‘Vikings’: The Strange Advice Lagertha Gives Guthrum

Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) is a fierce shield-maiden respected by all of her people on the hit series Vikings. In season 4, she makes a choice that affects her entire future. After this, she gives advice to young Guthrum that might seem strange to some viewers. Read on to learn what she said. There are spoilers ahead for season 4 of Vikings.

Lagertha takes back her earldom

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Lagertha is the earl of Hedeby until Kalf (Ben Robson) usurps the power out from under her. She is away raiding when he decides to betray her and take her lands for his own. Lagertha tries to get her rightful place back and she schemes her way into Kalf’s bed. She ends up pregnant with his child, but it doesn’t stop her from her ultimate goal of killing him for what he did and taking back her earldom.

Lagertha even tells Kalf before things get serious that she will kill him one day, and she does on the day of their wedding. Lagertha stabs Kalf to death and proclaims herself the earl of Hedeby once again. Even though she is pregnant with his child, it makes no difference to Lagertha, who believes the Seer (John Kavanagh) who told her she’d never have another child.

Lagertha gives Guthrum advice over Kalf’s grave

Lagertha takes the time to bury Kalf and care for his grave. Erlendur (Edvin Endre) comes to her and asks Lagertha why she killed Kalf. “I made a promise. I promised I’d kill him for taking my earldom,” Lagertha says about the situation.

Lagertha is preparing to go raiding again to Paris with Ragnar. Guthrum, who is Torvi’s (Georgia Hirst) child who is left in Lagertha’s care, is there on the sidelines when Lagertha calls him over.

“I will be leaving soon,” Lagertha says to him. “Erlendur is coming too. I advise you to keep your friends very close for some of them will die only too soon. And the others, the others will betray you. Do you understand?”

What’s with the cryptic advice Lagertha?

Guthrum motions that he understands, and it’s a strange thing to say to a child. Granted, Lagertha has just killed someone she probably really cared about deep down. She’s been betrayed more times than she can count and that isn’t the last time either.

The cryptic language would have been better said to any other adult or someone who could really comprehend what Lagertha meant instead of saying it to the young Guthrum, who is just a child. However, his mother Torvi left him to go be with Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig), so Guthrum knows a thing or two about betrayal.

Lagertha is clearly in an emotional place in the moment. She feels she can’t trust anyone if she wants to hold onto the power she has. It must be a lonely time for her considering she just killed someone she was supposed to marry and have a child with.

Lagertha gives strange advice to Guthrum that hopefully he’ll remember.