“I think my character had run its course,” reveals Travis Fimmel of the brutal end to King Ragnar Lothbrok in the fourth season of “Vikings” (watch the exclusive video above). “Originally I was only in the show for the first season. I was very lucky to end up being on four. My character had done what he wanted in life and he also had many failings. But it felt like the perfect arc and the perfect time to go.”
Fimmel’s Ragnar was executed this season by being dropped into a pit of vipers. On this heartbreaking moment Fimmel explains, “It was the last scene I shot for the whole show. Just a lot of pythons and, I don’t know, rat snakes. I wasn’t worried about the biting, it just stunk down there. They were all pooping on me everywhere. We couldn’t do it for very long because it was very cold. The snakes can’t survive in that climate. So it was a pretty quick last scene.”
Talking about the character that played a viking, lord and king over the course of the History Channel series, Fimmel admits that “he just wanted a legacy, he wanted his children to be proud of him. He did a lot of brutal things. But he always thought that he was doing the right thing for the better of his people and family. He definitely made a lot of bad choices along the way.”
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