'Vikings' season 6: Ragnar's sons will explore the east and Lagertha may feature as an old lady
The upcoming season will be the final one for the History Channel's flagship show; here's what to expect from season 6.
'Vikings,' is raging this season and Ragnar Lothbrok's departure from the show has not slowed down the momentum of the History Channel's flagship in any way. The fandom has been as invested in the sons of Ragnar as they were with the descendant of Odin. The sole leading shieldmaiden of the show, Lagertha, has not only outlived her enemies and lovers alike, but her disappearance has ignited debates on her identity as a Valkyrie, the goddess of death, who even Rollo likened her to in the first season.
Season 5B has about four episodes left to air and the production and filming of season 6 have also wrapped up. It was recently reported the show will come to an end after season 6, but fans did not seem too disappointed with the news, thanks to the good news that immediately followed.
'Vikings' creator, Michael Hirst, is working on a spin-off series along with 'Die Hard' screenplay writer, Jeb Stuart. While the reason for the show's conclusion was not immediately known, what is clear is the end will not necessarily be the end - think of it as Valhalla.
With one more final installation to go, it is but a natural question as to what to expect in season 6, slated to air at the end of 2019 and continuing into 2020. So far, major characters have died in season 5B, and only Lagertha, Floki and Rollo have been the constant ones since 2013. Who comes back, who goes away, will be determined with the 'Vikings' season 5 finale slated to air January 30.
A quick check on IMDb reveals fan favorites will be returning for the first episode of season 6. Those include, Bjorn, Ivar, Alfred the Great, Floki and Ubbe. Other familiar characters returning include Torvi, Freydis, Thora, Oleg of Novgorod, Amma and Gunnhild.
As for the ultimate question of Lagertha, who has gone missing in season 5B and hasn't been found yet, her return is what fans are speculating the most. The plot details of the final season are still being kept under wraps but what we do know about the fan favorite shieldmaiden is that actress Katheryn Winnick, who plays Lagertha, will step behind the camera to direct the episodes of season 6.
In the 'Vikings' San Diego Comic-Con panel last year, Winnick teased Lagertha's return as she hinted that she spent "a good three hours a day in prosthetics to allow Lagertha to change.” Fans quickly pointed out that Lagertha will feature in season 6, maybe after a time jump that isn't uncommon in 'Vikings', as an old woman, perhaps.
In February last year, Winnick shared an Instagram post pointing she will be back in season 6, but now we know the still was from season 5B episode 15. Season 6, like season 4 and 5 will feature 20 episodes, split into two blocks.
In several interviews, Hirst revealed that in the final installment, 'Vikings' will venture to new places again. He told the Express UK they will be going to "Rus, which is Kiev, and the Rus Vikings. [There is] a new civilization there, a powerful civilization. There’s a new world the Vikings are going to become involved with," he said adding the 'Vikings' will also discover the Silk Road.
"Each Viking warship had an Odin banner and they’ve only ever found a piece of one of those banners and a little bit of fabric from one, but it was silk. So, we know the Vikings were on the Silk Road. We don’t know if they got to China but we know they were trading because they were traders as well as fighters."
Russian actor Danila Kozlovsky will also be joining 'Vikings' in season 6 as historical figure Oleg of Novgorod, a Viking prince who conquered cities and was also known as Oleg the Prophet. He will be playing a major part in expanding the eastern lands, as the real-life Oleg was a Varangian who sailed the rivers of Ukraine, Russia and Belarus.
So, with the information we have so far, 'Vikings' season 6 will not slow down a bit as exploration continues, war rages on and Ragnar's void, since he left in season 4, will still be irreplaceable, if not missed as much.