Given that that is the ultimate season of Vikings, it ought to come as no shock that viewers might be saying goodbye to sure acquainted faces. After all, the collection has by no means shied away from killing beloved–or hated–characters, whether or not they have been a significant power like Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) or any variety of visitor stars that appeared right here and there. The newest demise on the present hurts, although, and it should be one which takes a while to correctly mourn.
Warning: The following accommodates spoilers for the Vikings Season 6 episode “Death and the Serpent.” If you have not seen this installment but, cease studying now then come again after you catch up. This is not one you are going to need spoiled.
In the ultimate moments, the Seer’s prophecy got here to move as Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) was killed by a son of Ragnar, her former husband. Losing his thoughts to hallucinations, Hvitserk (Stephen Rockett) believes he sees an enormous snake–the episode’s titular serpent–stalking him, at which level he viciously assaults it with a knife, stabbing it numerous occasions. It’s then revealed that the snake was truly a gravely injured Lagertha, contemporary off a virtually deadly battle with the bandits that had attacked her settlement.
If you are stunned it was Hvitserk that ended up being the son of Ragnar to finish Lagertha’s life, you are not the one one. “I thought it would be Ivar for a long time,” collection creator Michael Hirst instructed GameSpot. “Hvitserk, in some ways, has come up and surprised me in many ways. I think I have such a strong sense of the other sons, who they were by and large, and I didn’t have that same clarity about Hvitserk. I wasn’t sure, in a sense, what I was going to do to him, but it was very interesting to have him as a sort of free agent.”
Still, even Winnick herself knew her character’s story needed to finish together with her demise. After all, it is the Vikings method. “It was a long time coming in the sense that we’ve talked about feeling that Lagertha’s time is coming. She’s a granny,” the actress stated. “After so many years and playing a whole my whole life on the show, in a sense. She started out as a young farmer, and now she’s a grandmother and retired shieldmaiden. Not many actors in their lives can say that they had a chance to play such an iconic character like Lagertha.”
When it got here to crafting her exit from the present, although, Winnick wished to verify the character for a correct ending. “After all those years, I wanted to make sure in working with Michael that if Lathertha’s going to go, then make that it’s done right and does her character justice. And I do feel that with the last battle, it was an epic battle and it was a surprise of how she actually ended up going.”
“I have to say that Katheryn just grabbed hold of the whole storyline and her last fight is I think is one of the best jobs she did in this whole show,” Hirst revealed. “It’s this incredible fight, and during [the battle], it’s like the first time you could see in her eyes that she thinks she might lose. You know, I think that’s the first time that the warrior has ever felt [like], ‘I might not make it to this one.'”
Still, whereas she did survive that battle, Lagertha wasn’t lengthy for the world. This is not the final you have seen of her on Vikings, although. The subsequent episode will function a funeral for the character in grand Viking style. In that method, not solely will the folks of Kattegat get to say goodbye, however so will the followers.
What of Hvitserk, although? After killing the mom of his personal brother, his story is much from over. “It’s only just started because Hvitserk has gone down as low as he can get but slowly after that, and certainly [the second half of Season 6] be he rises to something quite extraordinary,” Hirst teased.
Vikings airs Wednesdays on History.