The trailer for the Season 4 return of History’s Vikings was dropped this weekend at San Diego Comic-Con. As yet, there is no news on when the series will return, beyond “this fall.” However, the teaser of what’s in store for Aslaug may have been very revealing.
Spoiler alert: This article discusses the historical aspects of the characters Aslaug, Ragnar, and Lagertha that may spoil upcoming storylines in Season 4 and 5 of History’s Vikings. Please proceed with caution if you wish to avoid potential spoilers.
As the Inquisitr reported earlier, it has been confirmed both via the Season 4 trailer and during interviews at Comic-Con that Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) and Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) will come head to head in Season 4 of Vikings.
As we see in the trailer, Lagertha confronts Aslaug saying, “I want you to know I can never forgive you for taking away my husband and my world.”
But did the trailer also reveal Aslaug’s death?
At the very start of the Season 4 trailer for Vikings, when Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) is talking to the Seer (John Kavanagh), Aslaug is shown writhing on the ground with blood on her. It is only brief, but could this fleeting image show that Lagertha defeats Aslaug when they come head to head and leaves Ragnar’s (Travis Fimmel) current wife to die?
When Katheryn Winnick spoke to Darren Franich from Entertainment Weekly at San Diego Comic-Con, she mentioned there would be “a catfight” between Lagertha and Aslaug as the “two power women go head to head.” Winnick does say that Lagertha “kicks a**” in the confrontation, implying they are involved in a physical conflict, although that term could also be metaphorical.
Katheryn then has this to say about the upcoming season in Season 4 of Vikings.
“It’s a really interesting scene because something that you don’t expect happens.”
So what does Katheryn Winnick mean by that? If we have a look at history, little is known about the fate of Lagertha. A conflict between her and Aslaug is never mentioned, although the scene in Season 4 of Vikings where Lagertha kills her husband to become Earl again is something that happens at the very end of the Viking tale about Lagertha. If that is an indication, Lagertha is stepping into unknown territory in regards to her legend now. It has also not been recorded when Lagertha died or how.
How about Aslaug’s Viking saga? Does that shed any light on whether she is killed by Lagertha or not? According to the Tale of Ragnar Lodbrok, much of Aslaug’s story so far in Vikings is correct. So, if we look forward into her story, history buffs will discover that Aslaug never battles a woman over Ragnar. According to the sagas, she also bore all of his children, so perhaps a miscarriage is what we are seeing in the Season 4 trailer of Vikings? Could Winnick be alluding to the fact Aslaug starts to miscarriage when Lagertha confronts her?
Aslaug also outlives Ragnar, according to the Viking sagas. Something interesting to note is Aslaug’s involvement with Ragnar’s return trip to England. In the Season 4 trailer, Ragnar’s return to England to confront King Ecbert (Linus Roache) is directly approached. So could this somehow be tied into the unexpected thing Katheryn Winnick was alluding to above? Only by tuning into the Season 4 return of Vikings this fall will reveal all.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the actress who plays Aslaug, Alyssa Sutherland, has recently been cast in the TV adaptation of the Stephen King novel The Mist. Alyssa will play “Eve Cunningham, a wife and mother who fights to protect her teenage daughter from unknown dangers lurking both inside and outside the mist while facing down her past.” Production for The Mist has already started. So could this new TV role also affect the fate of Aslaug? Alyssa is not the only Vikings actor with two TV series in concurrent production. Clive Standen, who plays Duke Rollo, has been cast in NBC’s Taken.
What do you think will happen to Aslaug in the Season 4 return of Vikings? Let us know your thoughts and theories by commenting below!
Vikings will return later in 2016, and the series has been renewed for Season 5 by the History Channel.
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