Vikings’ Ivar star admits he was in tears filming final season 6 scene: ‘Beautiful moment’

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The second half of Vikings’ sixth season has finally been released, bringing the lives of several popular characters to a dramatic close. Now the final ten episodes are available to stream on Amazon Prime Video, Ivar star Alex Høgh Andersen has unpacked his brutal last moments as the legendary warrior.


Ivar the Boneless star Alex Høgh Andersen has revealed he felt incredibly emotional filming his final moments as the recurring antagonist on Vikings.

Although Andersen’s Ivar, the rival and half-brother to series lead Bjorn Ironside (played by Alexander Ludwig) wasn’t introduced until season four, the character has left a strong impression on fans.

Throughout the show’s final series, Ivar bested his brother in battle and reignited the war against King Alfred (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) and the Saxons.

Andersen’s tenure on the series came to a heart wrenching end when he succumbed to his wounds after reconciling with his brother, Hvitserk (Marco Ilsø).

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Speaking to ET Online, the Danish star admitted: “Oh, I was bawling my eyes out throughout the entire day.”

After seven years on screen, many fans were also sorry to see the iconic series come to an end, with emotions running equally high on set.

Anderson continued: “So, it was complete closure and it was a phenomenal, great, beautiful day. But I was also anxious to my fingertips.

“And I’d come off of a couple of months where I wasn’t really feeling that well. It had been some tough months leading up to that. So, it was just a full-blown closure for me.”

While former protagonist Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), Ivar and Hvitserk’s father, failed to make an appearance, their final scene together recalled their family’s epic legacy.

Before he takes his final breath, Ivar’s eyes grow bluer, much in the same way Ragnar’s would, before declaring the name of Ivar the Boneless would live on forever.

Ivar is based on a legendary Viking hero who, like Ragnar, may have actually insisted, and showrunner Michael Hirst’s reimagining of Norse fables brought his epic story to a close in the season finale.

Alex Høgh Andersen also revealed he was especially grateful his final scene took place with his co-star, Marco Ilsø.

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He explained: “To go out as well and do that very last scene with Marco, who I’ve been sharing this whole experience with, and he’s my fellow Danish brother, it was special.”

The actor recalled the two performers were unsure whether Ivar’s last scene called for tears to be shed, though they couldn’t help crying when the reality of the moment set in.

Andersen recalled: “We just started bawling while we were doing the line. And it just became very, very beautiful and very organic.

“I think we both were a little overwhelmed by the whole experience and everything that led up to it, and just being there in that moment with my brother.”

“It was a very beautiful moment and I felt it. It was one of those moments that you live for as an actor.”

Season six’s second part broke Vikings tradition by premiering exclusively on Amazon Prime, though episodes are also now available to watch on the History Channel.

Die-hard fans will also be pleased to know the Vikings story is far from over, with upcoming spin-off Vikings: Valhalla heading to Netflix soon.

Vikings Season 6, Part 2 is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

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