The second half of Vikings' fifth season is about to get interesting for Ivar and Lagertha. As fans have already seen from the promo for Vikings Season 5B, Ivar's reign will be a brazen one. Besides power, there will also be another force in Ivar's life -- a romantic one. Vikings' creator Michael Hirst teased Ivar's budding romance and its dynamics, saying:
Ivar in love? Or at least under the influence of infatuation? It would seem so. What is interesting about what Michael Hirst told TV Guide is how Ivar's newfound romance will impact him. Traditionally, you think of a relationship helping soften a person. Not Ivar. The person he is attracted to sounds like she will only emphasize Ivar's more menacing impulses. It is hard to imagine him being any more diabolical.
One of the most unsettling aspects of what Vikings' creator teases is what Ivar's love interest will bring on Kattegat. As she helps influence great cruelty to abound in the town. It sounds as though Ivar will have a lot in common with his girlfriend, which is bad news for Kattegat.
As for Ivar's enemies, a season of introspection lies ahead. Following her defeat to Ivar, Lagertha is reassessing things. We already knew she would be engaging in a pretty heavy romance with Heahmund in Season 5's back half. So, what else is in store for the ousted Queen of Kattegat? Michael Hirst revealed:
This is a particularly promising tease. Lagertha has been in need of some self-evaluation for a while. Now that she is in the midst of great adversity -- again -- it is time to take a closer look. Also interesting is what exactly Lagertha will be doing a double take on in her life.
Vikings' creator also teased that Lagertha will have to face "hard truths" regarding Rollo and her ambition. The potential truth surrounding her former brother-in-law is highly intriguing. There are a lot of possibilities for what could go down between Rollo and Lagertha considering their past. If Rollo wanted to get on Lagertha's good side, he should not have sent troops to help Ivar against her.
Whether the mystery of Bjorn's paternity will in some way come into play will be interesting to learn, as well as seeing what the result of Lagertha's reinvention will be. It will be one of many reboots for her. The Lagertha from Season 1 is an entirely different person than the one when Season 5B begins. Ever since the show started, she has undergone many trials and tribulations.