'Vikings' season 5B: Bjorn Ironside is adorably in love with Gunnhild but it's a dangerous gamble
Bjorn Ironside confessed his love for the shieldmaiden, Gunnhild, in the recent episode and as much as it made us gush, it also made us worried
Ragnar Lothbrok's (Travis Fimmel) sons took the center stage for season 5 since the sole protagonist of the series died in season 4. The leads taken up by Ragnar's "many sons" this season had redemption etched in their plotline and no one warned us. Here is Ivar the Boneless (Alex Høgh Andersen) in Kattegat, sitting on the throne which he believes rightfully belonged to his mother, Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland).
Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith) and Torvi (Georgia Hirst) are in Wessex, baptized as Christians, and with the former set to lead King Alfred's Saxon army against the Danes. Hvitserk (Marco Ilsø) finally leaves Kattegat after Ivar's threat, but he's found his peace in the preachings of the Lord Buddha. In the latest episode titled 'The Most Terrible Thing,' we see Bjorn Ironsides' (Alexander Ludwig) redemption in love.
Let's be honest, the vulnerable side of Bjorn has been the most attractive thing about him, lately. Dressed in nothing but a robe, flaunting his well-toned abs, Bjorn is by the fireplace when the shieldmaiden Gunnhild (Ragga Ragnars) approaches him in all her elegance, dressed in a golden gown. Delving into a rather quick and intense tete-a-tete, Bjorn releases what's on his mind when he accepts his isolation; "I am alone."
Talking about King Harald's (Peter Franzén) evident love for Gunnhild, Bjorn confesses "he is a man who always wants to be in love. I would like to have his heart, instead of mine." Gunnhild in a quipping manner asks why he wishes so, to which Bjorn Ironside promptly and truthfully replies; "I have hurt many women, but I am not sure if I have ever been in love."
Gunnhild straightforwardly questions; "you are not in love with me?" Bjorn says he does not know but acknowledges he thinks about Gunnhild "all the time." Before you know it, Bjorn admits he is in love and says he is "afraid" of asking Gunnhild if she loves him back. "You're one of the most famous men in the world and you're afraid of me?" Gunnhild questions. "I am alone. Alone, naked and afraid," Bjorn replies.
This heartfelt moment where we saw a rarely-seen side of Bjorn definitely made fans weak in their knees and Twitter could not stop gushing about this moment. As for me, I officially declare myself to be in love with Bjorn - Ivar has my heart, though.
His vulnerability and nakedness made Gunnhild respect him even more, and as he let out his "I love you," for the very first time, it was a high-pitched moment for the fans. Bjorn has been a jerk to women in the past but recently he has been trying to be a better man. In episode 16 titled 'The Buddha,' Bjorn thanked his ex-wife Torvi for taking care of their children and loving his mother despite him abandoning her. But notice how the change has dawned ever since he met Gunnhild, because just before he met her, he was still seducing and having meaningless sex with women including King Alfred's wife, Elsewith (Roisin Murphy).
As exciting as it is for Bjorn's fans to see him finally in love, fans fear this may not be the right love for him. Before Gunnhild walked into Bjorn's room, she had already accepted King Harald's proposal. King Harald, who believes he is fated to be with her and who is definitely not lucky in love, asked her if he would accept him as her significant other. She asks him in return if he still wants to be the King of Normandy, and when he says yes, she replies "I would like to be queen."
Gunnhild, a widow of Jarl Olavsonn, is an ambitious woman, ready to marry King Harald's ambition to fulfill hers. Bjorn, the beloved son of Ragnar and Lagertha, clearly does not deserve a second choice kinda love. He is finally so raw and vulnerable, peaking in his charm, but the love here feels off. Bjorn may be in love with Gunnhild more than she is with him, and that's a dangerous thing for a hero.