#Vikings has really kicked things up a notch this season, with our favorite heathens' fates taking a turn for the wild. So much has changed since Season 3, and the future is brimming with potential for the residents of Kattegat. Check out our handy guide to help you get up to speed:
'Vikings' Season 4 News
- 1st February 2017— Michael Hirst holds Reddit AMA
Vikings creator Michael Hirst holds a Reddit AMA answering fan questions about Season 4 and beyond.
- 26 January 2017— new character Heahmund introduced
A brand new character is introduced: Warrior bishop Heahmund, set to fight against the Viking invasion in Wessex.
- 2nd January 2017— Travis Fimmel confirms Ragnar will not return
Despite some fans insisting that Ragnar wasn't really dead, or that he would return as a ghost in Season 5, Travis Fimmel announced in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that his character would definitely not be returning to the show.
'Vikings' Season 4 Episode Promos
Vikings Season 4 is done and dusted, but the story is far from over. The promo for the next season is already out, and it's jam-packed with possibilities. Check it out:
'Vikings' Season 4 Air Date
New episodes of Vikings Season 4B air every Wednesday night at 9pm Eastern Standard Time on the History Channel. Depending on where in the world you live, you can catch new episodes on the History Channel official website, Hulu and Amazon Prime.
'Vikings' Season 4: The Story So Far
Season 3 of Vikings left us on a major cliffhanger, with the Paris siege ending with a surprising degree of success. Here's a recap of everything that's happened:
Check out the official Comic-Con trailer for Season 4B:
Many years have passed since Ragnar's last siege on Paris, and he has now returned to Kattegat, which is now a thriving trade centre for the region. He encourages his sons to kill him for his title of king, but they refuse, greeting their long-lost father with some warmth.
Ragnar asks his sons to accompany him to England, which they also refuse, as they have their own plans. Björn and Hvitserk depart on a voyage to the Mediterranean, stopping at Paris on the way to be granted safe passage by Rollo. Rollo agrees, on the condition that they take him with them. They agree, and Rollo joins them, leaving behind his three children and his infuriated wife, Gisla.
Back in Kattegat, Ragnar tries to hang himself but survives after the rope snaps. Realizing the gods have a different fate planned for him, he asks his crippled son Ivar (who has grown into a dangerous and violent young man) to accompany him to England, and they depart with a small raiding party, despite Aslaug's warnings of a dire storm that will kill them all. As predicted, their boat is hit by a storm, which kills several of their warriors. Shipwrecked on the coast of Wessex, they set up camp overnight in the forest, where Ragnar and Ivar slaughter the rest of the group in order to proceed alone.
Ivar and Ragnar reach Ecbert's kingdom, where Ragnar is beaten and both are taken prisoner and separated. Ecbert introduces his prisoner to Kwenthrith and Ragnar's alleged son, Magnus. Ragnar denies that he is Magnus' father, as he and Kwenthrith apparently never had sex. Magnus is exiled from Wessex by Aethelwulf, and Judith introduces Ragnar to Athelstan's son, Alfred.
Ragnar wants Ecbert to kill him, but Ecbert says he cannot. The two make a new deal, in which Ecbert will turn Ragnar in to Aelle. Ecbert promises Ragnar that he will get Ivar back to Kattegat safely. Before Ivar leaves for Kattegat, Ragnar tells him that he must seek vengeance against both Aelle and Ecbert.
Ragnar is caged and taken to King Aelle. During the journey, the coachman tells Ragnar that he is blind, but able to "see" Ragnar. This matches the Seer's prophecy that Ragnar will die "when the blind man sees him".
Once in possession of Ragnar, Aelle tortures his captive. He then suspends him above a snake pit before dropping him to his death.
Meanwhile, Lagertha is shown to have survived the Paris siege. She plots to attack Kattegat and take back her title from Aslaug with the help of her new lover Astrid and Björn's wife Torvi. After locking up Ubbe and Sigurd in Hedeby, Lagertha attacks Kattegat, taking control of the village and killing Aslaug. Lagertha is now queen.
