Who’s ready to raid? Everyone’s favorite warriors will be making their way back to the small screen when Season 3 of “Vikings” premieres Thursday, Feb. 19. But according to reports, in addition to being re-acquainted with old friends, audiences will also be introduced to new, unfamiliar faces when the History Channel series returns.
One of new characters being added to Season 3 of the Michael Hirst-created historical drama is Harbard, a mysterious character portrayed by the “Strain” star Kevin Durand.
“Well, there’s an element to Harbard that I think he can be many different [things] -- I can’t get too far with that without divulging too much information and getting trouble, but he’s kind of mystical,” Durand teased during a press conference call.
Mystical indeed! Viewers will be first introduced to Harbard in an enchanted dream had by Queen Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland), Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig) and Helga (Maude Hirst). All their visions involve Harbard wandering into Kattegat with his hand dripping scalding blood.
“Those dreams were obviously foreshadowing my arrival,” Durand noted, explaining that part of Harbard’s mysticism comes from him being a healer. “Where do these powers come from? Why does he seem to have kind of a hold over some of these characters?”
Durand added that his arrival to Kattegat with be “impactful on the many lives of the main characters” -- specifically Siggy, who will remain skeptical of this stranger’s abrupt arrival. The actor also shared that viewers should pay extra close attention to the fourth episode of Season 3, as it will be Harbard’s most influential episode.
“Harbard’s actions will pretty much change the course of action for all of the other characters in that episode and he leaves a pretty deep kind of a wound I guess -- a deep mark and I would say that that’s probably the one that probably has that -- has the most impact,” he stated, teasing that perhaps his character might be a little more villainous than we thought.
Do you think Harbard’s character is trustworthy? Or do you think Siggy is clever for remaining suspicious about Harbard’s arrival? Sound off in the comments section below with your theories and don’t forget to tune in to the Season 3 premiere of “Vikings” on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 10 p.m. EST on the History channel.