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Many Vikings fans were in uproar following the devastating conclusion of the first part of season six. Before the series concludes on the History Channel and Amazon Prime Video, some have taken to social media to explain how Bjorn’s life could have been spared.
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Following a surprise attack from Ivar the Boneless (played by Alex Høgh Andersen) and the Rus, the Vikings’ primary territory of Kattegat is now under siege.
Season six delivered a shocking midseason finale earlier this year, leaving Vikings fans in turmoil following the apparent death of new series lead Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig).
Bjorn was last seen bleeding to death on the shore in the last moments of episode ten, The Best Laid Plans.
However, some are still speculating Bjorn could rise again for one last stand in the next episode following promo clues and intriguing comments from Alexander himself.
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Moreover, a large portion of the Vikings fandom was disappointed to see the fearsome warrior taken out by Ivar’s cheap tactics.
Others still have criticised the staging of the battle sequence, and insisted Ivar came out of nowhere to deliver the fatal blow against Bjorn.
Some viewers have taken to Reddit to propose how Bjorn could still be alive if the Viking chief had called in favours from King Alfred (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) or Rollo (Clive Standen).
Redditor notareddituser23340 posted: “I am kinda disappointed by how Bjorn died. He died by a teleporting cripple.”
“How did Ivar manage to walk up to Bjorn and no one bothered to kill him? Why didn’t Bjorn ask aid from king Alfred or Rollo? Pretty sure Rollo would have come to his aid.”
Rollo wasn’t present during the Rus and Ivar’s siege, but some fans have speculated the Duke of Normandy could be willing to help Bjorn due to the possibility he may actually be his son.
However, other fans reminded the original poster that Rollo would be unwilling to help Bjorn fend off the Rus’ advances after multiple betrayals throughout the series.
Another viewer responded: “Rollo has betrayed him multiple times at this point there is no way he would ever ask him for help or talk to him again.”
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“Bjorn also isn’t really the biggest fan of Alfred either and he didn’t like the idea of having to rely of Christians for safety. So he wouldn’t want help from Alfred either and Alfred also has no reason to help him.”
After burning bridges with Rollo and the Christians of Wessex and Mercia, the Vikings of Kattegat were essentially left to fend for themselves during the midseason finale.
There is also considerable speculation amongst fans that Ivar wasn’t actually the one who stabbed Bjorn, and the attack may not have happened at all due to the ambiguous way the final moments were shot.
One more fan explained: “The battle was not synchronised, and I do think Ivar stabbed Bjorn.”
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“However, some theories are going around that it didn’t happen at all or that a random Rus’ soldier stabbed Bjorn but it’s symbolism to show Ivar has beaten Bjorn.”
Vikings often uses metaphor and symbolism, including visions of the Norse gods, to advance the historical storyline.
When Vikings season six finally concludes, there could be several twists in store during Kattegat’s epic final stand.
Vikings season 6 is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
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