EW – Time flies on Vikings. Years pass by between episodes. Boys grow into men, and men become warriors. The past fades away – but some sins are never forgotten. When the midseason finale aired in April, the show took a wild leap forward, time-jumping to a whole new era in its characters’ lives. Ragnar Lothbrok has returned after long years away. Everyone is older: Friends, old lovers, enemies, sons. What awaits us in the second half of the fourth season? Vikings creator Michael Hirst is already deep into writing the fifth season of the show, but he got on the phone to talk about the next half of season 4, giving us an in-depth look at four images from the new episodes and how times have changed for our main characters.
Obviously, time has passed. Ragnar had lost a huge battle, and actually, normally, in Viking society at that time, if your leader, Earl, or King had lost in that way, they would quickly have been killed and replaced, because it was a meritocracy. But Ragnar was different, because he was the most famous Viking in Scandinavia. But for him, the shame of losing was too great to stay around. He absented himself. But he was too famous to immediately replace.
I was never particularly interested in where he went to. He probably was licking his wounds somewhere. He probably never intended to come back. But there were a couple of things he wanted to come back for. We know what his sons mean to him. One was to find out what had become of his sons. The other was to deal with unfinished business, which was the settlement in England, in Wessex.
So, in this picture, Ragnar has returned, unexpectedly, shocking everyone. He wants to recruit people to go back with him to Wessex, to right this wrong. He talks to his oldest friends, his deepest friends, the people we’ve known from the start of the show. Lagertha and Floki are people we saw in episode 1, season 1. These are people embedded in his life, people he’s loved, people who’ve loved him and have been on a journey with him. But there’s been this extreme disruption of collective relationships. He’s disappeared, no one knew where he’d gone. Things have changed.
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VARIETY – History released a new trailer for the second half of “Vikings” season four Friday at Comic Con. The trailer shows the aftermath of Ragnar Lothbrok’s (Travis Fimmel) return.
The beginning of season four featured a chronological leap forward, setting up Ragnar’s return to his family with his sons having grown to be young men. The first half of season four featured Ragnar and his Viking warriors suffering defeat at the hands of King Rollo and his Frankish forces, and Ragnar exiling himself from Kattegat and leaving his sons to grow up with out him.
“In my mind this was always a show about Ragnaar Lothbrok and his sons,” series creator and executive producer Michael Hirst said. He added, “The jump forward in time gave him the opportunity to lick his wounds and his sons to become men.”
Hirst also offered hints about future story that may appear in the second half of season four and in season five.
“If I was a fan of the show instead of the writer, the thing that I would really want to see is another meeting between King Ecbert and Ragnar,” said Wright.
He also teased a possible reunion for Ragnar and Lagertha.
EW – Vikings’ midseason finale left much of its cast bloodied, battered, and bruised. A wounded Ragnar retreated in defeat from a battle with Rollo, Lagertha was left on the verge of death after a brutal stabbing, and an aimless Bjorn set sail for the Mediterranean to honor his absent father.
As viewers continue to reel from the climactic episode, cast members Travis Fimmel (Ragnar Lothbrok), Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha), Alexander Ludwig (Bjorn Ironside), and Gustaf Skarsgård (Floki) stopped by EW’s studio at San Diego Comic-Con to tease what’s next in the back half of season 4.
Winnick said it’s “no secret” Lagertha is alive, as she’s currently filming season 5 in Ireland, but the shieldmaiden is in “a different place in her life.” She also promised a dramatic throwdown between Lagertha and Queen Aslaug.
“It’s going to be a cat fight. The two power women go head to head,” Winnick said. “It’s a really interesting scene because you don’t expect what happens.”
Bjorn, on the other hand, is enjoying a lighter storyline. “Floki and Bjorn end up going to the Mediterranean, and they work on their tans a little bit,” Ludwig said. “You’re definitely going to see Floki and Bjorn’s relationship flourish.”
For the full run-down on where Vikings will pick up, watch EW’s full interview above.
EW – The bricks of The Dark Tower are being rearranged.
Next February’s big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s epic fantasy saga will retell the story of Roland the Gunslinger and his pursuit of The Man in Black by drawing together elements from all eight of the author’s novels.
It’s a unique approach, similar to the way superhero movies craft a new origin story based on decades of comic book mythology. But King fans are naturally wondering: What parts of this series will they actually see on screen?
Without spoiling plot twists from any of the stories, here are some of the elements and themes that find their way from page to screen.
BOOK I: The Gunslinger – (1982)
This book sets up Roland’s quest for vengeance against the Man in Black and establishes his bond with a mysterious boy, known as Jake. The basic structure of the story serves as the backbone for the new film.
BOOK II: The Drawing of the Three (1987)
Notions of parallel realities stacked atop one another and “ka-tet” (a family found through destiny) originated here. Most of the other key elements of this book will probably be saved for another film, since the characters Eddie and Susannah, who are drawn from our world into Roland’s apocalyptic Mid-World, are being saved for a future movie.
BOOK III: The Waste Lands (1991)
The movie features one of this book’s most memorable set-pieces – Dutch Hill, a decrepit Brooklyn mansion that literally comes alive to protect a portal to Mid-World. Both film and novel also include a lot of Jake’s life in New York, with Vikings actress Katheryn Winnick playing the boy’s mother, who fears the visions her son is having about a gunslinger, a Man in Black, and an ethereal Tower are signs of a psychological breakdown.The bricks of The Dark Tower are being rearranged.
HISTORY’s “VIKINGS” PANEL – Friday, July 22 from 5:45-6:45 p.m., Room 6BCF
“Vikings” returns to SDCC. Travis Fimmel (“Ragnar”), Katheryn Winnick (“Lagertha”), Clive Standen (“Rollo”), Alexander Ludwig (“Bjorn”), Gustaf Skarsgard (“Floki”) and Michael Hirst (writer/creator) will reveal an exclusive sneak peek of the new season. Don’t miss out – come join them and find out what the gods have in store!
Below is a sneak peek to the trailer being shown during the Comic-Con panel, please share with your readers.
“VIKINGS” CAST AUTOGRAPH SESSION – San Diego Convention Center – Friday, July 22 from 4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Hosted by SDCC, 75 lucky fans will be chosen from a random drawing to attend an exclusive autograph signing with the “Vikings” cast. Please visit the autograph area information booth for details on how to participate in a limited signing drawing.
“VIKINGS” VIPERS DEN – San Diego Convention Center – Booth #4215 – July 20-24
There were many ways to die during the Vikings era, however the most brutal and sinister form of death was being thrown into a snake pit. HISTORY assimilates the torture and terror with the “Vikings” Vipers Den on the SDCC floor. Fans will experience the fear of being surrounded by real snakes in a dark, dank abyss with no immediate escape.
Attendees will have their screams and writhing captured on camera in sharable gifs and receive a “Vikings” viper cuff as a token of their triumph over death. Throughout the five day booth activation, there will be opportunities for fans to enter for chances to win tickets to the “Vikings” cast panel or the “Vikings” cast autograph session, both on Friday, July 22.
Also available to fans while supplies last is a custom “Vikings” limited edition comic book from a story created by Michael Hirst, exclusively for SDCC and a “Vikings” drinking horn.
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