'Vikings': Lagertha's disappearance could mean her majestic return or her inevitable death
Lagertha's disappearance from the battlefield after the death of Bishop Heahmund has been perceived to be in line with Viking-saga-folklore, where she returns as a Valkyrie
Brace yourselves 'Vikings' fans, season 5 has not been an easy watch and it does not look like it'll be anytime soon. In the recent episode titled 'Hell' another hero fell to the grounds, and as heartbreaking as it was to see Bishop Heahmund die on the battlefield, it was as hard to realize the shieldmaiden of the show, Queen Lagertha has gone missing.
The last viewers saw of her was when she was in the battlefield along with Heahmund while arrows flew to his chest and he cried out her name for the last time. When Heahmund was honored with a burial, we realized the iron lady of the show was nowhere to be seen. Her son, Bjorn Ironside, searched for her, but in vain. She had just disappeared. The major question looming now is what happened to Lagertha? Is she dead or alive?
Fans can only speculate as of now but viewers who are aware of the historical truth of Lagertha opine her fate in the 'Vikings' saga falls in line with what Ivar the Boneless' evil queen, Freydis, had said earlier in the same episode. While in discussion with Ivar about his new self-proclaimed godhood, Freydis mentioned of the valkyries descending, “beating their luminous wings.”
Valkyries, as the Norse mythology has it, are the servants of the gods, who are essentially angels of death, mainly female figures who decide which soldiers die in battle and which live. Viking sagas involving the story of Lagertha, hint she herself is a Valkyrie and will return to Kattegat as a Valkyrie to win back her kingdom of Kattegat from Ivar. This speculation may have been concretized by the creator of the show, Michael Hirst, who recently said in an interview that season 5 is about significant changes for fan-favorite Lagertha.
"Lagertha actually sort of reinvents herself. She has an interesting season ahead, a season of great and profound changes. A season in which she really comes to question who she is and what she’s been doing," Hirst said.
While some may argue that this is a far-fetched thought, her disappearance after the battle between King Alfred and King Harald Fairhair could only mean two things. She could either return as the queen she is or stay absent, which would mean death.
Even before part B of season 5 aired, there was buzz that the strong female lead will die this season, and Torvi will replace Lagertha as the strong female lead of the show. Also, let us not forget the prophecy of her death, that one of Ragnar's son will kill her.
Lagertha has been an integral part of the show since season 1 and has a massive fan base, perhaps even more than former protagonist Ragnar himself. Ragnar died in season 4 and season 5 has been all about his sons and Lagertha. There are high chances Lagertha's death is just around the corner, and, to be honest, this is her second loss after she lost the Battle of Kattegat to Ivar the Boneless in part one of season 5.
Added to this, losing her ex-lover Bishop Heahmund, at the hands of King Harald, will definitely not be easy for Lagertha. It's time to wonder about her disappearance and question how 'Vikings' will be 'Vikings' after Lagertha is gone?