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SDCC 2016: Violence, Vodka & Season 4.2 Trailer At The ‘Vikings’ Panel

July 27, 2016

We still don’t have the video from the panel so here’s an article about some details.

 

DEADLINE – Things were very spirited today – in more ways than one – as History’s marquee original series Vikings invaded Room 6BCF at Comic-Con this afternoon to whet fans’ appetites for the upcoming second half of Season 4, which returns to television this fall in advance of the 20-episode 5th season set to air in 2017. A very admittedly drunk Travis Fimmel (Ragnar) was joined by co-stars Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha), Clive Standen (Rollo), Gustaf Skarsgard (Floki), Alyssa Sutherland (Aslaug) and Alexander Ludwig (Bjorn) on the panel, along with writer-creator Michael Hirst for a discussion of the shocking events of the first half of season 4, what’s to come in the second half, how Hirst helped with an archaeological dig in England that may have discovered the grave of Ivar the Boneless, and more.

 

The panel also unveiled a new trailer for season 4, part 2, which you can see above in all its pillaging and murderous glory.

 

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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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‘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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Michael Hirst on what’s next for Ragnar and his sons

April 22, 2016

And how season 4 was influenced by Hemingway, Tarkovsky, and Nicolas Roeg

 

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EW – The midseason finale of Vikings was a bloody, shocking thrill ride. And all that was before – SPOILER ALERT – the massive time jump forward. Ragnar Lothbrok led his Viking warriors into battle against his traitorous brother, Rollo, and despite promising that one brother would die in the ensuing showdown, both great warriors survived the day. But their positions have changed. Ragnar slumped home to Kattegat, defeated. Rollo returned to Paris, triumphant.

 

Years passed. While Ragnar disappeared, his sons grew to young manhood — and certain revelations about their father’s past led a couple of his sons to declare their intention to kill him. They got their chance when Ragnar returned, older and seemingly waiting for someone to kill him and claim his throne. We caught up with Vikings creator/writer Michael Hirst to talk about the first part of season 4 and what awaits us when Vikings returns later this year.

 

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: When we spoke a year ago, you promised a “final reckoning between the brothers” in season 4. Ragnar promises Rollo that one of them will die. Does he want to kill Rollo? Or does he want to die?

 

MICHAEL HIRST: You can read that in different ways. We know that Ragnar didn’t want power, he didn’t choose power. He’s not going to Paris to raid. He’s not interested in trinkets. He feels deeply that his brother has betrayed him, like a lot of people have betrayed him. He’s a very sensitive guy, and you feel the struggle he has had to stay in power. The drug-taking was a way of masking these psychological problems.

 

He’s deliberately, it seems to me, focused on the personal. It was always going to be between [Ragnar and Rollo]. But who knew that Rollo would look strong and fit and be really supercharged, and would motivate his people? Ragnar’s not motivating the Vikings, and I think there’s a slightly suicidal sense about going into battle in that way. He wanted to get into a personal battle with Rollo, and I think he would have been happy if they both died. That’s my feeling, that that would have been a good ending for him.

 

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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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VIKINGS CREATOR ON ROLLO’S NEW HAIR AND EPIC QUEEN OF MERCIA

February 28, 2016

IGN – That. Hair. A lot happened in “Kill the Queen,” but the scene-stealing moment was the debut of Clive Standen’s new Rollo hair cut — or just how many of his long locks he’d lost. Add on to that the action-packed rescue sequence at the end with Queen Kwenthrith, and there was plenty to talk about from this week’s Vikings.

 

To break down the episode, showrunner Michael Hirst got on the phone to discuss Rollo’s new look, the upcoming payoff for the contentious relationship between him and his wife and the joys of writing for Kwenthrith.

 

IGN: In this episode, Rollo loses his long hair, and we see that new wig and new look. It’s such a funny scene. How did you find that specific look for Clive, and how did he respond to it?

 

Hirst: I did always think [about] the possibility of how comedic an aspect of a culture clash between Franks and Vikings [could be] in the marriage. It’s not a deliberate “We can lighten the mood here,” but misunderstandings are always comedic, and they don’t speak the same language. So the Vikings are almost animals, so I was going to write that in to have a comedic aspect.

