IGN – Goodbye, young sons of Ragnar, and hello, new adult Vikings ready to vie for Kattegat’s kingship.
Vikings jumped over a decade into the future at the end of its Season 4 midseason finale, moving far past Ragnar’s defeat in Paris to a point in the future where his young sons are now grown men. With the flash forward in time, fans of the series were introduced to the new actors who will be playing Ivar, Ubbe, Sigurd and Hvitserk.
The casting of Marco Islø as Hvitserk, Alex Høgh Andersen as Ivar, Jordan Patrick Smith as Ubbe and David Lindström as Sigurd has been kept a secret for months; when IGN visited the set of Vikings in October, none of the new actors were able to tell their friends or family why they had been spending so much time in Dublin. Fortunately, that doesn’t need to be kept a secret anymore.
The aging up of Ragnar’s four young sons enlivens Vikings’ storytelling. With Ragnar’s absence in the years between his defeat at Paris and his return to Kattegat at the end of “The Last Ship,” his sons began to resent him as much as they looked up to him, and they grew up in the shadow of his accomplishments.
DESIGN & TREND – “Vikings” has cast Alex Høgh Andersen, Jordan Patrick Smith, Marco Ilsø and David Lindström as Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) and Aslaug’s (Alyssa Sutherland) grown-up sons.
Deadline reported that Andersen was cast as a series regular, playing the older version of Ragnar and Aslaug’s youngest son, Ivar the Boneless. As fans know, Ivar — who was born with twisted and seemingly broken legs — is more dangerous than he appears. In fact, earlier in the season, Ivar struck one his playmates in the head using his hatchet after he was ignored by him.
Andersen’s TV credits include “Outsider,” “Tvillingerne & Julemanden” and “Hedensted High.”