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20 Things Wrong With Ragnar Lothbrok We All Choose To Ignore

20 Things Wrong With Ragnar Lothbrok We All Choose To Ignore

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It is no secret that the character of Ragnar is far of the rationale that Vikings has succeeded as a TV present. Although actor Travis Fimmel hasn’t been on the collection since Ragnar’s departure on the finish of season four, his character nonetheless retains a robust presence via the actions of his surviving sons and former associates.

The identify “Ragnar” comes up so typically that the character nonetheless seems like the guts and soul of the present. And with the second half of season 5 properly underway, the plot strains that have been initially formed by him have nonetheless not concluded– there are nonetheless difficulties between the Vikings and the Anglo-Saxons, Ragnar’s sons are divided and there are ongoing fears about Christianity. Within the meantime, there are nonetheless new lands to pillage and new cultures to discover. Such is the world constructed by Ragnar Lothbrok.

However for as huge of an affect because the character has been (and nonetheless is) on different characters and the collection usually, Ragnar is way from good. The reality is that he is removed from it, and his faults do not all the time really feel like they’re there deliberately. Sure, Ragnar’s deep-seated character flaws haven’t essentially been straightforward to observe through the years, nevertheless it’s simpler to not dwell on them because the present could be very nicely accomplished typically (it is simply certainly one of Historical past Channel’s greatest).

That is Vikings: 20 Things Wrong With Ragnar Lothbrok We All Choose To Ignore.

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20 He’s Extremely Egocentric

Even from the very begin of the collection, most of Ragnar’s actions are for himself, even though they’re typically disguised as being for his household or for his individuals. Whether or not it is his manipulation of different leaders, his selections to maintain waging struggle even when it means extra endings for his males, his numerous infidelities or any variety of the egocentric deeds in between, the No. 1 individual in his world is all the time Ragnar Lothbrok.

Because it’s his approach or the freeway, Ragnar incessantly ignores the emotional turmoil he causes to these round him (Rollo, Lagertha, Aslaug, Bjorn, Floki, and so on.) once they do not agree together with his actions. Nonetheless, as we noticed in the long run, his selfishness and delight did find yourself pushing away those that cared about him probably the most.

19 He Can’t Deal with Defeat

Keep in mind that time when our boy Ragnar disappeared for a number of years after dropping the battle in Paris? Although the precise period of time isn’t said, he’s gone for someplace between seven and 10 years judging from how a lot his sons develop up in his absence. Our hero’s self-imposed exile might have been portrayed as self-aware, virtually even noble.

One would have thought that perhaps he discovered some type of lesson throughout his years away, however sadly, this isn’t the case. As Ragnar shouts when he returns, “What kind of king abandons his people? What kind of father abandons his son?” Certainly these are the inquiries to ask, however Ragnar himself does not genuinely need the solutions. Quite the opposite, Ragnar is merely utilizing them as statements meant to problem these round him and re-solidify his place as their chief. Did we point out he was egocentric?

18 18 He Ignores His Sons

Along with leaving for a few decade and subsequently lacking vital parts of his sons’ upbringing, Ragnar isn’t precisely gunning for Father of the Yr for the remainder of the time when he’s round. We noticed this sample begin again in season one, when Ragnar left his spouse and two younger youngsters behind to go sail throughout the ocean. Whereas loads of mother and father journey, remember that these are Viking occasions, and no one at that second in historical past was positive that Ragnar and his males would even discover land not to mention riches.

Things didn’t enhance when he had extra youngsters together with his second spouse, and if something they have been even worse. Not solely did he take much more of a backseat of their upbringing than he did with Bjorn (and even Gyda, R.I.P), however he additionally simply did not categorical a lot heat towards them in any respect.

17 His Blatant Disrespect To Aslaug

Ragnar made issues actually troublesome together with his fixed lack of respect for his second spouse. His distaste for her turned increasingly more clear as time went on, and it was very irritating for followers who missed his marriage with Lagertha.

Watching Ragnar be a willfully dangerous husband to Aslaug was like watching a toddler who hung out whining for a brand new toy solely to need nothing to do with it as soon as he received it. Positive, they tried to redeem his conduct in the long run together with his acknowledgment that she by no means badmouthed him to their sons, however by then it was too late (and what was that anyway? Some sort of feeble try at an apology?) Poor Aslaug did not precisely get a good ending to her story.

