Vikings season 6: What did Ragnar Lothbrok star Travis Fimmel think of Gyda’s death?
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Vikings has seen many deaths over the years but one young character’s death has stayed in the minds of many. Gyda (played by Ruby O’Leary), the daughter of Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) and Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) died in season two but how did Travis Fimmel feel about the scene? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
What did Travis Fimmel think of Gyda’s death?
In season one of Vikings, Viking hero Ragnar Lothbrok experienced a loss that was close to him.
The only daughter of Ragnar and his wife, Lagertha, Gyda died of the plague that ravaged Kattegat.
Gyda also died alongside Thyri (Elinor Crawley), the daughter of Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne) and Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig).
Sadly, Gyda died when Ragnar was overseas and upon his return, he had to say goodbye.
At the time of her death, Lagertha showed very little emotion, however, her father Ragnar was devastated.
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In an emotional scene in season two, Ragnar sat on the edge of the water on the beach of Kattegat and spoke to his daughter for the final time.
He said: “Gyda, I have come to say goodbye to you properly.
“I’ve been thinking about you. About when you were small.
“You were so lively you could run as swiftly as the wind. You were like quicksilver.
“But then before I knew it, you stopped running here and there and everywhere.
“And you became still. 12 years old, yet the stillness and the calm of a fine woman.
“What children you would have produced. What joy that would have brought to all of us.”
Speaking at the Comic-Con at home Vikings panel, Fimmel opened up about saying goodbye to his daughter Gyda.
He revealed: “I don’t know why, but it took me about three minutes to memorise that whole thing because it was just written so well.
“All the best writing, I can memorise like that.”
Fimmel’s character Ragnar also spoke of the regret he felt about not telling Gyda he loved her when she was alive.
Ragnar continued by the sea: “Dear child, Gyda. You are not gone because you are always in my heart.
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“They say a man must love his sons more, but a man can be jealous of his sons.
“And his daughter can always be the light in his life.
“I know very well that you are with the gods, but I will wait here a while and if you want to come and talk to me, then come and talk.
“And I’ll gently stroke your long and beautiful hair once again with my peasant hands.”
Since Gyda’s death, Ragnar was deeply troubled by the loss until his own death in season four.
Gyda made an appearance in season four of Vikings when Ragnar had a vision of his old life as a farmer.
In his vision, he saw Gyda and Athelstan (George Blagden) together, suggesting they would have gotten married eventually.
Before his death at the hands of King Aelle (Ivan Kaye), Ragnar had another vision of his family on the farm, which included Gyda.
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