‘Vikings’ Season 6B: How [SPOILER] Seeks Revenge on an Enemy
In season 6B of Vikings, the fates of many are finally decided. Amazon Prime Video released the final episodes of the series on December 30, and some fans couldn’t help but binge-watch the entire series. Of course, it wouldn’t be Vikings without someone seeking revenge, and one major character does just that.
[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers from ‘Vikings’]
Bjorn comes up with a plan and saves his country
In the premiere of the new season, Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig) is fatally wounded from the battle with the Rus in the mid-season finale. He is taken back to Kattegat where his wives, Gunnhild (Ragga Ragnars) and Ingrid (Lucy Martin), tend to him. Bjorn doesn’t end up making it, but he does manage to forge a plan, and he has King Hakon (Mishaël Lopes Cardozo) spread a rumor to the Rus that he is dead.
When the next battle comes and the soldiers see Bjorn ride out on his horse, they are stunned and scared. Bjorn is shot with an arrow three times by Ganbaatar (Andrei Claude), but manages to still unsheathe his sword, which really freaks them out. The Vikings win the battle, and the Rus retreat back to Kyiv along with Ivar (Alex Høgh Andersen) and Hvitserk (Marco Ilsø). Bjorn’s plan saves his country from the Rus, but he dies from his wounds.
The wives of Bjorn Ironside go up against each other to be the next ruler of Kattegat
Bjorn is given a lavish burial, and his two wives then go up against each other to determine who will be the next ruler. However, they didn’t bet on King Harald (Peter Franzén) returning from being in captivity by the Rus. He escaped his prison and comes back to take his place as King. He wants to marry both of Bjorn’s widows though, and Ingrid accepts. Harald sexually assaulted her before the battle and she’s now pregnant, but it’s unclear who the father is.
Before Ingrid’s wedding to Harald, Erik (Eric Johnson) comes to see her, since he saw her performing a ritual and knows she’s a witch. But Harald already knows that about his future wife, and Ingrid tells him so. She also reveals that Eric sold her as a slave, and she still has the brand on the back of her neck to prove it.
“You sold me once,” Ingrid says. “You don’t remember? Of course you don’t. but I remember. How could I forget?”
Later, Ingrid marries Harald, but before that, Gunnhild decides to die by suicide believing she will join Bjorn in Valhalla. She jumps into the water and drowns herself, which shocks everyone.
How Ingrid seeks revenge on an enemy
When Ivar and Hvitserk return from Kyiv, Harald actually allows them to stay and convinces the people it’s the right choice. He even agrees to go with them to Wessex to take on King Alfred (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo). But he leaves Ingrid in charge jointly with Erik, who proved himself loyal to Bjorn in the past. But he’s an opportunist, and he takes advantage of Harald’s absence.
Almost immediately after Harald leaves, Erik shows his true colors and wants to be the King and have Ingrid as his Queen. But she decides to curse him in episode 17, and she casts a spell to have him lose his eyesight. She gathers supplies, including mushrooms, berries, the bark of a tree, and other ingredients. She cuts herself underneath her tongue, breast, and hands. While performing a spell, a part of what she says, “I drive it into the eye” to make a curse on Erik. She puts the bark under his pillow and waits for it to do its work.
Later, Erik wakes up not being able to see out of one of his eyes. It quickly happens to his other eye as well. Ingrid wants Erik to go blind, and she takes all the power and decisions on herself. Erik quickly realizes that Ingrid did this to him. But she says it’s “the gods who blinded” him.
After this, Erik tries to get a servant named Orlyg (Tim Creed) to kill Ingrid for him. But Orlyg informs Nissa (Victoire Dauxerre), another servant, about it, and she decides to sleep with Erik to keep him from being implicated when Orlyg kills Ingrid. But Nissa is plotting with Ingrid, and in episode 19, she kills Erik for her with a pitchfork after telling Orlyg she’ll keep him occupied. It turns out Erik sold Nissa as a slave just like he did to Ingrid. But Orlyg tells Ingrid about the plot when Ingrid confronts him about it just as he’s coming to kill her. He’s killed, and Ingrid rules unopposed.
When word finally reaches Ingrid that Harald and Ivar have died in Wessex, she establishes herself as the only ruler of Kattegat, and takes Nissa as her companion. She sought revenge on Erik by cursing him and then having him killed for what he did to her in the past.
Ingrid gets revenge on Erik and becomes the ruler of Kattegat when it’s all over.