There are a lot of exciting things in store for Alexander Ludwig’s character on the hit History Channel series Vikings.
Ludwig, who stars as Björn Ironside (the son of Ragnar Lothbrok and Lagertha), recently teased that there are some big changes happening in the show, and that these directly impact the future of his character. In fact, it’s these modifications which compelled Ludwig to stay on for the second part of Season 4.
According to CTV News, Ludwig revealed that fans can expect to see Björn embracing a darker side of himself. He’ll also be getting revenge on someone and traveling the Mediterranean — all key aspects of the show’s overall storyline.
“It’s the best season we’ve ever done, I think. As an audience you’re going to be super-invested in these characters, and they’re so on the fringe of destruction internally and externally,” Ludwig confessed. “As a fan myself, it’s just constantly a cliffhanger and it can be very troubling as well.”
This “darkness” is something that has been coming for a long time. Back in March, Ludwig spoke about the changes to his character in the first half of Season 4, telling reporters at a press call that Björn “slowly starts to become hardened by life’s cruel circumstances” and also becomes selfish by doing that.
Ludwig also noted that he’s done some of the “best work” in Season 4B, adding, “I’m just very happy for the whole audience to get to see a side of Björn that I don’t think anybody really knew existed.” But are fans as excited as Ludwig is about the new direction?
The answer seems to be yes, at least according to Twitter.
— Courtney Neds (@courtneyrayne) December 2, 2016
— Steven L. Bennett (@slebennett) December 1, 2016
— Ann Abuse (@AnnAbuse37) December 1, 2016
Bjorn has his eyes set on The Mediterranean sea. Smart man, just like his father. #vikings
— Lagertha (@LagerthaTheTrue) December 1, 2016
We love that Björn is tough but fair (and seems to have more emotion and empathy than some of the other characters). He has been loyal and devoted to his family throughout the seasons, but to emerge from his father’s shadow and finally determine his own future is something we’ve been awaiting for a very long time. Of course we’re also excited to see how this dynamic plays out and affects the show.