He is seen as the weakling among Ragnar’s sons but Ivar “The Boneless” will rise in the second half of the History Channel’s hit drama series “Vikings” this summer. It is said that Ivar will rise and grow in wisdom so much more that his father Ragnar and his brother Bjorn Ironside.
The second half of Season Four will show Ragnar’s son growing in age and Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) will take his father’s place in raiding and exploring places in the Scandinavian Region while Ivar, who will grow hatred against the Christians, will be trained by a fellow outcast and Ragnar’s closest friend Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård).
Ragnar himself will also find favor on Ivar (Alex Hogh Andersen) who was close to him ever since he was born after defying the warnings of his current wife Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland).
Ivar will grow in wisdom taking it from his mother and will be a great leader in Kattegat, but not until given permission by his father to do so. The series’ second half will be more intriguing that the first half as Ragnar shows up in Kattegat after the battle in Paris wherein he lost to his brother Rollo (Clive Standen), while recovering from his wounds, Ragnar meets Aslaug’s new slave, Yidu (Dianne Doan), whom he grows close to.
As the story develops series creator Michael Hirst tells TV Guide about the difference among Ragnar’s sons, especially Ivar, who despite being cripple, has become an extraordinary leader among the Vikings.
“They’re all different, but obviously, the most striking of them is Ivar. We know the only thing the historical Ragnar was really afraid of is that his sons would become more famous than he was. … Ivar the Boneless is probably the most famous of all Vikings. He’s a cripple, and yet he becomes this dominant, extraordinary alpha-male,” Hirst said.
What is striking about Ivar’s character is that he does not respect his father the way his brothers do, he would make fun of him and Ragnar sees himself in Ivar’s traits.
The show will also reveal the fondness Ragnar has for Ivar, experiences that is “pretty new and interesting.” Ragnar will also discover that among his sons, Ivar is the most “Viking” of them all.
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Ivar (Alex Hogh Andersen) tells IGN that as they story goes, Ragnar will see Ivar’s qualities as a leader and that how his brothers Hvitserk (Marco Islo), Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith) and Sigurd (David Lindstron) respect him for his wisdom.
“Ragnar is incredibly intelligent. It doesn’t take him that much time before he realizes that, because of the crippled Ivar, because of the past and because of his entire life as a cripple in an environment that does not embrace it, he’s the toughest one of them all,” Andersen explained.
Smith stated that even though Ivar was the youngest among Ragnar’s sons, his older brothers’ look up to him as he is a strong-willed Viking that he is.
“He has one of the biggest disabilities you can have as a Viking where you can’t walk, but he’s still smart enough and strong enough to keep going,” Smith added.
Aside from expecting how his sons will rule Kattegat, Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) will live to his see his sons rise out from his name. Hirst stressed that Ragnar will not yet die as there is still more to come and expect out of him as the series progresses.
Catch more of the drama, history and twists unfold when the second half of “Vikings” Season Four hits the small screens by July on History Channel.
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