'Norsemen' Season 3 Preview: Why did Frøya marry the painfully inept Orm?
Her dislike towards him is made amply clear whether it is in public settings during the village celebrations, on a raid where Orm forced himself, or in private when they're arguing about, ahem, sizes
'Norsemen' aka 'Vikingane' in Norsk is returning for a third season. Deemed Season 0, the installment is set to be a prequel that will document the events leading up to Season 1. Season 2 ended on a very somber note. In a fit of revenge (a fully planned scheme), Jarl Varg (Jon Øigarden) stabs Frøya (Silje Torp) in the back, killing her immediately.
As the Vikings and villagers set sail towards the West abandoning Rufus (Trond Fausa), Orm (Kåre Conradi) and Liv (Kristine Riis) back in Norheim, they mourn the loss of Frøya. Arvid (Nils Jørgen Kaalstad), in particular, is grief-stricken. Just as he had prompted colonizing the land to the west and living there in their abundant riches, he derives a plan to abandon Norheim forever. But with Frøya's demise, their dreams together now are shattered.
With Season 3 going set to be Season 0, it is going to be a while till we know about the repercussions of Frøya's death. But Season 0 brings a lot of exciting possibilities to the table. When we asked creators Jon Iver Helgaker and Jonas Torgersen last year to shed light on the next installment of the hilarious show, they told us it was because of the mystery surrounding their eccentric characters.
"We thought there were too many untold stories from before season one, so we decided to tell them," they told MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) in an interview. Indeed. In hindsight, Season 1 began on a random note with the Vikings returning from a successful raid. Following this, there is tension with Jarl Varg, the Earl of the neighboring village for the map to the West. It is made to seem like Norheim owes Jarl Varg a debt — why exactly Norheim owes him the map is never disclosed.
Season 1 also documented the very cringe relationship Frøya shared with her husband Orm. There is not one interaction they have where Frøya doesn't look exasperated, wanting to flee. She cannot tolerate Orm neither does she pretend to. Her dislike towards him is made amply clear whether it is in public settings during the village celebrations, on a raid where Orm forced himself, or in private when they're arguing about, ahem, sizes.
Frøya keeps her distance from Orm and rightly so. Married to him, his homosexuality (which he himself is so averse to and denies tirelessly) would have become evident to her early on. Add to that the fact that Orm tries really hard to overcompensate for his masculinity and for his absent strength — both held in high regard in Viking society.
Which brings us to the question: why exactly did Frøya marry Orm in the first place? They clearly are an ill fit. In fact, if there is anyone Frøya must be with and is till she is unfortunately killed, is Arvid. It is likely that Chieftain Olav (Henrik Mestad), Orm's older brother fixed this marriage, but the reasons behind it remain uncertain. Perhaps now is the time when we will know.
Season 3 of 'Norsemen' premieres on Netflix on July 22. Season 1 and 2 are currently streaming on the site.