DESIGNNTREND.COM – At the end of this week’s episode of “Vikings,” a Scandinavian king named Harald (Peter Franzen), a.k.a. Finehair, arrived at Kattegat and declared that he wants to be the king of all Norway. However, in order to do that, he would have to first overthrow Ragnar (Travis Fimmel), and it seems that it wouldn’t be easy for the Lothbrok patriarch to protect his throne.
“If you were to think of Ragnar like on the liberal wing of the viking party, these people are the ultra-right,” series creator Michael Hirst said of Harald and his younger brother Halfdan the Black (Jasper Paakkonen) in an interview with IGN.
“They have no conscience. They have no sensitivity to people of other religions or faiths,” Hirst continued. “So they are a real threat.”
Aside from Ragnar, the Viking brothers are also a threat to Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig). “After all, Bjorn has spent season 4 thus far proving his worth as a man, to free himself from his father’s shadow,” Hirst told Zap2it.
However, fans should not expect an all-out war between Ragnar and Harald anytime soon.
Hirst revealed to The Hollywood Reporter last July that Harald and Halfdan will be joining Ragnar in another attempt to raid Paris this season.
“They come on board because they want to go raiding with Ragnar to Paris. But of course, they have ambition — all Vikings worthy of their name were ambitious for fame — and so that becomes an issue,” Hirst said at the time.
“The thing is whatever their long-term ambitions are, there’s always a short-term objective,” Hirst told Zapt2it. “In the short-term, it’s usually better for them to work together. They can put on hold their ambitions.”
“Vikings” season 4, episode 5, titled “Promised,” airs on Thursday, March 17, at 10 p.m. on History. Check out the synopsis and preview clip for the episode below:
“Betrayal is in the air at the Court in Paris and Wessex as trusted people plot against Odo [Owen Roe], while Ecbert [Linus Roache] agrees to throw his support to Kwenthrith [Amy Bailey] in Mercia. Meanwhile, Ragnar reveals his deepest secret to Yidu [Dianne Doan]; pregnancy brings happiness to Lagertha [Katheryn Winnick] and Kalf [Ben Robson] and an arranged marriage doesn’t come on as planned.”