‘Vikings’ Season 5: Ragnar’s Death Scene To Be Recreated For Lagertha, Michael Hirst Explains To Travis Fimmel
Filming has recently wrapped up for Season 5 of History Channel’s Vikings. However, very little news has managed to escape in regard to where the new season of Vikings will be headed. As production continues and fans wait for a Season 5 premiere date, the show’s creator, Michael Hirst reveals viewers could get to see Ragnar’s death all over again in Season 5.
SPOILER ALERT: This article discusses Season 5 of History Channel’s Vikings. Please proceed with caution if you wish to avoid spoilers.
Season 4 of History’s Vikings saw the death of the much-loved main character, Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel). According to the history books, Ragnar died in a snake pit, at the hands of King Aelle (played by Ivan Kaye in the TV series). Vikings creator and writer, Michael Hirst, also maintained this death for Ragnar in the television series. Fans got to witness Ragnar’s final speech and then his agonizing death at the bottom of a muddy snake pit.
However, during a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly writer, Darren Franich, at the recent SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Conversation with Vikings, Michael Hirst revealed that fans might get to revisit Ragnar’s death in Season 5 of Vikings.
The scene involved will see Lagertha somehow witnessing, or reliving, Ragnar’s death in Vikings. During the interview, Hirst explained to Travis Fimmel, who was also present, how this scene unfolded and how, even a year after the death of Ragnar was filmed, it is still affecting the cast and crew.
“We’ve shot a scene recently Travis, of where we’ve, to some extent, recreated [your death scene] because Lagertha goes and witnesses it herself. So, you weren’t there, but your voice was there… But, just hearing your voice in that same place, in that same glade in the woods in Ireland, was absolutely chilling for all of us that had been there… a year before.”
While the conversation does not directly indicate it will occur in Season 5 of Vikings, Hirst went on to reveal he didn’t sleep the night after shooting that scene with Lagertha as she visits the place where Ragnar died.
Some fans are now speculating that Hirst has just revealed the scene in which Lagertha could die in Season 5 of Vikings. After all, why would the show’s creator be so obviously invested in this scene?
As yet, there is no concrete evidence to suggest this scene is even in Season 5 or is directly related to the death of Lagertha. However, Michael Hirst did reveal to Travis that the scene was shot “recently” indicating it likely happened in the recent filming of Season 5. Also, considering some of Ragnar’s sons want to kill Lagertha after she killed their mother, Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland), to some, it could suggest her time is up in Season 5 of Vikings.
Regardless of whether Lagertha survives Season 5 of Vikings or not, her death will be just as sad for fans as Ragnar’s death was in Season 4.
As Michael Hirst points out, while Ragnar may have died already in Vikings, his character is still remembered, regardless. His story will still have an impact on those still alive.
“Ragnar doesn’t ever go away from the show. His sons reference him all the time, and embody him, and talk about his legacy. And, so of them try to create his dream.”
While Travis Fimmel seems perfect in the role of Ragnar Lothbrok, originally the actor wanted to take on the role of Floki, he revealed to The Wrap.
“I actually wanted to play Floki originally, but the good stuff was already cast and he did it way better than I could ever do it.”
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You can view the official trailer for Season 5 of Vikings below.
Vikings has been confirmed by History Channel as returning in 2017 with Season 5.
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