16 He Didn’t Battle For Lagertha’s Earldom

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Keep in mind how Earl Ingstad– or ought to we are saying, Lagertha– got here to Ragnar’s assist together with her warriors? Yeah, that was awfully good of her contemplating the truth that Ragnar turned her complete world the wrong way up only a yr or so earlier, leaving her to forge a brand new life for herself and her younger son. Whereas the beneficiant Lagertha was off preventing with him, she was betrayed together with her earldom being usurped. So, one would assume that after the whole lot Lagertha had finished for Ragnar, he couldn’t return the favor? Even when he did not want to assist her on a political degree, certainly a private favor would have been so as? Or vice versa?

Both approach, it simply felt very improper that he determined simply go together with, “Thanks but no thanks” and depart Lagertha to get justice on her personal. It is type of a miracle that Lagertha did not write him off for good at that second, however that is simply one more reason why Ragnar’s determination nonetheless stings a bit of once we give it some thought in any case this time.

15 There Was That Time That He Was A Determined Previous Man

Everybody loves to recollect the good Ragnar, but when we’re being utterly trustworthy with ourselves, how a lot do we actually miss the Ragnar that we obtained in the direction of the top? Everybody awaited his return to Kattegat with nice anticipation, however by this level within the collection what we received was a personality who was simply an previous man of fallen glory reeking of mania and desperation. Yikes.

Do not get us wrong– it wasn’t Ragnar’s growing older that was a problem. Quite the opposite, it was truly refreshing to see one of many major characters truly wanting like years had handed. This might have been the flip over of a brand new leaf for Ragnar, or he might have been even just a bit extra dynamic after making his return. It even would have been cool to see him attending to know his sons higher in order that we as an viewers might additionally get to know them, however no, previous Ragnar was not prepared to play until it was for his half-baked plan to return to Wessex.

14 He’s Variety Of Terrible To Floki

All Floki needed for a lot of the first few seasons was for Ragnar to like him like a brother, or at the least an excellent good friend. Sadly, this was largely not the case for lots of their time collectively on the present. As an alternative, it was a really one-sided relationship that largely concerned Ragnar ignoring and complicated Floki.

The reality is that the majority of what Floki felt he received in return from Ragnar was betrayal and condescension. Although the 2 of them have been very totally different individuals at their cores with totally different units of beliefs, they have been nonetheless associates who had been by way of lots collectively. The distinction was that Floki nonetheless cared about Ragnar and revered him regardless of their variations, whereas Ragnar did not care how his actions affected his previous pal. Somewhat than speaking to Floki about his exploration with Christianity and explaining his friendship with Athelstan, he left the deeply spiritual Floki to fret and marvel about what was happening.

13 He’s Not A Nice Chief

Ragnar Lothbrok is remembered as an incredible chief. All through his life, he was hailed as being an incredible chief. However once we actually give it some thought, was he truly all that nice as his job? An ideal warrior? Sure. An awesome navigator? You guess! An amazing farmer? Positive. Management, nevertheless, shouldn’t be essentially his robust go well with. Keep in mind when Ragnar developed Kattegat into a serious buying and selling port and stored the town protected from assaults over the course of a number of years? You do not, as a result of Ragnar did not do this.

For somebody who is meant to be extremely smart, Ragnar lets his delight rule his management selections excess of his thoughts. He repeatedly fails to see apparent betrayals and assaults headed his approach, and every time he’s again in Kattegat he acts far more concerned with private endeavors than truly guiding main his individuals and aiding with their day-to-day issues.

12 His Try To Take His Personal Life

Keep in mind that time when older Ragnar tried to off himself after realizing simply how far he had fallen in life? It appears comprehensible at first, however when you think about the truth that he knew this act would take away each the choices of Valhalla and Heaven for him whereas destroying the final shreds of respect anybody had left for him… it simply doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

It is an uncomfortable sufficient scene (as it might actually be for almost any character in that state of affairs), however then it is maybe much more unsettling that it is nor Ragnar himself who stops it. As an alternative, he fails by probability at his try, though he appears to view it as potential interference from the gods. In fact, this does not actually make sense as a result of, once more, if he nonetheless believed in both of the 2 religions that he is been uncovered to, he doubtless would not have tried to take his personal life within the first place.

