'Vikings' Spoilers: Did Jonathan Rhys Meyers Just Confirm His Role As King Alfred?

The latest Vikings spoilers bring some very exciting casting news, as it looks like Jonathan Rhys Meyers just confirmed what's long been rumored to be the case: he's playing King Alfred in the new season of the hit History Channel show!

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First, according to the latest Vikings spoilers put out by Parent Herald, Jonathan Rhys Meyers' role on the show is supposed to be kept a "very tight secret."

However, an eagle-eyed fan recently tweeted a picture of Jonathan Rhys Meyers together, in costume, with Moe Dunford, who plays Aethelwulf on Vikings, and Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, who is rumored to be playing a young King Alfred. This has led fans of the show to speculate that this is confirmation of Jonathan's role as an older King Alfred, whom -- history tells us -- has a benevolent role in British history, ultimately uniting the different factions of England under one crown. This move would give King Alfred the title of "Alfred the Great," a title that still holds to this day.

Check out the picture below and see if you think this confirms Jonathan's role as King Alfred.

Meanwhile, according to the latest Vikings spoilers put out by the International Business Times: India Edition, Bjorn the Ironside and his half-brother, Ivar the Boneless, will both now be seen as fully grown men when the season premieres on November 30 at 9 p.m. EST. The season premiere episode is titled "The Outsider," and IBT is speculating that this means Ragnar's sons will now treat him as an outsider, especially since he's been away from them for so long.

If true Viking history is to be believed -- and thus far, the show has been true to Viking history -- Ragnar will be planning a power move against his sons as retribution for this slight to his earldom, and will thus team up with some enemies in an attempt to take them down, especially once he sees them doing so well for themselves.

But neither side will have too long to worry about petty vengeance, for Ragnar has some unfinished business with King Ecbert to tend to (remember that little massacre of all the Viking farmers in England?), and Bjorn is off to the Mediterranean in a slick new boat built for him by Floki. Bjorn will also be needing the help of his estranged uncle, Rollo (later to become King Robert, the forefather of the current House of Windsor), to gain safe passage into the Mediterranean, and it looks like he will get just that!

Finally, the latest round of Vikings spoilers from Gamenguide have been confirmed by none other than Alex Hoegh Andersen, who plays an adult Ivar the Boneless in the new season. Andersen, unlike the rest of the cast, has been sharing updates with fans of the show via social media, and in his latest Instagram posting, he suggests that it is Ubbe -- not Ivar -- that will become the new ruler of Kattegat in his father's place.

It's just as well, really, that Ubbe becomes the ruler of Kattegat, because Bjorn is busy with Mediterranean pursuits, and Ivar will be more interested in forming the Great Heathen Army to invade England. In addition, Viking history tells us that Ivar will not only become one of the most powerful Vikings in the world, he will become one of the most bloody. So, it's just as well that the even-tempered Ubbe keeps his home base more localized.

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