CARTERMATT – Today marks the final edition in our Emmy preview series among dramas, and we certainly have saved one of the most-competitive categories for last in Supporting Actress. There are an almost-endless list of great candidates out there for this particular award, but we’ve managed to narrow down our personal list to just six names who were exemplary in the past year. Some of these may be included on many other lists; however, we also think there are a couple of names in here that may not be that prevalent elsewhere, but these performances are worthy of a nod to us. That excites us, since some of these performers are being tragically overlooked.
To go along with our personal picks below, we’re also including a poll at the bottom of this article for you to pick your own favorite! We’re keeping this poll open until July 13 (the day before the actual Emmys are announced), so you are going to have plenty of time to choose your favorite and we announce the winners among our readers. You can vote as many times as you wish and remember that this poll is just for fun.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Katheryn Winnick, “Vikings” (History) – If you are watching Vikings then you know that Winnick’s portrayal of Lagertha is one that deserves Emmy recognition (and if you’re not watching “Vikings” you really should be, because it’s one of the best shows on TV right now). Lagertha is a hero that everyone wants to root for as she breaks the barriers of women in period pieces on TV right now that seem to want to put women in positions of weakness. This character is a warrior, a mother and a ruler, three very different layers of a woman that Winnick threads together with perfect grace.
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Vikings is also on their list for drama series that should be nominated:
Outstanding Drama Series
Vikings (History) – Speaking of under-appreciated series, we conclude here with what is one of the best shows currently on TV that few people are putting in awards consideration. What “Vikings” does from an acting, writing, and set design perspective is remarkable. It throws you into this world, makes you care about its characters (even the awful ones), and also incorporates enough universal themes to have these stories and relationships be applicable to present day. It’s an epic like no other.
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SPORTSRAGEOUS – History Channel’s “Vikings” might be about Ragnar Lothbrok and his adventures; one might not help but notice the women in his life including Lagertha played by Katheryn Winnick around the show returns with its second half of season four she is coming with a vengeance.
In the midseason finale, Lagertha was the stab in the chest during the failed siege of Paris for which even Ragnar lost to his traitor brother Rollo. As Bjorn was assisting his mother, he was also cursing his father for the failed raid and for his mother’s predicament. Showrunner Michael Hirst explained to TV Guide that Katheryn Winnick’s character is not yet bound to crossover Valhalla just yet as in the second half of season four will figure out a power struggle between her and Aslaug, played by Alyssa Sutherland.
“She’s also gone on this amazing female journey in which she’s gone from farmer’s wife [who’s] happily married with kids, to being betrayed, to being in an abusive relationship, to having power, to having power taken away from her by men, to having to fight her way back, to having to lose her baby again,” Hirst said. “She is the soul of the show and I need her.”
IB TIMES – Showrunner Michael Hirst’s storyline isn’t the only aspect of “Vikings” that features incredible twists and turns. So does the intricate hairstyles of the characters from the History Channel series — looks that were created by stylist Dee Corcoran. And in honor of National Hairstyle Day, which is celebrated Saturday, Corcoran is revealing the inspiration behind the iconic TV tresses in addition to what major transformations viewers can expect when “Vikings” returns in the fall.
According to Corcoran, who has worked behind-the-scenes on shows like “Camelot” and “The Tudors,” there aren’t many references from the Vikings period regarding Norse style. So when it came time to re-creating Nordic hairstyles, she had to coil together her own, creative ideas.
“I loved the braiding for the women so that’s how that started — the Lagertha [Katheryn Winnick] look. It had lots of texture,” she told International Business Times of the “beautiful” hairstyle that fans attempt to recreate regularly. “And for the men, for their long hair, we added extensions, which looked quite Vikingish on them!”
But with every season renewal comes a fresh start for Corcoran, which, quite literally, requires her to go back to the drawing board.
DESIGN & TREND – Katheryn Winnick’s Lagertha won’t be going to Valhalla anytime soon.
Before the surprising time jump towards the end of the season 5 finale of “Vikings,” Lagertha was brutally stabbed in the chest during the siege on Paris. The shieldmaiden wasn’t seen nor was she mentioned in the flash-forward, but series creator Michael Hirst confirmed in a couple of interviews following the airing of the midseason finale that Lagertha is alive.
“There’s a feminist collective in New York who wrote to me a couple years ago and they said, ‘We don’t’ care how many of the male characters you kill off, but if you do anything to Lagertha, you’re in trouble.’ So I’m very careful about that warning,” Hirst told TV Guide.
On a more serious note, Hirst said that Lagertha is far too important of a character for him to kill off just yet.
CHRISTIAN TODAY – The first half of “Vikings” season 4 came to bloody close, and fans can’t wait when the latter half of the season arrives. Unfortunately, History Channel hasn’t announced the return date of the series.
Rumors, however, indicate that “Vikings” season 4 will premiere this July. By then it will have been around three months since the midseason finale aired. Den of Geek believes that the show will return as HBO’s “Game of Thrones” wraps up.
For fans of Katheryn Winnick’s Lagertha, it is important for them to known when “Vikings” season 4 will return, because it will mean they will finally see what is in store for the shieldmaiden, who was in an alarming situation when the credits rolled.
She was as good as dead in the midseason finale after Aslaug attempted to eliminate her to have the crown to herself. (this is part of the original article but its not a true statement – Lagertha was stabbed by the Franks during the second invasion of Paris ~ Alikat) But according to executive producer Michael Hirst, Lagertha will live to see another day.
In fact, “Vikings” season 4 promises an epic comeback for her. “She’s a huge part of the story going forward,” Hirst told Entertainment Weekly.
IMDb: What does it mean to you to have such a massive viewership and fan base?
Katheryn Winnick: It’s amazing just to see how many people relate to the show and how people from different backgrounds, cultures, and countries all identify with these characters and are fascinated with the Viking world. It’s now going into Season 4 and having now double the episodes. And the fact that History Channel ordered twice the number is such a proud moment — that all our hard work from Season 1 is now coming to fruition. It’s amazing to have the fans and the critics all by our sides. Our biggest complaint was people wanted more episodes!
Lagertha has consistently been a fiercely strong, independent woman and leader. How has she changed in Season 4?
You will see her making decisions totally based on herself and trusting herself, especially in the midseason finale and the one coming after. She’s been burned before and betrayed before from everyone from Season 1, from Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) to her second husband, who physically abused her and Kalf (Ben Robson), who betrayed her by taking over Hedeby.
I think that she’s definitely now trusting her own intuition, and she probably will never put herself in a situation where she’s depending on other people as much. I would even say that she comes into her own even more so in Season 4. You’ll definitely see a big change with Lagertha. There will be a change not just physically but also in who she is as a person, and she gets a new tattoo and more responsibilities. There are definitely some fun changes.