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Travis Fimmel is set to co-star in Rebecca
Miller’s romantic comedy, Maggie’s
Plan. The script follows a young woman who tries to make it on her own
in New York City. The young actor will play the role of “Guy” opposite Maya
Rudolph, Greta Gerwig, Bill Hader, Ethan Hawke and Julianne Moore.
Fimmel, most known for his lead role as Ragnar Lothbrok on the History
Channel series Vikings, is currently on the set of Duncan
Jones’ Warcraft, based on the video game by the same name.
Fimmel is repped by Management
360 and Paradigm.
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Floki's secret is out. The twisted genius and pagan fundamentalist got a major shock in the Season 3 finale of Vikings when Norse king Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) rightly accused him of killing Christian monk Athelstan (George Blagden), who had replaced Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) as Ragnar's closest friend and most trusted advisor. We asked Skarsgard for the lowdown on his character's journey this season, what it's like working with Fimmel, and if Floki can survive now that Ragnar knows the truth.
Floki has always been on the edge of sanity, but in Season 3 he tipped into madness when he murdered Athelstan, didn't heI've read some reactions online that say, "Floki's gone crazy," but he hasn't really changed, the circumstances have. He's not a different man. People tend to forget the darkness of Floki that was already there in the first episodes of Season 1 where he threatened to kill the blacksmith's daughter if he didn't shut up about making the anchor for Floki, or the brutality and ruthlessness with which he has been killing Christians since day one. When he kills the one we love, Athelstan, all of a sudden we believe that he's a bad person and that he's changed drastically, but he's been that [way] all along. It's our perspective that's changed.
But in Episode 8, as Floki realizes he is failing as commander of the Viking attack on Paris, he does say to himself, "You're insane." He has become more and more radical. Floki's a sick man in many was. He's damaged goods. He's bipolar. He's probably psychotic. He's on the verge of schizophrenia. I don't know what you would call it. But he is crazy. He's gone further in his insanity now. In Episodes 7 and 8, he's pushed over that edge. Ragnar putting him in charge of the raid on Paris actually magnified Floki's ego to the point where it pushed him over the edge to insanity.
The audience knows that Ragnar set Floki up for a fall when he put him in charge of that raid. Does Floki suspect that Ragnar knows he killed Athelstan? He hasn't shown it, but he's definitely worried. When Ragnar summons Floki in Episode 7, Floki believes he's going to get killed, but instead he gets a promotion (to lead the attack on the walls of Paris). He knows he can never know with Ragnar. Before, he's always been on the "in" with Ragnar, but now all of a sudden he feels like Ragnar doesn't trust him anymore. He doesn't sit on all the information anymore.
A huge twist in this episode was that Ragnar faked a conversion to Christianity and his own death so he could use his coffin as a Trojan horse to get into Paris for a Christian funeral—and then attack the court. Like many others, Floki thought Ragnar was really dead, but when he said goodbye at his coffin he revealed too much, didn't heTotally. He gets a chance to say whatever he would say to Ragnar if he knew there would be no consequences. He's definitely opening his heart up, for sure. He believes that his best friend has died. He feels so connected to him. Now that Ragnar has moved on, he feels split in half. I imagined what it would be like for Floki to lose his best friend at that critical point in their relationship where, in Floki's view, Ragnar has betrayed him and the old gods. Losing him then…the idea of not being reunited with him in Valhalla, it's devastating for him. And then there's also a lot of emotion that Floki can never identify himself. There's some sort of guilt because even though he believes he did the right thing killing Athelstan and even though he believes he did it for Ragnar, there is still an element of guilt for having hurt Ragnar like he did.
What was it like shooting that sceneWe did quite a few takes and setups. It was the same setup with Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) and Rollo (Clive Standen) in the same spot. We were all there the same day working on our scenes. It was a very intimate scene, a very intimate shoot. We could take our time. It wasn't rushed or stressed. What's so incredible about being on a TV show like this is that I know the character and the relationships so well so a lot of these emotions come to me naturally from wherever the story is taking me because I have done two years of preparation for this scene.
