Vikings blunder: Fans uncover glaring Torvi continuity error in key Lagertha scene
26th May 2020

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As well as airing on the History Channel, Michael Hirst’s epic historical fantasy is available worldwide on Amazon Prime Video, making it the perfect series to bingewatch during the coronavirus lockdown. However, rewatching old episodes of Vikings can occasionally have some confusing results.

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The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has caused major concerns for the entertainment industry, as production on several prestige television series remains postponed.

Season six has already broadcast the first 10 episodes, though the second half will bring the total up to Vikings’ usual slate of 20 episodes.

Episode 10, The Best Laid Plans, saw current ruler of Kattegat, Bjorn Ironside (played by Alexander Ludwig), subjected to a devastating blow from his rival Ivar the Boneless (Alex Høgh Andersen). 

Dedicated viewers of the series are currently desperate for new details regarding the survival of Bjorn and the predicted return of boat builder Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård).



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Unfortunately, the History Channel has yet to confirm when the series will return, though fans are speculating the premiere could come in November 2020.

All this may change, however, as the coronavirus lockdown has caused production on the sixth and final season of Vikings to be put on hold.

In the meantime, rewatching older episodes of the acclaimed historical fantasy has uncovered some strange continuity mistakes.

One particular error was unearthed in season four’s sixth episode, What Might Have Been, and involves key players for the series Torvi (Georgia Hirst) and Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick).

During the pinnacle instalment of Vikings, original series lead Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) embarks his fleets to Paris while Aethelwulf (Moe Dunford) and Alfred (Conor O’Hanlon) start their mission to Rome.

An observant fan took to discussion forums when they noticed a key sequence involving Torvi and Lagertha was undercut by a baffling continuity mistake.

They said: “After spotting Lagertha’s boats, Torvi points at the boats and lowers her pointing arm. Another shot later and she is still pointing and lowers her arm again.”

A quick look back at the earlier episode of Vikings does confirm the crucial scene was tarnished by this distracting editing blunder.

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Additionally, the series occasionally falls victim to anachronisms, as another viewer spotted in the same episode: “A crosshead screw is attached to Ivar’s frame.”

Crosshead screws were, of course, not invented until the late 19th century and wouldn’t have been used during the age of Vikings.

With each episode written by screenwriter and historian Michael Hirst, who successfully blends fact and fiction to chronicle the lives of legendary Viking warriors, the acclaimed series often features historical mishaps.

Thankfully, the series has remained compelling throughout its impressive run of six seasons, and most fans have been able to overlook these blunders as they follow the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok and his son Bjorn Ironside.


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As well as rewatching their favourite episodes during the coronavirus lockdown, viewers have also been enjoying the social media presence of their favourite Vikings stars.

Gustaf Skarsgård wowed his followers with a video of himself performing his own poetry addressing the situation.

While Katheryn Winnick channelled Viking queen Lagertha in a post of her own encouraging her fans to remain indoors during the outbreak.

Vikings season 6 airs Wednesdays on History and Thursdays on Amazon Prime Video.

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