Ever since the mid-season finale of History Channel’s Vikings, news has been pretty scant in relation to the remainder of Season 4. However, thanks to San Diego Comic-Con, there is plenty of new information to sort through. And for fans of Ragnar and Lagertha, the titillating image of the pair kissing in the new trailer was probably too much to bear.
Spoiler alert: This article discusses the historical aspects of the characters Ragnar Lothbrok 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.
The love story of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) and Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) has always captivated fans of Vikings. Considering the couple have not been together for a long time, many fans are still hoping the couple will reunite at some point. In fact, even the show’s creator and writer, Michael Hirst, would like to “ship” Ragnar and Lagertha. Could an image from the Season 4 trailer released at Comic-Con suggest the couple will reunite again?
The image above occurs during the section of the Comic-Con trailer where Lagertha confronts Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland).
Lagertha utters the words, “I want you to know I can never forgive you for taking away my husband and my world.”
As she says the words, the image of Ragnar and Lagertha kissing is shown. For many fans of Vikings, it was a long-hoped-for scene. For others, the question was raised, “Is this new footage?” Considering the image directly before it shows an aged Ragnar with his long beard just like the one seen after the time jump in the Season 4 mid-season finale of Vikings, it is highly likely this is new footage. Also, if this is not new footage of Season 4 of Vikings, it appears it is the only piece that has been recycled.
However, if there is a reunion between Lagertha and Ragnar, how long is it likely to last? This needs to be especially considered since there are images further on in the Season 4 trailer for Vikings that show Lagertha kissing another woman. And, as Katheryn Winnick stated several times in interviews at Comic-Con, Lagertha certainly does get a female love interest in the second half of Season 4.
Historically, Lagertha’s story does involve a reunion with Ragnar, however, it is not likely a romantic reunion. Saxo Grammaticus recorded Lagertha’s (or Lathgertha as he called her) tale from the Viking sagas in Book IX of the Gesta Danorum, one of the historical sources for the Viking sagas. Whether this account is historically accurate or not is unclear. However, it is the only source on Lagertha unless you believe Lagertha was actually another name for the Norse deity, Thorgerd. Saxo told how Ragnar and Lagertha married and then divorced after Ragnar became infatuated with Thora Borgarhjört, the daughter of the King of Sweden. Later on, after civil unrest, Lagertha volunteered 120 ships to help Ragnar. She not only offered the ships, she returned to his side and helped him win the battle as well as saving the life of one of Ragnar’s sons.
So there is a historical reference point where Ragnar and Lagertha reunite. However, it is likely Michael Hirst has already included this reunion in Vikings back in Season 2 when Lagertha returned to help Ragnar reclaim Kattegat from Jarl Borg (Thorbjørn Harr). This assumption is based on the fact that in the sagas, Lagertha’s story ends when she kills her new husband and rules alone, just like she did with Kalf (Ben Robson) in Season 4. If this event occurs after Lagertha sides with Ragnar then it is unlikely the reunion in the sagas will occur after this event in the TV show. However, Hirst is known to mess around with history somewhat in order to make the TV series interesting, so maybe Ragnar and Lagertha really will reunite romantically again. Only by tuning into the second half of Season 4 of Vikings will reveal all.
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Vikings will return later in 2016, and the series has been renewed for Season 5 by the History Channel.
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