Spoilers for Season 6B, the final episodes of Vikings, can be found throughout this article. Though, if you’ve been watching at all, the idea that Bjorn was approaching his end on the series should not be particularly surprising.
We’ve reached the end of the epic saga, the ten-part conclusion to Vikings that Michael Hirst crafted in his head, put to page, and has now reached Amazon Prime before it will ultimately air for viewers on its original home, History. One of the major plotlines that needed to be resolved in Season 6B was: What was Bjorn’s final fate? That question is answered rather quickly in the final episodes, and Vikings actor Alexander Ludwig has shared his feelings related to his character heading to Valhalla on the long-running show.
The actor, who has been a part of the Vikings family for much of its run, recently said goodbye to Bjorn Ironside at the beginning of Season 6B. When last we saw Bjorn, he had seemingly been stabbed fatally by Ivar. In fact, most of the Rus believed he was dead. However, earlier this year, footage from the season showed Bjorn up and about on the battlefield, seemingly after the moment at the end of Season 6A.
What ended up happening was that Bjorn Lothbrok was dragged off the battlefield along with King Harold after his grievous injury. Then, thanks to some help from Gunnhild, he willed himself to get back into his armor and back on a horse--showing up for just long enough in the battle to spook many of the men on Ivar’s side. He was mortally injured when he did this and was later given an epic burial, but his sacrifice helped to turn the tide in the battle and save his people. It was a huge episode for the series and a fitting sendoff for the character, in my opinion, though Alexander Ludwig is a little bit more modest about Bjorn’s final fate on the series, noting,
Still, obviously, when your name has been called on a series like Vikings, there are a lot of feelings involved. Over the years, we’ve seen many characters die in unusual and often gruesome ways. Lagertha’s death at the hands of Hvitserk was particularly notable in the first half of Season 6 and as we barrel nearer and nearer the show’s final moments fans have to say goodbye to even more notable characters. In his interview with Entertainment Tonight, Alexander Ludwig frankly discusses how hard it was to say goodbye.
His words echo the words that Kathryn Winnick said about her character’s death earlier in 2020. She also called her ending on Vikings “bittersweet,” revealing that she was pretty pumped with the big funeral Michael Hirst had written for Lagertha. Her son went out similarly on the series, but as I said prior he wouldn’t be the last.
If you haven’t started watching Season 6B of Vikings yet, you can catch all of the final episodes to your heart’s content on Amazon Prime. The episodes will hit History at a later date in the winter/spring TV schedule.
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