The announcement of the arrival of the sequel Vikings: Valhalla, has not made fans leave their original series Vikings aside, especially the anecdotes and curiosities that surrounded the series and some other interesting theories about the possibility that some of its most iconic characters make a presence in the spin-off. From its famous cast, everything related to actress Katheryn Winnick who brought to life the legendary shieldmaiden Lagertha in one way or another always remains in the center of the public eye.
As you may remember, Vikings: Valhalla will be broadcast on the Netflix platform on February 25, 2022, set a century after the exploits of the most iconic characters for fans of stories about Nordic warriors led by Ragnar Lothbrok and the sons of he. The legends of this saga will come to life on the screen again, this time in streaming. With Vikings series creators Michael Hirst and Jeb Stuart teaming up again.
One of the cast members of Vikings who has remained in the headlines of the entertainment press is actress and director Katheryn Winnick, known the world over for her character as the fierce and courageous warrior Lagertha. He earned his way to be an important part of the backbone of the narrative, even after his death in the first part of the sixth and final season in a tragic ending that the artist herself promoted, since in her opinion she had completed her cycle .
Although during her participation and after her departure from Vikings, Winnick did not allow herself to rest on the laurels of Lagertha’s fame by staying active in other projects such as the Big Sky series, her comments in some interviews with the media communication about his passage through Vikings and the true circumstances surrounding his departure, never go unnoticed by the followers of the famous program and the actress.
“She was ready to leave earlier, I’m not going to lie,” she has claimed more than once.”
The actress explained that she could not leave Vikings before because with the departure of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) in the fourth season, the weight of the program not only fell on the adventures of her children but also on what Lagertha would do. Added to this important dramatic turn was the insistence of its creator Michael Hirst on the importance of her character in the continuity of the production. Faced with such responsibility, Winnick had no choice but to give in, however luckily for her, this decision would later give her the opportunity to enjoy her death in fiction.
As you may remember, for the first part of the last season of Vikings we saw Lagertha become a grandmother, ready to retire and return to the simple farm life of her early years as Ragnar’s wife, but she doesn’t stay that way for long. Bandits come looking to take revenge on her son Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig). They attack a nearby town and Lagertha unearths her sword as the legendary shieldmaiden and comes face to face with the bandit leader. Lagertha emerges victorious, but not before sustaining serious injuries that ultimately lead to her tragic death and her epic Viking send-off.
Katheryn has reiterated every chance she gets that it was the right time, which in her opinion made a lot of sense considering how much her character arc had accomplished in the story. At a time when life expectancy was no more than forty, Lagertha in her late fifties had enjoyed an intense life as a woman and leader, becoming a grandmother, mother of a king, and securing her legacy as the greatest known female warrior in Viking history. About how she received the news of her character’s death, the actress said:
“Well, it’s been coming for a long time. It was always part of the conversation, Lagertha can’t live forever. I think originally I only had to stay for a couple of years and now it’s been six seasons and Lagertha is a granny and still alive. So we needed to find a good way to end her story.”