We left the Lothbrok family divided with a small cliffhanger at the end of the last season. The release date of the Season 5 is on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 9/8c.
The former Queen Aslaug, (played by a beautiful Alyssa Sutherland) and her son Sigurd “Snake in the Eye” (played by David Lindstrom) are now dead. Lagertha took Aslaug’s place as the Queen of Kattegatt and the rest of Ragnar’s sons now have to choose their allegiance. Ivar (Alex Hogh Andersen) will position himself as the leader of the Great Heathen Army, while Bjorn (played by Alexander Ludwig) stays loyal to Lagertha and sets sails to Mediterranean shores. Meanwhile, Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) struggles with losing everything he has ever cared about and completely gives himself to the Gods. As we could see from the newest trailer, that leads him to the shores of Iceland.
The next season will also introduce Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Bishop Heahmund, a religious warrior and a leader of the first “crusader army”. He is going to be the perfect nemesis for the brilliant and ruthless Ivar.
The fifth season will be divided into 2 parts of 10 episodes. The first half will be aired this fall and the second half during the first quarter of 2018. History Channel has already renewed Vikings for the sixth season which will begin production around the time of writing this article.
The Bravest Storytelling on TV
This show has been historically pretty accurate, and that is the reason why the end of the last season hit me with my guard down. Ok, the death of the former queen Aslaug was expected since Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) wanted to rule but Ivar killing his brother was something totally unexpected.
Sigurd Snake in-the-Eye should’ve been one of Ivar’s generals during his campaign through England and he should’ve started a family in England. But he is “out of the picture” now.
That was a way for the creator of this show, Michael Hirst to show us how ruthless and unpredictable Ivar really was. They wanted to create a character that would replace Ragnar and they have been setting that up for the last couple of seasons. Since the first moment we got to see Ivar he was like that.
He killed the first person when he was just a boy, and he did it without blinking. Then we saw Floki teaching him how to become a true Viking and a true believer in Viking’s gods. The other reason they are changing some of the historical facts, is because this show has always been “brave” when it comes to its characters. You never know what to expect. Every now and then some character disappears from our screen. I remember when they killed Siggy (played by Jessalyn Gilsig). She was one of the favorites and bam! She was gone in one scene… Although I’ve never thought that she would have a heroic death… The second most favorite character that was wiped from the show was Athelstan (played by George Blagden) – a brave monk that was maybe the main fuel for the early development of the character of Ragnar. And in the last season, we lost the main character which was practically the main symbol of this show and definitely fans’ favorite!
What To Expect in The Fifth Season
War! You should expect the all out war! Civil War, Crusade War, Naval Warfare – War Everywhere!
Ivar The Boneless and The Great Heathen Army
Ivar will use his Great Heathen Army and continue his attacks on the Anglo-Saxon Heptarchy which was the collective name for the seven kingdoms East Anglia, Essex, Kent, Northumbria, Sussex, Wessex, and Mercia. He will fight his greatest enemy to that date, a warrior Bishop Heahmund. His desire to wage war against all the pagans will be as fanatic as Viking’s desire to fight and pillage. The army around the bishop will be a predecessor for the Knights Templar.
Where is Bjorn?
Bjorn Ironside will go to the Mediterranean coast. Historically, Bjorn was raiding down the south of France before landing in Italy. They captured the city of Pisa and continued further inland towards the town of Luni which they believed to be Rome. That is the town in which Bjorn used the tactic that had already been described in Vikings Season 3/ Episode 10 “The Dead”. After that, he and his army raided through Sicily and North Africa, stole a great fortune and on their way back they were intercepted by the entire Andalusian fleet. He lost a lot of ships but returned to Scandinavia and continued his life as a rich man.
Are We Going To See Ragnar Lothbrok in Season 5?
Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) literally sacrificed himself (with the help of King Ecbert, played by magnificent Linus Roache) to unite his sons around one mutual goal and to bring them to England. However, judging by the trailers we are also going to see all the Vikings we love turning their swords against each other. That will be a huge civil war between Vikings and all the trailers have been put together to make us believe that Ivar will fight against his brothers. I don’t believe that but I believe that we will see Ragnar through visions just like we got to see Odin in the last season.
Why do we think that it is a possibility to see Ragnar once again? Well simply because we got to see Travis Fimmel with the rest of the crew during the San Diego E3 2017. He “crashed” the SDCC panel on July 21, 2017.
A New Beginning for Vikings
The one thing I’ve noticed is that Floki is in every single trailer and teaser. The one scene in particular is very interesting and that is a scene in which Floki stands alone on some beach. That is the beach of Iceland. Vikings were first to find Island and they practically colonized it from Norway and British Isles. Maybe that is the plot point that is going to transfer to the sixth season? I don’t know but small crusade, civil war, Mediterranean conquest and colonization of Iceland seem like a lot for one season.
BONUS – Do You Want To See The Real Face Of “The Seer”?
The Seer is Viking’s oracle. He is a mystic for whom is believed to be able to communicate with gods about all their plans about men.
We have all seen him with tons of makeup, always sitting in shadows and always with his robe. However, we have all seen him without all that makeup but no one noticed. That character is played by John Kavanagh who also played Pope Leo IV in Vikings Season 4, episode 9.
What do you think?