‘Vikings’: How Ivar’s Cruelty Towards Hvitserk Helped Seal His Fate

Ivar the Boneless (Alex Høgh Andersen) is known for his cruelty towards others, but his brother Hvitserk (Marco Ilsø) seems to get it the worst. The way Ivar treats Hvitserk will help seal his fate. Read on to learn more. There are spoilers ahead for Vikings.

Hvitserk jumps ship and everything changes

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The sons of Ragnar get together to embark on the greatest raid England has ever known. After they get their revenge for their father’s murder, Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith) chooses to go back to Kattegat. Hvitserk originally gets on the ship, but jumps off to join Ivar just in time before it sails away.

Hvitserk stays with Ivar until he can’t take it anymore

Ivar begins working his cruelty on his brother Hvitserk almost immediately. They fight together to take back the throne of Kattegat from Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick). Hvitserk helps make his brother king, but he quickly wishes he hadn’t. Ivar declares himself a god and takes advantage of his power in the worst way.

Ivar has the woman Hvitserk is in love with killed when Hvitserk is away doing his bidding. When Hvitserk goes to King Olaf (Steven Berkoff) at Ivar’s insistence, he convinces Olaf to attack Kattegat and take Ivar off the throne. They combine forces with his brother, Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig), who takes Ivar’s place as King of Kattegat.

How Ivar’s cruelty towards Hvitserk sealed his own fate

If Ivar had been more cordial with his brother and not so ruthless, there is a possibility that Hvitserk wouldn’t have convinced Olaf to attack Kattegat. Bjorn may not have had enough forces to attack on his own, and who knows what might have actually happened? It’s possible that Ivar could have stayed King of Kattegat. But instead, he chose to be cruel to his brother, and it came back to bite him in the end.

Ivar works to get back on the throne of Kattegat

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Ivar ends up running away from Kattegat just in time. But Ivar being who he is can’t stop there. He finds a new ally in Prince Oleg (Danila Kozlovsky) and he again begins scheming to put himself back on the throne of Kattegat.

It’s still unclear how things played out during the mid-season finale of season 6. It appears Ivar and his Rus allies were victorious against Bjorn and his warriors though. If that’s really the case, then Ivar will possibly be King of Kattegat once again. However, there are those on Reddit that believe the battle was all in Bjorn’s head and didn’t really happen. It’s possible that the battle has yet to happen and Ivar’s fate is still uncertain.

If Ivar the Boneless had worked harder at his relationship with his brother Hvitserk, then there’s a possibility that he would still be King of Kattegat. Hvitserk was totally over Ivar’s attitude and the way he is towards him. He asked for help and Olaf obliged. Together with Bjorn’s forces, they were able to uproot Ivar from Kattegat. Ivar’s cruelty sealed his own fate in the end.