 

But still, there’s a sort of logic to it, which is not just about history. So she hates him. She thinks he’s an animal. They go to bed on their wedding night, and there’s this misunderstanding, because they don’t understand each other, and she hates him. But then when he goes to sleep, she hates him even more. Actually, that’s the funny thing, that you’d have thought she’d want him to go to sleep or go away, but actually when he goes to sleep and he ignores her, that’s the moment that she goes most cross. So there’s a kind of human moment there which is not historical but is just about how people behave towards each other. And then of course their relationship will develop from a very low point.

 

IGN: There’s a payoff in a couple episodes that’s so good.

 

Hirst: Yeah, yeah! I think so. It’s an unexpected payoff, ultimately, and it gets better actually. But everyone likes a bit of comedic lightness. It’s not like you don’t want to give them that, but you can’t cynically do something, but it did seem like an opportunity to have some fun at the expense of people who aren’t understanding each other and who are from different cultures and all that. It also reminds the audience, I think, that, you know, we’re talking old Norse and old Frankish — these are dead languages — but these are languages that people actually spoke. For me, it makes them more human. They stop being just historical characters. It’s just a man and a woman in bed who aren’t understanding each other.

 

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Michael Hirst breaks down Season 4 identity crisis for Ragnar and his sons

February 20, 2016

ZAP2IT – With Season 4 consisting of 20 episodes, “Vikings” is returning with quite the story to tell. After ending Season 3 with Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) nearly dead and his brother Rollo (Clive Standen) betraying him to side with Paris, the time has come for the show to expand its scope.

 

While the stories of Ragnar, Rollo and Lagertha (Kathryn Winnick) are still a focus, the extra episodes also give “Vikings” the chance to spend more time developing Ragnar’s sons — which is important to creator and writer Michael Hirst.

 

In preparation for the Season 4 premiere, Hirst spoke with Zap2it about the identity crisis facing many characters on the show, as well as the evolution of Bjorn, the challenge of writing twice as many episodes in a year and life after Athelstan (George Blagden).

 

Zap2it: As we look ahead to a season that includes twice as many episodes as in previous years, how does the process change for you, the sole writer?

 

Michael Hirst: It was great. I’ve always imagined this was a show about Ragnar Lothbrok and his sons. It’s one of the reasons I chose Ragnar as the hero. The historical Ragnar had sons who became as famous, if not more, than he was. Bjorn Ironside sailed around the Mediterranean, Ivar the boneless became the most feared warrior of all time, really.

 

To be able to push the show forward was, of course, a challenge but always something I wanted to do. I’ve made no secret that I don’t want to end this whole saga until the Vikings are in a boat and they’re all dying and this land pops up in front of them, this green land, and it says America. Then that’s where we stop.

 

I think that we were talking about initially a 15-episode run, but I knew something big had to happen in episode 10. Then, of course, it got extended to 20, so something big definitely happens in 10. What I like about it is it’s all organic. We get to know the sons more along the way. We are invested in all the issues they’re facing and there’s no sudden cut-off at all.

 

It’s part of a saga, you could call it. It’s my saga of Ragnar Lothbrok and his sons. For me, it was another amazing opportunity to develop all these interlinking storylines.

 

Coming out of writing movies, that’s the big challenge and pleasure of writing TV series drama. You get all these storylines running and you can just follow them and develop them.

 

We have children and I think it’s one of the few shows that has a lot of animals and children in it. That’s part of life, we watch the children develop. There’s obviously going to be a lot of tragedy in this season, but we do watch the continuity of the generation.

 

That’s actually one of the really interesting things about the beginning of Season 4. Obviously, there’s been a lot of attention on Bjorn in the past, but now his brothers are getting a chance to shine. As we get to know them, will they become major focuses of the season?

 

I think so. As you say, learning to understand and appreciate who they are a bit more individually — and that’s not just true of the Vikings, but in Wessex of Alfred, who we know is a significant historical character. We see how he develops and he goes on a pilgrimage to Rome.

 

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