In about one hour, at 10 p.m. ET, the freshman season of History's Vikings comes to a conclussion as Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) begins the first mission given to him by King Horic (Donal Logue). The mission? To make a deal with the Earl in Gotaland - which seems straightforward and simple, but surely will not be.
Series creator Michael Hirst recently talked about the show and discussed tonight's finale, as well as what the second season of the show (which is already a go) could offer.
Hirst shared that Ragnar is very ambitious and that, while he currently swears fealty to Horic, he is not necessarily on Team Horic. There is a level of complexity in Horic that is just bubbling up now and that viewers are likely going to take different views of the king as the show goes along. Horic has his eye on Ragnar and, while he can use his talents now, he also is careful of the threat that Ragnar could one day pose. Will that threat begin tonight?
Ragnar also sees some life changes tonight, in the form of a female. Without spoiling anything, Hirst said that fans have come to love Ragnar's relationship with Lagertha and me be a bit surprised by what goes down.
Discussing the finale tonight directly, Hirst said that tonight's episode will leave viewers surprised.
"There are scenes of utter poignancy, and scenes of huge, perhaps unexpected emotion. When you started watching this season, no one I think could ever guess how it would end up and how deeply as an audience you would feel about how it ended up," he said.
In discussing the next season, he said that the theme of Ragnar rising to power will continue, but on a much larger scale.
"He’s going to go off raiding with Horic, he’s going to get involved with the King of Wessex, which is a much bigger kingdom in England…. It’s going to be very interesting how all of that pans out," he added.