Ever since Jonathan Rhys Meyers was cast for Season 5 of History’s Vikings, fans have been speculating which historical character he would play. Finally, news has been released in regard to who Meyers will be playing.
SPOILER ALERT: This article discusses Season 5 of History’s Vikings as well as the historical aspects of some of its characters which may provide spoilers for future episodes. Please proceed with caution if you wish to avoid spoilers.
In the past, fans have speculated Jonathan Rhys Meyers would be playing an older version of Alfred the Great or even Ragnar’s illegitimate son to Queen Kwenthrith, Magnus. However, as stated in a previous article by the Inquisitr, IMDb has Ferdia Walsh-Peelo listed to play Alfred the Great in Season 5 of Vikings.
According to the latest edition of Entertainment Weekly, Jonathan Rhys Meyers has been cast to play a bishop called Heahmund. As yet, the article has not been published on EW‘s official website, but fan sites for Jonathan Rhys Meyers are tweeting images of the article in question from the January 13 edition.
Vikings creator, Michael Hirst, describes Heahmund as a religious warrior who could be considered a predecessor to the Knights Templar.
“I was looking the the history books and came across these warrior bishops, the antecedents of the Knights Templar. These are people who were absolutely religious, yet they put on armor and fought.”
Interesting to note about this link to the Knights Templar in Vikings is the fact History Channel has a series in the works, Knightfall, that also delves into the history of the Knights Templar. So, could Heahmund be a crossover character for the two series? Only time will reveal this answer.
Hirst further describes Meyer’s character, Heahmund, as “off the scale” crazy in regard to his religious fervor. Indicating fans will be in for a treat when this character arrives.