We're only just beginning to get to know the complex and disturbed man that #Vikings' Ivar has grown into, but judging from the end of Season 4 Episode 12, it's possible we won't be seeing much more of him.
After his father returned to Kattegat and found himself completely out of options in the capable sons department, Ivar accepted Ragnar's invitation to accompany him on his journey to Wessex. Now Ivar Ragnarsson has boldly set off on his first raid, despite dire warnings from his mother. But will his maiden voyage be a death sentence?
A Grave Prediction
"There's going to be a storm. Everything will end in disaster... You will drown. I've seen it."
Aslaug's warning of her vision was explicit, and yet Ivar chose to face death rather than remain in Kattegat and live life as a pitied cripple. As per usual, her prophecy came true, and Episode 12 ended with Ivar floating in the ocean swell, unconscious:
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Clear Sailing Ahead
Fortunately, Ivar won't joining the dead in Valhalla just yet. Never one for cliffhangers, the promo for next week's episode of Vikings reveals that Ivar and Ragnar were shipwrecked on the coast of Wessex, and are now making their way towards the Royal Villa. Having barely survived the tumultuous journey, what lies ahead for Ivar?
1. Becoming A Man
Ivar is the quintessential mommy's boy. His spoiled upbringing has caused him to become an entitled, vicious little brat who's used to getting whatever he desires. Even as a child, he murdered another boy with no repercussions. Aslaug thought she was doing the right thing by showering him with special treatment, but all she did was raise a violent monster.
But Ivar is sick of playing the part of a pitied cripple. Despite his royal status, he wants to become a man on his own merit, like a true viking. His attempts to prove his manhood in bed failed spectacularly, so now he has to choose a different avenue: Separating himself from his mother. As he told Aslaug in Episode 12, sailing off into battle is his chance to prove himself to the gods. But is he strong enough to become a mighty warrior?
2. His Father's Son
The likeness between Ivar and his once-great father is undeniable. They share more than just the same haunting blue eyes — their mannerisms are eerily similar, and Ivar's slightly unhinged personality is reminiscent of Ragnar's mental state in the first half of Season 4.
Ragnar is certain that his son is destined for greatness, and Ivar can sense it, too. But unlike his naive, younger self, Ivar is now seeing past the legend and realizing what his father has become: A fallen outcast. Nevertheless, he still desires to achieve the same level of greatness that Ragnar once did. He wants to become a mighty warrior like his father, and be the hero that Ragnar failed to be when he last attacked Paris.
3. Sibling Rivalry
Remember Queen Kwenthrith? She may be dead, but her illegitimate son Magnus isn't. Kwenthrith made no secret of her belief that Lothbrok fathered her child, though Ragnar and Ivar are completely unaware of his existence.
Ragnar may be pleased to find out that he has fathered another son, but how will Ivar react when he realizes he's no longer the special youngest child of the family? Will he welcome his new little brother with open arms, or will he see Magnus as a threat?
4. Impending Battle
The promo video for the return of Vikings Season 4 showed some brief glimpses of Ivar riding into battle against the English on a chariot, which means he'll finally get to fight alongside his brothers and prove himself to the gods:
In an interview with Inverse, Alex Høgh Andersen, who plays Ivar, revealed just how he would be involved in the siege:
"He really can’t participate in battles. He’s going to be on top of the hill organizing the whole thing. He’s a brilliant military strategist and that’s his role and why he also stays mysterious — he’s always in the background, but he is the one pushing the buttons. He is an intelligent little sociopath who really just needs some love. There’s no limitations to what he can do."
But that likely won't be Ivar's only taste of blood. Lagertha has plans to attack Kattegat and take back her throne from Aslaug — and this could all very well go down while Ivar is gone. How will he react to Lagertha's assault on his mother? If the promos we've seen are anything to go by, he's not going to be too happy:
Will King Ecbert and Prince Aethelwulf capture Ivar and Ragnar on next week's episode of Vikings?