Vikings is back and better than ever – Alert! Contains serious spoiler!


It took me a while to get back into it. But over the last few nights, I watched several episodes of Vikings and was drawn back into this mythic-historical treat.

The beautiful Katheryn Winnick as Lagertha

I had read that Lagertha dies in Season 6 Episode 6. But after she wins an epic fight over a revenge-seeking loser, “White Hair,” who had earlier been banished by one of her sons, I thought perhaps I had misread the story saying she actually dies.

But dies, she does. And what’s ironic is that she is killed by yet another one of her sons, Hvitserk, a drunken dope addict who can’t get over his addiction.

Hallucinating from his ale and ‘shrooms excesses, the paranoid Hvitserk believes Lagertha is the wicked Ivar coming to get him in demon form. And Hvitserk runs the already wounded Lagertha through and through with his blade.

It’s a sad ending.

Ivar portrayed by the handsome and engaging Alex Høgh Andersen

Lagertha is so fit and attractive in real life (Katheryn Winnick), it took me a while to get used to seeing her portrayed as an old woman with fake gray hair and stumbling gait. But she does it well and like beautiful older people, her beauty shines through.

What struck me about this ending was its similarity to the Oedipus myth, the ancient Greek King who unwittingly killed his father.

In both the Lagertha and Oedipus myths, the tragic death of the parent by the hand of their own child is foretold in prophecy.

Ouch.

Oedipus explains the riddle of the Sphinx, by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, c. 1805

 

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