‘Vikings’: The 1 Heartbreaking Moment for Ragnar Lothbrok That Fans Still Can’t Get Over

History’s Vikings is a series loved by fans everywhere. The final season may be underway, but it hasn’t stopped fans from reminiscing about the good times when Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) was still around. Read on to learn about a truly heartbreaking moment that viewers can’t seem to let go of. There are spoilers ahead.

Ragnar Lothbrok remembers his old life

Travis Fimmel
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Ragnar’s life was turned upside down through a series of circumstances. He was once a farmer with a happy family and he eventually became a king set on taking down Paris one more time. While traveling with his warriors aboard a ship in season 4, he sees the life he used to have, complete with his old family right before his eyes.

Ragnar notices the waves crash and bring water up into the boat, drenching his shoes. Suddenly he looks at the shore and sees a white horse running across the beach. The horse runs towards Ragnar’s old home where he sees the farm he used to have complete with Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), his first wife.

Ragnar sees his daughter and son

As the boat floats past, Ragnar sees his daughter Gyda and young Bjorn on the shore watching him sail by. He also notices his best friend Athelstan (George Blagden) is still alive and waiting for Ragnar to come towards the shore. Ragnar is clearly emotional and regretting many past decisions as he sees this. He longs to go back to a simpler time when he was just a farmer with a simple family.

Lagertha walks towards the water and motions for Ragnar to come to shore and join them. Ragnar looks away, and then looks back to find his vision has unfortunately disappeared.

How fans feel about the heartbreaking moment

Reddit users agree that the scene is both heartbreaking and revealing of who Ragnar has become. He’s a shell of the man he used to be. Things have changed so much and he can’t go back to that life no matter how much he wants to.

“I think this scene is where it became painfully apparent that he’s a broken man,” a Reddit user wrote.

Some fans agree that the moment signaled the end for Ragnar. From then on, he was doomed and things went from bad to worse. “This is when you knew Ragnar was doomed,” another user agreed.

A beautiful moment of what used to be

The moment is both beautiful and gut-wrenching. It reminds viewers of a simpler time back in season 1 when Ragnar had his whole future ahead of him. “Really beautiful in a sad way. Travis is such a great actor and the fantastic music does the rest,” a Reddit user said. “No words needed, just his look tells how much is going on within Ragnar.”

One user admitted that the scene in particular is one of the best in television history, and they may be right. “Imo, this is was one the best moments in tv show history,” another user wrote. “I loved this scene. So much depth and emotion in the scene itself and Travis killed it as always.”

Ragnar was a great man that clearly helped in the process of his own downfall. “It’s sad to watch his undoing because the same traits that made him great also destroyed him. A lesson that relates to everyone whether they know it or not,” a Reddit user explained.

Ragnar Lothbrok was the main character in an iconic series that brought Vikings front and center into our living rooms and our hearts. Viewers will always remember Ragnar and how he changed the Viking world.