Episode 11 of History’s Vikings saw an interesting development between Ragnar and his ex-wife, Lagertha. So, what is the likelihood a reunion is in the cards in Season 4 Part 2?
SPOILER ALERT: This article discusses Season 4 Part of History Channel’s Vikings as well as the historical aspects of some of the show’s main characters. Please proceed with caution if you wish to avoid spoilers.
In Episode 11 (entitled “The Outsider”) of History’s Vikings, Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) approached his ex-wife, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), about support in an upcoming trip to England he wants to make.
During this visit, many things were discussed, including Ragnar’s reign and their relationship. While Ragnar insisted they have “no regrets” in regard to their lives, Lagertha, insisted she had “no regrets, yet, every regret,” indicating she still could have feelings for Ragnar. Even though he insisted on no regrets, Ragnar told her he certainly wished they had never given up farming all those years ago.
After Ragnar found out Lagertha would not be joining him on his trip to England to confront King Ecbert (Linus Roache) about the Viking settlement he destroyed, their meeting ended with a kiss.
Considering even the showrunner for Vikings, Michael Hirst, wants to “ship” Ragnar and Lagertha, could they get back together in Season 4 Part 2 of Vikings?
Michael Hirst told TV Guide that he was “with the fans” in regard to the relationship between Ragnar and Lagertha. However, this doesn’t mean the couple will get back together in Season 4 Part of Vikings.
And, as TV Guide points out in another article, Lagertha is constantly reminded of her losses every time she sees Ragnar, creating a bittersweet relationship.
“Every time Lagertha sees Ragnar, it’s a painful reminder of everything she lost when Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) showed up with her and Ragnar’s unborn child.”
Now, with Lagertha planning to confront Aslaug about this in Season 4 Part 2 of Vikings, it could be possible Ragnar winds up without a wife again, if Lagertha decides to attack with brute force and manages to kill Aslaug. However, this is not the way it plays out in the history books.
In the Viking story that involves Ragnar and Lagertha, Book Nine of the Gesta Danorum by Saxo Grammaticus, the relationship between this couple is explored in detail.
Ragnar actually has three wives in this tale, Lagertha is his first wife, then he leaves her and marries Þóra Borgarhjǫrtr. When she dies, he then marries Aslaug, who outlives him.
While Lagertha and Ragnar divorce in this tale, they still remain allies and Lagertha helps him out greatly with a large fleet of ships when he must defend his territory. After that event, Lagertha returns from helping Ragnar, kills her new husband, and rules his kingdom on her own — much like what happened between Lagertha and Kalf (Ben Robson) in the first half of Season 4 of Vikings. There is little explanation in the tale as to why Lagertha did this.
After this point, the relationship between Lagertha and Ragnar is never mentioned again. However, it leaves plenty of room for fans to imagine they continued their relationship after Þóra died and before he married Aslaug. Or, potentially, rekindled it when Lagertha helped Ragnar out, and that is why she returned and killed her husband.
Considering History and Michael Hirst do bend the historical stories about the Vikings to suit their own storytelling, could this mean Lagertha and Ragnar will reunite again in Season 4 Part 2 of Vikings? It is certainly plausible; however, viewers will have to tune into future episodes of Vikings to find out!
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Vikings returns to History Channel with Episode 12 on December 7, Wednesday, at 9 p.m. ET.
The synopsis for Episode 12 (entitled “The Vision”) is below.
“The Kattegat locals chide Ragnar that the gods have deserted him as he struggles to crew his voyage to Wessex. It’s Bjorn who has charisma now as he prepares to fulfill his long-held dream to explore the Mediterranean in a sleek new boat built for him by Floki. By contrast, Ragnar must accept weathered boats and a crew he has bribed but when Aslaug foresees that the fleet will be lost in a vicious storm her warnings go un-heeded by Ragnar and her precious son, Ivar.”
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