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Vikings: Predictions for The Second Half of Season 4

Updated on January 5, 2017

WARNING: SPOILERS FOR SEASONS 1-4 AND POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOR THE SECOND HALF OF SEASON 4

Vikings has had an interesting history. Having started in 2013 and continued since then on the History channel, the show has registered incresing success with modern audiences who fell in love with the show's depiction of Viking culture, it's people, and it's way of life. This is quite astonishing as Vikings isn't fictional. It's an historical drama, but the time period allows for the creators to take certain liberties and create heroes and villains in historical figures that might be inaccurate, but due to the presentation of the show itself, remain authentic.

Going into the second half of season 4, I'm as excited as I was in season 1. During the tenth episode of this season I was very surprised when, after the failed attack on Paris, we jumped in time several years, but then I remembered that this show was based on historical facts, and as such, it was moving towards the next chapter in Ragnar's story. His sons' legacies. While many historians still debate whether Ragnar actually existed, there is no such debate regarding Bjorn, or Ivar, or Ubba. And like it's said by the seer on the show, their fame somewhat eclipses that of their supposed father. I realised then that the show was moving to their feats, and I went into overdrive, thinking about what they would do and how they would do it.

I already saw the promo for the second half of the season so I will be combining some historical facts with what was hinted at in that trailer, and try to predict what the show will do with it's characters and plot, assuming it sticks losely with historical events.

1. First thing that came to my mind was the Great Heathen Army. The promo put a lot of emphasis on Ivar and his role in war. We were also shown scenes of battle between the English and the Vikings. This made me ask several questions: first of all, what is the motive behind this attack on England? It was revealed to the sons of Ragnar in episode 10 that the settlement in Wessex had been destroyed. This could very well be the main reason. I ask this question because following Ragnar's death at the hands of King Aelle, Ivar leads the Vikings in an assault on Britain, not to raid, but to conquer. It seems like that is what's depicted here but we get no hints of Ragnar's fate. Whether he dies before the invasion, during the invasion, or not at all is left for us to wonder. It would be bold for the show to go into it's fifth season without it's lead, but historically, it would be accurate. I still believe the show will have Ragnar die in the snake pit by King Aelle, as that was foreshadowed in the first season of the show. Regardless, conflict in England will return, and with our characters getting older, I wonder whether Alfred will take the leadership position he took in actual history, or if that role will be filled by Aethelwulf.

2. Second main question I left the trailer with was, what will be Bjorn's journey in the coming episodes? We get shots of him, within Viking armies, alongside his brothers in what I assume were battles with the English. However we were told in episode 10 that Bjorn's new goal was to travel to the Mediterranean sea, alongside Floki and Helga. Even after the news from the settlement in Wessex, he still goes to Floki with this same objective in mind. What will make him go to England, and to war, intrigues me. Especially because Bjorn's journey to the Mediterranean is the major reason behind his historical fame. And it was predicted in the show that one of Ragnar's sons would sail in a sea that has no tides. Perhaps the show manages to have the war on England happen during the next 10 episodes and in the end Bjorn will journey to the Mediterranean. What prevents him from going right away is the mystery, which is another thing that makes me wonder whether Ragnar is long for this world. His death would certainly drive Bjorn to a desire for vengeance, and perhaps, that is what will happen.

3. How will Rollo feature within all of this? With war being centered once again in England, Frankia is somewhat left by the wayside, yet we have shots of Rollo with Bjorn and Hvitserk. These shots show them bloody but there is no hint of a battle with the British. I don't see Rollo going to England in the coming episodes, no. I do however, ponder the possibility of him joining Bjorn on his journey. He says in the trailer, presumably to princess Gisla that part of him is still Viking, perhaps this is what drives him to go with Bjorn. With this, I can't rely much on history. Rollo does become the ruler of Normandy, and has no relations with Ragnar, so his story is largely created by the show, based on the skeleton of the historical information on him. The show can do more what they want with his character, so long as it remains believable, but I don't think they will put him in the war on England.

4. The final major conflict the trailer exposed was the war for power in Kattegat. Aslaug and Lagertha will apparently be fighting for the title of Queen, why, I don't know. Perhaps following the death of Ragnar, which is not certain, but I can see no other reason. Why would Lagertha fight for power now, if something had not changed? Something impactful has to happen in order for these two women to fight for the title of Queen. We get shots of Lagertha in the middle of battle but once again we don't see the oponent, so once again, we're left to wonder, also why she doesn't go to England. Perhaps the show will also do both in the span of 10 episodes.

These are all the main points I wanted to touch on, I probably will be wrong about most of this but regardless, leave your opinion down below, and thank you for reading.

Do you think that by the end of Season 4 Ragnar will be alive?

