History’s ‘Vikings’: Season 5 Filming Starts — But Why Will Rollo Be Absent?

Fans of History’s Vikings can officially get excited about Season 5 after Katheryn Winnick posted a video to Instagram about the new season. It seems Ragnar will also be present. However, the character of Rollo will be absent for at least part of the Season 5.

SPOILER ALERT: This article contains information and speculation about Season 4 and 5 of History Channel’s Vikings. Please proceed with caution if you wish to avoid spoilers.

Vikings Season 4 is currently on hiatus until later in the year after History decided to issue double the episodes this season and split the season over 2016 into two, 10-episode segments. History has not released when the second half of Season 4 of Vikings will return; however, Katheryn Winnick (who plays main character, Lagertha), has excited fans by releasing a short new video to her Instagram account announcing that filming has begun on Season 5 of Vikings.

We’re back.. #Vikings #Season5

A video posted by Katheryn Winnick (@katherynwinnick) on

But what can fans expect to see in Season 5 of Vikings? Will Ragnar, Lagertha, and the rest of the original cast still be present?

Considering Katheryn Winnick posted the Season 5 announcement video, it seems likely she will be present for at least part of Season 5 of Vikings. This means that Lagertha must survive the wounds inflicted on her in Episode 10 of Season 4 of Vikings.

History Channel Vikings Season 4 Episode 9 Death All 'Round Ragnar Lothbrok Bjorn Ironside and Lagertha

And, if an interview Travis Fimmel (who plays main character, Ragnar Lothbrok) did recently with News.com.au is correct, it seems Ragnar will also be present for Season 5 of Vikings. Neala Johnson from the News Corp Australia Network asked Fimmel about being a “hipster” in his upcoming movie, Maggie’s Plan. At first, when he realized there was this whole culture surrounding beards, he wanted to shave it off. But, as he pointed out, filming prevents that at the moment.

“I’ve got it back now, ‘cos I have to,” Travis Fimmel revealed.

One character, however, who will be spending quite a bit of time absent from Season 5 of Vikings is Rollo, played by Clive Standen. Earlier this year, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Clive Standen would be joining the cast of NBC’s Taken. Standen will play the main role of Bryan Mills, a character made famous by Liam Neeson in the movie of the same name. In NBC’s version, the Taken series will follow a much younger version of Bryan Mills and is considered a prequel to the 2008 movie.

Many Vikings fans assumed that by taking on this new role, Rollo would die when he fought his brother in the Season 4 mid-season finale of Vikings. But that never happened. Historically, Duke Rollo is a figure who went on to become the first ruler of Normandy, a region of France. So far in Vikings, fans have seen Rollo marry into French royalty, but he has not yet taken over Normandy. So, will this happen at all in Vikings?

History Channel Vikings Season 4 Episode 10 The Last Ship Ragnar and Rollo fight

Recently, Clive Standen did an interview with Digital Spy stating that he will indeed return for Season 5 of Vikings, even though he has taken on another role.

“I’ve got a happy problem at the moment where I’m in two shows. I’m going to be doing Taken until October time and I’m going to pick up and re-join the Vikings team later on in season five. I’m going straight from Toronto back to Dublin, so it’s a good problem to have!”

As a result of his delayed start on Vikings, it seems likely Rollo will be absent for a least a few episodes of Season 5.

However, while it can be assumed Ragnar, Lagertha and Rollo will return in Season 5 of Vikings, it is just as likely they will appear in flashback episodes, maintaining current storylines, much in the way Athelstan (George Blagden) makes the occasional appearance still. Only by tuning into Season 5 of Vikings will all be revealed.

What do you think will happen in Season 5 of Vikings? Let us know your thoughts and theories by commenting below!

The second half of Season 4 of Vikings will return to History Channel later in 2016. The show has also been renewed for Season 5 in 2017.

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