MONSTERS AND CRITICS – History’s Vikings returns for the second half of Season 4 on November 30, and the “soul” of the show — as creator Michael Hirst described her to Monsters & Critics — is still Lagertha, played by Ukrainian-Canadian actor Katheryn Winnick.
Winnick is stunning and athletic, and gives her Norse shieldmaiden warrior an incredible presence on screen.
She’s also a fighter who began martial arts training as a young teen, and all that training is serving her well on the Vikings set where she says that the blood you see on camera is likely the actors’ own.
Yesterday Winnick spoke to reporters and answered questions that have all fans on the edge of their seats for the coming Season 4B.
One of the main ones involved a twist in her love life.
In Vikings, Winnick’s character is maternal, both to her children (her daughter Gyda died in Season 1) and to the people of Kattegat and Hedeby where she lives.
This proud mother said no to her husband Ragnar Lothbrook when he proposed she be a second wife to Aslaug, who in later seasons allowed Lagertha’s granddaughter Siggy to perish by drowning.
IGN – The second half of Vikings: Season 4 premieres November 30th at 9/8c on History and IGN’s got your first look at six new character-focused promos for the upcoming mayhem and madness.
In the two videos below, you’ll see all six teasers (split up into batches of three) featuring an aging and humbled Ragnar (Travis Fimmel), a changed Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård), a conflicted Rollo (Clive Standen), and a big power struggle between Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) and Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland).
EW – Midway through the fourth season of Vikings, the saga of bearded conquest took an unexpected leap forward in time. The great King Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) had disappeared into the countryside, and his young sons were grown men, preparing to make their own mark on the world. Ragnar returned to Kattegat in the midseason finale. And Vikings will return in November, on a new night and at a new time.
History announced Wednesday that the second half of the season will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 9 p.m.
In a press release, the network promised that the new episodes will find Ragnar handling “unfinished business in Wessex” with longtime frenemesis King Ecbert (Linus Roache). Back in Kattegat, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) will plan a power play – a plotline which Vikings creator Michael Hirst teased in an interview with EW last month. Meanwhile, Ragnar’s son Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) will sail to the Mediterranean.
In a statement, Hirst also promised that the new episodes will focus on Ragnar’s other son, Ivar, “becoming the most feared warrior of all time.” Kids these days!
Season 5 of Vikings is already in production in Ireland with Jonathan Rhys Meyers joining the cast.
DEADLINE – History’s hit historical drama series Vikings is moving to Wednesday nights from its previous Thursday slot for the second half of Season 4, which will premiere November 30. It’s also airing an hour earlier, at 9 PM.
Season 4 picks up following Ragnar’s (Travis Fimmel) defeat in a monumental battle in Paris against his brother Rollo (Clive Standen) and Ragnar’s disappearance following his humiliating loss. During the midseason finale, the series time-jumped to a new era in the characters’ lives.
In the midseason premiere, Ragnar’s reappearance in Kattegat triggers a chain of events no one – except the Seer – could have ever imagined. He unexpectedly arrives home to see what has become of his sons and to handle unfinished business in Wessex with King Ecbert (Linus Roache). Meanwhile, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) plans a power play in Kattegat and Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) prepares to fulfill his long-held dream to explore the Mediterranean in a sleek new boat built for him by Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård).
Vikings, from MGM TV, drew 4,3 million total viewers in Live +7 during its Season 4 10-week run in the spring, with 2,1 million A25-54 and 1.8 million A18-49. Season 5 is currently in production in Ireland.
“This season is monumental and unlike anything we’ve ever done,” said creator and writer Michael Hirst. “We’ve propelled Vikings to the topmost level of historical drama as we follow storylines inspired by real-life events such as Bjorn Ironside sailing through the Mediterranean and Ivar the Boneless becoming the most feared warrior of all time. It’s not a story of one man but a saga of Ragnar and his sons.”
From creator and sole writer Michael Hirst (Elizabeth, The Tudors), Vikings is a family saga that tells the remarkable tales of the lives and epic adventures of the raiders and explorers of the Dark Ages. Hirst executive produces with Morgan O’Sullivan of World 2000, Sheila Hockin, John Weber of Take 5 Productions, Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer and James Flynn.
MGM Television serves as the worldwide distributor of Vikings outside of Ireland and Canada.
THE STAR – Series is a less costly, less complicated Game of Thrones.
The Show: Vikings, Season 1, Episode 5
The Moment: The sexy mythology
Snuggled around a crackling fire, bold Viking chief Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), his fierce wife Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), his best pal Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) and Floki’s wife Helga (Maude Hirst) teach Athelstan (George Blagden) — a monk Ragnar captured on a raid in England — about Valhalla.
The mood is boozy, sexy, sleepy. They all touch one another as they talk and each sentence is uttered dramatically.
“The roof is made out of shields,” Floki intones. “The rafters are spears. It has 540 doors and, when Ragnarok comes, 800 warriors will march out of each door shoulder to shoulder.”
“What is Ragnarok?” Athelstan asks.