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Vikings: How Every Main Character's Death Compares To Real Life

Vikings saw most of its main characters die, but how do their deaths in the series compare to those of their real-life counterparts?

The historical drama Vikings has come to an end after six seasons and a lot of betrayals, battles, and deaths, and not all main characters made it to the final episode – and here’s how their deaths compare to what happened to them in real life or according to legends. Created by Michael Hirst, Vikings debuted on History Channel in 2013, and even though it was originally planned to be a miniseries, it was quickly renewed for a second season, allowing viewers to continue following the stories of Ragnar, Lagertha, Rollo, Floki, and other notable figures from the Viking Age.

Vikings initially followed Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), a legendary Norse figure who is said to have been one of the greatest Vikings to ever live, yet his existence continues to be debated by historians. As the series progressed, it shifted its focus to Ragnar’s sons and their own travels, with special attention to the arcs of Björn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig) and Ivar the Boneless (Alex Høgh Andersen), making them the protagonists even before Ragnar’s death in season 4. Luckily for Vikings fans, season 6 gave closure to the arcs of the remaining main characters, but not all of them made it out alive, and some didn’t even reach the final season.

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