3.6 million viewers tuned in for the season 1 finale of “Vikings” on Sunday, April 28, on The History Channel. After only 10 episodes, History wrapped up the first successful “Vikings” season, not with an epic battle and lots of bloodshed, but with emotional, and spiritual conflicts and a promise of war between leaders and brothers for season 2, which has been ordered for 2014.
So what will creator Michael Hirst have in store for Ragnar (Travis Fimmel), Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) and King Horik, played by reappearing guest star Donal Logue? He gave away a few spoilers in an interview on April 29.
For one, there is the triangle between Ragnar, Lagertha and the new woman, Aslaug. According to legend, Ragnar married twice and had lots of sons. “Vikings” creator Michael Hirst has no intention of letting Lagertha go, “but circumstances do change,” Hirst said.
“What happened is again, unexpected, until you realize what a powerful and strong will this woman has. It’s very difficult for her, of course, with the new woman in Ragnar’s life. She has to make a decision whether she puts up with that or she doesn’t. And if she doesn’t, what she then does and in turn, how she comes back into Ragnar’s life. What I would say, because this is historical, is that Lagertha becomes and Earl in her own right. At some stage they are going to meet again as equals.”
Another issue Ragnar will have to deal with in season 2 is the betrayal of his brother Rollo (Clive Standen), who had several opportunities to step out of his brother’s shadow and go against him in season 1, but always remained loyal at the very last moment. With the new formed alliance between Rollo and Jarl Borg however, things have changed. Rollo is willing to fight against King Horik and his own brother to carve out a kingdom for himself and Jarl Borg. What impact will that decision have on season 2 and which side will Siggi, Rollo’s new woman, chose? Will she continue to be Lagertha’s friend, especially after the two women both lost a daughter, or does she have ulterior motives?
Athelstan, played by George Bladgen, will continue his own struggle in season 2, while still trying to adjust and fit into the lifestyle of the Vikings as much as possible in order to survive. He will also continue to fight a spiritual battle, wondering if God has forsaken him.
“They are real issues for him. They lead him into some pretty dark and dangerous places in the second season,” Hirst explained.
“I can say that the first episode of the new season will be absolutely gobsmacking. Hopefully we can start it off shooting in Iceland. That’s our plan,” Hirst shared.
And he also gave away one last spoiler for season 2 of his hit show “Vikings” – a new enemy: the King of Wessex. Wessex is a bigger kingdom than Northumbria and its king is more powerful than King Horik and also very clever. “He’s a different kettle of fish. The Vikings are coming across someone with real history and real knowledge and tactics. So, Ragnar is going to be up against a very formidable foe in the King of Wessex.”
What are you hoping for in season 2 of “Vikings”?
Sources: Huffington Post, Deadline