Warning: spoilers ahead for season six part two of Vikings.
Vikings creator Michael Hirst has opened up about the significance of Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) as the series comes to a bloody end, describing him as the ‘soul’ of the historical drama.
In the final scene of Vikings season six part two, Floki, an eccentric shipbuilder and a close friend of Ragnar Lothbrok (who died in season four having been played by Travis Fimmel), is shown sitting on a beach alongside one of Ragnar’s sons, Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith).
Michael, whose other film and TV credits include The Tudors and the 1998 film Elizabeth, explained during a recent interview that he needed to ensure Floki’s narrative was wrapped up ‘in a satisfying way’ when the show concluded.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the screenwriter said that he knew Floki ‘would turn up in the New World’, as he’s ‘too important of a character to just leave him at the bottom of a volcano’.
‘I always called him a pagan fundamentalist, pushing himself to the limit on each occasion. Which I’ve always felt was one of the reasons I could allow him to survive extreme situations,’ he said.
While he believes the character is a ‘broken man’ by the series finale, Michael expressed his view that Floki has also ‘found peace’ at the same time.
‘I still feel, in a way, that he’s found peace, but it’s not like the old Floki,’ he outlined.
‘He knows he’s dying, I think. But he’s not so troubled. He’s been a troubled soul for so many years. He pinned so many hopes on setting up a godly society in Iceland, and it just didn’t work. it stressed him out, it devastated him.’
Michael said that there is a sense of ‘gentleness’ about the character, ‘an acceptance, a mildness’.
‘I wouldn’t mind going like that myself,’ he added.
While taking part in a recent interview with ET, Vikings star Alex Høgh Andersen admitted that he ‘bawled’ during his final scene as Ivar the Boneless.
‘I was bawling my eyes out throughout the entire day,’ the 26-year-old Danish actor said.
Alex added that his emotional death scene was ‘one of those moments that you live for as an actor’.
Vikings season six part two is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.
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