Following delays amid the coronavirus pandemic, Vikings fans are still hopeful the sixth season will reveal the last moments of Bjorn Ironside (played by Alexander Ludwig) later this year.
Season six will draw the wildly successful blend of history and legend from historian Michael Hirst to a close with Kattegat’s final stand against Ivar the Boneless (Alex Høgh Andersen) and the Rus.
During the hiatus, Hirst joined the cast of Vikings for a special panel at this year’s Comic-Con @ Home event to discuss the legacy of the medieval drama.
Beaming in via video chat with Ludwig, former protagonist Travis Fimmel and Katheryn Winnick, the team chatted about some of Vikings’ most difficult moments, including its infamous fight sequences.
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As opposed to similar historical series, Vikings throws both men and women into the heat of battle thanks to its accurate depiction of Lagertha and her fellow shieldmaidens.
The actors’ demanding physical routines certainly proved a challenge, but Vikings large scale wars and one-on-one skirmishes ensured tuning in each week was essential.
When the cast were asked about their favourite fight scenes, Winnick admitted she still looks back fondly on Lagertha’s introduction in the first season.
In episode one, Rites of Passage, the ruthless shieldmaiden makes quick work of two thugs who attempt to assault her in her home.
He said: “Katheryn, that last one that just came out, your last big fight scene, that was tremendous.”
In episode six, Death and the Serpent, Ragnar’s son Hvisterk (Marco Ilsø) is driven to madness and strikes down Lagertha in his hallucinatory state.
Following a foreboding prophecy from the Seer (John Kavanagh), viewers already knew Lagertha’s death was on the horizon, though it didn’t make the tragic scene any less painful.
Winnick admitted: “That was the most exhausting definitely. The most emotionally draining, 100%.”
Season six finally concluded Lagertha’s story with a touching tribute to one of the show’s most enduring cast members.
Part Two is still shrouded in mystery, and rumours have suggested both Lagertha and Ragnar could make one last appearance when they’re reunited with their son in Valhalla.
Previous seasons indicate the final ten seasons could air in November, although the series could face more significant delays throughout the ongoing pandemic.
Vikings seasons 1-6 are available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.