It’s finally the end of the line for Ragnar Lodbrok (Travis Fimmel) during Wednesday’s episode of Vikings. Ragnar’s plans failed when the waters overtook his boat after returning to Wessex to wage war on King Ecbert (Linus Roache). He then began planning his own death.
He plotted with Ecbert, who only wanted his son, Ivar (Alex Hogh), to be able to return home and tell his brothers to seek revenge on King Aelle (Ivan Kaye). Even before his death, Ragnar set a series of events that will change the landscape for the Vikings.
Why do we love Ragnar Lodbrok?
There are many reasons to love Vikings King Ragnar Lodbrok. After all, he didn’t inherit his power. He gradually climbed to power through his will and his grit. He’s nice to those loyal to him, but he can be the most vicious man when necessary.
Our favorite moment was Ragnar’s battle with Haraldson, which started with swords and shields then moved on to use the ax. The fight, to say the least, was fascinating and suspenseful. It was the sweetest out of all Ragnar’s victories.
In Season 2, we saw more of the Norse’s ruthlessness as Ragnar sentenced Jarl Borg to death through torture. The scenes depicting his torture were not shown, but Ragnar’s description of it, as well as his facial expression, was enough for us to have nightmares.
Finally, we witnessed Ragnar’s magnanimous speech in Episode 9 of Season 3’s This Is Why I’m King. As his subjects bicker over the next move in the battle against the Franks, Ragnar stepped in and delivered a speech that proved he is the true Viking king, after all.
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Ragnar is ready to die
Fans may be mourning about his death, but in an interview with Hollywood Reporter, Fimmel said his character was ready to die. Ragnar knows all his plans are in order, and he couldn’t be happier that his sons will soon avenge his death against King Ecbert.
Even showrunner Michael Hirst found it hard to come to grips with Ragnar Lodbrok’s death. He was the heart and soul of the show, but he had to go when he had to go. It was the end for him, and intensity can be felt in the way the scenes were shot.
— Vikings on HISTORY (@HistoryVikings) December 28, 2016