Floki tells himself he hated Athelstan for being a Christian and even blames the monk for the failed attack on Paris. But deep down, he was jealous of his friendship with Ragnar, rightOh for sure. There's definitely that element. That's the underlying emotional element, or part of it. A lot of actions in this world and in previous worlds and previous times, people tend to justify their emotional life or actions through religion. That's what Floki's doing. He's jealous that Athelstan comes in and what he believes is taking his place and becomes Ragnar's closest man. Ragnar is everything that Floki's ever had. He's the only one who's ever believed in Floki. So there's definitely that jealousy there. But that's nothing that Floki realizes himself. For him, he's blindly convicted that he's doing to save Ragnar, that he's doing this for the sake of his gods. He's blindly convicted.
Floki's relationship with his wife, Helga (Maude Hirst), the only one who knows he killed Athelstan, has fallen apart. What has the loss of that closeness done to FlokiIt's very sad. He's not doing great, really. And Helga, a sign of some kind of health or sanity from her side, finally has enough with this egocentric, crazy, genius, dangerous man. She's had it, and he didn't see that coming. He's shocked. He's taken her support for granted and that's a good wakeup call for him—if he ever learns.
What's Floki thinking in the final moment in the season finale when Ragnar beckons to him and says, "You killed Athelstan." There's a lot. It's one of those moments in which you have plenty of simultaneous thoughts. Okay, he's lying here. Will he die? Will I get away with this? I could kill him now. He's on the verge of dying anyway. He's my friend, and I love him. Oh fuck, he's finally found out. And so there's definitely that side of it and the fear of the consequences and also the kind of like—this is something he doesn't regret. This is something…He's been waiting for this moment to arise where Ragnar was going to find out and question him. He has all his answers covered in a way. He knows he did this for what he believes was the best for Ragnar and for his gods. All those thoughts at the same time.
What's your working process like with TravisI love acting with Travis. He's always alive, always present. That question you just asked, "What were you thinking in that moment?" Our thoughts are always more advanced than anything you could ever formulate. That is life. There is not just one thought you have. There are always 20 different thoughts. It's the physical emotions most often. Then we can interpret that and verbalize that to ourselves but as we're experiencing something we don't really verbalize it. That's what it's like acting with Travis. We can just be present with each other and bounce off of each other, which is great.
As an actor, did you use any of those emotions you feel towards Travis in real life to help you access Floki's griefI don't think I've ever been that close to a man who is not a family member as Floki is to Ragnar or Ragnar is to Floki. It's not like I think about mine and Travis's relationship. I know Floki so well and Ragnar so well. It's strictly Floki and Ragnar. It has nothing to do with Travis and Gustaf. The emotions I have in that scene are Floki's emotions. I don't have to think about my dead cat or something or my relationship to Travis. It's just how Floki would react.
What can you hint about Season 4?I can hint to the fact that now since it's out in the clear that Ragnar knows what has been done, this is a matter that has to be dealt with. Floki killing Athelstan is something that has to be dealt with.
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‘Vikings’ Creator Talks Season 3 Finale,
What’s Ahead for Ragnar
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Spoilers: Do not read on unless you’ve seen the Season 3 finale
titled “The Dead.”
In the season three finale of History Channel’s “Vikings,”
we saw Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) fake his own death in order to
infiltrate Paris and allow his warriors to ransack the purportedly impregnable
city, only letting his son Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) in on his plan. This
manipulation prompted several of his loved ones, including his ex-wife Lagertha
(Katheryn Winnick) and shipbuilder Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) to make some
shocking confessions beside his coffin, with Floki admitting that he was the
one who murdered Ragnar’s closest friend, Athelstan (George Blagden) — leading
to an ominous confrontation between the pair in the episode’s final minutes.
As a weakened Ragnar and his allies sailed back to Kattegat with
their treasure, his brother Rollo stayed behind, ostensibly to keep things
clear for the Vikings to return and raid Paris again. But unbeknownst to
Ragnar, in an attempt to prevent any further attacks, Emperor Charles (Lothaire
Bluteau) made a deal with Rollo (Clive Standen), offering him land and his
daughter Gisla’s (Morgane Polanski) hand in marriage to turn against Ragnar and
help the Franks defend the city, setting the stage for another fraternal
showdown in season four.
