ExpressUK: Vikings viewers don’t have long to wait for the final season of the show later this year, but it looks like Lagertha actor Katheryn Winnick is gearing up to work on her follow-up show. Fans have a tough journey ahead of them this year.
While they are receiving another season of the show later this year, season six has been confirmed as the final outing for the show.
The Vikings story has certainly come a long way – beginning with Ragnar Lothbrok (played by Travis Fimmel) and now venturing into the battle between his sons. But although Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) and Ivar the Boneless (Alex Høgh Andersen) are to be the focus of the final season, Lagertha actor Katheryn Winnick may be gearing up to appear in the upcoming spin-off show.
The Vikings spin-off was announced last year when the news about season six being the show’s final appearance was revealed by History. But at the moment no details surrounding the spin-off have been revealed, nor has any news been reported on who will appear in it.
Katheryn recently spoke about the beginning of her character to Entertainment Tonight. She explained she asked Vikings showrunner Michael Hirst to make a character who would “challenge” her.
“Hirst wrote me, just recently, an email, and remembered that conversation, and it brought tears to my eyes. I’m just so blessed that I’ve had that opportunity to have a character that people worldwide recognise and look up to, especially right now, with everything that’s happening with the #MeToo movement and Time’s Up.”
ETOnline: For five seasons, Katheryn Winnick has starred as one of the most feminist characters on TV on History’s ‘Vikings’, inspiring women both on and off screen to have “courage and confidence.” As the Canadian actress tells ET, she saw an opportunity in her character from the beginning to make a statement about just how strong women can be. And years later, she proudly wears Lagertha’s struggles as a badge of honor.
“I did ask Michael one thing at the beginning of the pilot. I said, ‘Michael, write me a character that will challenge me. Throw me everything. I will promise you, I will prove to myself that I will be able to fulfill your wish, and I will make something special out of Lagertha” she recalls.
Winnick, who was already an accomplished martial artist before transitioning to acting, has definitely crafted Lagertha into something special. Over the years, fans have seen Lagertha through countless gruesome battles, her struggles as a mother, the loss of a child, the death of several lovers and an abusive relationship. It was the last on that long list that worried Winnick the most.
“I actually remember having that conversation with Michael. Like, ‘Michael, you can’t make me a battered housewife like this. It’s just not what I stand for. She’s a shieldmaiden! She’s done everything!'” Winnick shares, admitting she was “nervous” to play someone who had been abused. “He explained to me why he was going to do it, and it actually, I think, a lot of people resonated with her. A lot of relationships of domestic abuse, especially now with the #MeToo movement, you see a lot of it coming forward,” she notes. “These women are strong. They’re just put in a situation where it’s unfortunately based on power, and that’s usually what any kind of sexual or physical abuse is. It’s really a domination of power, and for Lagertha, she always does come out stronger at the end.”
Doing research and learning about the statistics surrounding women affected by abuse helped Winnick get on board with the choice for her character.
“I think a lot of girls and women around the world can relate to being in a situation where their voices are not as strong,” she says. “But hopefully they will have the courage and the confidence to be able to get out of the situation, and become even stronger, just as Lagertha did.”
The 41-year-old actress is also helping to empower women in a more tangible way.
“I have a strong need to teach women self-defense,” she declares, explaining how she’s used her martial arts background to support women. Since Vikings’ first season in 2013, she’s taught women on set a “crash course on self-defense.”
The actress, who, at the age of 16 established WIN KAI Martial Arts Schools in Toronto, now runs Winnick Self Defense with her brother, Adam.
“I want to give women all the tools they need, based on knowledge, to get out of situations,” she expresses.
And as Vikings wraps up – the History hit is set to air its sixth and final season later this year – Winnick has set her sights on expanding women’s presence in entertainment. She recently directed an episode of season six, which she tells ET was “one of the most challenging yet most rewarding experiences of my life.”
“For me, it was important to creatively test my skills outside of being in front of the camera… I’ve always had a desire to try to get behind the camera, and now we need more women filmmakers. I couldn’t be more proud of my episode… It took a lot of time to earn the confidence from the powers at be to let me behind the camera, but I know I was the only cast member that has had that chance, and I’m grateful for that.”
Onscreen, Winnick says fans can expect a great ending to Lagertha’s dynamic story in season six of Vikings.
“Michael Hirst wrote me, just recently, an email, and remembered that conversation from the pilot, and it brought tears to my eyes. I’m just so blessed that I’ve had that opportunity to have a character that people worldwide recognize and look up to, especially right now, with everything that’s happening with the #MeToo movement and Time’s Up. I think right now, we need more role models like Lagertha. We need more women who speak out, and characters on TV that people look up to… someone that has substance, somebody that has true value, somebody that young girls can try to relate to and aspire to be. I’m blessed and honored to say that I believe Lagertha has had that influence, and we need more of her out there, or characters like her out there.”
Winnick notes a recent study concluding that women action heroes do actually draw viewers.
“I think now it’s changing with women being in front of the camera and behind the camera and more women directors, more women writers, more women producers. When I read that study, I was like, ‘Yes, finally, there’s proof that we can draw an audience!'”
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I have also added stills from 5.12 “Murder Most Foul”.
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TV GUIDE – Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) isn’t going to let Ivar (Alex Høgh) off that easily. In this exclusive sneak peek of Vikings’ midseason premiere, the shieldmaiden and her closest allies — Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig), Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith), Torvi (Georgia Hirst) and Heahmund (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) — confer about what to do now that Ivar is King of Kattegatt and out for blood.
As they quickly eliminate fleeing anywhere in Scandinavia given the likelihood that Ivar’s scouts would find and kill them in only a matter of weeks, things look grim for the former queen. “I refuse to accept that this is the end of my story, to be captured, humiliated and killed by Ivar. No. I am worth more than that,” Lagertha declares.
But without an army to fight Ivar, the group remains at an impasse. That is, until Heahmund offers up one solution: go to England. The warrior bishop says that he believes he could convince King Aethelwulf (Moe Dunford) into sparing their lives in exchange for the promise to fight for him against other Vikings. Of course, what Heahmund doesn’t know is that his old pal Aethelwulf died and has been succeeded by his son Alfred (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo), who may or may not be as easy to manipulate into a deal.
Vikings returns Wednesday at 9/8c on History. Find out more of what to expect of the back half of Season 5 right here.
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TV INSIDER – The wait is nearly over for fans of History’s hit Vikings.
Announced during the Comic-Con 2018 panel moderated by TV Guide Magazine’s Kate Hahn, this series from Tudors writer Michael Hirst, will make its midseason 5 premiere later this year on Wednesday, November 28.
Starring Alexander Ludwig, Gustaf Skarsgård, Katheryn Winnick, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, among others, the historical saga last saw the Lothbrok family’s divide deepen. And the midseason premiere will pick up with the arrival of Viking legend Dike Rollo (Clive Standen), who stirs up more trouble in Kattegat, which is still reeling from Ivar the Boneless’s (Alex Høgh Andersen) new role as King.
While Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) and Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) escape Ivan’s forces with Bishop Heahmund (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), dark times are still ahead in this new Scandinavia.
Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård), in the meantime, will battle the elements of Iceland as well as his “settlers’ desire for revenge,” in order to survive the harsh landscape.
Check out the full trailer below and make sure to stay tuned for more midseason premiere details as they arise.