‘Vikings’ Season 6B: [SPOILER] Makes a Wise Decision That Leads To Victory
Vikings finally premiered on Amazon Prime Video on December 30, and some fans chose to binge-watch the final episodes. It was a whirlwind experience and the end of an era. The sons of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) have concluded their stories with season 6B, and many surprising things happened. One character actually makes a wise decision that leads to their victory. We have all the details below.
[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers from ‘Vikings’]
Ivar and Hvitserk return to Wessex
To the surprise of some, Prince Oleg (Danila Kozlovsky), Ivar (Alex Høgh Andersen), and his brother, Hvitserk (Marco Ilsø), lost the battle between the Rus Vikings and the people of Scandinavia. Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig) devises a plan for the Rus to think he is already dead. He then rides out on his horse while still alive. He’s even shot with three arrows. However, he dies from his injuries in the end, but not before the Rus are defeated and many retreat.
The Ivar and Hvitserk eventually choose to go back to Kattegat after helping overthrow Oleg with Prince Dir (Lenn Kudrjawizki) and Prince Igor (Oran Glynn O’Donovan). Surprisingly, King Harald (Peter Franzén) chooses to let them stay and helps convince the people to be OK with it. And when Ivar gets the idea that they should go back to Wessex to face King Alfred (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo), people seem on board with the idea.
However, during the first battle against Wessex, there is a major fog that gets in the way of view, and although it seems like Ivar could be victorious based on his battle preparations, both sides fall back. Harald loses his life to a lone soldier after the battle, and he kills him as well in the scuffle.
King Alfred makes a wise decision that leads to victory
In the final episode of the series, Alfred and Ivar meet, and Ivar tries to reach a negotiation with him. But Alfred makes a wise decision and chooses not to seek peace, since he known Ivar will just regroup and come back with reinforcements. Ivar speaks standing next to a white flag of truce with his soldiers around the perimeter. Alfred’s soldiers surround the two leaders as they talk and things take a turn.
“It’s been a long time,” Alfred says. “Our fathers died. We both became kings. But we are still fighting like our fathers did. I have a hope that there will be an end to this endless cycle of suffering and war.”
Ivar mentions he agrees, and says, “So I propose for your sake that we end this battle now and we make peace. Exchange hostages, negotiate in good faith. Live to fight another day. What do you say?”
But Alfred looks at his wife, who turns her head. The Vikings attempted to kidnap her in battle, and it was an ordeal. Although she seems mostly unharmed, it’s pretty obvious what she wants to happen. Alfred then makes a choice that changes everything. He decides to continue fighting and not make peace, which leads to their ultimate victory in the end.
‘You don’t really want peace, do you?’
He hands back over the game piece he once gave Ivar that was thrown his way when Ivar first arrived. “I have to reject your offer of peace,” Alfred tells him. “You came here uninvited, unwanted, and now you only sue for peace because you fear to lose. You don’t really want peace, do you?”
Alfred chooses to stand by and fight for his people and for Wessex. “You do not see or feel the pity of ordinary mortals,” Alfred continues. “No, you merely want a respite so you can regroup, perhaps summon some other Northmen to your aid. Your only desire is to kill and to triumph.” Alfred tells him that Ivar thinks he’s “weak, and pliable, and cowardly. But alas for you. You are totally wrong.” After continuing his epic speech, Ivar tells him that he’s outnumbered, but Alfred doesn’t give in.
The two sides eventually fight again, but before that, Hvitserk warns his brother that his eyes are very blue, which has been a sign since childhood that he could hurt himself and break his bones. But Ivar still goes through with it. He ends up hurting his legs multiple times before it’s all over. During the fighting, he tries to get Hvitserk to leave the thick of the battle after soldiers recognize him as a son of Ragnar and try to kill him..
Hvitserk tells him again that his eyes are quite blue, but Ivar fights on, and is stabbed multiple times after telling the Wessex solider who does the deed, “Don’t be afraid.” It almost seems like he’s resigned to his fate. Ivar dies from his wounds after also falling, and he is given a burial. Hvitserk goes on to convert to Christianity and to stay in Wessex as a Prince of the realm with Alfred as his godfather.
Alfred’s choice to continue fighting pays off. He could have negotiated peace, but it would have just prolonged the inevitable. Alfred knows that Ivar would have never given up and would keep trying to fight him. He has to see it through to the end, which leads to the death of Ivar. Alfred comes out victorious against the Vikings at the end of the series.