11 He Values Different Cultures Above His Personal

It’s nice that he’s so curious concerning the world, however curiosity typically turns to unhealthy obsession within the case of Ragnar. What’s so incorrect about this precisely? Nicely, given the time interval and the setting, lives have been shorter and the world was smaller (exploration-wise). One’s circle of relatives and tradition was every little thing, and whereas it is nice that Ragnar welcomed outsiders, he created some divides between himself and others within the course of (most notably Floki).

Ragnar is repeatedly seen forsaking his personal tradition’s values and beliefs for brand spanking new ones that he encounters by means of his travels, although paradoxically he nonetheless appeared fast to flip the change on newer cultures when it conveniences him. The truth that he was so fluid in his cultural values makes us marvel how a lot honor he actually had.

10 He Has No Respect For Different Viking Leaders

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Time after time, Ragnar has displayed a extreme lack of respect for his fellow Viking rulers, and for sure, it has brought on a whole lot of issues. For somebody who has depended quite a bit on political alliances and the loyalty of others for a lot of his success, Ragnar by no means was fast to return the favor.

Along with his slighting of Lagertha when he refused to assist her regain her Earldom, Ragnar left Jarl Borg out of the raid to England that he was promised, he took the lives of King Horik’s whole household as an alternative of simply limiting his revenge to Horik, and when he returned from his exile, he made it clear that he didn’t need to reside in a world the place anybody was in command of Kattegat besides him. Even earlier than he formally challenged him and took his place, Ragnar by no means appeared to have a lot respect for Earl Haraldson.

9 His Repeated Forgiveness of Rollo

Idiot me as soon as, disgrace on you. Idiot me twice, disgrace on me. Idiot me 3 times or extra, and also you may simply be Ragnar’s brother, Rollo. Significantly, what number of occasions does a man have to betray you earlier than you study your lesson? For Ragnar, he undoubtedly let issues go approach too far with Rollo, which isn’t truthful in any respect contemplating how he has dealt with betrayals from different individuals.

We get that he is his brother, however since when has familial bonds stopped anybody from maintaining honor and order in examine on this present? In any case, it wasn’t that way back that Harald took the lifetime of his brother, Halfdan for a relatively minor betrayal. Maybe the showrunners try to exhibit that Ragnar is totally different from different Vikings on this regard.

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Ragnar’s selections have been completely emotional ones based mostly on bias, and he didn’t prolong any type of degree of mercy towards Jarl Borg when the chance arose. No, Jarl Borg shouldn’t have betrayed Ragnar, however on the similar time, it was comprehensible why he did. Then there’s the truth that Ragnar himself betrayed fairly a couple of individuals throughout his lifetime with out batting an eye fixed. However, Jarl Borg acquired the worst punishment of all time in retribution for his actions that have been no totally different from these of different Viking leaders. Oh, and did we point out he had a younger spouse and son on the time?

Do not get us wrong– we do not hate the scene. It was a pivotal second within the present and was shot rather well, and dare we are saying it is truly a reasonably fascinating feat to observe? Sadly, that simply doesn’t change the truth that Ragnar’s sufferer completely didn’t deserve that finish.

7 He Faked His Personal Passing

As followers of the present keep in mind, Ragnar faked his personal passing as a way to trick his means into Paris (enjoyable reality: there are precise accounts of a Viking faking his conversion to Christianity and subsequent passing in an effort to infiltrate a metropolis). It was a cool, barely extra trendy model of the Trojan Horse, however there was an enormous drawback right here all of us simply selected to disregard in an effort to hold having fun with the present.

It wasn’t a lot that Ragnar faked his personal passing however extra so the truth that he allowed individuals who actually cared about him to consider he was gone. In any case, he might have simply informed them and allow them to in on the plan, seeing as these have been shut relations and associates who have been completely crushed by the information of his passing.

6 He Deliberate To Have Athelstan Sacrificed

Ragnar thought it might look good if he was the one who introduced alongside the supposed “willing” human sacrifice. Fortuitously for Athelstan, his supposed change in perception from Christianity over to the Norse gods was extra of an act of each survival and curiosity on his half quite than real conversion, and this was referred to as out by the excessive priest. Solely a real believer might be sacrificed to the gods, and so Leif (keep in mind Leif? Good man, that Leif) volunteers as tribute.

