Vikings season 6B has finally premiered on December 30 on Amazon Prime Video, and it left a lot of questions looming involving a variety of situations the main characters go through. One of them actually thinks they encounter a goddess at one point.
Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers from ‘Vikings’]
Ivar and Hvitserk return to Kattegat
In season 6, fans will recall that Ivar (Alex Høgh Andersen) and Hvitserk (Marco Ilsø), allied themselves with Prince Oleg (Danila Kozlovsky). The Rus invaded Scandinavia and during the first wave of fighting, Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig) is stabbed by what appears to be Ivar (Even though he’s supposed to be somewhere else entirely at the time). Although Bjorn dies, he first devises a plan to get the Rus to believe he’s already dead. When they see him ride out on his horse very much still alive, it scares them. Bjorn is even shot with three arrows but still manages to unsheathe his sword. The Rus retreat when the people of Scandinavia (who have come to the aid of Bjorn) attack. Bjorn dies saving his country, and he is given a lavish burial.
Ivar and Hvitserk return to Kyiv to help overthrow Oleg with Price Dir (Lenn Kudrjawizki) and Igor (Oran Glynn O’Donovan). Ivar convinces Igor to kill his uncle with an arrow, and he falls from a balcony and dies. When Ivar is sure that Igor is safe, the brothers choose to return to Kattegat. Surprisingly, King Harald (Peter Franzén) allows them to stay, and he even convinces the people about it. But at this point, it’s unclear what the brothers will do next.
Hvitserk believes he encounters a goddess
Hvitserk takes the time to say goodbye to Bjorn at his burial site. He talks to him about his mistakes in the past with drinking, abandoning Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith) and killing Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick). He asks Bjorn to put in a good word with the gods because he knows they aren’t fans of his, and he thinks they “despise” him.
A woman, who says her name is Idun, comes upon Hvitserk, and tells him not to think “so unkindly of the gods.” She tells him she knows “all about” him, and that she will “spend tonight” with him. When they go back to her place, Hvitserk tells her that he knows who she is.
“Idun,” Hvitserk says. “The goddess blessed with eternal youth.”
When Hvitserk tells her that Odin must have sent her, she says, “I’m not acting under orders. I watched you all your life, shared your joys, and your pain. And so I decided to appear to you as you deserve.”
He asks her to stay with him, and she agrees, “but only until the dawn.” They go on to have an intimate encounter, and when Hvitserk wakes up the next morning, she’s gone.
Based on everything she said and the fact that she had apples with her – in Norse mythology, Idun gives the other gods apples to keep them youthful – and the fact that her name is Idun, Hvitserk believes he meets a goddess. However, he never sees her again.
Hvitserk travels with Ivar back to Wessex, where he’ll stay. Ivar dies in battle against King Alfred (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) before telling Hvitserk to leave the thick of the fighting. A Wessex soldier stabs Ivar multiple times and he seemingly allows it to happen. When he falls and hurts his leg, he dies in Hvitserk’s arms.
Hvitserk decides to convert to Christianity, which might be surprising to some fans considering his upbringing and the fact that he thinks he saw Idun back in Norway.
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