‘Vikings’: Michael Hirst Admits He Killed off 1 Character 3 Times within the Script, however Didn’t Go Through With It — ‘I Couldn’t Do It’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Michael Hirst

Fans of Vikings just lately obtained to expertise a panel for the collection, and it was epic. On Friday, July 24, 2020, many massive names within the present, together with the creator, Michael Hirst, participated in an at-home panel for San Diego Comic-Con@Home 2020. Hirst revealed some stunning details about one character that followers will definitely discover attention-grabbing.

Hirst was joined nearly by Travis Fimmel, who performed Ragnar Lothbrok, Katheryn Winnick, who performed Lagertha, Alexander Ludwig, who performs Bjorn Ironside, Clive Standen, who performs Rollo, and Jordan Patrick Smith, who performs Ubbe.

Michael Hirst is requested if he was ever ‘nervous’ about writing somebody out

Michael Hirst
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The moderator asks Hirst if there was anybody he was “nervous” about writing out. Hirst in fact mentions the dying of Ragnar Lothbrok. When he first wrote the define for the hit collection, Ragnar was going to die on the finish of season 1, however Hirst may inform the remainder of Ragnar’s story nonetheless wanted to be informed utterly and totally.

“And what actually happened, was that Ragnar continued to be a presence in the rest of the show,” Hirst defined. “He never really went away. People would talk about him all the time… It wasn’t a huge risk after all.”

Hirst admits he killed off 1 character Three instances within the script, however didn’t undergo with it

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Hirst had one other character that he was nervous about killing off, and that’s Harald Finehair (Peter Franzén). “The other person who was very difficult was Harald Finehair,” Hirst revealed. “Brilliant actor, who within the script I killed off 3 times and couldn’t do it. I couldn’t do it. He did numerous unhealthy stuff, that man, however he did it so effectively and he had a humorousness and I simply didn’t need to lose that. There weren’t that many laughs in Vikings, however he gave us most of them. I simply couldn’t sacrifice it. He simply lived on. He endured, he survived. He’s a survivor.”

Harald has his coronary heart set on being the king of all Norway, which he finally does obtain in season 6. Harald raided with Ragnar Lothbrok (Fimmel), however he at all times thought of Ragnar an enemy and rival. Harald has completed loads of horrible issues to individuals, together with abducting Lagertha’s (Winnick) companion, Astrid (Josefin Asplund) and having her marry him. He even rapes Bjorn Ironside’s (Ludwig) second spouse, Ingrid (Lucy Martin), and he’s desirous to see the dying of Bjorn in any manner potential at this level.

Hirst hints at what’s to come back within the ultimate episodes

Hirst was additionally requested by the moderator to offer a “hint” in regards to the new season, and he teased the ultimate episodes. Fans are hoping for a satisfying conclusion to the tales of Ragnar’s sons after so a few years.

“The characters who we all, including me, have grown to love, will all have their fates decided,” Hirst revealed. “Whether they live or die, is of course in the hands of the gods, although I had a hand in it too. I think the conclusion of the saga is deeply satisfying. A proper and meaningful ending, and I hope all our fans will feel the same way. I tried to do justice to all my characters, and I hope I succeeded.”

For the total panel, try the video within the article.

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