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Ivar the Boneless (Alex Høgh Andersen) has dealt with a lot since the death of both his mother and father. He’s gone from an angry son of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) to a powerful ally of the Rus Vikings. Read on to learn how Ivar has changed so much in season 6. There are spoilers ahead for Vikings.

From a god to a man on the run

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

Ivar has changed from the days when he proclaimed himself a god in Kattegat. Once he’s defeated by his brothers, Ivar heads out on the run looking for safety as far away as he can get. He lands in Kiev where he meets Prince Oleg (Danila Kozlovsky). Oleg is even more ruthless than Ivar and he shows it in everything he does. It’s easy to start to feel some type of sympathy for Ivar’s plight in Kiev.

Prince Oleg is even crazier than Ivar the Boneless

Oleg says he will set Ivar up as the puppet King in Kattegat, but Ivar doesn’t want to be controlled. He’s playing a game with Oleg, but it’s a dangerous game to be sure. Just one wrong step, and Oleg could kill him. It’s refreshing to see someone who is more ruthless than Ivar. It puts Ivar in a much more sympathetic light.

This new situation where Ivar is pretty much powerless has sobered him up a lot. He is no longer walking around like he owns the place or saying that he’s a god that deserves to be worshipped. He’s just Ivar trying to deal with a delusional ruler in Oleg.

The situation is very sobering for Ivar

Fans of the series seem to agree that Ivar is different this season and it’s a welcome change. Ivar has obvious issues with the situation, but he has no other options right now but to go along with Oleg’s plan to invade Scandinavia.

“I’m enjoying Ivar’s character/acting this season,” a Reddit user explained. “He wants to be king again, he wants to defeat his brothers, but even he’s being out-crazied by the Rus and you can really tell how he has very mixed feelings about this invasion. He doesn’t want to be a puppet king or march with a Christian army but he doesn’t see much of a choice.”

Ivar plays all sides

Ivar has also taken the time to open up to Prince Igor (Oran Glynn O’Donovan) and befriend him. Oleg doesn’t treat him right, and Ivar is trying to find a way to stay in his good graces because you never know what might happen in the future. Ivar is playing all sides to his own advantage, but it seems different in a way. He seems to really care about Igor and it’s obvious when he comforts him and spends all his time with him.

Ivar has changed in that he isn’t as ruthless as he used to be. He’s starting to value good friendships and trust. He’s waiting for the right moment to strike, and when he does, Oleg and the rest won’t know what’s coming for them.