Vikings season 6B has finally premiered on Amazon Prime Video. Fans can see how it all ends for the remaining sons of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel). One moment from the mid-season finale had fans worried about the fate of a major character.
[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers from ‘Vikings’]
What happens to Bjorn Ironside in season 6B of ‘Vikings’?
To recap, Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig) is stabbed in battle against the Rus in the mid-season finale. Prince Oleg (Danila Kozlovsky) and his vast forces, complete with Ivar (Alex Høgh Andersen) and Hvitserk (Marco Ilsø) have come to invade Scandinavia. But Bjorn puts up a good fight along with King Harald (Peter Franzén) and the rest of the Vikings. But Bjorn’s wound is a source of much debate, since it seems like Ivar kills him on the beach when he’s supposed to be somewhere else entirely.
When season 6B picks things back up, Bjorn is taken home to Kattegat very badly wounded. But he still has a plan, and he proves himself a brilliant tactician. Wounded and barely able to move in his bed, he has King Hakon (Mishaël Lopes Cardozo) spread a rumor to the Rus that Bjorn has already died. Hakon is killed by the Rus, but the plan works.
Bjorn rides out to meet the Rus by himself, still badly wounded and barely able to sit upright. Ganbataar (Andrei Claude), a captain in Oleg’s army, shoots Bjorn with three arrows, but Bjorn miraculously still lives. It terrifies his enemies, and he even unsheathes the Sword of Kings, and lifts his sword into the air. His army, which includes those that have answered his call, rally to his aid. They surround the Rus and win the battle. Many of the Rus retreat, but Bjorn loses his life in the process.
Bjorn is given a lavish burial where he sits atop his horse with his sword in his hand in the air held up by a chain in the ceiling. He dies saving his country and using his wit to outdo his enemies, but he loses his life in the process.
Fans react to the death of a legend
It’s no surprise the Bjorn will live on in legend. And of course, fans had a lot of opinions about how Bjorn died. On Reddit, fans talk about the situation in a discussion about the first episode of the new season. Some fans are still trying to figure out who really stabbed Bjorn, since Ivar was somewhere else at the time.
“He didn’t actually stab Bjorn, it was just another soldier,” a fan weighed in. “That was more of a symbolism. The symbol is the fact that Ivar’s planning resulted in the Viking’s defeat and stabbing of Bjorn …”
Many thought Bjorn’s death was a fitting end for him. One fan thinks it was “a great send-off for Bjorn.” However, the way it happened was surprising. Hvitserk also mourned his brother and quoted Ragnar’s words. “Though I didn’t expect Ganbaatar to be the one to finish him off,” the fan said. “And it brought a tear to my eye to see Hvitserk wishing Bjorn the best afterlife and quoting their father’s last words.”
A fan “loved” that the series “killed Bjorn” and it wasn’t a fake out. “Not in the sense that I hated him, but I’m tired of the fake outs most tv shows do now and it was nice to see a show follow through,” the fan explained. “Was definitely an epic but also very sad moment but reminds me why Vikings is such a great show.”
Another fan thought it was “a fake out.” “I definitely thought it was a fake out at first, we all knew he was there when his dad did it,” the fan recalled about Ragnar pretending to be dead to get into the city of Paris. “But this was epic.”
One fan calls Bjorn a “tactical genius,” and he certainly earns the title with his last battle plan. “Just finished the episode- I think that was the best ending for Bjorn, he was a tactical genius!” the fan wrote.
However, not everyone thought Bjorn’s death was well done. One fan describes it as falling flat. “Bjorn’s death kinda fell flat for me, they didn’t need his wife to spell out to us exactly what happened and what it symbolizes …” the fan said in the comments.
Another fan describes being “fine with how Bjorn died.” But they think it was “sloppy placement” to have Bjorn die with another nine episodes left in the series. “But like… from a storytelling point of view, that was really sloppy placement,” they said. “Going from a fake out death into the next episode, the actual death with 9 more episodes to go…. just not very good. Disappointing start.”
“So they killed Bjorn last season, only to tell us he’s still alive, and then they killed him this episode? That’s mean,” a fan pointed out about Bjorn’s death.
Bjorn Ironside died in battle leaving his name to live on in legend amongst his people.
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