Vikings season 6 part 2: Does Floki regret killing Athelstan? Creator opens up

Vikings season six part two, otherwise known as part B, arrives on Amazon Prime Video on December 30. Sadly there will not be a season seven of the historical drama, so all the characters will see their storylines wrapped up in these final 10 episodes. The show’s creator, Michael Hirst, spoke exclusively to about Floki’s (played by Gustaf Skarsgård) thoughts.

Does Floki regret killing Athelstan?

One of the fan-favourite characters in the series is the quirky Floki, who was the best friend of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel).

Floki had the closest connection to the Norse gods out of all the Vikings, and some fans even suspected he was a god himself.

He remained true to his Pagan beliefs, and so when Ragnar befriended the Christian monk Athelstan (George Blagden), he felt betrayed.

Floki never saw eye to eye with Athelstan, even when the monk decided to adapt to Ragnar’s Pagan customs.

Sadly Floki ended up killing Athelstan, but in the later seasons, he started to question the legitimacy of his own gods.

The show’s creator, Hirst, spoke about whether Floki regretted killing Athelstan or whether he knew he had made the right decision.

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He said: “There is no regret, he believed very strongly Athelstan was having a bad influence on Ragnar, as he became very interested in Christianity.

“Floki despised of that, and he had a strong belief that the Pagan gods needed to be protected from Christianity.”

The series is based on real historical events and it is a known fact that the Vikings succumbed to Christianity towards the end of the Viking Age.

Hirst added: “He believed it would happen – Floki, in his own weird way, foresaw that and his trip to Iceland was a way of reconnecting himself to the gods, confirming in his own mind they existed.”

Fans were sad to see Floki leave the series temporarily as he took a group of settlers to Iceland, to create a new settlement.

He ended up leaving Iceland as he was overcome with sadness when the other Vikings, including Kjetill Flatnose (Adam Copeland) started to fight.

They all questioned Floki’s authority as the leader of the group, and Floki could not bear to see any more death and destruction.

The last fans saw of Floki was when he was in a cave, which had a large crucifix in the middle. At this moment, Floki started crying.

Hirst said: “He wanted to create a community of likeminded Pagan people, but he didn’t find what he was looking for.

“He wasn’t reassured that the gods were blessing his actions.” Fans are keen to know if Floki is even still alive in the final episodes, and Hirst teased: “There are many surprises to come in the last 10 episodes.”

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Faith and religion are expected to play a huge part in the final season, as the golden age of the Vikings comes to an end.

Prince Oleg (Danila Kozlovsky) of the Rus army has been trying to instil Christianity upon the rest of the Vikings.

In the trailer for the final episodes, he was seen taking part in a religious ritual following the intense Rus battle.

The Vikings, who felt defeated after their leader Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig) was badly wounded, have started to question their own faith.

The upcoming season will follow each of the main characters as they attempt to fulfil their purpose in the world before they run out of time.

Some fans have suggested Floki will make an appearance in the final episodes, and he may be confronted by the ghost of Athelstan.

Athelstan is known to have materialised in front of people before, as he did so with his son Alfred (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo).

Floki may not regret killing the monk, but if he is to run into Ragnar’s old friend again, it may make him question his loyalty to the Pagan gods even more.

Other fans have even suggested Floki could become a Christian in the finale, as he comes to realise he is in a losing battle.

All 10 episodes will be dropping at the same time, so viewers will be binging their way through to find out what happens with Floki.

Vikings season 6 part 2 airs on Amazon Prime Video on December 30