‘Vikings’ Creator Gives a Cryptic Response About the Fate of a Main Character

The mid-season finale of Vikings left viewers literally shocked at home. The fate of one of the main characters hangs in the balance. Read on to learn what happened and what the creator of the series is saying in response.

A shocking move from Ivar the Boneless

Michael Hirst, Alexander Ludwig, Katheryn Winnick, Gustaf Skarsgard, and Alex Hogh Andersen
Michael Hirst, Alexander Ludwig, Katheryn Winnick, Gustaf Skarsgard, and Alex Hogh Andersen | Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for HISTORY

At the end of the episode, the Vikings and the Rus are battling it out. Suddenly, Ivar (Alex Høgh Andersen) finds Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig) and stabs him. It was purely shocking to say the least. So, did Bjorn make it or did he die from his injuries?

The creator of ‘Vikings’ weighs in

Michael Hirst, who is the series creator, spoke with TV Guide about the situation. “Well, he’s not dead, is he? He’s very, very badly wounded,” Hirst revealed about Bjorn’s fate.

“I can’t tell you too much,” Hirst said. “But what I can tell you is the [midseason premiere] is an extraordinary episode and a number of things that you thought were true at the end of [midseason finale] proved not to be quite true.”

Is Bjorn still alive?

Alexander Ludwig spoke with TV Guide about the situation and what it could all mean for Bjorn Ironside’s future. When asked if Bjorn is still alive, Ludwig said, “That’s the big question, I guess. It’ll have to bring the fans back to keep watching. It certainly doesn’t look good for him. I’ll tell you that.”

Ludwig also spoke more about the situation and why it was such a shocking move. Fans are still reeling and need to know the fate of King Bjorn Ironside.

“I wanted Bjorn to go at the hands of somebody like Ivar,” Ludwig said. “If it wasn’t Ivar, then it would have been by his own hand or something so tragic that the audience was just kind of floored by it. Because it’s so obvious for Bjorn to finally come up and achieve all this greatness and take his brother down and save the day, and it’s kind of what everybody secretly wants. And that’s kind of what I loved about the choice is that he goes — I’ll tell you this though. He doesn’t go without a fight. And whether or not he is still alive, you will see a version of Bjorn is some way, shape, or form.”

Some fans think Bjorn Ironside could still be alive

With such a shocking move, there are bound to be fan predictions as to whether or not Bjorn survives his wounds. One Reddit user thinks Eric probably helped get Bjorn away to safety.

“It is very believable still Bjorn survived one stab/thrust to the gut by Ivar,” a Reddit user began. “We hadn’t seen him take any damage from anyone prior to that one stabbing. If I had to bet money, I could see Eric hide out and drag Bjorn onto a boat and gotten the heck out of there. Bjorn awakens on a boat, Eric gives him the crown, and maybe they go to Ubbe or Alfred. Or all parties meet at Kattegat?”

Unfortunately, fans will have to wait until Vikings returns to get the answers they need about Bjorn Ironside’s fate.