Variety spoke to “Vikings” creator Michael
Hirst about the surprising twists of season three and his plans for
We witnessed a huge amount of mistrust from Ragnar’s allies
following his baptism, and in the finale we saw that it was all part of a long
con, but was there any part of him that was genuine in that desire? And how
will that affect his relationships going forward?
They’ve understood that the death of Athelstan has affected
Ragnar very deeply. They are concerned about the influence that Athelstan had
on Ragnar and this confirms some of their worst fears. Part of it is true — I
think that Ragnar has been baptized in order that he can meet Athelstan again
when he dies. I think there’s a genuine connection there that’s real. On the
other hand, what they don’t know and what he hasn’t told them is that he’s
figured out a way of getting into Paris and also making The Seer’s words come
true, that “not the living but the dead will conquer Paris,” and it’s later
that Bjorn says that “he told us he would get into Paris and he’s done it.”
So, you could say that he’s taken a chance with his reputation,
but on the other hand his reputation is also to achieve what he set out to do
and this is exactly what he’s done. There are many ways of looking at that
moment and I’m pleased to say that with the show now, hopefully any scene has
multiple layers and can be looked at in different ways. And sometimes in the
show you simply can’t tell where it’s leading. You see these events and it’s
only later that they begin to fall into place and I think this is one of those
strategic and rather wonderful moments.
The other thing is the emphasis that it puts on the profundity
of religious belief at the time. Ragnar knows, from talking to Athelstan, that
for the Christians it’s vital to bury a Christian soul in hallowed ground, and
especially for someone who’s converted. This is the way that they’re going to
try and neutralize the Viking threat, to them. He pretty much worked out that
that’s what they’d have to do in taking into the city, so it does operate on
different levels. And it’s nice that it’s sort of contradictory too. That it’s
both cynical on the one hand and yet it’s about real things and passions.
This season, we’ve seen a Ragnar who’s physically weaker and
more emotional than we’ve ever seen before — was it a major goal to explore his
vulnerable side this year?
Yes, absolutely. Going right back to almost the first scene of
the season when he’s talking to his son about kingship, we understand that he’s
not looking forward to it. He’s a thoughtful guy and he understands something
of the burden that this is going to cause him, and boy, is it a burden. He
suffers and he’s marked by kingship and even though he succeeds, it’s at a very
high personal cost. I did want to see that. I did want to see someone who’s
also tormented, that doesn’t find things easy any more, who looks back
nostalgically to his farming days, who still talks about that — because
obviously then life was much simpler. You see how easy it is for power to slip
away. You see how difficult it is to maintain that kind of momentum that he had
when, by and large, he didn’t fail. He does of course — cleverly, if you think
about it that way — set up Floki and other people to fail in the first attacks
on Paris. That’s a cynical view, but it’s certainly the view that Travis takes.
You can see in the way he plays it that he’s looking at this and he’s thinking,
“I knew this was going to happen.”
So, yes, I absolutely wanted to show someone who got smashed
around a bit and suffered. But I have to say, obviously we’re setting up
another huge confrontation with his brother. And his brother is going to say to
some important Frankish people, “It’s not just going to be a Viking army coming
up the Seine towards us. It’s going to be Ragnar Lothbrok,” and even though we
end season three with Ragnar hovering between life and death, one should never
underestimate Ragnar Lothbrok.
As you said, we’ve seen Rollo take up arms against Ragnar before
when he thinks he can win, so how will this rivalry differ?
I think that in season three, a significant part of Rollo’s arc
was when he went to The Seer and said that his life was useless and that he
would never succeed, that he would always live in his brother’s shadow, that
there was no real reason for him to be alive. The Seer says “if you could see
what I can see when you reach Paris, you would be dancing naked in the sand,”
and for the rest of the season he’s trying to puzzle that out. It certainly
doesn’t make any sense in the beginning, doesn’t make any sense when they’re
losing and everything, so it’s only when he’s made this offer — [and] it would
be very difficult for himself to turn down this offer anyway — the key fits in
the lock and he realizes as he takes it that that’s what The Seer meant.
