Spoilers for the January 22 episode of Vikings Season 6, entitled “Valhalla Can Wait,” are discussed below!
Lagertha’s time on Vikings may have come to an end, but the actress that captivatingly brought her to life for nearly six seasons remained a part of the series for the latest episode, "Valhalla Can Wait." Katheryn Winnick got behind the camera as director for the January 22 episode of Season 6, and she has revealed a pretty intriguing detail about the episode's big battle, beyond all the other behind-the-scenes details she's already shared about Season 6.
During the Vikings episode, a huge battle scene broke out when members of the Rus army attacked a small village, and apparently a famous actor was originally supposed to be among the cast during that action sequence, though it didn't work out. Here's what Katheryn Winnick had to say:
Fans already knew that Katheryn Winnick had to deal with the challenge of hiding another show’s set, and we can now add "the last-minute cancellation of an undisclosed famous person for the climactic and terrifying Vikings brawl" to the list of setbacks she overcame. But in dealing with the unexpected casting fail, Winnick’s struggles didn't end with the directing side of things.
Winnick ended up having to re-write the entire scene to account for its famed cast member's absence. Think about all of the efforts that were done to make that Vikings scene happen. An expensive set was constructed and everyone went through rehearsals, only to have things turn on a dime. So how did Katheryn Winnick make the scene work? She explained how the significant sequence got revamped, telling Variety:
Katheryn Winnick previously shared how proud she was of the Vikings episode she directed, and now fans can have a whole new respect for what she did. Having to rework an entire scene due to the sudden loss of its “famous” star had to be overwhelming. I think she did a spectacular job bringing it all together.
During the Vikings scene, a Rus raiding party attacked the village as an older man hid and watched the destruction and mass murder of his loved ones. In a riveting sequence, there was one guy in the village who put up a prolonged and valiant fight against the raiders. The young girl that Katheryn Winnick referred to was presumably related to the older man and the famous actor's involvement. Though Winnick revealed her storyline was initially set to span more episodes, those plans ended when the actor dropped out of the Vikings arc.
Harald, the newly-minted King of Norway, learned of the slaughter that occurred in the scene at the end of the Vikings episode. Thus, a potential collision has been set up between Harald and Oleg’s respective forces. The trailer for Season 6 definitely hinted that a clash involving Oleg is coming.
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