Vikings theories: What would happen if Sigurd had lived? Fans weigh in

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Vikings is now in its final instalment on History and Prime Video, and fans are eagerly awaiting the return of Ivar the Boneless (played by Alex Høgh Andersen) and his brothers. In the meantime, they have been discussing how the story would have played out, had Ivar’s brother Sigurd (David Lindström) survived. In the series, Ivar threw an axe at his brother after he was caught taunting him, but Ivar could have taken a very different path had he have held back.

What would happen in Vikings if Sigurd had lived?

Sigurd was one of Ragnar’s (Travis Fimmel) sons with his second wife Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) and actor Lindström was first introduced in the second half of season four.

Throughout the season he had been taunting his younger brother Ivar, due to his disability and his inability to please women.

He was nicknamed Sigurd-Snake-in-the-eye due to the snake-shaped mark in his eye – something his mother had prophesied before his birth.

Sigurd grew concerned for his mother after she fell into depression, having banished Harbard (Kevin Durand) from Kattegat. He also fell out with his father Ragnar as he accused him of abandoning them as children.

Ragnar’s first wife Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) later killed Aslaug during an attempt to claim back Kattegat, and Sigurd did not seem phased by her death.

Ivar, who wanted Lagertha dead for killing their mother, confronted Sigurd and asked why he did not feel sad.

Sigurd said it was because his mother only had eyes for Ivar as a child, and she had not taken an interest in any of her other children.

Sigurd made the mistake of mocking Ivar, calling him a ‘mummy’s boy’, and it was a display of jealousy towards Ivar.

During a discussion between Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig) and his brothers, Sigurd continued to taunt Ivar and he claimed their mother had never really liked him.

Ivar then threw an axe at his brother without remorse, and Sigurd was the first of Ragnar’s sons to die.

Ivar’s lack of remorse was the start of a slippery slope to evil, and he continued to kill without thinking of the consequences.

His behaviour eventually led him to stab his other brother Bjorn at the end of the first half of season six, but thankfully Bjorn survived the blow.

Some fans believe if Sigurd had survived the attack, Ivar’s role in the series would have been very different. They took to Reddit to discuss some potential theories.

AC-Hawkmoon said: “I think Ivar killing Sigurd was effectively the moment Ivar transformed from angry, helpless “cripple” to the dangerous, ambitious, manipulative killer that got him to the throne.

“Killing kin is one of the worst of sins and killing Sigurd, who was also his harshest bully, was both Ivar’s liberation and damnation.”

Other fans said if he had lived, Sigurd would have joined his brother Bjorn in the civil war against Ivar.

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AtlasHJack69 said: “He would have definitely sided against Ivar. I actually liked Sigurd because he was the only one who was never afraid of Ivar. Even Ubbe [Jordan Patrick Smith] said he was afraid of Ivar.”

Another fan suggested the killing of Sigurd is what kicked off the civil war, and they said if his death had not happened, the Rus battle would not have taken place.

However, others believe it was Lagertha killing Aslaug which paved the way for the war. Thatguyagainbutworse said: “Sigurd would’ve stopped at nothing to take Ivar down.

“He would be patient, waiting until the right moment to kill him. Much like Lagertha, he is a person focused on revenge and honour. The two are pretty alike, even if they wouldn’t admit it.

“But he also could’ve killed Lagertha after he won Bjorn’s trust. Not as an accident, but a calculated event.

“After that, he could’ve gone to Denmark, where he would be the king of the people of king Frodo, who Ubbe defeated, and Frodo left an unstable kingdom behind, with no help from his two allies who went raiding in England.”

His character is based on the real-life Sigurd Snake-in-the-eye who was a Viking warrior during the ninth century, who was indeed the son of Ragnar Lothbrok and Aslaug.

His brothers Eric and Agnar were killed by a Swedish king, and Aslaug asked Sigurd and the rest of his brothers to avenge the fallen pair.

Like the Sigurd in the series, he coined his name due to the mark in his eye which resembled a snake biting its own tail.

Vikings will return to History and Prime Video before the end of 2020

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