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!”
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And with that, it’s time to bid farewell to Queen Aslaug.
Vikings said goodbye to Ragnar’s (Travis Fimmel) second wife on Wednesday’s episode, titled “In the Uncertain Hour Before the Morning,” after she was shot in the back — yup, you read that right — by Ragnar’s first love, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick).
ET recently hopped on the phone with Aslaug herself, Alyssa Sutherland, who revealed that while her death might have left us with our mouths gaping open, Aslaug pretty much knew it was coming.
“She knows she’s done,” Sutherland said of Aslaug’s thoughts just before her death. “I think she knows exactly what’s going to happen to her. What’s left is how.”
How is right! Audiences watched Aslaug deliver one last “dig,” in Sutherland’s words, to Ragnar’s former wife, as Lagertha agreed to Aslaug’s surrender and request for safe passage out of Kattegat — only to shoot an arrow into her back the moment she turned to leave. While the move might have been built up by “20 years of history” — Lagertha told Aslaug she’ll never forgive her just the episode before — it’s still a literal stab in the back. Turns out, Sutherland couldn’t be more pleased with the result.
BREATH CAST – “Vikings” season 4 returns with an episode that hints at a looming letdown for Ragnar.
Episode 5 teases that betrayal is soon to beset Ragnar, played by Hollywood actor Travis Fimmel.
“Betrayal is in the air at the court in Paris and Wessex,” a synopsis for episode 5 reveals. This happens as Ecbert (Linus Roache) backs Kwenthrith (Amy Bailey) in Mercia, while Ragnar finds a new confidante in Yidu (Dianne Doan) with whom he will share his gravest secret. The synopsis also reveals that Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) and Kalf (Ben Robson) are going to have a child soon.
According to Ecumenical News, the upcoming episode features several characters playing for more power but shows very little of Ragnar.
In another trailer for the episode titled “Promise,” Halfdan is shown egging on the other Vikings by telling them that they are “the masters now.” It also shows Ragnar gazing at the commotion while Lagertha hammers away in a scuffle. The clip suggests that she still has what it takes to be a fighter despite her pregnancy, as she can still keep the invaders at bay while the Christian king orders a wide-ranging invasion.
The video teaser for episode 5 also reveals a budding kinship between Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) and Queen Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland). In the clip, Floki and his wife join some Vikings at a table. When one of the men asks Floki why his friendship with Ragnar seems to have fallen to pieces, Floki simply answers: “He killed my pet Christian.” Floki and his wife then share a toast with Aslaug.
In other news, Travis Fimmel is reportedly leaving the show to focus on his Hollywood career. How his story will end in the series is now a brainteaser for many of his fans.
“Vikings” season 4 airs on History Channel on March 17.
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History’s Vikings said goodbye to one of its original cast members during Thursday’s shocking episode.
Jessalyn Gilsig has played Vikings’ Siggy, a character who has morphed again and again over the course of its three-season run. Siggy has gone from being the wife of an earl to a servant; from grieving mother to seductive lover and political shaker; and from an ambitious social climber to the lone voice of reason in Kattegat with the warriors away. But her endless reinvention came to an end Thursday when Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) left her children behind to further explore the mysterious ways of The Wanderer (Kevin Durand). When Aslaug and Ragnar’s (Travis Fimmel) children ran away and slipped through the cracking ice, Siggy dove in after them and lost her own life.
After saving the boys, in a heartbreaking twist, Siggy saw her own deceased daughter and decided to give in to death’s grip, bidding farewell to the series as The Wanderer watched over her.
The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Gilsig to get her reaction on Siggy’s swan song.
How did you find out Siggy was being killed off?
In truth, I told them. I had some personal things in my life that I needed to be there for — some family things, which everybody has sometimes. So I approached [Vikings creator] Michael Hirst and said that it wasn’t going to be possible for me to continue living overseas in Ireland, and it was time for me to move on. He was incredible about it. It was really sad and difficult and an incredibly hard decision, as you can imagine. I told him at the end of season two, and he said he really wanted to take Siggy out, to give her proper closure. Of course I wanted to do the same, and so he came up with this storyline to end Siggy’s role in the series.
Before this, did you see her as the ultimate survivalist?
She’s certainly been challenged to go from a position of power to being resourceful enough to figure out how to survive in an environment that no longer recognizes status of her family. I think Michael did such an interesting thing by giving her a pretty complex back story from the beginning. She’d already lost two sons before the series begins, and then she loses her husband, then loses her daughter. So Siggy is a woman who is carrying an tremendous amount of grief, but who also has a very strong sense of self. Part of why I love Siggy so much is she doesn’t apologize for her presence, ever. She’s very confident in her experience and is actually incredibly frustrated by this new regime that seems sort of naïve. I think the evolution has been a sobering one. I always hoped that there would be one more time when we would sort of see Siggy laugh and be happy and feel free and maybe be relaxed. But it just wasn’t meant to be. This is a woman who doesn’t see a lot of opportunities for light moments as time goes on.