The midseason finale of “Vikings” season 4 saw a wounded Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) leaving Kattegat after he was beaten by Rollo (Clive Standen) in battle, while Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) was stabbed and seemed to be on the verge of dying. Meanwhile, Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) sailed to the Mediterranean to honor his father.
When the series returns for the second half of its fourth season, viewers will see an older Ragnar as season 4B starts with a massive time jump. At San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, July 22, Winnick, Ludwig, Fimmel and Gustaf Skarsgrd (Floki) spoke with host Kevin Smith at the IMDb Yacht to preview the new season, and Winnick said that season 4B will have a lot of new characters and that the series will be more elevated this time around. The actress also said that there will be some deaths in the upcoming episodes.
Meanwhile, Ludwig revealed that Bjorn and Floki will be going to the Mediterranean together and that they will “explore a new land together.” Winnick added that Lagertha will get a new lover, and this was previewed in the “Vikings” trailer which was shown at the pop culture event.
The clip starts with a shot of Ragnar looking significantly older than the last time fans saw him in the midseason finale, indicating that a lot of time has passed before he returned to Kattegat. Bjorn said that his father has returned and adds that maybe he shouldn’t have come back.
The Seer (John Kavanagh) tells Bjorn that his father’s return “brings calamity, chaos, tragedy and death.”
“I am not afraid,” says Bjorn, but The Seer warns him, “You should curse the day.”
Lagertha is seen leading an army of women, and she is also seen kissing Ragnar. The scene cuts to Ragnar being held in a crude cage, and later, Lagertha’s new lover is revealed to be a woman.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter at Comic-Con, show creator Michael Hirst said that fans who are rooting for Lagertha and Ragnar will be satisfied with the scenes featuring the two characters.
“There is nothing I would like better than those two to get back together again,” said Hirst. “But it’s very difficult to imagine how that would be possible…For those fans who care for them and would like them to at least meet again and talk and remember stuff, they won’t be disappointed.”
“Vikings” season 4B premieres this fall on the History Channel.