Vikings season 6: How Ivar’s death veered away from real-life trauma unveiled

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The popular historical drama was full of betrayals and battles from the very beginning. Brutal deaths aren’t unusual to fans of Vikings, with some of its main characters dying in battle and earning their place in Valhalla, while others were captured, tortured, and killed. But while the show attempted to stay as historically accurate as possible, there aren’t any records that detail how many of the show’s characters died, except for the main villain of the series, Ivar the Boneless. 

While initially Vikings was supposed to be a miniseries following the life of Ragnar Lothbrok (played by Travis Fimmel) a legendary Norse figure, the series quickly expanded to include the stories of Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), Rollo (FIND NAME), Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard), and more.

The focus quickly shifted towards the sons of the great Vikings, Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig) and Ivar the Boneless (Alex Høgh Andersen). 

The two became the protagonists of the show and fan favourites, especially after Ragnar’s death in season four. 

However, it was only in season six that many of the story arcs came to a closure in true Viking tradition with the characters getting killed off.

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One of the most iconic deaths in the eyes of fans is that of Ivar the Boneless, one of the show’s most feared and hated characters. 

For a long time, he believed himself to be a God, but it became obviously apparent to everyone when he met his end in the last season. 

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. 

At that moment, Hvitserk spotted that Ivar’s eyes have turned blue, which in the show is a sign that he is in serious danger of breaking his bones, already fragile from a birth condition. 

Ivar urges his warriors to continue fighting but when turning around is attacked by a young man with a dagger. 

While in the show Ivar is killed on the spot and doesn’t die due to his bone condition, the story of the real-life Ivan played out differently. 

The real Ivar the Boneless was also born with weak bones, a condition called osteogenesis imperfecta. 

He was considered one of the greater Vikings of all time but when it comes to the events surrounding his death there are multiple versions. 

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Some records seem to say that he died due to a sudden and horrible disease. 

However, a recent discovery of a mass grave in England might give some credit to the versions theorised by the scriptwriters of the TV show. 

It would be possible that Ivar actually died in battle, as was shown on Vikings, though we can’t be sure about the precise circumstances. 

Fans of Ivar can hope though that the death of the real-life character was less painful than what he endured on screen. 

Similarly, while in the show Ragnar died of snake bites, this finds some basis in his real-life version. 

The sagas in which Ragnar appears state that he was defeated by English forces and thrown into a snake pit. 

The mythological figure of Ragnar is based on three different men: Viking leader Reginherus was murdered, King Horik I of Denmark was killed in battle and King Regindfried died in an attempted invasion. 

Vikings season 6, part 2 is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

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