A seasick Ivar is returned to his brothers, where Ubbe and Sigurd inform him that their mother been murdered. Ivar challenges Lagertha to solo combat, but she refuses.
Ruling Kattegat alone is proving difficult without Ragnar. Lagertha orders her people to start building defences around the town, which she feels is far too vulnerable. Her precautions aren't unwarranted, either; Harald and Halfdan, who are raiding with Björn, are plotting to take over Kattegat in order for Harald to become king of Norway.
During their Mediterranean raid, Floki comes across a mosque and is mesmerized. After he leaves, he runs into Helga, who is attempting to kidnap a young girl the same age that their own daughter would have been, if she hadn't died. Floki protests, but she refuses to listen and takes the girl.
After the raid, Odin pays a visit to Ragnar's sons and brings news of his death.
Ivar, Ubbe and Sigurd have decided to amass a great army in order to declare war on Aelle. They invite earls from other kingdoms to come fight alongside them. With their help, Ubbe and Ivar trap Lagertha in the hall during a feast in an attempt to kill her; But Björn returns from his raid and stops them. Later, Hvitserk confesses that he doesn't care about killing Lagertha, and is more concerned with avenging their father.
Meanwhile, Harald and Halfdan begin to plan their takeover of Kattegat with their new friend, Egill. Harald meets the princess who he believes has been waiting year for him to become King of Norway so she can marry him; However, she has married someone else.
However, not everyone in Kattegat is unlucky in love. Ubbe and Margrethe marry, but agree to share Margrethe with Hvitserk. Björn and Astrid also sleep together.
The brothers depart with their massive army for Northumbria to avenge their father's death. They win the battle, and capture Aelle, performing the blood eagle ritual on him. Ecbert begins to prepare for their impending arrival.
Egil attacks Kattegat with a small army, but reveals he was sent by Harald after Lagertha captures and tortures him. Torvi looks gravely wounded and possibly dead following the battle.
In England, Harald confronts the princess who was intended to marry him, killing her new husband. She later attempts to kill him, but he's saved by his brother, Halfdan.
The heathen army use one of Ivar's clever tactics to trick Aethelwulf's army into heading away from the battle and towards the viking encampment— an ambush. Aethelwulf's forces are defeated, and he retreats to Wessex, urging his family to evacuate before the Vikings arrive. Ecbert refuses, insisting on staying behind. Before Aethelwulf and his family leave, Ecbert passes the title of King onto his son. Bishop Edmund also stays behind.
The Heathen Army arrive in Wessex and begin to wreak havoc. Ecbert is captured, and manages to strike a deal up with the sons of Ragnar: He will legally sign over much of his lands to the Norsemen in exchange for death by his own hands. They agree, and he slits his wrists in the pool. But what Björn and his brothers don't realize is that Ecbert is no longer king, and thus their contract has no legal standing.
Sadly, Helga is killed after her adopted (i.e. kidnapped) daughter stabs her, before stabbing herself. Floki is devastated, and says that he is now "nothing" without his wife.
After their victory, the Vikings hold a feast. It is announced that Ubbe, Hvitserk and Sigurd will stay behind to watch over the new settlement, as Ragnar would have wanted his people to have rich, new land to farm. Björn says he will return to the Mediterranean, and Halfdan agrees to go with him, though Harald has other plans.
Ivar is unhappy with the decision to settle down, and declares his intentions to continue to wreak destruction on the neighboring kingdoms. Many of the feasting Vikings agree to accomany him. Sigurd calls him out, revealing his impotence to everyone and calling him a "mummy's boy". Ivar throws an axe at Sigurd and kills him, much to the shock of his brothers.
Heahmund, the show's newest character, is introduced in the final scene.
