'Vikings': Who will bring down Ivar the Boneless after the Seer predicted his terrible fall?
The self-proclaimed god was narrated his fate by the Seer who told him his chariot will lie broken and a snake will settle in his skull. Who will bring down this cruel despot?
"Don't you know who I am? You can't kill me! Don't you know who I am? I am Ivar the Boneless! I am Ivar the Boneless! You can't kill me!"
Season 5 has been all about Ivar the Boneless coming to power, rising above everyone, proclaiming himself a king first and then a god. Now that the goriest battle of the season is slated to air next Wednesday, Ivar's downfall is evident. The crazy despot reigns through fear, sacrificing a look-alike of Lagertha and axing the Seer simply because the Seer refused to tell anything else, but the truth.
"You are Ivar the Boneless, son of Ragnar," the Seer proclaimed in episode 14 titled 'The Lost Moment'. "All things are dark. We shall all, all of us, go into the dark. Your chariot lies as broken as your legs. A snake has settled in your skull and your eyes betray you. Your path is strewn with garbage and filth. Oh, the horror! The horror!"
This prophecy alludes to Ivar's ultimate fall and possibly death and the killing of the Seer means Ragnar's connection with the gods is also over. The only question now is who is going to kill/bring down the man proclaiming to be a Norse god?
He does look cute, doesn't he? But as the creator of the show Michael Hirst said, his character is dark and we might have to rethink the intentions of this particular Viking warrior. While we might have been of the notion Hvitserk constantly gets used by his brothers, especially because he is a fierce fighter, a Reddit user pointed out that "Ivar having no children means he has no heirs, giving Hvitserk the perfect chance to rise. Ivar realises that Hvitserk is only using him for his own ambitions."
Always seen to be in the shadows of his more powerful brothers, Hvitserk has been humiliated enough by Ivar the Boneless, ever since he jumped ship from Ubbe to Ivar. By the midseason finale of season 5, Ivar had already threatened to kill him. In episode 13, Ivar teased Hvitserk about giving him up for sacrifice. His frustrations towards his crippled brother were not unknown as the series progressed.
Last episode, before Ivar could get his fate read by the Seer and before the eventual murder, Hvitserk visited the 100-year-old Seer for guidance, to which it was revealed: "You'll accomplish what others before you have failed to accomplish, but the cost will be too high." As of now, this may not be clear but trailers have hinted he will join forces with Bjorn, so it is rather clear he will fight against Ivar and may even be the one to kill him.
At first, no one could have guessed that young King Alfred, the illegitimate son of Judith and Athelstan, could stand up against the cruel Viking despot, Ivar the Boneless. In the trailer for the upcoming episode titled 'Hell' we see King Alfred guided by Ubbe, as he gives the young monarch a rough pep talk: "You need to find your courage or you’re not fit to wear that crown." That seems to have worked since we see Alfred roaring into the battlefield crying out "To battle!" pointing his sword forward, shouting "for Christ, for Wessex, and for England!"
The real Alfred the Great waged a war against the Vikings after they planned to launch a full-scale invasion of England and the creator of the show once said in an interview that in 5B, we will see "Alfred come of age."
This comes from the actor who plays the role of Rollo himself, Clive Standen, who warned fans in an earlier interview to "expect the unexpected." Rollo has previously sent troops to Ivar the Boneless for his battle against Lagertha, but Standen stated their relationship will turn bitter in 5B: "I think Ivar the Boneless, maybe he has been getting his way a little too much. He’s not really become a worthy adversary. I think Ivar might have met his match in Rollo." At the San Diego Comic Con, the actor teased: "And I think this little guy [Ivar] is fearsome and he’s terrifying and he has his brothers running wild but he hasn’t had to deal with uncle Rollo yet."
This also comes from the horse's mouth as earlier this year, Alexander Ludwig, who plays Bjorn, shared a behind-the-scenes snap on his Instagram page, seated on the throne of Kattegat, dressed in all black and brown boots. “Mom! The meatloaf! Now!,” he captioned the picture as fans speculated, a conclusion was drawn that he will take over as ruler of Kattegat from Ivar. “King of Kattegat,” one fan wrote, while another added: “A true king!”
In reality 'Ivar the Boneless' was the Viking commander who lived a rather long life and disappeared from the historical record sometime after 870. His ultimate fate is still uncertain. However, when it comes to the 'Vikings' TV show, Alex Høgh, the actor who plays the evil mad king, teased fans that he is on season 6. The Seer's prophecy is never wrong, Ivar the Boneless will eventually die a terrible death, but the question of by who and when still remains.