Vikings season 6: Did Gunnhild know Lagertha was going to die?
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Katheryn Winnick portrayed the famous Viking shieldmaiden Lagertha for six seasons, making her debut in the first-ever episode of Vikings. Sadly, Lagertha was killed in the show’s final series and a deleted scene from the episode appears to foreshadow her death. Did Gunnhild (played by Ragga Ragnars) know Lagertha was going to die? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
Did Gunnhild know Lagertha was going to die?
Lagertha knew she would die at the hands of one of Ragnar Lothbrok’s (Travis Fimmel) sons.
In the fourth season, she had visited The Seer (John Kavanagh) who had prophesied her death and sadly, in season six, his predictions came true.
Lagertha was stabbed to death by Hvitersk (Marco Ilsø) as she made her way through Kattegat.
Hvitserk, suffering from extreme PTSD, was under the influence of drink and drugs when he believed Lagertha’s body on the ground was a serpent.
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The famous shieldmaiden was already injured, after battling against White Hair (Kieran O’Reilly).
In a deleted scene, which is included as a bonus feature on Vikings: Season 6 Vol 1, Lagertha appears to tell Gunnhild her death is imminent.
In the episode which aired, viewers see Lagertha visiting Gunnhild to say goodbye before leaving for Kattegat.
She explained to Gunnhild she had to visit Torvi (Georgia Hirst) and Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) to tell them what happened and rejected Gunnhild’s company on the journey, but the exact reason why was not given in the original scene.
However, in the extended version of the scene, Lagertha explains to Gunnhild why she cannot accompany her on her journey, hinting to Gunnhild her death was approaching.
Lagertha tells Gunnhild: “I have renounced all power but if I ever even have the smallest amount left I would forbid you from trying to from travelling with me.
“I would forbid you from putting my new grandson at risk because I remember what happened to Hali and will never forget.”
She then says: “It seems to me Gunnhild like the world is coming to a conclusion.”
When Gunnhild responds asking for an explanation, Lagertha reassures her: “You do not need to understand. It doesn’t matter anyway”
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Before turning to leave, she turns to a devastated Gunnhild and says: “Don’t forget me.”
The deleted scene suggests there may have been a mutual understanding between the pair Lagertha may not survive the journey.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight Canada earlier this year, Vikings creator Michael Hirst admitted it was hard to kill of Lagertha but insisted it came at the right time.
He said: “I knew she was going to die at the hands of one of the sons of Ragnar because that’s what the Seer had said.
“I may be the Seer myself, but he has a semi-autonomous life and he said it, so it had to happen.”
Hirst added: “I have to say it was very, very difficult to write that stuff and to know I was writing her death.”
Speaking to TV Line in February 2020, Katheryn Winnick said: “In terms of Lagertha’s story, I couldn’t ask for a better death.
“They didn’t want to kill me off after six seasons, but I was like, there’s a time and place, guys. Lagertha’s got to go.
“She’s not immortal, but I wanted an epic death. I wanted something amazing.
“We’ve probably killed more than 200 [characters] over the years, so I knew that it could be overlooked, or it could be just no big deal, or it could not be a big event, but I think Lagertha deserves something that’s different and definitely heart-wrenching — and I think [series creator] Michael Hirst did a great job by writing that.”
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