Vikings: Amazon Prime release trailer for final season
The final 10 episodes of Vikings are available to stream and download on Amazon Prime worldwide now. For the first and final time, fans can binge-watch episodes in one go, instead of episodes dropping weekly. The novelty of waiting each week for an episode may have hindered the suspense that traditionally wrapped around each episode but nevertheless, the slow-burning final series has given a satisfying and epic end to the show fans waited so patiently for.
The final 10 episodes have everything fans want. From huge battle scenes, the return of some fan favourite characters, unprecedented twists and turns to sex, sea dragons, drugs, death and even witchcraft, creator Michael Hirst has succeeded in pulling off an epic goodbye to the beloved historical drama.
That being said, the highly anticipated first episode of part two, takes a while to get down to business.
Viewers already know Bjorn (played by Alexander Ludwig) and Harald (Peter Franzén) somehow survived the battle of Kattegat and the Vikings and Bjorn’s enemies (enter the incredible Alex Høgh Andersen as Ivar), continue to emphasise Bjorn is a descendant of Odin and he cannot be killed.
Thankfully, after approximately 20 minutes of wondering ‘where on earth this is going’, the Vikings TV series we all know and love begins.
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Vikings season 6, part 2: Vikings is streaming on Amazon Prime now
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As expected, Bjorn is alive but not for long. I mean, after all, there is only so much punctures to the body a person can take.
Before Alexander Ludwig makes his final exit as Bjorn, he makes a quite frankly, hard to believe appearance in front of the Rus army but as a loyal Viking fan, you can turn a blind eye… just about.
Our fallen hero is dead after putting up a bewildering fight, and there is no hiding Ludwig’s absence as Bjorn is subconsciously felt throughout the series.
Nevertheless, with Bjorn dead, there is a spotlight to be filled and really, Ivar the Boneless and Hvitserk (Marco Ilsø) fill it.
Andersen as Ivar and Marco Ilsø as Hvitserk really shine as Ragnar’s troubled, yet ruthless sons and fans should be watching the Danish duo’s every move in the future.
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Peter Franzén as King Harald also shines, after he predictably escapes from the grasp of Prince Oleg early in episode 11.
Also, performances to look out for in the final series are Ferdia Walsh-Peelo as King Alfred, Eric Johnson as Erik the Red, Lucy Martin as Ingrid and Oran Glynn O’Donovan as Igor.
Episode 12, All Change is pretty political and sadly forgettable, with things getting interesting in the 13th outing, The Signal.
In episode 13, viewers’ suspicions are confirmed, Erik the Red, played by the talented Eric Johnson has his own agenda, to become King of Kattegat.
Predictable, but a needed twist, King Harald returns to Kattegat, usurping the throne and announcing his plans to marry Gunnhild (Ragga Ragnars) and Ingrid (Lucy Martin), not before it is revealed Ingrid is actually a witch. You are best not to ask questions about the witchcraft but it will be the storyline you never knew you needed.
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From episode 13 until episode 17, Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith) is pretty much stuck on a boat, which is often frustrating and at times pointless to watch, but stick with it, there is a big reveal in episode nine which makes the whole boat-sea-dragon-loch-ness-monster saga worth it.
The Ubbe storyline goes a little rogue and Outlander season four style, with Ubbe and his settlers finally reaching the Goldenland, which is now present-day North America.
There, they encounter indigenous people who eventually lead Ubbe and Torvi (Georgia Hirst) to Floki (Skarsgård), whose returns fans may not see coming.
There is no denying Gustaf Skarsgård as Floki brought light to what had been a very dark final series, but you cannot help wonder why it took until the end of the penultimate episode to reveal he was still alive.
There are more incredible moments in the final series than questionable. Notable highlights include Prince Oleg’s (Danila Kozlovsky) slaughter of his own men and later his own death, Ingrid’s witchcraft storyline and the downfall of Erik the Red.
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The final 10 episodes featured a lot of death, beheadings and destructions. There’s even a blood eagle in the series for good measure, a nod to the execution of King Aella (Ivan Kaye) in season four.
Most memorably, in episode 19 of the final series, titled The Lord Giveth, when Ivar and King Alfred go head to head in Wessex.
Sadly, it is in this battle, King Harald was killed by one of Alfred’s men.
At first, fans may be disappointed at Harald’s slaughter but an appearance from Jasper Pääkkönen as Halfdan “The Black” Halfdansson makes Harald’s death all the worthwhile.
Not all Viking deaths can make you smile. Ragga Ragnar’s Gunnhild was perhaps given the most anti-climactic death of the series to date.
In all fairness, Gunhild chose to take her own life to be with Bjorn in Valhalla, but fans of the fearless shield woman will no doubt be disappointed to see her life come to an end so early. If you listen quietly, you will hear Gunnhild fans crying “she could have been Queen of Kattegat!” and “Gunnhild deserved better” (#justiceforgunnhild).
If it is any consolation, Lucy Martin thrives as the strong female lead of the final series, replacing Katheryn Winnick who left the series in Vikings season six part one and equalling Ragnar’s performance.
The final two episodes focus mainly on the battle fans had all been waiting for and rest assured, you will not be disappointed.
Ivar and Hvitserk lead the Vikings against Alfred and you can expect to be on the edge of your seats for the remaining 50 minutes.
Expect tears to flow when Hvitserk and Ivar say their goodbyes, a goodbye that is not only part of the plot, but what felt like genuine farewell between two 20-somethings who have no doubt became brothers along the way in real life, as they said goodbye to the show we all love so much.
As much as it will pain fan to see, Ivar has a perfect send-off out of all of Ragnar’s sons, dying in battle, in the arms of his beloved brother Hvitserk.
And it is with Ivar and Hvitserk’s conversion to Christianity, Vikings dies.
If you plan to binge-watch the final 10 episodes, just as your attention starts to drift, the twists and turns of the final series snap you back up again. The final 10 episodes may be long and drawn out, but it sure was the epic finale fans could have hoped for and more.
Vikings season 6 is streaming on Amazon Prime now