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Vikings is sadly coming to an end after the upcoming 10 episodes and fans are curious to know more about the complicate relationship between Rollo (played by Clive Standen ) and Ragnar Lothrbok ( Travis Fimmel). Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
What happened between Rollo and Ragnar?
Clive Standen portrayed Rollo, the brother of Ragnar Lothbork from seasons one to five of Vikings.
He was last seen in season five returning to Normandy, to be with his wife Gisla (Morgane Polanksi).
However, before he left for France for the second time, he dropped the bombshell he was actually the father of the new King of Kattegat, Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig) not, Ragnar.
When Ragnar was alive, the pair had a strained relationship, with Rollo quite clearly jealous of Ragnar’s success.
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He was also deeply hurt when Lagertha (Kathryn Winnick) chose Rangar over him, something Rollo never recovered from.
Rollo betrayed Ragnar’s trust several times, leading to a violent and bloody face off in season two of Vikings.
Rollo had joined forces with Ragnar’s enemy Jarl Borg (Thorbjørn Harr) to fight against King Horik (Donal Francis Logue) and his own brother and during the battle, Rollo critically injured Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) Ragnar’s closest friend.
When Ragnar and Rollo came face to face, they did not fight, with Rollo surrendering to his brother.
As a result, he was taken captive to be judged by the men of Kattegat for his betrayal of Ragnar.
In later seasons he allied with his brother and was severely injured during a battle between the Northmen against King Ecbert (Linus Roache) and King Aelle.
However, at the second siege of Paris, Rollo once again betrayed his brother.
Ragnar and Rollo came to face to face in season four, episode 10 titled The Last Ship.
Following the bloody battle, Ragnar was pulled away from his brother and thrown into one of the fleeing ships, sailing away in defeat.
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Rollo returned to his wife Gisla in Paris, bloody from battle but victorious.
Clive Staden spoke abut the iconic fight scene between Ragnar and Rollo at the Vikings Comic-Con @Home panel this summer.
He revealed the fight was originally supposed to be a sword fight, but they decided to abandon them in the end.
Standen said: “The stunt team who were incredible in our show, they always came up with fantastic fights and they came up with a fantastic fight for Ragnar and Rollo.
“It was all swords and it was a very beautiful fight and Travis came in, and he was right, he just said ‘this needs to be the tension between the brothers.
“It needs to be the brothers and not one of them is going to go down until one of them is dead.’
“He showed some examples of fights and we arranged to get rid of the swords as soon as possible and just hit each other.”
At the moment, Standen’s return to Vikings has not yet been officially confirmed.
However, show creator Michael Hirst and Standen have hinted at Rollo’s potential return.
After all, Rollo is one of the very few main characters still alive.
Speaking to The New York Post earlier this year, Standen teased Rollo’s story was not over.
He said: “I’m not allowed to say. But Rollo never dies. Can’t kill Rollo.
“I think I am one of the only original cast members that can hold their hand up and go, ‘I’m still alive! Still out there somewhere in the world!’”
Show creator Michael Hirst has also not ruled out the return of Rollo.
He teased to Cinema Blend in 2019 Rollo’s return has never been completely ruled out.
Hirst said: “Well if I could tease that out a little bit. I would say “But Rollo’s re-appearance will be a huge surprise, as indeed it was rather a surprise to me.
“But I’ll leave it to that. I don’t want to be too evasive, but the answer in the long-term is both ‘yes’ and ‘no.’
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