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Fans of the History Channel drama Vikings know very well how gruesome the show can get. Many of the hardest to watch scenes and deaths are at the hands of only one character: Ragnar’s (Travis Fimmel) youngest son Ivar the Boneless (Alex Høgh Andersen). Playing such a tyrant can’t be hard for the man who stands behind him. Andersen spoke out about his role in an interview ahead of season six.
Asked how he manages to make peace with his character’s actions the actor said: “When you think about Ivar in season five, it’s going to be a tough job, I know that.”
“I had a tough job doing it, shooting season five, absolutely. But it’s your first job as an actor to never touch their character,” he added.
“There are no good or bad characters,” said Andersen. “Because the bad characters do not think they are bad. And Ivar is especially one of those characters.”
“If he believes in his cause, I have to believe in it too,” he confessed.
Andersen added how he doesn’t fear his character and his villainous nature.
He revealed he actually, first and foremost, feels sorry for Ivar: “But I see through all of his bullc**p.”
“All this dumb stuff that he does, the tyranny, the burning of people alive, all that stuff.
“I know that that comes from fear, and from fear of not being loved,” said the actor in an interview with Den of Geek.
At the time of this interview, Andersen might have been aware of what was in store for Ivar.
But viewers could not have predicted that the final season was going to kill his character.
For a long time, he believed himself to be a God, but it became obviously apparent to everyone he was not when he met his end.
After seeing his brother Hvitserk (Marco Ilsø) had been injured in battle he stepped into the fight so that his brother could stand back and survive.
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At that moment, Hvitserk spotted that Ivar’s eyes had turned blue.
In the show, that is a sign that he is in serious danger of breaking his bones, already fragile from a birth condition.
But while that condition has taunted him since birth, it’s not what eventually kills him.
Ivar urged his warriors to continue fighting but when he turned around, he was attacked by a young man with a dagger.
While Vikings was never meant to be faithful to real-life events, many of its characters have a counterpart in Viking kings and mythical warriors.
The life and death of the real Ivan played out differently and probably for the better.
The real Ivar the Boneless was also born with weak bones, a condition called osteogenesis imperfecta, but despite that, was still considered one of the greatest Vikings of all time
As for his death, there are multiple different accounts but seem to point that he did in fact die of disease, which hopefully was less painful than what happened to his TV version.
Vikings season 6, part 2 is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
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