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Vikings: 5 Characters Whose Departure Hurt The Series (And 5 We Could Care Less About)


Vikings has been an enormous hit for the Historical past channel and followers have beloved watching the bloody and brutal adventures of Ragnar Lothrbrok, Lagertha, Rollo and Ivar The Boneless over the course of the present's 5 seasons. Followers must metal themselves for a world with out the present, although, because the upcoming season six was lately introduced as its final.

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The present has all the time had a really excessive turnover of its solid, as so lots of them have a tendency to satisfy violent fates on the assorted battlefields. Listed below are 5 characters whose departure damage the collection, in addition to 5 we might care much less about.


Undoubtedly the largest departure within the historical past of Vikings, Ragnar Lothbrok's demise in season 4's 15th episode 'All His Angels' was a real shock for followers. Only a few reveals have the heart to kill off their important character, however creator Michael Hirst has all the time performed the surprising on Vikings.

Ragnar, our eyes and ears on the violent and tumultuous world of the 'Northmen' for 4 and a half seasons, obtained a terrific on-screen demise, with star Travis Fimmel doing a few of his greatest work. However, his absence has been keenly felt since and although the present continues to be extremely watchable (primarily due to Ivar The Boneless), it's simply not fairly the identical with out Ragnar.


Jonathan Rhys Meyers' Bishop Heahmund was a wierd character. For one factor, Meyers' uber-modern coiffure and designer stubble by no means appeared to suit nicely within the Vikings time interval. His option to ship each line in a stilted rasp was off-putting and his romance with Lagertha was fully unconvincing on each stage.

All in all, this 'Man Of God who was outlined by conflict' wound up being a little bit of a bore, so only a few followers shed a tear when he met his finish within the season 5 episode 'Hell'. Meyers is an effective actor, as evidenced in The Tudors, nevertheless it by no means felt like he managed to place his stamp on Heahmund.


The connection between Ragnar Lothbrok and Athelstan, the English monk who’s captured by Ragnar's folks and compelled to dwell amongst them, is among the present's biggest triumphs. A lot of the Vikings hate the British due to their Christian faith and see them as nothing greater than victims to be raided. Conversely, most British see the Vikings as uncivilized barbarians and harbor a deep hatred for his or her Pagan faith.

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In some way, regardless of coming from such completely different locations, Ragnar and Athelstan are open-minded sufficient to respect and study from one another, ultimately constructing a deep friendship. It was a real disgrace when a jealous and vengeful Floki killed Athelstan.


When Vikings debuted in 2013, probably the most well-known face within the solid was Gabriel Byrne (The Ordinary Suspects, Hereditary). He performed Earl Haraldson, king of Kattegat, the settlement the place Ragnar lives as a lowly farmer. Byrne was positively a coup for the present, and he did some respectable work because the insecure Earl who was afraid of Ragnar's potential, nevertheless it's onerous to have a look at his character as something greater than a plot system.

He was designed to be Ragnar's reverse and somebody followers would need to see overthrown; he lacked Ragnar's charisma and need to realize greatness and was arguably not meant to be mourned after his demise.


One of the crucial in-demand tv actors round, Donal Logue was a busy man between 2012 and 2014. He performed Lee Toric on seven episodes of Sons Of Anarchy, however needed to go away early due to his dedication to enjoying King Horik on Vikings. He additionally managed to slot in 12 episodes of Copper in 2013 earlier than touchdown the position of Harvey Bullock on Gotham in 2014!

All of this meant his time on Vikings was quick, however he made a huge impact as Horik, a Danish King who was eager on accompanying Ragnar's raid on England. Naturally, the 2 alpha males butted heads and let's simply say it didn't finish nicely for Horik!


When Vikings executed a time leap in season 4, Ragnar's sons grew to become younger males within the blink of a watch. Alex Hogh's Ivar The Boneless would go on to turn into the brand new protagonist of the present, whereas Jordan Patrick Smith's Ubbe and Marco Ilso's Hvitserk got a highlight too.

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The forgotten man was all the time David Lindstrom's Sigurd, who simply wasn't as attention-grabbing or watchable as his brothers. In the long run, his rivalry with insane cripple Ivar value him his life, as when he went too far in teasing him he was met with an axe hurled at his chest! It was a terrific second for Ivar and Sigurd was simply collateral injury in Ivar's character improvement.


Vikings has given us numerous great characters and one of many highest was Linus Roache's King Ecbert of Wessex. Roache, who you may acknowledge from Batman Begins and Mandy, performed the character with a skillful mix of cultured sophistication and troublingly machiavellian scheming slightly below the floor.

Ecbert was a nasty man, as he acknowledged in one among his coronary heart to coronary heart chats with Ragnar, however his dream to unite the three disparate English kingdoms underneath one monarch was pretty noble (if somewhat self-serving). Followers have been left bereft when Ecbert met his finish within the season 4 finale, as they’d already misplaced Ragnar a number of episodes earlier.


Not like King Ecbert, who was all the time portrayed with a rakish charisma and given meaty elements within the general Vikings story, his son Aethwelwulf acquired the quick finish of the stick. He was introduced as a bore, whose spouse didn't even love him, and he was usually off to the facet of the primary story occasions.

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Then, when he grew to become King after his father's demise, he was little greater than a bumbling idiot and a horrible commander who tended to steer his males to demise. He was then killed, fully out of the blue, by a bee sting. To be sincere, it appeared a fittingly small demise for a personality who was by no means given a lot respect by the present's creators.


Brothers Harald Finehair and Halfdan the Black have been launched in season 4. Actors Peter Franzen and Jasper Paakkonen have been excellent within the roles, with each bringing a barely completely different power to the present.

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Paakkonen's display screen presence went a protracted method to guaranteeing Halfdan was memorable to followers, regardless of restricted screentime, and it was a pleasure when he accompanied Bjorn Ironside on his journey to Africa; seeing the 2 Vikings driving camels within the desert was a welcome change of tempo for the present. It was upsetting when Halfdan was killed (by his personal brother, no much less), as there appeared a lot extra to discover together with his character.


When it comes to fan response, Alyssa Sutherland's Queen Aslaug was up towards it from day one. To most followers, she would all the time be the 'different girl' in comparison with Kathryn Winnick's Lagertha, one of the common characters within the present's historical past.

The truth that Ragnar left Lagertha for Aslaug, largely as a result of she might give him extra sons, meant that she was all the time little greater than a substitute. When Lagertha shot Aslaug within the again with an arrow throughout season 4, only a few followers have been upset and easily noticed it as simply desserts for the lady who took away Lagertha's husband, love, perception, and future.

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