“Vikings” season 5 will begin a new chapter narrating the story of Ragnar’s (Travis Fimmel) sons. The Lothbrok brothers, who were united so far, will disperse to an extent that they are going to be at each other’s throats, said showrunner Michael Hirst.
After the death of Ragnar, all his sons were committed to the mission of avenging his death. Hence, even differences in opinion didn’t lead to any violence or clash between them. They knew that staying together was important for the mission.
However, soon after the mission was over, we saw them clashing off once again. Arguments turned into physical confrontations. One even led to the death of Sigurd Snake-in-the-eye (David Lindström). A petty argument raised Ivar’s (Alex Hogh Andersen) temperament leading him to kill his own brother Sigurd.
Furthermore, the fight for true heir between Ivar and Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) was quite evident in the last few episodes of season 4. The tensions are going to rise in the coming season. “When the act of revenge is finished, the stresses and strengths are going to come more out in the open. This is a society fueled by the need for fame. We know they’re gonna be at each other’s throats,” Hirst previously revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
He also said that the brothers will split in “Vikings” season 5. They will split into different camps. “A large part of the next season will be about, will it be like this great Roman conflict after Caesar’s death, the great Roman civil wars with Brutus and Cassius and Octavian? These people are playing for possession of the known world. It’s not like a little local fight — these are huge territories,” he told Variety.
Furthermore, he again affirmed that Vikings society was all about fame and victory. It was aggressive, ambitious and conflicting with each other. Hence, the fight for being the true successor will continue.
“The historical Ragnar had many, many more sons he adopted, because to be a son of Ragnar was the biggest calling card in the Viking world. It was much worse than just the five brothers in the show,” he continued adding that all of them wanted to be true successors. “They pave the way to, essentially, world war,” he said.
“Vikings” season 5 will return on TV this year itself. The air date date has not been announced yet. (Read more on the links below.) The show airs on History channel in the US. In Australia, it airs on SBS One.