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Vikings - Episode 4.16 - Crossings - Promo, Promotional Photos, Synopsis & Interviews



Bjorn's fleet sails onward and launches a surprise attack; back in Kattegat, Lagertha continues in her quest for power.

This ending was inevitable for Ragnar, but what were you hoping to draw from for those final scenes?

Fimmel: Maybe contentment. Ragnar was so ready to die and was happy to die there. He feels like his whole plan has worked and his kids were coming to avenge him and get revenge on Ecbert.

Hirst: The relationship between Ragnar and Ecbert suddenly got so intense that we decided they had to go away and rehearse. As you know in TV drama, people rarely just get a chance to do that. When we came then to Ragnar’s death, it was even more intense because so much had led up to that moment. I’ve lived with Ragnar for years. The most wonderful thing in a way was that we shot it in the deepest winter when the trees were bare leaves and everything was dark. The episode was almost totally in black and white. It was dark, it was brutal, it was truthful, it was extraordinary and it was powerful. It was very difficult to shoot because of the weather but it was also difficult to shoot because we were losing someone who has been at the heart of the show.

Who’s going to be hit hardest by his death?

It has a profound effect on Ecbert. They were so close despite being so different — they felt a kinship. I always felt the two prior episodes were part of the death, really, the two-hander with Ragnar and Ecbert.

But of course it hits all the sons. Death motivates the sons, gives them a new purpose in life. It informs what happens next in the major storyline of the show.

I’ve always said this was going to be the story of Ragnar and his sons. Ragnar never goes away. We’ve shot nearly 25 episodes after the death of Ragnar, and we’re following the sons still. But Ragnar never goes away, because his presence is still there, as long as Lagertha and Floki and Bjorn are alive. He lives on through his ambitions for his people, and some of his sons pick up on that. Although he’s dead, like Athelstan, he doesn’t go away. He’s still part of the lives of the people.

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