Vikings: Ganbaatar attacks Bjorn with bow and arrow
Vikings season six part two, also referred to as part B, arrived at the end of 2020 and fans saw the saga finally come to an end. The heroic Bjorn Ironside (played by Alexander Ludwig) died in battle, and viewers were also sad to see the last of his children die too. Fans have taken to Reddit to discuss the possible reasons for Bjorn losing all of his offspring.
Why did Bjorn’s children have to die?
The final instalment of Vikings featured a number of characters deaths as their storylines were wrapped up.
Fans were shocked to see Bjorn Ironside die so early on in the series, during the second round of the Rus battle.
He had tricked the Rus Vikings into believing he was dead from the start when really he had only been severely wounded.
When he emerged on the battlefield for a final time, the Rus believed it was some sort of trick, and it frightened some of the warriors away.
Bjorn was shot by multiple arrows and his time on the series finally came to an end.
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Fans were also surprised to see the death of Asa (Elodie Curry) – she was Bjorn’s daughter with his previous wife Torvi (Georgia Hirst).
She was thrown overboard when Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith), Torvi, Othere (Ray Stevenson) and the remaining settlers were sailing, looking for the Golden Land.
A ferocious storm showed no mercy, and as a giant wave struck their boat, young Asa was thrown into the water.
Torvi was heartbroken when she realised she had lost her daughter, and Bjorn’s only remaining child.
Sadly Asa was not the first of Bjorn’s children to die, as he also lost Siggy, Hali (Ryan Henson) and his last wife Gunnhild gave birth to his stillborn child.
Siggy suffered a horrible fate as she was left on her own to drown in mud in season four.
She had been left in the hands of Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland), who was too busy mourning the departure of Harbard (Kevin Durand).
As no one had been monitoring her, she ended up out of her depth near a stream.
In season six, Hali was killed by White Hair (Kieran O’Reilly) having shown his bravery during a village raid.
He was only a child, but he had been prepared to stand his ground when bandit White Hair invaded his grandmother Lagertha’s (Katheryn Winnick) farming village.
Hali had stepped out into the firing line and it was easy enough for White Hair to take him down.
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The most likely reason for the deaths of Bjorn’s children is there are more complications working with child actors over long periods of time.
As all of his children were infants in the series, they would have required a lot of extra care and attention on set.
Using child actors can also be very costly for production companies, so this could have influenced the decision to have the young stars leave the series.
One fan said on Reddit: “Damn!! They really couldn’t let any of Bjorn’s children live?!?!!! I was so sad with what happened to little Asa [sic].”
Another said: “There was literally zero reason to kill her off.”
Fans also pointed out the lack of attention paid by the adults in the series, following the deaths of the youngsters.
Another viewer said: “There didn’t seem to be a reason for the little girl to die at all! I was disappointed stepdad Ubbe wasn’t shown to be even bothered when there had been scenes of them together and even Torvi only seemed upset for a minute.
“I wonder if it was more filming logistics of having the actress for the little girl available for all the boat and then Canada scenes when Baby Ragnar could just be played by a doll?”
Another fan referred back to the death of toddler Siggy, saying: “Poor Siggy had it the worse. Father did not love her, mother abandoned her, adoptive mother (Aslaug) ignored and hated her, brothers ignored her and made fun of her.
“She was always so dirty so don’t know if she had a home? Who fed her and cared for her? Died somehow in the river and nobody knew. No one even mourned for her. It legit made me so so sad. I often think of her, even though she’s fiction. [sic].”
All seasons of Vikings are available on History and Prime Video
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