‘Vikings’ Season 6, Episode 6: Fans React to a Shocking and Unexpected Death

The most recent episode of Vikings has left fans shocked and shaking with grief. A beloved favorite died in a twisted turn of events. Read on to learn how viewers are reacting to the loss. There are spoilers ahead for season 6, episode 6 of Vikings.

The bandits return

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

The bandits return to Lagertha’s (Katheryn Winnick) village and this time the villagers are more than a little prepared. They end up driving off most of them, except for their leader, White Hair (Kieran O’Reilly). Lagertha and White Hair face-off and it’s one of the most amazing battle sequences the show has given us so far.

White Hair and Lagertha face-off

White Hair somehow ends up disarming Lagertha, the greatest shield-maiden to ever live. They both sustain wounds and when you finally think Lagertha is done for, she takes the last piece of shield left and plunges it in his neck and then follows it up with a sword cut to the throat.

Lagertha meets her end by one of Ragnar’s sons

Everything seems like it’s looking up until Lagertha chooses to go off on her own to tell Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith) and Torvi (Georgia Hirst) what’s happened. She’s seriously wounded and struggling to make the journey. She makes it back to Kattegat before falling off her horse.

Unfortunately, Hvitserk (Marco Ilsø) is around and just so happens to be hallucinating at the same time. He takes a knife and stabs Lagertha not knowing it’s her when he does the act. The situation is more than a little tense and Lagertha even tells Hvitserk of the prophecy that she would be killed by a son of Ragnar.

Fans react to Lagertha’s death

Some fans understand that it was Lagertha’s time to die and it happened in a fitting way. “Lagertha finally got her chapter ended with the knot tied with the son of Ragnar. Died defending her village, died as a shield-maiden,” a Reddit user expressed.

“Like the Seer said, a son of Ragnar will end up killing Lagertha,” a Reddit user recalled. “Though, even if Hvitserk didn’t kill her, I don’t think she would’ve lived much longer due to that wound from White Hair.”

Will Hvitserk admit what he did?

Hvitserk will definitely have some explaining to do in the future. Will he admit to the heinous act? “I wonder if Hvitserk is going to admit he killed Lagertha,” another user wondered. “It’s going to be pretty tough explaining to Bjorn that he mistook his mother for a giant serpent and killed her during one of his drug-induced hallucinations.”

Numerous fans mourn Lagertha and her legacy on the hit series. “R.I.P. Lagertha, I was one of the people who thought she had overstayed her welcome, but at least she got one last fight before she died,” a user chimed in.

 “That was sad. Awesome fight at the end for Lagertha. She was my favorite throughout the show,” another Reddit user wrote.

One Reddit user thinks Lagertha could have had a more fitting end at the hands of White Hair. “After she showed up in Kattegat, fell off the horse and started crawling I knew Hvitserk would mistake her for Ivar in a drugged-up haze and kill her,” a Reddit user correctly deduced. “Her last words, none of it felt like a proper send-off. But this whole season has still felt ‘meh’ to me. I think if she had died in that final fight with the bandit guy it would’ve been a better send-off.”

Lagertha has finally died after being on Vikings from the very beginning. Her legacy will live on in Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) and those who knew her.