Vikings season 6, part 2: Why Ivar had to die in Hvitserk’s arms explained

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Ivar the Boneless (played by Alex Høgh Andersen) was unceremoniously killed by an unknown English soldier in the grand finale of Vikings. The last ten episodes of the iconic History series left a number of questions unanswered when it concluded on Amazon Prime Video at the end of 2020, but fans have provided some insight into one of the biggest deaths in the series.


Vikings fans have claimed Ivar the Boneless decided to end his own life at the end of the show’s climactic sixth season.

Ivar had struggled with weakened bones since his birth, and this theory suggests an honourable death on the battlefield was preferable to a long and painful life for the proud warrior.

Reddit user queen_of_the_night18 proposed the theory: “Ivar was in pain, fully aware of his greatest risk of breaking his bones. In fact, he was literally a broken man.

“I think he sort of made his own death, the way he wanted. In other words, it was suicide.”

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The final ten episodes of the brutal historical series brought an end to several key characters, including Ivar’s rival Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig) after just two episodes.

Audiences were distraught when the savage yet sympathetic King of Kattegat, Ivar, met his end in Wessex during a violent battle.

He was joined by his brother Hvitserk (Marco Ilsø) and King Harald (Peter Franzén) when decided to journey to England to finally deal with his long-standing feud with Alfred the Great (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo).

The hot-headed warrior finally achieved peace when he was slain on the battlefield, succumbing to his wounds in Hvitserk’s arms.

On Reddit, the fan proposed that, rather than growing bored as the series suggests, Ivar was instead seeking an end to his painful life following his capture in Russia.

Once in England, his death in Wessex provided the perfect opportunity to sacrifice himself so Hvitserk could live on.

The viewer continued: “So, Ivar decided to die at one point. He saw Hvitserk in real danger and for love went in to save him, fully aware his health was at a breaking point.

“After he said his goodbye- with his bones literally breaking and thus sending him back to the crawling stage – he preferred to die. No resistance, at the hands of a random soldier.”

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They also maintained Ivar appeared to have lost the will to live in the episodes immediately preceding the finale.

“I know in a way it looked ‘stupid’, but the episodes before a England show that Ivar meant to die,” they continued.

“He gave up. And, poignantly felt scared for the second time in his life, being held by someone who loved him.”

Some fans were disappointed they couldn’t see Ivar finally reunite with his other brother Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith), who journeyed to Iceland and America with his wife Torvi (Georgia Hirst).

On Ivar’s relationship with his oldest brother, the fan speculated: “The last words they exchanged were that they were no longer brothers, but I think Ivar loved him still.”

Moreover, the devastating death sequence provided one of Ivar’s only human moments in the whole series, bringing his tortured existence to a fitting end.

Some were also upset the brothers weren’t able to reunite with their father Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) on-screen, though the upcoming spin-off Vikings: Valhalla could provide the way for some fan favourite characters to return.

Vikings Season 6, Part 2 is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

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