Vikings plot hole: Major blunder in Lagertha’s usurper plot revealed
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Viking shield-maiden Lagertha remained one of the most iconic characters throughout the History Channel series until her untimely death in season six. Unfortunately, some fans have taken issue with her characterisation on the fantasy series.
Fans last left Michael Hirst’s gripping historical drama as Bjorn Ironside (played by Alexander Ludwig) was dealt a crushing blow by Ivar the Boneless (Alex Høgh Andersen).
Season six is hoped to conclude later this year, finally bringing the popular series to a brutal close.
With all six seasons currently available on Amazon Prime Video, the fantasy series became a reliable source of entertainment during the coronavirus lockdown.
Unfortunately, rewatching earlier episodes of the series has uncovered some major errors with the depictions of certain characters during Vikings’ time on-screen.
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Originally married to former series lead Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), the ruthless Viking ruler causes a serious rift when he cheats on Lagertha with the beautiful maiden Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland).
Aslaug manages to deliver the bounty of sons prophesied to Ragnar, but his affair nearly cost him the loyalty of his eldest son with Lagertha, Bjorn.
However, Lagertha takes the split in her stride and, in full Viking fashion, attempts to outdo her former husband by ascending to an even higher level of power.
Media outlet Screen Rant later outlined how Lagertha’s rise to become Earl of Hedeby, among other positions, have flagged some major inconsistencies with one of Vikings’ most prominent characters.
In their article, they revealed how Lagertha’s storyline effectively turned the Viking queen into a massive hypocrite.
They explained: “Lagertha didn’t have an easy time after her first husband Ragnar dumped her for Aslaug but even during the worst times in her life she never stopped trying to ascend to higher grounds.
“Whether this was her way of trying to outdo Ragnar or if deep inside, she and her ex-husband shared the same lust for power is debatable.”
Finally, they added: “Yet, one thing that is certain is for someone who complains about being usurped, she doesn’t have a problem doing it to others.”
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Lagertha was finally killed by a drunken Hvitserk (Marco Ilsø) in season six episode Death and the Serpent.
Unfortunately, this article revealed how many fans may have lost their sympathy for the Viking queen after her underhanded methods to gain power.
Screen Rant also highlighted a major inconsistency with former protagonist Ragnar Lothbrok and the way he treated Aslaug, the mother of four of his children.
The article continued: “He clearly loved his first wife Lagertha but because of his obsession with having another son, he gladly disposed of her to marry Aslaug.”
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“[She] proceeded to give him all the sons he desired but shortly afterward, without even the slightest bit of hesitation he abandoned them.”
Amongst the violent and uncompromising world of the Age of Vikings Ragnar’s behaviour might have been accepted but this hasn’t stopped fans taking a major issue with the way the warriors were depicted on-screen.
Luckily, most viewers were able to forgive these character mistakes and Michael Hirst’s historical epic has remained essential viewing throughout its six season run.
Vikings season 6 is hoped to conclude in 2020 on the History Channel and Amazon Prime Video.
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