Vikings: The Seer warns Bjorn Ironside not to betray the gods
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All six seasons of Vikings are available to stream and download on Amazon Prime Video now. There were many casualty’s and deaths in the final series and as a result, many fan favourite characters did survive. Why did Alexander Ludwig leave Vikings? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
WARNING: This article contains spoilers about Vikings season 6
Why did Alexander Ludwig leave Vikings?
Alexander Ludwig portrayed Viking warrior Bjorn Ironside from Vikings season four until his character met his end in the sixth and final series.
At the end of Vikings season six, part one, Bjorn Ironside was stabbed by his own brother, Ivar the Boneless (Alex Høgh Andersen).
For over one year, Vikings fans were left wondering whether Bjorn’s wounds were fatal or if the stabbing happened at all.
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When Vikings returned for the final 10 episodes, Bjorn was unsurprisingly still alive, but not for long.
Sadly, Bjorn Ironside met an unfortunate end in Vikings season six, episode 11 which explains Alexander Ludwig’s exit from the epic series.
Ivar really had plunged his sword into his brother, leaving him for dead following the battle in the season six, part one finale.
He rode on horseback in full armour to face his enemies once and for all, despite his death being confirmed to the Rus.
His appearance made many of the Rus believe he was a ghost or god-like figure who had come back from the dead.
A Rus army captain, Ganbaatar (Andrei Claude), then shot several bow’s and arrows at Bjorn to assess whether he was still alive.
In the end, Bjorn died from numerous injuries on the battlefield and was buried in a tomb fit for a king.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight about Bjorn’s death, Alexander Ludwig, said: “I always thought it was really important that Bjorn be injured by somebody like Ivar because nobody would have expected it.
“I feel like it’s very predictable for Bjorn to have this really heroic rise and go out the way that we know he kind of did in history and I kind of loved that — you don’t really see this coming.
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“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.”
He added: “It was a bittersweet moment because a lot of the crew on that show has stayed [for years].
“We’re all such a family, and I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but I wasn’t just saying bye to the character.
“I was saying goodbye to this incredible group of people who stuck through when they went to hell and back together.
“I mean, braiding the elements together on a show like this is no small feat, especially for the crew. I will miss this show tremendously, but I will also miss the family that we created.”
Since leaving Vikings, Ludwig has gone on to star in several films and television series.
Most recently he starred in Operation Christmas Drop as Captain Andrew Jantz and Dorn in Bad Boys for Life.
He will appear in the upcoming film Recon as Marson and has landed a role in Adam Randall’s Night Teeth which is currently in post-production.
Ludwig will also star as Alex in Swing, appearing alongside Michael Shannon and Charles Melton.
He will also star in the upcoming Starz drama Heels as Ace Spade.
In Ace Spade, Ludwig will star alongside Stephen Amell, Chris Bauer, James Harrison and Mary McCormack.
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