‘Vikings’: Aslaug Once Had a Vision That Didn’t Come True

In the series Vikings, Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) can see things, and she speculates that she may be a “seeress.” However, she once had a vision that doesn’t come true. We have the details about the situation.

Aslaug from ‘Vikings’

Alyssa Sutherland in 'Vikings'
Alyssa Sutherland in ‘Vikings’ | Bernard Walsh/A+E Networks/History

Aslaug becomes the wife of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) in season 2 after she becomes pregnant by Ragnar, who is married to Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) at the time. Aslaug comes calling in Kattegat, where Ragnar is the Earl. Lagertha divorces her husband when he refuses to turn her away, and Aslaug goes on to have four sons with Ragnar.

Although their relationship seems happy in the beginning, it doesn’t stay that way. Even within the first few years, Aslaug is concerned that Ragnar is trying to sleep with another woman. Things even get nasty between them at times. Aslaug thinks her husband doesn’t desire her anymore, and they both cheat on each other and grow out of love for one another. However, they stay married, and Aslaug rules after Ragnar is defeated in Paris and abandons his people for a number of years. 

Aslaug can see the future

Aslaug can see things and is considered a völva or a seeress. She sees the future and has prophesied numerous things that have come true. In season 2, she tells Ragnar that their child, whom she is pregnant with, will have the image of the dragon/serpent in his eye. She’s referring to the dragon named Fafnir that her father, Sigurd, supposedly killed that’s talked about in stories. Their child, which she names Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye, has a uniquely colored eye that resembles a snake, as she predicted.

There are other occasions in which she sees the future as well, including seeing Ragnar returning home early despite him still being on his way back from Wessex. She also had the same dreams as Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig) and Helga (Maude Hirst) that included a vision of a man named Harbard (Kevin Durand) who comes to Kattegat before he arrives. However, not all of the things she sees come true.

Queen Aslaug once had a vision that didn’t come true

Ragnar is King of Kattegat despite him being gone for a number of years after abandoning his people in season 4. Aslaug, now the Queen, rules, but Ragnar returns to seek revenge for the destroyed settlement in Wessex. Their son, Ivar (Alex Høgh Andersen), goes with him to Wessex, but Aslaug doesn’t want him to go. In fact, she has a vision in season 4B, episode 2 in which she watches a waterspout over the water while safely on land. Next, she sees Ivar fall into the water, and he struggles to swim to the surface. She rushes to help him, but he dies. 

Aslaug takes this to mean her son and Ragnar both die in a storm, and she rushes to find her son. She tells him that he “can’t go.”

“There’s going to be a storm,” she says. “Everything will end in disaster.” She tells him that he will “drown,” but Ivar goes with Ragnar anyways with a small crew of warriors that his father bribed.


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There is a storm at sea, and some of the crew are lost, but Ragnar and Ivar survive, landing on the shores of Wessex. Aslaug was wrong about it, but she tells Lagertha that they’re both dead, when she comes to usurp Kattegat from Aslaug in season 4B, episode 4. 

“In any case, Ragnar is dead,” Aslaug says in front of the whole of Kattegat. She says she “dreamed it.” 

“I warned him about his journey,” she explains. “In my dream, his boats were sunk in a storm. Ragnar died. So did my son Ivar.” But Lagertha doesn’t seem to be buying it, and she kills Aslaug for taking her husband and everything from her years previously. 

As for Ragnar and Ivar, they kill the rest of the warriors that helped them get to Wessex, and Ragnar puts a plan in place to have himself killed so his sons will take revenge for his death. He has King Ecbert (Linus Roache) hand him over to King Aelle (Ivan Kaye) to be killed. Ivar brings back the news to his other brothers, and his father’s goal of revenge is realized through his sons.

This time around, Aslaug’s vision wasn’t accurate. Although she was right about there being a storm, Ragnar and Ivar don’t die in the moment.