With Vikings returning on February 18, History Channel has just released plenty of new tidbits to tide fans over for the next month. So far, in the last week alone, History Channel has delighted fans with three teaser clips and some new images for Vikings fans to mull over. It seems Season 4 will see both Ragnar and his son, Bjorn, struggling with the notion of power.
SPOILER ALERT: This article contains speculation about the upcoming Season 4 of History Channel’s Vikings as well as information about Season 3. Please proceed with caution if you wish to avoid potential spoilers or have not watched Season 3 in its entirety.
The three videos are actually very similar in both feel and content as they deal with Vikings main character, Ragnar Lothbrok (played by Travis Fimmel). All deal with the struggle for power, the problem of being in power and what awaits vikings after they die. However, each clip shifts their main focus just slightly, which gives Vikings fans plenty to think about (and worry over) in the short amount of time before Vikings returns next month.
As this recent Inquisitr article pointed out, the first video, released a few days ago, speculates about whether Ragnar will enter Valhalla or not. Vikings fans will remember from Season 3, Ragnar suffered great injuries during the raid on Paris. He has now returned to Kattegat and is still suffering the consequences of his injuries. While it does not appear Ragnar will die as a result of injuries sustained, for vikings, a fate practically worse than death is to die while not in battle and, therefore, not be able to enter the walls of Valhalla in the afterlife.
The second video also suggests that while Ragnar is a mighty king, there may be others around him ready to usurp his power. The video draws on the same words uttered by Ragnar, but draws out the potential for Ragnar to have to watch his back while he is not only in power but also while he is vulnerable after his accident in Paris. The clip draws attention to those around him that could be next in line to either become ruler of Kattegat or betray Ragnar once more; his son, Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig), his ex-wife, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), Kalf (Ben Robson), Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) and his brother, Rollo (Clive Standen).
“The problem with power is the more you have, the more other people want it. but, in my world, power can only truly be built with blood. Only fools believe they can live for ever by avoiding the fight”
Ragnar Lothbrok utters these words in the clip, indicating he will have to battle his enemies one way or another to defend his title and keep the power he has worked so hard to gain. Once more the idea of whether Ragnar will make it to Valhalla is broached, suggesting that Ragnar may have to fight to the death in Season 4 of Vikings to make sure he not only keeps his place in viking history but will also fight to earn his entry into Valhalla as well.
The latest clip is entitled “Power Built With Blood” and builds once more on the concept of power and why others want it so badly. While this clip offers nothing new as far as the words spoken by Ragnar, it does offer some new images from the upcoming Season 4 of Vikings that will have fans poring over the brief snippets of new content.
Speaking of new images, Entertainment Weekly also published three new exclusive images dealing with Bjorn’s storyline for Season 4 of Vikings. Season 3 saw Bjorn struggling to fully understand the finer nuances that go with being a leader. Many of the decisions he made were rebuked by his father, Ragnar due to the lack of knowledge of the overall understanding of the bigger picture required when ruling. Season 4 of Vikings will see Bjorn fighting himself – and a bear! – as he tries to prove his worth to his father. As Vikings creator Michael Hirst explains to EW, Bjorn will have to battle the extremes to gain equal grounds with his parents.
“Both Ragnar and Lagertha, in their own way, had tried to keep Bjorn as a child, not respecting him as an equal So Bjorn takes off into the wilderness to prove, both to himself and Ragnar, that he can survive in the most extreme conditions. He’s in the interior of Norway, over a winter.”
The show’s creator sent Alexander Ludwig to Canada to film the grueling scenes that not only involved the bear, but having to jump into icy waters as well. But is seems it is not these tests imposed on himself that will be the biggest challenges to Bjorn in Season 4 of Vikings. Fans, unfortunately, will have to wait until the premiere in February to find out what else is in store for Bjorn.
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The three images show Bjorn up against a giant bear. Bjorn has an axe in his hand but it appears to be no threat to the bear who roars at him, face to face. One image shows Bjorn as he tries to flee the fearsome animal. While the viking sagas play out Bjorn to be more famous than his father, it seems Season 4 will still be a tough struggle for the son of Ragnar as he tries to prove his worth. You can view the three exclusive images via Entertainment Weekly.
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Vikings returns with an extended season 4 to History Channel on Thursday, February 18, at 10 p.m. ET.
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