History released a new promo for the second season of Vikings during the first part of its Bonnie & Clyde miniseries and in it, we see Ragnar preparing to go into battle with the sounds of Lorde’s “Glory and Gore” in the background.
At the end of the first season of Vikings, Rollo pledged his allegiance to Jarl Borg and will thus be fighting against his brother for the foreseeable future. Feeling as if he would never escape the shadow of Ragnar and wanting a taste of the individual glory that he felt had been denied to him over the years, Rollo turned his back on the Earl and the whole of Kattegat, the latter of which looking to be more difficult to win back over should Rollo attempt to return.
On some level, Ragnar understands and empathizes his brother’s motivations, but he’s no longer Ragnar Lothbrok, simple farmer and family man from Kattegat. He’s Earl Ragnar Lothrbrok, leader of a town who depends on him and who he must remain loyal to at all times and as such, he cannot afford to let his affections for his brother cloud his vision on the battlefield. From here until the final sword falls, the two are as good as mortal enemies and in order to subdue Jarl Borg once and for all, Ragnar might have to be the one to end Rollo’s life. However, considering the honor it is to die mid-battle and fighting for the cause that one believes to their bones, the two wouldn’t have it any other way.
The second season of Vikings is set to premiere February 2014. Joining the cast this season will be the likes of Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games) playing teenage Bjorn and Linus Roache (Batman Begins) portraying King Egbert of Wessex. You can check out an additional trailer here.
Who do you think will emerge victorious at the end of the season – Ragnar or Rollo? Is Floki, as evidenced by the show’s Comic-Con trailer, in danger? How will Lagertha handle the news of Aslaug’s pregnancy?