If he’s going to do this, he’s got to go the whole hog, so he’s
gone into that with the Franks and that’s not going to just be a game of
convenience. If he does this, this time — it’s a second betrayal, but it’s a
much bigger betrayal. He’s been promised huge amounts of land. In fact, the land
is what we now know as Normandy so it’s very big, and the title and a bride and
everything… he’s going to want to make that work. He’s going to want to prove
that this is what the gods meant and this is why he should be dancing naked on
that sand. In fact, Clive wants to dance naked on the sand, but it is hard
to get Clive to put any clothes on anyway… But the conflict now is at a much
higher level, but it has different sorts of ramifications too.
Ragnar confronted Floki about killing Athelstan in the finale.
Their relationship has been strained for a while, but what can you preview
about their dynamic in season four?
It’s clearly an issue that is going to have to be resolved. It’s
a huge thing in terms of who Ragnar himself has lost along the way: his closest
confidants; Torstein [Jefferson Hall] probably the last of that first band of
warriors; Athelstan, the only person he could confide in, really; and now
Floki, his boat builder. This is clearly devastating for him, but even so, you
might wonder how long he’s known and why perhaps he hasn’t done anything about
it before. All these things are pertinent to what happens in season four, but
certainly it’s a big, big issue and it will feature in a very, very important
way in season four with hopefully some unexpected results.
What went into the decision to kill Athelstan? His death was
obviously a major catalyst for both Ragnar and Floki in the back half of the
year, but was it always the intention to kill him in season three? I recall you
saying that you initially you intended to kill him in the first season.
Yeah. I looked back at my original outline and he was dead by
episode four, but then again, Ragnar was dead by episode ten… When I was
writing the bible of season three, I realized that I had to deal with
Athelstan’s central issue because I couldn’t have him flip-flopping many more
times. I’d done that. He’s had his spiritual agony,so I would just be repeating
myself if I continued that, so then I started thinking, “well, how do I resolve
that? What’s the best way for him?” Then I thought it was cool that he’d thrown
his lot in with the Vikings. He’d left, chosen to go back to Scandinavia with
Ragnar rather than staying with Judith who was having his child; Ecbert, who
loved him; his own country. And it’s at the point when he’s thrown in his lot
with the Vikings and the pagans that Christ speaks to him — or he believes that
Christ speaks to him — and of course these things are very personal and nobody
else sees him being blinded by the light, just as nobody else sees the blood
running out of the wooden statute from Floki’s view.
So it’s personal, but still, God certainly speaks to him and
then I thought, “so what do I do now? I’ve got this loose cannon, certainly a
loose priest, and it’s not plausible that he would be able to get that to
England on his own. It’s not plausible that he would survive in a pagan land
very long.” Of course, he kind of knows this because he says to Ragnar, “I
don’t care what happens to me now.” So, martyrdom was, I thought, a really good
way for him to die because he embraces it and it’s the most wonderful Christian
thing to become a martyr for his faith and he goes to his martyrdom joyfully.
There’s just something in those wonderful moments between Floki and him that
somehow registered and it was very moving. George was in the studio [recently]
and he was extremely grateful that he kept coming back as a ghost or a vision.
But he was great and it’s a sad thing — the character grew, obviously, in
importance but George grew as an actor and by the end I thought that was an
incredibly powerful, poignant demise and I was pleased for him, because he’s a
Ragnar withheld the truth about Paris from everyone except Bjorn
— will that create further trust issues with Lagertha?
The issues between Lagertha and Ragnar could cover three beaches
now… Of course [it will], and there’s a kind of humiliation in opening your
heart to someone when they’re dead, and she just confessed that she still loved
him. And now you think he’s lying there [in the coffin] with a little smile on
his face. That’s a terrible thing. So, yeah, she has to navigate some difficult
emotional — as well as political and physical — issues and it’s another one.
Her relationship with Ragnar will continue to be changeable, but in a way,
whether they like it or not, they’re part of each other.
Will Lagertha try to regain her Earldom in season four?
You’ll have to wait and see. [Laughs.] What I can say is that
yes, the end game, the result of all those issues will be something quite
How you intend to top the scope of season three? You’ve been
getting bigger every season, so what’s next after the Paris raids?
