Vikings season 6: How did Bjorn Ironside die in Vikings?
Vikings: Ganbaatar attacks Bjorn with bow and arrow
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Alexander Ludwig portrayed Viking hero Bjorn Ironside in the final three seasons of Vikings on Amazon Prime and the History Channel. Sadly, his character met an unfortunate end early in the final series but how exactly did Bjorn Ironise die in Vikings? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
How did Bjorn Ironside die in Vikings?
Bjorn Ironside’s downfall began in the finale of Vikings season five, where, instead of killing his enemy Ivar the Boneless (played by Alex Høgh Andersen), he let him live and banished him from the walls of Kattegat.
Little did Bjorn know, Ivar would go on to travel along the silk road and make an alliance with the leader of the Rus people, Prince Oleg of Novgorod (Danila Kozlovsky) as part of his plan to take down Bjorn Ironside.
Bjorn made a similar mistake in season six, letting his younger sibling Hvitserk (Marco Ilsø) off the hook after he killed Bjorn’s own mother, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) in a frenzied attack.
Hvitserk would then go on team up with his former enemy, Ivar the Boneless, which would lay the foundations of Bjorn’s death.
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Prince Oleg, Hvitserk and Ivar alongside the Rus Army launched an epic attack on Kattegat, culminating in Rus victory.
It was during the battle for Kattegat, Bjorn sustained life-threatening injuries at the hand of his own brother on the beaches of Kattegat.
Ivar plunged his sword into his brother, leaving him for dead following the battle in the season six, part one finale.
When Vikings returned for the final 10 episodes, Bjorn was unsurprisingly still alive, but not for long.
He rode on horseback in full armour to face his enemies once and for all, despite his death being confirmed to the Rus.
His appearance made many of the Rus believe he was a ghost or god-like figure who had come back from the dead.
A Rus army captain, Ganbaatar (Andrei Claude), then shot several bow’s and arrows at Bjorn to assess whether he was still alive.
In the end, Bjorn died from numerous injuries on the battlefield and was buried in a tomb fit for a king.
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However, Bjorn’s resurrection meant the Vikings could launch a counter-attack on the Rus, which they were unprepared for.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, show creator Michael Hirst reflected on Bjorn’s death.
He said: “Bjorn, in some ways, has made rather a mess of certain aspects of his life.
“He wasn’t a great ruler, he was too vain and complacent when he wanted to be king of Norway, and his treatment of women, by and large, was poor.
“If he died just on those notes, then he might’ve been eminently forgettable, but in fact, he does something quite extraordinary at the end of his life.
“He saves his country, and so he redeemed his life, I think, and puts himself in the pantheon of the great heroes of the Vikings, Ragnar and Lagertha, and he joins them.”
Alexander Ludwig, who played Bjorn for three seasons of Vikings added: “I always thought it was really important that Bjorn be injured by somebody like Ivar because nobody would have expected it.
“I feel like it’s very predictable for Bjorn to have this really heroic rise and go out the way that we know he kind of did in history and I kind of loved that — you don’t really see this coming.
“Nobody’s really safe on this show, and it was nice that once you feel like Bjorn had become the protagonist, that his ending comes sooner than perhaps expected in the last season.”
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