Much like us, you might be delighted to learn that Clive Standen will be back for a fifth season of Vikings.
We were left unsure if the actor would be back on our screens in season 5 as the ever-evolving Rollo for several reasons. Firstly, the last season of the show saw Rollo drift back to Normandy, possibly never to be seen again, and secondly, actor Standen landed the lead role in NBC’s Taken TV show, which is still going strong.
Luckily, it turns our that there’ll be plenty of Rollo when Vikings returns, but he’ll have gone through some serious changes.
“Nearly every season, [creator] Michael Hirst has allowed me to reinvent this man, and Season 5 is no different,” explained Standen to TVGuide. “I think when he comes back, all bets are off…You’ll see a very different Rollo.”
And when Rollo is reunited with his family and former Viking pals, get ready for their already-wobbly relationships to get even more tumultuous. “[The season]’s going to be explosive, but not in the ways that you’d expect.”
More as we have it.
Vikings season 5 release date
We don’t know exactly when Vikings will return. It’s likely to be during autumn of this year, as production is already underway on season 5. The History Channel will have 20 episodes ready to go when it does, so watch this space (and the falling leaves).
Vikings season 5 cast
Haven‘s Dwight Hendrickson, aka Atom-Smasher from The Flash, aka WWE star Edge, and more properly known as actor Adam Copeland is joining Vikings.
Season five of The History Channel’s acclaimed historical drama will welcome Copeland as a recurring character named Ketill Flatnose. According to Deadline, the character will be “a fierce and brave warrior, chosen by Floki to be one of the leaders of the Viking party intent on traveling to Iceland to set up a community there.”
It sounds as though his WWE training will come in useful.
Jonathan Rhys Myers will also be back as the Bishop Heahmund, after his character was teased in the season 4 finale. In fact, he’s going to be on screen a whole lot in the fifth season of the show.
“Yes, we introduce him and set the scene for the next season. He’s going to be a major player,” showrunner Michael Hirst stated.
Vikings season 5 story
“There’s no let-up in the drama,” said showrunner Michael Hirst of the upcoming season. “Ragnar is dead, but Ragnar lives on.”
Ragnar’s son, Ivar the Boneless, is also likely to see his story beefed up in season 5, if Vikings wants to stay true to its historical roots. Hirst has reassured fans that the character is “really going to emerge as one of the big stars of this show”, so watch out for that.
Tragically, we saw Ragnar finally meet his end last season, but the character actually did well to live for so long. According to the Australian actor who played him, Travis Fimmel, Ragnar was supposed to die in the first season!
“I was meant to die at the end of the first year,” he admitted to EW. “I ended up staying around for three more!”
But will we have seen the last of Ragnar when Vikings returns for season 5? Whilst Fimmel rejected the idea – “yeah, no, no. I’m not returning. It sort of doesn’t make sense. My character is an atheist, so I’m not going to be coming up in any ghost, religious ghostly images or anything. I think you have to be very religious for people to have that belief in you” – Hirst was a little more open to it: “because he’s such a powerful presence in people’s lives he could reappear in dreams, in visions … I don’t think that any of my major characters … I started with — Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard), Ragnar and Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) and Rollo (Clive Standen) … none of them will ever actually go away or disappear from the saga.”