Alexander Ludwig is happy with Bjorn’s story arc in the final season of Vikings (Picture: History)
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Vikings star Alexander Ludwig has praised how Bjorn’s story ended as he says goodbye to the character halfway through season six.
Viewers saw Bjorn meet his demise after he was presumed dead in his battle with Ivar the Boneless (Alex Høgh Andersen). He was presumed dead after their brutal clash, however episode 11 revealed he had survived – but was seriously injured.
As Bjorn began to slowly succumb to his wounds he mustered up enough strength to return and rally the troops, launching another attack to defend Kattegatt.
However he was eventually killed on the battlefield in a shower of arrows.
The actor told Entertainment Tonight that it was a fitting end to Bjorn’s story, as ‘you don’t really see this coming’.
‘Nobody’s really safe on this show, and it was nice that once you feel like Bjorn had become the protagonist, that his ending comes sooner than perhaps expected in the last season.
‘For all of Bjorn’s faults, it was really nice to see that in that one moment, he finally became the man that his father thought he could be, and then he always thought he could be.’
Alexander, who recently got engaged to girlfriend Lauren Dear, confessed that although he was ‘unbelievably grateful’ to have been a part of Vikings, it was the right time for Bjorn to die.
‘I learned so much on the show. But I will say that we reached a point for the character where I believe that I have shown and we have done all we could have done with that character, and any more would have been overkill. So yes, it was really sad, but it felt right. It just felt like, “OK, this is the time to go.”‘
His co-star Alex was also feeling emotional in the last season, revealing that he cried watching his final scene.
During the second half of season six, the show’s final series, the fearsome Ivar is killed in battle as his brother Hvitserk (Marco Ilsø) watches. Hvitserk rushes to Ivar side and he dies in his brother’s arms.
Ivar’s death also happened to be Alex’s last day on set, so he understandably broke down.
‘I was bawling my eyes out throughout the entire day’ he recalled to Entertainment Tonight.
‘Then we do the first take and Marco comes in, rushes in, puts me on his lap, and I look at him and I can just feel his teardrops landing on my forehead and face. And I’m like, “You can’t cry because you’re going to make me cry!”’
Vikings season six part two is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.
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