‘Vikings’: Katheryn Winnick Talks About Filming Her Final Battle Scene — ‘I Really Wanted to Make It Great’

Fans of Vikings know that the death of Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) is one of the hardest pills to swallow. She is the first wife of the legendary Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), and her death is a loss for everyone around her.

Lagertha is a famous shield-maiden

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Lagertha isn’t just famous because she’s Ragnar’s first wife. She’s also known as a fierce shield-maiden that takes what she wants. She becomes earl of Hedeby, and eventually even the Queen of Kattegat in her own right. Her name is renowned for her exploits and what she’s willing to do to get what she thinks is rightfully hers.

Lagertha kills Kalf (Ben Robson) when he usurps her earldom out from under her. She weasels her way close to him and on the day of their wedding, while she’s pregnant with his child, she kills him and takes Hedeby back from him.

Lagertha fights the bandits her son let go free

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In season 6, Lagertha’s son, Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig) is King of Kattegat. He allows some of Ivar’s (Alex Høgh Andersen) men to go free into the woods, although he does brand them. However, the men come back with a vengeance and start raiding small nearby clusters of people, including a village near Lagertha when she goes to live a quiet life.

The bandits come again and Lagertha is forced to fight them. She battles the bandit leader and is wounded, but decides to go back to Kattegat to see her son and tell him that his son, Hali, was killed.

Lagertha is killed by Hvitserk

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Lagertha barely makes it back to Kattegat and falls off her horse. Unfortunately, Hvitserk (Marco Ilsø) is nearby and hallucinates Lagertha to be Ivar and a giant snake. He stabs her to death and Lagertha dies after everything she’s lived to see. The prophecy is fulfilled that a son of Ragnar would kill her. Bjorn learns who killed his mother and somehow, he lets Hvitserk go free.

Katheryn Winnick talks about filming her final battle scene

The battle between Lagertha, the villagers, and the bandits is intense and more than entertaining to watch. Although they win and Lagertha defeats the bandit leader, she’s very badly wounded in the fighting. Winnick spoke with Variety about her character’s death and her final battle scene. Apparently it was an intense scene to film and Winnick described it as “extremely hard.”

“I’m still lost for words because I don’t know if I’ve really said goodbye yet,” Winnick said. “That final battle was extremely hard. It was one of the hardest rehearsals for me, ever. I really wanted to make it great and it was so important to tell a story through the battle and not just make it another fight. It was physically exhausting to be able to not only shoot it, but also to be able to build your stamina going for it in such an intense shoot. It took us weeks to prepare and then we rehearsed it over and over. I’m really proud of it because it was definitely grueling.”

Fans still mourn the loss of Lagertha. At least there’s always the option to go back and rewatch old episodes of Vikings to relive every moment.