On 4 December 2019, History in Canada debuted Vikings, a historical drama tv series in its final and sixth episodes. Ragnar Lothbrok, a legendary Viking chieftain, and his company and his heirs are followed completely in the series in broad strokes.
The remaining half of the sixth season, which contains a double-season sequence of twenty episodes split into two integrants of ten. It was entirely launched on 30 December 2020 on Amazon Prime Video in the United States, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Austria before being telecast on History in Canada from 1 January to 3 March 2021. The season focuses on King Bjorn’s rule over Kattegat, Ivar’s travels through Russia and Wessex, and Ubbe’s journeys to Iceland and the North.
War and Piece in Vikings Finale
“The Last Act” can be thought of as a psychotic episode. It follows two factions commanded by the sons of Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) as they promote respecting opposite but equally inexorable end results. A helpful Native American tribe and an old acquaintance, Floki, the boatbuilder, have been found by Ubbe’s crew, who spent most of the half-season adrift on the huge and unexplored Atlantic Ocean without food or water. The team landed in the Golden Land (North America). Ubbe and his crew may finally get the lucky prospect to live as grounded farmers in a fertile field with new neighbors unfamiliar with the Viking culture after much suffering at sea. Nevertheless, the tenuous peace between the two peoples is jeopardized when Naad (Ian Lloyd Alexander), who broke into We-teepee jitu’s pursuit of wealth, kills him.
The two sides of Ragnar Lothbrok in Vikings Season 6
So what does all of this mean? The two negative stories in the Viking’s climax offer a meta-commentary on the brutal Viking culture and a eulogy for its peak in the ninth century. The contrast between the panic-stricken war scenes of Wessex and the beautiful vistas of Ubbe’s Golden Land, as confusing as they can occasionally be, offers crucial insight into Ubbe and Ivar. They both finally come to represent the two aspects of their illustrious father. Like Ubbe, Ragnar was an adventurer and thinker who liked to imagine himself as a farmer. He also wanted to push the boundaries of the map. He never fully embraced conversion, but the Christian God attracted him.
In Ubbe, Ragnar’s character still exists. Ivar’s pure Viking id is led by Aslaug’s oldest son, a cerebral being. Ragnar, like Ivar, had the potential to be violent, spiteful, and cruel. He always made better raiders than kings and made most of his notoriety by plundering Wessex and Frankia. His aspiration to become a farmer was never realized, and, in the end, he gave his life to encourage his sons to fight in Wessex. He continued the cycle of bloodshed, despite the possibility that he and King Ecbert (Linus Roache) may have reached a compromise based on their evident respect for one another. Ivar experiences the same fate as his father on Saxon territory. As soon as Ubbe informs others that he has located what Ragnar was looking for.
Vikings: Valhalla will likely return to Ubbe’s Golden Land
The series and episode’s climactic moments oscillate between shots of Ingrid (Lucy Martin) firmly controlling in Kattegat and the conclusion in Wessex. Ingrid seems to have established her hold on Norway now that Erik (Eric Johnson) and Harald are no longer a threat. She learns of Ivar and Harald’s deaths and Hvitserk’s transformation, taking advantage of the prospect to mourn their passing.
Ubbe and Floki are seen staring out at the ocean from underneath Native American blankets in the closing image. After six seasons of pure cruelty, the decision to close on a serene moment of camaraderie between two men who abandoned the Viking way was risky for such a vicious series. Still, it ultimately pays off, delivering a nice touch of sorrow and a deep breath.
It may have also been meant to build up Michael Hirst’s upcoming sequel series, Vikings: Valhalla, which will follow the communications systems of Viking surveyors as they search for Ubbe’s Golden Land and take action a century later. So while we all eagerly await that journey, let’s pause to raise an ale horn and shout “skl.”