The History Channel’s epic action series will end for good this year with a brutal and bloody conclusion. As Bjorn Ironside (played by Alexander Ludwig) is dealt a fatal blow, Vikings fans have been digging up some intriguing clues that could hold the secrets to the season finale.
Season six of the historical saga is setting up to be a celebration of what made the series essential viewing since it began in 2013.
Bjorn Ironside succeeded his father, Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) as the ruler of Kattegat, but his reign is threatened by Ivar the Boneless (Alex Høgh Andersen) and the Rus forces.
As the sixth and finale season draws to a cataclysmic close, fans are desperate to see the return of some of their favourite characters.
Previous star of the series Travis Fimmel made a brief appearance as Ragnar during the premiere of season six, leading some fans to believe he could show up in a later episode.
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Meanwhile, other viewers are still convinced Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) will eventually return after seemingly being crushed beneath an erupting volcano.
In addition to this, showrunner and sole screenwriter Michael Hirst has weighed in on the possible return of another fan favourite character, and fans believe they know what his comments mean for the rest of the season.
Fans have taken to Reddit to discuss the potential cast for season 6B, and who may and may not be making a surprise return.
Reddit user Midgeyyyy initially posted: “I’m wondering if there was news of any sightings of old cast members on set for season 6B? I’m really hoping we get a scene of everyone in Valhalla to end the series.
As the series effectively blends real historic events with poems, legends and Norse mythology, several fans have already speculated the series could end with a glimpse of Valhalla, the Viking afterlife.
Unlike other characters who met a grisly demise, Rollo is seemingly alive and well, but hasn’t been seen since the end of season four.
Ragnar’s brother has been pulling the strings of much of Vikings’ drama, including revealing to Bjorn Ironside that he may be his biological father.
When pressed on Rollo’s fate, Michael Hirst revealed the answer to his return was an elusive “yes and no”.
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Speaking to Cinemablend, Hirst intriguingly continued: “Rollo’s re-appearance will be a huge surprise, as indeed it was rather a surprise to me. But I’ll leave it to that. I don’t want to be too evasive, but the answer in the long-term is both ‘yes’ and ‘no’.”
So, unfortunately this does not confirm anything yet, but many fans are sure these cryptic comments hint towards Clive Standen making at least a cameo appearance at some point in season six.
Replying to the previous Reddit post, another fan suggested: “I have no idea what that’s meant to mean but maybe we won’t see Rollo in his physical form and something like a statue because he’s passed away? Or one of his sons grown up? Not really sure.”
Additionally, one more viewer proposed Rollo “looked on his last legs” when he last appeared, meaning Ragnar’s brother may have passed away off-screen.
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If Rollo has indeed met his demise, Clive Standen may be returning one last time in statue or painting form to pay tribute to one of the series’ most popular characters.
Moreover, with rumours of Valhalla making an appearance in the finale, Travis Fimmel, Gustaf Skarsgård and Clive Standen could all make surprise cameos before Vikings finally says goodbye.
Finally, one more long-time viewer said: “I think it would be cool to have the final scene be in Valhalla. With all our fallen characters feasting on their glories as Vikings. And our 5 sons of Ragnar burying the hatchet and feasting over the glory of battles.”
Vikings season 6 will return to Amazon Prime and History later in 2020.
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