Three episodes into the season four return of Vikings, audiences are getting a good look at how the show’s characters have evolved since Ragnar’s disappearance — starting with Bjorn.
ET hopped on the phone with Alexander Ludwig on Tuesday, who dished on his character’s new leadership skills, and what lies ahead for Ragnar’s firstborn as the Viking leader loses his spark.
First things first, we had to ask the Hunger Games star about his character’s noticeable transformation since the series’ time jump.
“It’s been a really long, grueling process of making this character,” explained Ludwig, who was 21 when he joined season two of the series as teenage Bjorn. “Playing a boy when you’re a man yourself is really tough, so it’s nice to finally be able to play something that is in my range. I waited so long to be able to do this, so I’m happy that it’s resonating.”
Bjorn’s longer beard isn’t the only sign of change in the character — he’s also seemed to grow confidence, power and leadership in Ragnar’s (Travis Fimmel) absence.