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      Baionicle 6 months ago from Lisbon

      Thank you so much for the comment. Yes, Alan's comments have really informed about the route the show might take in the future and gave me hope that the show is able to sustain itself without Ragnar

      PS: Love TWD and GoT too! :)

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      Richard J ONeill 6 months ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      Great hub! I adore Vikings the series and the incredible journey and growth of its characters. Ragnar my favorite, unfortunately, won't be around for the next season but after reading Alan's little piece of history here, I am very excited about seeing the next part.

      Probably in my top 10 of favorite series, with The Walking Dead being 1 and Game of Thrones at number 2.

      Good job.

      Richard

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      Alan R Lancaster 14 months ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      As far as the Danes in England are concerned, there's a better book by Julian D Richards titled VIKING AGE ENGLAND (pub. Tempus Publishing, ISBN 0-7524-2888-8) which touches on Wales, Cornwall (at the time not part of the 'Anglo-Saxon Enclave', it was a Gallic outpost) and Scotland - the North-west of England, the Lake District and Carlisle was part of the Kingdom of the Strathclyde Britons, related to the Welsh and Picts. England as such didn't come into being until the reign of Aelfred's grandson Aethelstan but that's academic these days.

      Another book you might be interested in is by Paul Foote and David Wilson, THE VIKING ACHIEVEMENT, which is available through Amazon UK where I got my replacement copy (first published 1970), which takes you through societies and states, slaves, free men and so on to religion and conduct with maps, diagrams, b&w photo images.

      Both are well worth buying to understand them and their background, not forgetting CHRONICLES OF THE VIKINGS by R I Page (publ British Museum Press, ISBN 978-0-7141-2341-7 which I bought at the BM after looking through their exhibition last year with the wife and elder daughter. It's a book about Norse philosophy, their outlook on life, love and death and much else besides. Bread and butter stuff!

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      Baionicle 14 months ago from Lisbon

      Thank you alancaster149 for the feedback :) I wasn't aware of all of those details, but now I want to check out that book. Maybe some of those details about the invasion will cross over to the show, introducing new characters. I would very much like that, this show does have the ability to be incredibly gripping and remain accurate so, here's hoping.

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      Alan R Lancaster 14 months ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Well written, Filipe. If I was as good in Portuguese...

      I've never seen this series but the background is familiar territory to me. First let me recommend John Hayward's ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF THE VIKING AGE (publ. Thames & Hudson, ISBN 0-500-28228-5), that'll give you a good grounding in the 'whys' and 'wherefores'.

      Next, when after raiding the Frankish empire and then eastern Britain, Ragnar 'Lothbrok' found himself aground on the Northumbrian coast he was taken captive by King Aelle and put in a pit of vipers. His sons, Ivar 'the Boneless', Ubbi, Halfdan/Halvdan and Bjorn 'Ironside' and Sigurd 'Snakeye' set out from Denmark, crossed to East Anglia and followed the coast north to the Humber where they threatened the Anglian kingdom of Deira (southern half of Northumbria). In AD 866 The Great Heathen Army defeated the two kings, Aelle and Osberht, and(tradition tells us) executed Aelle by means of the 'Blood Eagle' (Dan. 'Blod Erne'), whereby the ribs are pulled free from the spine and splayed out to resemble wings.

      Next target was East Anglia, where King Eadmund ruled (all the kingdoms were Christian by this time). In a battle near the coast Eadmund fled, leaving his men to fight on. The Danes caught up with him in the church at Bury (well inland), and asked why he thought his men should fight bravely on whilst he hid in the church, 'protected' by the monks. The short of it is he was executed there because he refused to leave the church. Next up came Wessex.

      Aelfred had been meant for the Church, not brought up as a fighting man. When last older brother Aethelred I died of wounds sustained in battle the Church and lay leaders (ealdormen and thegns) insisted on him taking the crown to fight back against the Danes. By this time another Danish war-band leader had come onto the scene, Guthrum. When deadlock forced them to agree a treaty Guthrum took East Anglia as his own kingdom, the Danelaw followed the line of the old Roman Road, Watling Street from London to Chester. West of that line was Anglian Mercia under Aelfred's son-in-law Ealdorman Aethelred, effectively ruled by Wessex. The Danish Kingdom of Jorvik stretched from the Mersey-Ribble coast in the west to the Humber in the east, north-south Humber to Tees.

      Just after Christmas, AD 878 Guthrum crossed overland to Chippenham (now Wilshire) and forced Aelfred to flee west to Aethelney (Island of the princes) on the Somerset Levels. After campaigning across the south-west deadlock forced both sides to agree peace again, Guthrum accepted the baptismal name of Aethelstan (not to be confused with Aelfred's grandson of the same name).

      Ganger Hrolf came onto the scene when all this had subsided again, although he made his mark on the Frankish province of Normandy by agreement with Charles 'the Simple'. Ubbi was killed on the North Devon coast, of Ivar little else is known although it was thought he went to Ireland and Halfdan took the kingship of Jorvik, settling down to farming his lands.

      Another Danish king would rule all England from 1016...