Need to catch up on what happened before Ragnar disappeared? Here's a recap of Vikings Season 4A, as well as the official trailer:
- Ragnar and Aslaug
Suffering some serious injuries, Ragnar returns to Kattegat to face new battles closer to home. Resentment between him and Aslaug has been building for years, and Ragnar faces a dilemma when Aslaug purchases and presents him with Yidu, a Chinese slave girl. Ragnar is unsure of the offering at first, but after he grants Yidu her freedom the two begin a strange love affair. Yidu introduces the viking to a highly addictive Chinese drug, and confesses to him that she is the daughter of the Chinese emperor.
Ragnar takes Yidu with him on another raid of Paris, which fails spectacularly due to Ragnar's out-of-control drug problem. The other vikings constantly question his motives and leadership abilities. He has an argument with Yidu, which ends with him drowning her in a river. He is determined to kill his brother, Rollo, who has abandoned his viking heritage for a new life in Paris.
The murder of Athelstan has divided Aslaug and Ragnar, with Aslaug unable to understand why a viking would mourn the death of a mere Christian. She devotes herself to her young sons, asking Floki to teach Ivar to despise Christianity like a true viking.
While Ragnar is in France with Ubbe and Hvitserk, Aslaug begins to drink heavily. The return of her old flame Harbard reignites an old spark, and the two have an affair, which Floki sees in a vision. But after learning that Harbard has also been getting down with other Kattegat women, Aslaug is distraught, which causes Harbard to leave; His connection to her was never intended to be monogamous. Heartbroken, she begins drinking again, and Björn's young daughter Siggy drowns while Aslaug is supposed to be watching her.
After his defeat in Paris, Ragnar disappears for many years and leaves Aslaug to rule, returning to Kattegat as a despised man. He encourages his now-grown sons to challenge his title as king.
Ragnar's BFF Floki isn't faring so well after being arrested by Björn for the murder of Athelstan. Tied up and humiliated, things looked pretty dire for the boat builder. His wife, Helga, attempts to get by without her husband, but suffers the loss of their daughter, who has fallen ill.
Ragnar takes mercy upon his friend and frees him, but their friendship is clearly strained from the betrayal. The seer reveals a cryptic but promising prophecy for Floki, suggesting that he may be the new seer. Floki finds friendship with his new friends, Harald and Halfdan, who have a vague plan to overthrow Ragnar. But things are somewhat patched up between Floki and Ragnar after Ragnar saves his life in the midst of a battle.
- Björn and Torvi
After issuing the arrest of Floki, Björn departs on a solo journey to become a real viking man. He isolates himself in the Scandinavian wilderness and begins a stint of solitude in a log cabin. It is here that he fights and kills a huge bear; his official initiation into manhood. He is confronted by a berserker, sent by Erlendur and Kalf, but makes quick work of him.
Still buzzing from his victory, he visits Lagertha in Hedeby and whisks Torvi away from Erlendur in a daring show of romance. Björn becomes obsessed with the map of a distant land that he discovered in France. He and Torvi then depart for another raid of France with the rest of the vikings, where it is revealed that Erlendur (who has access to Torvi's son) is blackmailing Torvi into killing Björn. However, Torvi defies him and kills Erlendur instead, marking her own initiation to becoming a true warrior.
Lagertha is granted the title of Earl of Hedeby by Kalf, under the condition that they are to share the title. Einer disapproves of this decision; Kalf secretly encourages Einar to persuade his supporters to publicly disavow Lagertha. It turns out to be a trap, with those opposed to Lagertha are executed before the shieldmaiden castrates and kills Einar in front of the village.
Lagertha and Kalf's romance develops, and Lagertha falls pregnant. They decide to marry, but Lagertha kills Kalf on their wedding day, becoming the sole ruler of Hedeby and exacting vengeance against the usurper.
Despite being pregnant, she joins Ragnar on his raid of Paris, suffering a miscarriage during the journey. Lagertha also becomes horribly wounded in battle and is carried to safety by her son Björn.
Rollo's transition from viking to noble isn't going as smoothly as he'd expected, with the language barrier making life incredibly difficult. His marriage to Gisla is also a disaster, as the princess absolutely despises her new husband. In a display of loyalty to his new country, he slaughters a number of viking families outside of Paris.
