EW – Vikings’ midseason finale left much of its cast bloodied, battered, and bruised. A wounded Ragnar retreated in defeat from a battle with Rollo, Lagertha was left on the verge of death after a brutal stabbing, and an aimless Bjorn set sail for the Mediterranean to honor his absent father.
As viewers continue to reel from the climactic episode, cast members Travis Fimmel (Ragnar Lothbrok), Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha), Alexander Ludwig (Bjorn Ironside), and Gustaf Skarsgård (Floki) stopped by EW’s studio at San Diego Comic-Con to tease what’s next in the back half of season 4.
Winnick said it’s “no secret” Lagertha is alive, as she’s currently filming season 5 in Ireland, but the shieldmaiden is in “a different place in her life.” She also promised a dramatic throwdown between Lagertha and Queen Aslaug.
“It’s going to be a cat fight. The two power women go head to head,” Winnick said. “It’s a really interesting scene because you don’t expect what happens.”
Bjorn, on the other hand, is enjoying a lighter storyline. “Floki and Bjorn end up going to the Mediterranean, and they work on their tans a little bit,” Ludwig said. “You’re definitely going to see Floki and Bjorn’s relationship flourish.”
For the full run-down on where Vikings will pick up, watch EW’s full interview above.
ESQUIRE – The Australian actor easily balances the CGI-heavy Warcraft and indie comedy Maggie’s Plan.
The Travis Fimmel moment is upon us. After a brief career as an underwear model (“I only did that one modeling gig. I was 21 or something the last time I did that”), the Australian-born actor has been steadily working since he starred in in a 2003 reboot of Tarzan for The WB. A number of indies and TV shows followed before he found a signature role as Ragnar Lothbrok on the History Channel’s Vikings. He’s still swinging a sword, leading armies, and generally kicking ass in his first leading role in a big old Hollywood summer extravaganza, but the context is a bit different (and much more computer animated) in Warcraft, the Duncan Jones-directed adaptation of the massively popular knights-versus-orcs fantasy game series Worlds of Warcraft.
Should you find yourself interested in spending time with Mr. Fimmel’s hirsute mug but need less swordplay in your life, be advised that he is also a charming romantic foil to Gretta Gerwig in Rebecca Miller’s new indie Maggie’s Plan. As you’d suspect to look at it him for even a second, Fimmel is a self-avowed outdoorsy type, and he even has a horse just outside of Los Angeles. Esquire caught him on the phone just as he was about to fly out L.A. and talked to him about pickles and knowing where to look when you’re fighting an orc.
I know you’re from Australia, but where do you live these days?
It depends on where the work is. I don’t get home as much as I wanna. The last four years, I’ve been in Ireland most of the time.
That’s where you shoot Vikings, right?
Yeah. I love it, mate. Great people, great crew. It’s a beautiful country. It rains a lot, unfortunately, but other than the rain, it’s beautiful.