Okay, so, yes the finale was heartbreaking. Yes I’m pissed that Gyda freakin’ died - though I have to admit that I’m not surprised - and yes, I want the fallout between Ragnar and Lagertha, his reaction to Gyda’s death, Bjorn’s reaction to everything and Athelstan’s role in everything. (I really really wish the season was longer than 9 freakin’ episodes, my heart is too big and empty for 9 measly episodes)
But it seems - and this better be freakin true - that Michael Hirst is more than ready and willing to delve into all these points in the next season. Regardless of how much head-banging I want to do because of the finale, I actually like the way it was executed. It was more than I expected and as much as I want to wring Ragnar’s neck because hello - Lagertha will not just be going to Valhalla, she will be a Goddess because Odin is wise and not bloody blind - (so i’m biased, screw me.) Ragnar still fascinates me. His ambition, his endless thirst for knowledge, his quiet intense ways of calculation, observation and I just really want to know how his character develops.
Don’t even get me started on Lagertha. She’ll be a Queen among Wolves. (I really want her and Siggy becoming sister-in-arms, Athelstan pledging his loyalty to them - sorry Ragnar - and Bjorn becoming a fierce warrior at his mother’s side - le sigh.)
Hirst mentions Athelstan’s struggle with his Christian faith in the 2nd season, and I can’t wait to see how that plays out. And Aslaug is intriguing but I’m afraid of where they plan on going with her character… as well as Rollo. No simple villain-y stuff there I hope.
In any case, the interview with Hirst was definitely intriguing and he just might get some things right.
Doing some research into Ragnar and the numerous women he was believed to be involved with, and given the introduction of Aslaug, I was interested in how you intend to tackle that mythology, given that viewers have grown so attached to Lagertha.
What happened is again, unexpected, until you realize what a powerful and strong will this woman has. It’s very difficult for her, of course, with the new woman in Ragnar’s life. She has to make a decision whether she puts up with that or she doesn’t. And if she doesn’t, what she then does and in turn, how she comes back into Ragnar’s life. What I would say, because this is historical, is that Lagertha becomes an Earl in her own right. At some stage they are going to meet again as equals.
You were my first love and you will be my last.” —Bob Dylan (via alve-us)