So far we have seen the eldest son of Ragnar Lothbrok, Bjorn Ironside, take the lead in his peoples revenge for the death of their king, commanding the greatest Viking army in history.
Ironside being the eldest and most experienced of his brothers, has travelled to England and Paris in the past alongside his father, and then he himself lead successful raids to Spain, Greece and Italy for the first time in his people history.
Now he leads the greatest army in Viking existence, seeking revenge against the English kings for the death of his legendary father.
Ironside has already led his army through a successful victory against King Aelle although; the victory against Aelle was easily won, as the English king clearly underestimated his opponents.
Now the army heads towards King Egberts kingdom, where the latest episode ends mid-battle though, the Vikings seem to be winning.
But its not Ironside’s plan who will shortly be the cause of a likely victory for his people, but instead his youngest brother Ivar’s.
Ivar, just like his father is an ambition man who has challenged Bjorn for leadership many times so far.
Ivar believes that he should in fact be in charge of the army but due to his lack of experience, he was quickly overlooked.
Now however, he has developed a cunning plan to defeat Egbert’s army, which seems to be working quite well.
If this does in fact result in a victory, then he may use that as evidence as to why he should be in charge of the giant Viking force, instead of his eldest brother Ironside.
We know through historical records that Ivar was in reality leader of this exact army alongside his brother Halfdan Ragnarsson, who is not in the series.
If Ivar does become leader of the army, what will then become of Bjorn Ironside? I cannot for a moment believe that he would be happy about losing his leadership.
As history states both Ivar and Bjorn become kings in the future however, the series so far has not been totally historically accurate therefore, we cannot possibly know for certain what will happen.
I personally hope that Bjorn Ironside retains his leadership of the army throughout their revenge, but the way the series is moving so far, it looks as if the writers are slowly favouring Ivar.
Now with the final episode of season four airing this week, we will surely see more from Ivar, and most likely another challenge for power.
If this were the case and Ivar gains control, he would be a very dangerous man indeed, especially for Lagatha.
Although, if its not the last episode of season four that he gains control, then I’m sure it will be hinted in the lead up to season five, which will be airing later this year.
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