Vikings’ Katheryn Winnick reveals huge announcement for directorial debut ‘Wow!’

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Lagertha may have met her demise in the latest instalment of Vikings, but series star Katheryn Winnick remained a vital member of the team in season six. Ahead of the show’s return to History and Amazon Prime Video, the star announced some exciting news about her directing efforts on Instagram. 


Devoted shieldmaiden Lagertha (played by Katheryn Winnick) came to a grisly end in the sixth season of historical epic, Vikings. 

After learning of an ominous prophecy, her frightening fate finally arrived in episode six, Death and the Serpent. 

Lagertha was warned she would be struck down by a son of her former husband, Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel).

Blinded by rage and madness, the second son of Ragnar and Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland), Hvitserk (Marco Ilsø) fulfilled the prophecy and brought the fan favourite Viking warrior’s time on the series to a violent close.

Despite being honoured by a traditional Viking funeral, showrunner Michael Hirst and the production team clearly couldn’t get rid of Katheryn Winnick that easily.

The star was able to give her star-making role the proper goodbye in episode six, but Winnick stuck around behind the camera and directed a later chapter, Valhalla Can Wait.

Her directorial debut for the series was a fitting end for Winnick’s long-running stint on Vikings.

In episode eight, Lagertha’s son Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig) puts Hvitserk on trial for her murder, and only manages to escape death when Ragnar’s first son Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith) shows him mercy.

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Wow! Thank you Women’s Image Awards for awarding me BEST DIRECTOR in Film & Television for my Directorial Debut on Vikings.

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Winnick had previously directed an episode of her series Wu Assassins, but her efforts on this pivotal episode in Vikings’ final season were incredibly impressive for just a second-time director.

Not only were Vikings fans astounded by her directing chops, her work on Valhalla Can Wait earned her a nomination for this year’s Women’s Image Awards. 

Furthermore, on October 25, WIN announced Katheryn Winnick had won the award for Best Director. 

Showcasing the best of female talent in film and television, Winnick was up against prestigious talent such as Chloé Zhao, director behind the critically acclaimed drama Nomadland.

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Upon receiving the award, Winnick took to her Instagram page to celebrate the news.

She captioned her post: “Wow! Thank you Women’s Image Awards for awarding me BEST DIRECTOR in Film & Television for my Directorial Debut on Vikings.”

Also among this year’s winners were Christine Baranski for her performance in The Good Fight, while new comedies Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist and The Bold Type also won big. 

Zhao’s film Nomadland also won Best Feature ahead of the film’s US release in December and the director taking on her next blockbuster project, Marvel’s Eternals.

Following Winnick’s announcement, many of the star’s 4.7 million followers took to the comments to share her excitement. 

One fan replied: “Congratulations kid you did it again good job, you’re awesome.”

Another gushed over Winnick’s episode and added: “Well deserved! This episode was amazing. Congratulations Katheryn!!”

Now the star has made waves both as an actress and a director, there’s a strong chance Katheryn Winnick could get behind the camera for her next TV project, Big Sky. 

Vikings season 6 is expected to resume in 2020 on History and Amazon Prime Video.

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