Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) has come face-to-face with death several times over the course of Michael Hirst’s epic, historical drama, “Vikings.” In fact, during the show’s third season, the sneaky Northman even faked his own demise as part of his ploy to take over Paris. But, according to Season 4’s newest trailer, it appears the King of Kattegat might permanently become a corpse as the sickly ruler inches closer and closer to the gates of Valhalla.
When the History Channel series returns with its newest installment on Thursday, Feb. 18, the storyline will begin with Ragnar still suffering from his sickness. On the brink of death, Ragnar will trust in his eldest son, Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig), and his wife, Queen Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland), to rule in his absence, according to Entertainment Tonight. However, Ragnar knows that his family’s first taste of power could be what potentially leads to his downfall.
“Power, it’s dangerous. This, I have always known,” Ragnar says in a promo video for Season 4. “Look at what power has given me since I invaded Paris. I found myself thinking, ‘What use this power?’ You see the problem with power is the more you have, the more others want it. And in my world, power can only be truly be built… with blood.”
But the possible betrayal of his family won’t be the only obstacle Ragnar will face in the new season. As the king discusses the inevitability of death in the trailer, a slew of snakes slither toward him, surrounding his throne.
“Only fools believe they can live forever by avoiding the fight. I embrace the idea of death,” he says as the gliding creatures swarm him. “Will I get in Valhalla? I don’t know.”
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For those who are up-to-date on their Norse history, it’s known that Ragnar meets his fate after getting thrown into a pit of snakes by his foe, King Aella of Northumbria – a character portrayed by Ivan Kaye in the television series.
Is it possible that the snakes trapping Ragnar in the Season 4 trailer could be foreshadowing the king’s gruesome fate?
Sound off in the comments section below with your theories and don’t forget to tune in to the Season 4 premiere of “Vikings” on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 10 p.m. EST on the History Channel.