Alexander Ludwig couldn’t resist surprising a couple of Vikings fans after overhearing them gossiping about the show.
The 28-year-old actor – who played Bjorn from 2014 until his character’s death in last year’s sixth season of the historical drama – was overjoyed to hear the passionate viewers ‘raving’ about the show just one table over in a restaurant.
Alongside a clip of his reactions to the conversation, he wrote: ‘This was wild. These two started raving about #vikings as @laurendludwig and I sat about 10 feet from them.
‘Of course I had to go up to them after to stay thank you for making my damn day. They flipped and it was absolutely awesome.’
Towards the end of 2020, Alexander reflected on his departure from the show and confessed that while he was ‘unbelievably grateful’ to have been part of Vikings, it was the right time for Bjorn to die.
He said: ‘I learned so much on the show. But I will say that we reached a point for the character where I believe that I have shown and we have done all we could have done with that character, and any more would have been overkill.
‘So yes, it was really sad, but it felt right. It just felt like, “OK, this is the time to go.” ‘
Viewers saw Bjorn meet his demise after he was presumed dead in his battle with Ivar the Boneless (Alex Høgh Andersen).
He was presumed dead after their brutal clash, but episode 11 revealed he had survived – but was seriously injured.
As Bjorn began to slowly succumb to his wounds he mustered up enough strength to return and rally the troops, launching another attack to defend Kattegatt.
However he was eventually killed on the battlefield in a shower of arrows.
Alexander revealed it was a fitting end to his character’s story, as fans ‘don’t really see this coming’.
He added: ‘Nobody’s really safe on this show, and it was nice that once you feel like Bjorn had become the protagonist, that his ending comes sooner than perhaps expected in the last season.’