The death of Ragnar Lothbrok was just as sad as it was surprising. I knew it was being hinted that he would die but with the series pretty much being about him, it still shocked me that it actually happened.
I know that the series is called Vikings but let’s be honest, the story was somewhat more about Ragnar than the others, until now that is.
It’s been a couple of weeks since the character we have grown to love was thrown into that snake pit, no getting back together with Lagertha, no revenge against his traitorous brother Rollo, no redemption from his people and sadly no new adventures.
Season four wasn’t going Ragnar’s way, not even for a second, we watched our hero hit rock bottom and then somehow fall further though, he has left us with one last scheme.
When Ragnar embarked in his last journey to England it was shown that he had been away too long for revenge yet, not long enough to be forgiven.
Not even his own sons wanted to follow him, with Bjorn Ironside making his own history in the Mediterranean. The Viking’s were past revenge, they instead blamed Ragnar and as a result, no one would follow him anymore, well without some money of course.
Then when he finally took off on his voyage Ragnar even states to his son Ivar that he never had the intentions of ever heading back, so he wanted to die. Is there more to it than wanting to die in battle, or trying to regain his honor or even revenge?
Revenge was obviously on his mind but its how he went about it, which was the most interesting part. He has succeeded in getting his people to follow him one last time.
We know that he wants revenge as he tells Ivar to seek revenge against King Egbert with some of his final words to his son, but I think that Ragnar deep down knew his death was the only way he would be able to convince his people to follow him, for his revenge one last time.
Even though he won’t be able to help out, he knew that his death will cause his sons and people to crave revenge against their legendary King’s death.
In the first parts of season four, we watched how Ragnar became addicted to an unknown substance and it destroyed his ability to think, which in my opinion caused his loss in Paris.
During his absence we see that old Ragnar return, witty, cunning, caring and most of all unpredictable.
Suddenly with is death, the hatred is slowly being forgotten and the legend is being remembered.
His death as sad as it is for the series was clearly a crucial part of his plan, and so we should look at his death as a final victory for our Viking hero, rather than just a sad ending.