We have these two great guys who choreograph the fights and the
battles, and they’re — like everyone else who works on the show — very, very
creative… But I go to them and I say “what can we do that might be even bigger,
more spectacular, more interesting, or more unexpected than we’ve done?” And we
sit down and we try and devise something the Vikings might do that we haven’t
seen them do before, some challenge that they have that seems insurmountable.
That’s one of the things that we’re always looking to do. I thought episode
eight this time, in that sense, was just unbelievable and awesome. Of course,
we used more CGI than normal, but I think we’ve kept faith with the founding
principles of keeping it as real and character-driven as possible. In that
sense, the big, big confrontation between Ragnar and Rollo, which is likely to
be definitive, is at another level again. Last time it was just one fight, one
battle between them, but this time there’s much more at stake and it’s got to
be a lot more than that. So, the personal issues, the stakes are higher… I love
these people anyway, and taking them on new adventures and delving deeper into
their psychologies and their love lives is fantastic.
We’ve seen King Ecbert (Linus Roache) sink to new depths of
Machiavellian scheming this season, so what’s ahead for him next year?
Well, more Machiavellian stuff, needless to say, but based on a
perfectly reasonable, historically correct idea that he wanted to be king of
kings — he thought that would make a big difference for England, which it
ultimately did. It meant that Alfred the Great, when he came to the throne,
inherited a large kingdom that enabled him in the end to deal with the Vikings
in the way the smaller kingdoms couldn’t. So even though Ecbert is cynical to
say the least, and Machiavellian, he has numerous positive points. He’s
obviously very clever, very educated, very intelligent, but I think that it
would be fair to say that these Machiavellian designs and things he does do
start to impact his soul. What we might discover is that Ecbert is not just
clever but has a soul, and he gets up to some pretty devious and interesting
What are you most proud of, looking back at season three?
I think we promised to deliver something bigger and better. I
promised that not only would it be more spectacular, but we’d be more involved
in the lives of our major characters. I believe that we’ve delivered that, so
I’m proud of the whole season and everyone else that’s contributed to that. And
I’m pretty proud that I smuggled some lines by T. S. Eliot into the show and no
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Fans of History Channel's primetime series "Vikings" will have to wait for a few more months to know the future of their favourite characters, including King Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) and Bjorn Ironside (AlexanderLudwig). But, they may get a glimpse of Season 4 during the San Diego Comic Con 2015, which will be held from 9-12 July.
The cast and crew of popular history drama series will meet fans at Room 6A and answer several of their questions on Friday, 10 July, from 3.30 pm onwards. Meanwhile, they are also expected to previewthe fourth sequel during the event.
But since creator Michael Hirst and team are yet to reveal more detailsof the panel, the followers of the show will have to wait a little longer to know more about it.
Meanwhile, TV World can prepare themselves to meet the creative team of some of the most anticipated series, including "American Horror Story: Freak Show/Hotel", "The Simpsons", "Sleepy Hollow" and "Doctor Who".
While the cast and crew of Fox's upcoming horror comedy drama "Scream Queens" will attend the event on Saturday, 11 July, FX horror series "The Strain" is likely to have a world premiere on Sunday, 12 July.
Meanwhile, Scottish actor Peter Capaldi will attend the comic con for the first time on Thursday, 9 July, along with executive producers Brian Minchin and Steven Moffat, as well as co-stars Michelle Gomez and Jenna Coleman, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Another celeb to make his debut is creator Seth MacFarlane. He will attend the joint panel of "Family Guy", "Bordertown" and "American Dad" along with Scott Grimes, Mike Henry, Dee Bradley Baker, Rich Appel, Wendy Schaal, Steve Callaghan, Brian Boyle, Matt Weitzman, Nicholas Gonzalez, Missi Pyle and Mark Hentemann.
In the meantime, TV series such as "The Simpsons", "Sleepy Hollow", "American Horror Story", "Bob's Burgers" and "The Last Man On Earth" will introduce their new seasons to the fans during the San Diego Comic Con 2015. New shows, including "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll", "Minority Report", "Salem" and "Damien", will also be part of the event.
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