4 reasons we’re still loving Vikings without Ragnar Lothbrok
Sadly, Ragnar Lothbrok, played by former Calvin Klein underwear model Travis Fimmel, is no more. No matter, here is why we are still obsessed with the not-quite-so-historically-accurate drama produced by the HISTORY channel and being aired first on Showmax.
- Ivar the Boneless is terrifying
“I always said from the beginning that the show was not just about Ragnar, but about Ragnar and his sons,” says Vikings creator Michael Hirst.“In many ways his sons became more famous than Ragnar. Björn did actually go to the Mediterranean and Tunisia and Ivar the Boneless was a very famous viking. I seem to have waited a lifetime to get Ivar the Boneless into the script – who knew the most important viking leader was a cripple, considering what the assumptions are about vikings? Ivar was one of the cruellest and most successful vikings and we are very lucky to have Alex Hogh Andersen playing him – he is brilliant.”
- Lagertha is the most exciting feminist character on TV
Katheryn Winnick plays Lagertha, a fierce shield-maiden who fights alongside the men and rises to become Earl Ingstad and, by the start of Season 5, Queen of Kattegat. She’s an independent woman who has no patience for the patriarchy, but she’s also a caring mother with a touching relationship with her son, Björn. As Entertainment Weekly wrote, “she may be the most exciting feminist character on TV.”It’s not an act for Winnick either: in real life she’s a former bodyguard with black belts in both taekwondo and karate and has founded three martial arts schools.
Hirst says of the vikings that “their attitude toward women was much more enlightened than societies around them.”
- Hello Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Season 5 has no shortage of heartthrobs, including Golden Globe winner Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors), who joins the cast as Bishop Heahmund, a warrior bishop.“There are many pleasures, some admittedly base, to be taken from Vikings,” wrote Entertainment Weekly, just before calling the show “a visual feast of sweaty men with the physiques of CrossFit coaches.”
- The fight scenes are epic “We do battles very well, better than other shows,” says Hirst – not very modest but entirely true.
The good news is that Season 5 has some of the most epic sequences yet, up there with the siege of Paris, as civil war looms…
Vikings Season 6 is now streaming first and only on Showmax.