#Vikings fans are having a bit of a hard time accepting Ragnar's death, with many unable to move past even the first stage of grief: Denial. Despite being thrown into a pit of snakes by Aelle — the same death as the real-life viking legend Ragnar Lothbrok — some viewers are still holding out hope that he may return for Season 5.
Fans have been speculating that Ragnar may have survived his execution, and is alive and well at the bottom of that pit of snakes. Ragnar faked his death in the Season 3 finale— could he pulled the same ruse yet again?
Another theory is that Ragnar will return as a ghost in Season 5 of Vikings, much like Athelstan's appearance in Ecbert and Ragnar's visions earlier in Season 4. This was due to an unconfirmed rumour that Fimmel would be reprising his role as Ragnar in Season 5, as well as an interview with Collider earlier this year, in which he mentioned that "Season 5 is my favorite".
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"I'm Not Returning"
Despite speculations, Fimmel himself has come right out and denied Ragnar's return in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter:
"Yeah, no, no. I'm not returning. It sort of doesn't make sense. My character is an atheist, so I'm not going to be coming up in any ghost, religious ghostly images or anything. I think you have to be very religious for people to have that belief in you."
In the same interview, show creator Michael Hirst contradicted Fimmel, saying that Ragnar may very well appear in other characters' dreams since he has "such a powerful presence in people's lives". He also said that Ragnar will always live on in his sons, who will now be the focus of Vikings:
"This isn't the end of Ragnar Lothbrok. Ragnar will live on in his fame. He will live on because he was the most famous viking of the time. But he also, of course, will live on through his sons. I never wanted this story to end when Ragnar dies physically. We've shot roughly 25 more hours of TV now after Ragnar's death, and we are a long way down the line. We are really embracing the sons, but Ragnar hasn't gone away, because Ragnar is still the inspiration."
The 'Vikings' Cast Says Goodbye
Fimmel's on-screen family have expressed their sadness over Ragnar's death, reflecting on their great moments together and paying tribute to the fallen king.
1. Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha) Retweeted A Moving Moment From Season 3
2. Clive Standen (Rollo) Shed a Tear Over Ragnar's Death
3. Alex Høgh Andersen Shared A Mischievous Moment From On Set
Will Ragnar's sons avenge the death of one of their parents in next week's episode of Vikings?