In an effort to make his marriage work, Rollo undergoes a very French makeover and devotes himself to learning the language of his new people. Gisla is impressed by his efforts, and their relationship becomes incredibly sexual.
In battle, Rollo successfully thwarts his former fellow vikings not once, but twice, which thoroughly impresses his father-in-law. Odo, who has been plotting against Rollo, is revealed as a traitor and killed, with Therese and Roland being executed shortly after. Gisla is pregnant with Rollo's child, and Rollo is granted the title of Caesar.
- The Saxons
After being betrayed by the people of Mercia, Kwenthrith is imprisoned in a tower with her young son, Magnus. She is rescued by Aethelwulf, and the two begin an affair after returning to Wessex. Kwenthrith falls pregnant.
Aethelwulf's wife, Judith, also abandons her marriage to become Ecbert's mistress, much to the distress of her father Aelle. Aethelwulf and their son, Alfred, depart on a holy pilgrimage to Rome.
Ecbert promises to help Kwenthrith secure her title as ruler of Mercia, but has his own plans to take over the kingdom. Upon learning this, Kwenthrith makes an attempt on his life. She is stopped by Judith, who kills the pregnant Kwenthrith. Her son, Magnus, still lives.
'Vikings' Season 4 Character Deaths
The daughter of Björn and Pórunn, she drowns in a stream when Aslaug is supposed to be watching her.
Pregnant with Aethelwulf's child, Kwenthrith is stabbed by Judith after she attempts to assassinate Ecbert.
The count is whipped to death by Roland after his treachery is revealed by his sister, Therese.
Aslaug is promised safe exile from Kattegat by Lagertha after she is overthrown, but is shot in the back with an arrow as she walks away.
- Rolland and Therese
The Parisian siblings are ordered to be executed by strangulation after Emperor Charles realizes that he does not trust them.
Lagertha murders the earl in front of the people of Hedeby on their wedding day as revenge for taking her title.
Ragnar drowns Yidu in a river when she threatens to tell his fellow vikings of his knowledge of the massacred settlements in Wessex, and refuses to give him more drugs.
Torvi shoots her ex-husband with a crossbow when he attempts to blackmail her into murdering Björn.
The nephew of Sigvard, Lagertha's abusive ex-husband, he is tricked into revealing his betrayal of Lagertha in front of his people, and is castrated and killed by Lagertha with an arrow to the throat.
- Ragnar Lothbrok
The beloved main character of the show, King Ragnar is captured by Ecbert and handed over to Aelle, who tortures him before throwing him into a pit of snakes.
Ragnar's sons capture Aelle, murdering him using the brutal blood eagle technique.
Ecbert slits his own wrists in his bath after surrendering to Ragnar's sons.
- Bishop Edmund
Edmund was killed by Hvitserk after the Vikings stormed Wessex.
- Helga & Tanaruz
Tanaruz stabbed Helga before stabbing herself to death.
Ivar threw an axe at Sigurd after their defeat of Wessex.
'Vikings' Season 4 New Cast Members
Season 4 has brought plenty of new faces to Vikings, and there's more to come yet. Here's a complete cast list of every new main character seen so far:
- Peter Franzén as King Harald Finehair
- Jasper Pääkkönen as Halfdan The Black
- Alex Høgh Andersen as Ivar the Boneless, Ragnar's crippled and youngest son
- Marco Ilsø as Hvitserk, Ragnar's other son who has accompanied Björn to the Mediterranean
- David Lindström as Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye, another son of Ragnar
- Jordan Patrick Smith as Ubbe, Ragnar and Aslaug's oldest son
- Isaac O'Sullivan as Alfred, Athelstan's son
- Cameron Hogan as Magnus, the alleged son of Kwenthrith and Ragnar
- Ida Nielsen as Margrethe, a slave girl and lover of Ragnar's sons
- Josefin Asplund as Astrid, Lagertha's lover
- Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Heahmund
- Josh Donaldson as Hoskuld, a viking warrior
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'Vikings' Season 4 True Story
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