Vikings season 6: Showrunner teases Ragnar Lothbrok could return for Valhalla spin-off
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Legendary warrior Ragnar Lothbrok (played by Travis Fimmel) hasn’t been seen since his gruesome death in the fourth season of Vikings. After some were disappointed he didn’t make an appearance in the final season of the History series when it returned on Amazon Prime Video last year, comments from Michael Hirst have convinced fans not to give up hope.
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Showrunner Michael Hirst has suggested there is still a chance Ragnar Lothbrok could return to screens after Vikings wrapped up its sixth season at the end of last year.
While the popular series has now come to an end, the story of Ragnar will still live on in an upcoming spin-off series, Vikings: Valhalla, for Netflix.
Hirst will serve as executive producer for the series created by Jeb Stuart, and could provide a window for Travis Fimmel to reprise his star-making role.
In an interview with Collider, Hirst confirmed the likes of Ragnar, Ivar the Boneless (Alex Høgh Andersen) and Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) may be gone, but they’re certainly not forgotten.
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He explained: “What Jeb [Stuart] does actually is he pays attention to the mythology of the Vikings.
“So whenever they meet in the great hall in Kattegat, and of course they talk about the great heroes who used to sit in the same hall at the same table.
“They were Ragnar Lothbrok, Lagertha, and Bjorn Ironside, and Ivar the Boneless, who are now mythic characters even within the show, even within Vikings: Valhalla.”
Just like the characters in Vikings are visited by visions of the Norse gods, Valhalla’s new heroes could receive guidance from the legends of past generations.
Stuart and Hirst’s upcoming series will be led by newcomers to the world of Vikings, including series lead Laura Berlin and co-stars Sam Corlett and Bradley Freeguard.
Game of Thrones alum Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson and The Walking Dead’s Pollyanna McIntosh will also be joining the cast in key roles.
Moreover, the reference to the Viking afterlife right up there in the title could be hinting towards the eventual return of some familiar faces.
Fans didn’t glimpse the halls of Valhalla in the latest instalment, though there were plenty of rumours to suggest series mainstays Fimmel and Winnick were due to make one last appearance.
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With the upcoming spin-off potentially continuing the story for years to come, their cameos could easily take place once Vikings switches allegiance from the History Channel to Netflix.
Explaining the concept of the new series further, Hirst maintained fans won’t have to have watched all six seasons of Vikings to enjoy Valhalla.
However, he also assured die-hard fans of the original series that their loyalty to the series over the years will be rewarded, further indication that the spin-off could feature plenty of cameos and references.
He continued: “It gives ready-made histories to the new show. So you don’t need to know who Ragnar is to watch the new show.”
“But it enriches the show and it hopefully will make people go back and find out, ‘Well who are these people they keep talking about? Was Ragnar so great?’
“‘Why are these people mythic characters?’ So everything connects in a useful, and interesting, and fascinating way.”
No release date has been set by Netflix yet, but now the sixth season has finally been released, viewers will be keen to get their hands on more Vikings content as soon as possible.
Vikings season 6, part 2 is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
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