'Vikings' Season 6: Take comfort in history to know Floki is probably still alive
The TV Floki is definitely fictionalized, but Floki's long life is slightly assured because 'Vikings' have taken an almost authentic route when it comes to the characters' deaths
Out of so many burning questions we have of the 'Vikings' season 5 finale and as we look for clues in the upcoming season; fans are, in particular, worried about fan-favorite Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) and his fate, because clearly, his Icelandic ventures did not work out for him.
The last we saw of the boat builder was in the penultimate episode of season 5 titled 'What Happens in the Cave,' which mainly focused on him and Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith). In stark contrast, Ubbe embraced his "true gods," which includes Thor, Odin and Freyr, after a brief stint as a Christian, while Floki, who has always embraced the true gods, found a cross inside the cave when in pursuit to find god in the land he thought was Asgard.
His adventures were a major failure as his flock diminished in massive killings as one family turned against another and Floki was only left with the option of abandoning the murderers. "I am done with human," he said and marched on to explore the cave, which, as mentioned earlier was another shocker.
Giggling at the sight, maybe wondering his own folly, the character assumed and hoped to be the next Seer, had rocks and boulders fall on him as he screamed aloud at his own fate. Boulders came crashing down, but not at an intensity that would have had him killed. However, he was nowhere to be seen in the finale, which raised an important question; "Is Floki alive?"
MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) recently talked about how the actor who plays Floki, Gustaf Skarsgård, hinted that fans have not seen the last of the notorious, and now, wise, boat builder. “[How we pick up with Floki] is something that must remain under wraps, because it’s so important and so emotional and so fantastic,” he said adding he would not give away spoilers.
Another logical reason why he is very much alive is because of the historical facts of real Floki. Since we know that History Channel's flagship show is based out of real Norse mythology and delves into real historical characters who once lived in that time period, Floki is no exception.
The historical Floki was actually named Hrafna-Flóki Vilgerðarson, who became popular because he was the first of his countrymen to sail to Iceland deliberately. His story is documented in the Landnámabók manuscript and narrates the legend that Floki sailed there by following a raven and since, has been known by the nickname Raven-Flóki as Hrafna means raven in Norse.
Detailing the story, the manuscript talks of how he let three ravens fly. Two returned to him, and he followed the third, knowing that it did not return to the boat because it had spotted land. We saw Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) use this strategy in season 1 of Vikings, when they set sail to the Saxon land, but it was Floki who did it IRL. Floki is also said to have named the country, after hiking to the top of the mountain and discovering a land filled with winter ice.
On his return to Norway, Floki told the Norsemen the land was not of much use to the Vikings, but he definitely wanted to go back, nonetheless. And he did. He went back to Iceland, and died there, of old age.
The TV Floki is definitely fictionalized, but Floki's long life is slightly assured because 'Vikings' have taken an almost authentic route when it comes to the deaths of characters. Remember how Ragnar died in season 4? The 'Tale of Ragnar's Sons' narrates that King Ælla of Northumbria captured and executed Ragnar.