Vikings fans were outraged to see the fan-favourite Ragnar Lothbrok (played by Travis Fimmel) meet a disturbing ending at the hands of brutal king Aelle (Ivan Blakeley Kaye) in the season four finale.
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Despite seeing the Viking chained up into a cage and dropped into a pit of venomous snakes, some fans have been convinced Ragnar will be found alive and return for the final outing.
In a recent interview, creator Michael Hirst revealed fans won’t be seeing anyone rise from the dead.
However, the last outing did see a brief comeback of Ragnar in one of Bjorn’s (Alexander Ludwig) flashbacks.
Fans will remember the scene at the end of season five that saw the late Ragnar appear in Bjorn’s vision, where he saw himself holding the same sword on top of an army of dead bodies as his father’s voice is heard.
The haunting scene saw Ragnar’s voice aske his son what he is fighting for and he questions what will become of him.
In a recent interview, creator Michael Hirst spoke out about the flashback scene, revealing why the sixth and final outing won’t see anyone rise from the dead.
In conversation with Variety, Michael revealed he’s not a fan of going back on character deaths.
The creator begun: “It’s not really the kind of show where I bring dead people back particularly, so it was always going to be Bjorn’s intense flashback to that very significant moment in his life, when Ragnar tried to tell him things about power.
“The thing is, whatever someone tells you, the reality is you have to learn these things for yourself.
“That’s the journey Bjorn is on — and it’s an incredible journey, by the way.
However, despite his late father’s warning, the next outing will see Bjorn take to the throne.
Of Bjorn’s time on the throne, Michael said: “I think we’re on the liberal wing of the Viking party.
“He wants to open Kattegat up to trade and be a much better ruler than Ivar.”
However, the Michael also hinted the Viking will have difficulty with his newfound leadership, teasing trouble ahead.
The creator added: “There are problems with kingship and Bjorn is a great warrior.”
“But whether he’s a great ruler — and having to deal with complicated and serious political and social issues — that’s another matter.
“So his spirit drives him back to Kattegat, back to the soul of the Viking world, and then we’ll see in Season 6 how he gets on with that responsibility.”
Will Bjorn’s methods of leadership run him into trouble?
Fans will have to wait and see how Bjorn copes with the pressures of leadership.
Vikings season six is expected to return to History Channel and Amazon Prime Video this year.