Speculation for the final episode of Vikings has ranged from bloody massacre to heartfelt reunion. As fans wait for the History Channel series to also return to Amazon Prime, a season three clue may have confirmed a key character’s surprise return.
Viewers were disappointed when fan favourite character Floki (played by Gustaf Skarsgård) failed to make a reappearance at the beginning of season six following his ambiguous fate in previous episodes.
Moreover, the fate of several other Vikings characters hangs in the balance, as Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) was killed at the beginning of the current season, while Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig) lies bleeding to death on the shores of Kattegat.
With just ten episodes left of the sixth and final season, fans of Michael Hirst’s historical epic are hoping some major characters will make one last cameo before the series ends for good.
The series has become renowned for its blend of brutal historical battles and magical Norse mythology, so the appearance of the Viking afterlife Valhalla has remained a popular fan theory for some time.
Although the young monk Athelstan (George Blagden) was introduced as a devout Christian month, throughout his appearances through the first three seasons he began to question his faith.
Athelstan was killed by Floki after being accused of conspiring against King Ecbert (Linus Roache), though a brief appearance from Ray Stevenson in season six revived the character in an unexpected way.
With theories suggesting some dead characters could somehow find their way back onto the show, fans have spotted a key hint in season three that could point to Athelstan’s return.
One Redditor proposed Athelstan could be in Valhalla after pointing out a major vision in season three.
However, other fans had different ideas regarding this sequence, instead claiming the vision demonstrated his uneasy position between the two religions.
Another fan replied: “No it shows that he is torn between the two faiths.”
While one more viewer commented: “Athelstan was reborn. He renounced Ragnar’s faith. So I highly doubt that.”
Former series lead Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) kept the young Anglo-Saxon as his slave in earlier episodes of the series, before he was integrated into Viking society.
As the series races towards its final bloody conclusion, fans are expecting the season six finale to deal with the invasion of Christianity and the eventual fall of the Age of Vikings.
With that in mind, featuring the likes of Ragnar Lothbrok, Floki and even Athelstan in Valhalla could make for a fitting celebration of everything that came before.
History has not confirmed a release date for the rest of season 6, though fans are hoping the midseason premiere will air before the end of 2020.
Vikings is available to stream on Amazon Prime.
Published at Wed, 13 May 2020 02:45:00 +0000