There is still a while to wait until the Season 4 premiere of History Channel’s Vikings. However, for main character, Ragnar Lothbrok, it seems there will be more romantic complications in store for him next year.
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In Season 1 of Vikings, Ragnar Lothbrok (played by Travis Fimmel) was happily married to Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick). Together they raised their son, Bjorn (played by Nathan O’Toole at that stage) and went raiding together. Sure, they had their ups and owns, but they were mostly happy.
That was until Ragnar had a tryst with Princess Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) in Vikings. This occurred after Lagertha miscarried Ragnar’s son and he is away dealing with land disputes. While matters are resolved and Lagertha eventually forgives Ragnar, when Aslaug returns heavily pregnant in Season 2 of Vikings, Lagertha packs up her son and leaves.
This paves the way for Ragnar to marry Aslaug and she bears him the many sons that were predicted by the Seer (John Kavanagh) in the previous season of Vikings. However, the relationship between Ragnar Lothbrok and Princess Aslaug is nowhere near the epic love story that Ragnar and Lagertha were. Aslaug is, at times, jealous as she constantly wonders if her husband is cheating on her.
In Season 3 of Vikings, that jealousy was warranted as Ragnar cheated once again, this time with Princess Kwenthrith (Amy Bailey). Kwenthrith is a quirky character that not only knows what she wants but has a sexual appetite that, at times, embarrasses her fellow English royalty.
Now, as Vikings enters Season 4, it seems an oriental slave will take Ragnar’s fancy. Could it be possible that Aslaug could in in for a challenge when Ragnar returns from Paris with a slave called Yidu?
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Originally, Yidu (Dianne Doan) was captured in the Red Sea and remained a prisoner in Paris until she is taken by the vikings in Season 4. Returning to Kattegat with the vikings will see her introduction to Ragnar Lothbrok, a man who is always enchanted by, not only women, but the unknown as well. According to an interview Dianne Doan did with International Business Times, “The people of Kattegat have never seen someone like her, from her looks, to views on the world and beliefs.” While her differences will frighten the people of Kattegat in season 4 of Vikings, it will pique Ragnar’s interest. And, according to Dianne Doan, Ragnar will be “captivated” by Yidu in Season 4 of Vikings, not a good sign for his current wife, Aslaug.
While it seems a far stretch of the imagination to find an Asian woman within the world of Vikings, according to Vikings creator, Michael Hirst, it is possible when he spoke to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Who knew the world was small enough even then for people captured by pirates in the red sea might to end up in Frankia, and then in Scandinavia? But I checked with our historical consultant and he said it’s all possible, it’s all plausible, it almost certainly happened.”
While it is possible Ragnar Lothbrok will not start a new relationship in Season 4 of Vikings, it seems he will, at least, be very intrigued by this captivating new woman. And Vikings fans know what usually happens when Ragnar Lothbrok is intrigued by a woman, don’t we?
Vikings returns to History Channel for Season 4 in 2016 with an extended season.
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