Actor George Blagden is likely to portray the spirit of Anglo Saxon monk Athelstan when the show returns on History Channel with season 4 in 2016. Ragnar Lothbrok, played by Travis Fimmel, was deeply affected by the death of his close friend, but the monk’s spirit will not have a great impact on the Viking leader, according to creator Michael Hirst.
The show runner even stated that the death will play a major role in the lives of the living and Floki, portrayed by Gustaf Skarsgard, will have to pay for being the cause of Athelstan’s demise.
However, Lothbrok will be more concerned about his sons, including Bjorn Ironside, played by Alexander Ludwig and Ivar the Boneless, than the monks in Vikings Season 4 as he fears that they could be more famous than him.
While revealing the fact that the children of Fimmel’s character will play a bigger role in the story, Hirst mentioned that some of them will become more famous than their father. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter he said that this has never been the Ragnar Lothbrok show, but this is a show about the Vikings.
He is much more concerned about Bjorn and Ivor the Boneless, as Ivor’s story is crucial and an amazing part of Season 4. He also said that the lady who will be Ragnar’s new love interest is an Asian actress and also a very talented one at that.
In Vikings, Ragnar has had his share of complicated women. First in the season 1 of Vikings, there was Lagertha, who is as stubborn as Ragnar, can wield a sword just as well as the king of the Vikings.
Princess Aslaug, played by Alyssa Sutherland, is his latest wife who has bore him the many sons he yearned for yet gave him none of the passion his first wife could. Finally in the third season, the fans saw Ragnar have a tryst with the English princess Kwenthrith, portrayed by Amy Bailey and yet with the Season 4 of Vikings, it looks like there will be another woman to woo the Viking.
For all his past romantic encounters in Vikings, Ragnar has always been involved with all the women in power but this time around, however, the ailing king of the series will come into contact with a slave called Yidu who will intrigue him.
The 2015 San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone there are still many hints coming out regarding Vikings Season 4 and one of them has come up based on these hints is that Bjorn may step up to succeed as Viking leader after the inevitable death of his father Ragnar Lothbrok.
Bjorn is set to go on his own adventures and season 4 may plant the seed for his journey. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ludwig explained that he decides to go out of his life and go out to the woods. This is the season where he’s finally come into his own and now it’s about Bjorn learning from his father, but there’s the camaraderie between the two.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the creator is pertaining to Dianne Doan, who earlier starred in “Once Upon a Time.’ Doan will portray Yidu, a Chinese traveler and he also explained that his choice of an Asian character for the role during the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel.
According to Hirst, introducing one to the show was not farfetched; he even verified the data with the series historical consultant, and was told that it was possible, plausible, almost certainly happened.