Vikings: Amazon Prime release trailer for final season
Vikings season six part two will air on Amazon Prime Video on December 30, and the trailer features the voice of Ragnar Lothbrok (played by Travis Fimmel). The renowned warrior and king was killed off in the fourth season, and viewers have been waiting for his return, in some form or another, ever since. The show’s creator, Michael Hirst, spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about Ragnar in the final episodes.
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Fans of Vikings were heartbroken when the main character, Ragnar Lothbrok, was thrown into a pit of poisonous snakes in the fourth season.
The series, written by Hirst, is based on real historical events and the true Ragnar Lothbrok faced the same terrible fate.
Still, viewers were left in shock to see his character leave the series so soon, and they have hoped to see him return.
There was an emotional moment in a previous season where Ragnar appeared in the sand at the bottom of the ocean, during his wife Lagertha’s (Katheryn Winnick) funeral.
In order to show how the couple had been reunited in Valhalla, a ‘sculpture’ of Ragnar appeared in the sand next to Lagertha as she hit the seafloor.
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Ragnar has yet to feature in the latest season, but the trailer for the second half of season six shows Ragnar speaking to his son Ivar (Alex Høgh Andersen).
This has led viewers to wonder whether Ragnar will return in the form of a ghost, to talk his sons through some of their greatest challenges.
Sadly it seems old footage of Ragnar has been used, meaning Fimmel will not be reprising his role as Ragnar in the form of a ghost for the final episodes.
Hirst spoke to Express.co.uk and explained how Ragnar has always been present throughout the series, even though it may not have been in the flesh.
He said: “Ragnar is always present, he is a presiding spirit on the show. He has never really gone away, he was historically the first great Viking hero.
“They would have remembered him in songs and sagas, they would have sung about him in the great hall, and remembered his exploits.
“His sons would have been treated well because they are sons of Ragnar. In the battles, the sons are trying to live up to their father and justify their lives in the light of their father.
“He didn’t go away, ever. He has always been in the show and he is right until the end.”
Ragnar’s traits have already been spotted in his son, Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig) who fought resiliently in the Rus battle against Prince Oleg (Danila Kozlovsky).
Ragnar’s other son, Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith), has also taken on the same journey his father started when he began exploring for new lands.
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With Ubbe in Iceland, he hopes to complete the journey to the Golden Land that Ragnar had always dreamed of.
With this in mind, it seems that although Ragnar has not been present in person, his dreams and his personality has continued to shine through, thanks to his sons.
Bjorn actor Ludwig has previously said how Ragnar Lothbrok has continued to be a part of the show, albeit not in a literal form.
The question of his appearance in the final episodes has been one of the most frequently-asked since his character died, and viewers cannot seem to come to terms with the loss.
One fan posted a screengrab of the trailer, which shows a male’s arm lifting a sword. They said: “Could this be Ragnar on the trailer?”
Sadly Ragnar will not be returning in person, but viewers hope to see him again in the upcoming Vikings spin-off, Vikings Valhalla.
One said on Twitter: “I guess in the spin-off Vikings Valhalla we might see Ragnar in the final battle with Odin.”
The spin-off series, which will air on Netflix, is set 100 years after the original show, so it seems unlikely that Ragnar will return.
Hirst said it was an emotional moment when he looked back over the previous 89 episodes, which have taken up seven years of his life.
He described it as an “epic” journey, and knowing the saga was finally coming to an end was a bitter-sweet realisation.
He said: “I said from the beginning that the show was the saga of Ragnar Lothbrok and his sons, and so it will be to the end.”
Vikings season 6 part 2 airs on Amazon Prime Video on December 30
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