Vikings season 6: Why did Hvitserk kill Lagertha? What did the serpent vision mean?

Vikings airs every Wednesday on History US and Thursdays on Amazon Prime. In the new series, Hvitserk (played by Marco Ilsø) has been struggling with PTSD and substance abuse, which ultimately led him to commit one of the most shocking acts the series has ever seen. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.

Why did Hvitserk kill Lagertha?

Following the death of his love Thora (Eve Connolly) at the hands of his brother Ivar the Boneless (Alex Hogh Andersen), Hvitserk has been suffering from PTSD.

To help ease the pain, he has been drinking a lot and taking magic mushrooms, which are causing him to have dangerous hallucinations.

Poor Hvitserk was haunted by the burning ghost of Thora and lived in fear Ivar would return.

Believing Ivar to be outside, Hvitserk finally found the bravery to face his brother.

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Armed with a knife, he stormed outside in the pouring rain, believing Ivar would appear.

Of course, Hvitserk was imagining Ivar would be there as viewer know, Ivar is currently in the company of Prince Oleg (Danila Kozlovsky) in the Kievan Rus’ at the other side of the world from Kattegat.

Armed, Hvitserk began to hallucinate he could see a huge serpent on the ground which represented Ivar’s presence.

Taking matters into his own hands, he stabbed the serpent to death, believing it to be the body of Ivar.

In reality, he had attacked a severely injured Lagertha who lay dying in his arms.

Realising what he had done, Hvitserk recoiled in horror and seemed to immediately sober up.

However, years after the Seer had predicted it, a son of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) was the one to kill Lagertha.

A dying Lagertha said: “I could not escape it. Nor could you. Weep not, poor Hvitserk.

“Tonight I will sit with my beloved Ragnar in the halls of the gods. I’ve lived a full life. I am not afraid.”

Following the murder, Hvitserk fled the scene, leaving Lagertha to enter the Great Hall of Valhalla.

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What did the serpent vision mean?

Since the tragic scene, fans have been questioning the significance of the serpent vision.

At the head of the serpent was a black, demonic body, who Hvitserk believed to be Ivar.

The vision can be explained in biblical terms.

Serpents in both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament are symbols of evil power from the underworld.

In some religions, serpents often represent the work of the devil, or the devil himself.

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Ivar has committed some atrocious acts against his brothers and Hvitserk is suffering most with the consequences of Ivar’s actions.

Therefore, for a serpent to symbolise Ivar is not completely wrong as Hvitserk does see him as truly evil.

Katheryn Winnick who plays Lagertha spoke to TV Line about what is next in store for her character’s killer.

She said: “[What happens to Hvitserk comes out in] the episode I directed [episode eight]. It definitely weighs on him.

“Hvitserk always admired Lagertha, and he didn’t necessarily want to ever be the enemy, but he’s just so messed up.

“And I got to give Marco [Ilsø] a lot of credit. He did a great job acting because it’s not easy to be in that state for so long and he did that really well.

“I’m glad it was Hvitserk in the end that killed Lagertha, and not Ivar or Bjorn or Ubbe.

“I didn’t imagine any of them doing it, and Hvitserk was the one that was least expected to do it.”

Vikings season 6 airs Wednesdays on History and Thursdays on Amazon Prime Video.

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