Vikings season 6b: Fans react to ‘disappointing’ finale: ‘Expected better’
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Fan reactions have been pouring in following the release of all ten episodes of Vikings’ final instalment on Amazon Prime Video. While many viewers were happy to see the characters get the send-off they deserved, others weren’t so impressed, with some even comparing the season to last year’s divisive Game of Thrones finale.
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The sixth and final season of Vikings has finally concluded this week, with the last ten episodes released in one block on Amazon Prime Video.
Reactions to the series as a whole took a dive after former lead, Ragnar Lothbrok (played by Travis Fimmel) was killed off at the end of season four.
Upon the release of the second half of Vikings’ final seasons, reviews from fans have been even more divided, with some declaring the latest episodes a low point for the series.
Although long term viewers tuned in to watch the heartbreaking deaths of some favourite characters, and even a surprise comeback, many even expressed relief the series was finally over.
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Discussions continued online after fans were finished binging nearly ten hours of Vikings content after the new slate dropped on Amazon on Wednesday.
Several fans took to Reddit to debate whether the new season was worth the wait of over ten months, after the first half of season six ended with Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig) on the brink of death back in February.
Redditor Rogue_Nucleosome summed up a number of reactions and posted: “While it had its moments, I honestly expected a better send-off.
“I apologize for being a downer here, but I can’t help but be a little heartbroken.”
Spoilers from this point on – most predictions seemed right on the money as the series concluded with the deaths of Bjorn and his rival Ivar the Boneless (Alex Høgh Andersen).
Meanwhile, Ragnar’s old friend Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) made his long-awaited return in Iceland, and Hvitserk (Marco Ilsø) shocked almost no one when he converted to Christianity.
While most of the audience felt the action sequences remained on top form, many were left questioning why the series continued for two more seasons after the death of its most beloved character.
One fan complained: “I just never liked Bjorn’s character (except in very early seasons).”
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“I’m unsure as to how the show was supposed to have shown how great he was to a point he’s referenced as ‘even greater than Ragnar’. What did he do to deserve such credit?”
Additionally, even more disappointed viewers admitted being let down when Ragnar and Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) failed to make one last appearance in Valhalla.
One fan wrote: “Sad that we didn’t get a proper Valhalla montage, and how the ending itself, well, wasn’t really an ending, in the sense that there was no epilogue to it.
“The fighting just ends, then there’s Ivar’s burial, then, except for a beautiful ending shot between Ubbe and Floki, the rest of the action is wrapped in about one fleeting minute.”
The series is already notorious for taking extended breaks in the middle of each season, leaving devoted Vikings enthusiasts frustrated when the new episodes failed to live up to months of hype.
Criticism has been levelled at the series’ showrunner, Michael Hirst, who wrote every episode of Vikings but didn’t quite manage to impress the fans this time round.
Following the controversial final season, Hirst will be teaming with producer Jeb Stuart for spin-off series Vikings: Valhalla on Netflix, which is hoped to bring the series back to its high standards.
Vikings Season 6, Part 2 is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
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