “We’d never filmed in the winter, and this year has just been awful. It’s been the most exhausting, brutal. … The only way we get through it is because we’re all doing it together.”
Enduring the rough circumstances together has brought Ludwig close to his co-stars, particularly his roommate and the show’s lead, Travis Fimmel.
IB Times – Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) has officially gone over to the dark side.
The “Vikings” actor dished that audiences can expect Bjorn to evolve into a “darker” character when he returns from the snowy woods of Norway in the upcoming episode of the History Channel series.
“He slowly starts to become hardened by life’s cruel circumstances and also becomes selfish by doing that,” the 23-year-old actor revealed in a press call with reporters.
Bjorn has faced his fair share of obstacles throughout Season 4 of “Vikings” from leading a village (while his father [Travis Fimmel] was indisposed) to battling a ferocious bear. But the Northman has yet to clear all of life’s hurdles. In episode 4 of “Vikings,” Bjorn will come face-to-face with a blood-thirsty Berserker who has been hired by Kalf (Ben Robson) to assassinate him.
But Bjorn’s deadly foes only play a small part in his cynicism. During the show’s season premiere, it was revealed that Bjorn’s lover, Porunn (Gaia Weiss), had vanished from Kattegat — leaving Bjorn with nothing but her memory and his daughter.
“I think that Bjorn, when he sees his daughter for the first time since Porunn has left and abandoned him and his daughter, it’s just a constant reminds of how hurt he was,” Ludwig said.
But viewers shouldn’t expect Ragnar’s eldest son to be lonely for long. According to the synopsis for episode 4, the fierce warrior will find a new — and extremely controversial — love interest: Erlendur’s (Edvin Endre) wife Torvi (Georgia Hirst).
GEEKS OF DOOM – Last week on Vikings, Aethelwulf (Moe Dunford) led a mission to stamp down the Mercia rebellion and rescue Queen Kwenthrith (Amy Bailey). King Ecbert (Linus Roache) really didn’t care about her. He just wanted her boy, Magnus (Lothbrok?), saved. While husband’s away, the cat Judith (Jennie Jacques) will play… artist by defying gender bias (with Ecbert’s help), and study art with Athelstan’s doppelganger. Ecbert made her so happy. Rollo mimed war strategy with Count Odo (Owen Roe). Count Odo is secretly plotting against the Emperor and Princess (Lothaire Bluteau and Morgane Polanski). His confidante mistress is secretly plotting with someone else against Count Odo. Rollo (Clive Standen) is so out of his league. He tries a makeover to please Princess Gisla who laughs at him. Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) escapes and the kids find him. He is strung up with water torture. Bjorn tries to survive in the snowy wilderness. Ragnar pities Helga (Travis Fimmel and Maude Hirst), and helps her bury her child.
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