It is an intriguing plotline, nevertheless it’s additionally one which’s rife with issues. The explanations for Ragnar volunteering Athelstan appear contrived at greatest, because it’s by no means clear what precisely Ragnar has to realize from the state of affairs. Moreover, how might somebody nominate one other individual for the sacrifice, seeing as it’s a place meant just for somebody who is totally prepared and a full believer? Additionally, it results in the shock lack of Leif, which all might have been prevented within the first place if Ragnar simply left issues alone.

5 His Complete Habit Part

Was anybody a fan of this Ragnar? Us neither. Between this stage of the character’s poor battle selections and his fixed shakes, it was a reminder that habit issues might be life-ruining it doesn’t matter what decade you are dwelling in. A substance abuse drawback additionally is not any enjoyable for these across the individual with the habit, and on this case that included the viewers.

Ragnar turned additional insupportable as his habit to these Far East medicine progressed, however then he simply up and give up with out an excessive amount of of a wrestle (we’re not counting what he did to his vendor. Extra on that in a second) or too many repercussions. In reality, he did not actually face any repercussions in addition to operating round together with his mouth stained pink from the Betel root or no matter it was he was taking. It was a complicated story arc that additionally felt pretty pointless.

four He Drowned Yidu

Once more, we actually did not like Ragnar utilizing medicine. Nonetheless, that does not imply we have been able to blame another person for the state of affairs he acquired himself in. Regardless that it was Yidu who first launched Ragnar to the Far East substances, she was general an harmless simply appearing in survival mode. He was fascinated by her and stored going again for extra, and in her place, she did not actually have the facility to refuse him.

In fact, taking accountability for his personal actions was by no means actually Ragnar’s robust go well with. Blaming the slave woman for his habit, Ragnar took issues method too far and ultimately took her life in what served as one in every of his decrease moments by far. As if the act of taking her life wasn’t dangerous sufficient, he drowned her as his sons watched. Nothing says “great dad and leader” like taking the lifetime of an harmless individual, proper?

three He Helped Make Ivar What He Is

Anybody at present watching the present is aware of simply how merciless and horrible Ivar the Boneless has turned out to be. Sadly, we have now Ragnar accountable. It undoubtedly started with Ragnar being the absentee father that he was, leaving Ivar to just about simply develop up listening to tales of how fearsome and the way nice a warrior his father was with out actually attending to know the person himself. Ragnar inspired him in all of the fallacious methods, even encouraging then teenage Ivar by assuring him that at some point individuals would worry him.

No, Ragnar, simply no. Ivar nonetheless appears to aspire to get rid of greater than he has desired to overcome or achieve wealth, and whereas he is undoubtedly received a screw or two unfastened, he is additionally obtained an entire childhood of dangerous parenting to thank for his psychotic conduct. Thanks, Dad.

2 He was not trustworthy to Lagertha

The relationship with Aslaug. Thus started Ragnar’s descent into being an terrible individual. He had his flaws earlier than, however any wrongdoing might simply be brushed apart as a result of, let’s face it, the man is so charismatic. However then he made the acutely aware choice to do that to Lagertha with Princess Aslaug. Making issues even worse, by doing so he went towards his promise to Bjorn (then nonetheless a toddler) that he wouldn’t take issues any additional than he already had with Aslaug. It was at this second that one thing appeared to vary inside him.

Ragnar’s determination to have the relationship was a brand new starting for him– he acquired what he needed, however at what worth? His choice induced him to lose one household but achieve one other, and this appeared to spark a sample of additional poor selections made by the Viking chief.

1 After that, He Tried To Persuade Lagertha It Was Okay

Yeah. Ragnar truly anticipated her to be fantastic together with his taking Aslaug as a second spouse. Or a minimum of, he actually needed her to be okay with it. In any case, what else is there to assume when a person’s pregnant lover exhibits up, and as an alternative of pleading for forgiveness from his spouse he proposes polygamy? Ragnar demonstrates simply how poorly he understands that the whole state of affairs is his fault.

That is right– there is no apology right here. No try in any way on his behalf to point out how sorry he’s. As an alternative, Ragnar simply feels harm that his spouse would dare to go away him with out speaking to him about it. We hope he is doing properly in Valhalla. With just one extra season left of the present, nevertheless, it appears that evidently the collection actually was by no means meant to outlive with out Ragnar Lothbrok. Within the meantime, we’re nonetheless watching regardless of the character flaws.

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