'Vikings': Season 5B premiere alludes to long-standing fan theory regarding Bjorn's parentage
It first seemed like Rollo was protecting his favorite nephew, but now we suspect, the reason for his actions may go much deeper than that
Season 5b of 'Vikings' premiered yesterday and shed light on a long-standing fan theory. For years, fans speculated Ragnar wasn't actually the father of Bjorn. Ragnar's brother, Rollo, in fact, may have fathered the child with Lagertha. Wednesday night's (November 28) episode of 'Vikings' alluded to this in an emotional Lothbrok family showdown.
Mid-season, Rollo returned to Kattegatt after sending Ivar an army following Lagertha's defeat, on the condition that Bjorn is not to be killed. At the time, this just seemed like Rollo protecting his favorite nephew, but now we suspect, the reason for his actions may go much deeper than that. While Rollo told Ivar he had arrived at his hometown to set up a trade deal between their kingdoms, he was, in fact, returning to help get his former love Lagertha and possible son Bjorn to safety.
When Rollo tracked down Bjorn and Lagertha and offered safe passage to them back to Frankia, Lagertha asked why he would do this given his allegiance with Ivar. "You know I have always loved you, Lagertha, and that Bjorn is my son," Rollo declared. Lagertha retorted Bjorn isn't Rollo's son, but this denial did not convince Rollo.
Bjorn also refused to believe Rollo is his father and told Rollo he resembles Ragnar more, in appearance, in spirit and in principle. Rollo begged Bjorn to return with him to Frankia, but Rollo's decision to support Ivar was too unavoidable and painful for Bjorn. Bjorn attempted to kill Rollo in a heated exchange. But ended the fight saying: "You are not worth the time it takes to clean the blood off my hands."
At this, Lagertha formally refused Rollo's offer and the two exchanged a short farewell in which Rollo told the love of his life, "We will never meet again." The prophecy of death is on Lagertha so these words have got fans upset.
The creator of the series, Michael Hirst, told TV Guide this occurs, in large part, because of repeated requests by Standen, who had always believed that Rollo was Bjorn's true father. "It was something that was driving Rollo, and Clive kept asking me about that. He said, 'I have to tell the audience, I have to tell the audience that at least that's my belief,'" Hirst revealed.
According to Hirst, Lagertha's denial doesn't refute Rollo's claim; it just shows Lagertha isn't honestly sure who Bjorn's father is and that she'd prefer to believe it is her ex-husband rather than her brother-in-law. "For me, I think there was a short period of time when she was sleeping with both the brothers and she doesn't really know who the father is," Hirst affirmed.
'Vikings' airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on History.