#Vikings What made Ragnar Lothbrok death scene 'very real'?

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The History and Amazon Prime show places fans in the time when Vikings ruled the lands and before the time of central heating or expensive clothes.

Fighting all that got in their way, the warriors were tough and had to deal with the elements they faced as they attempted to conquer other lands.

Placing an actor in such scenes and telling them to emphasise could be hard, but bosses were helped by nature to capture the essence of the era.

Director Ciaran Donnelly has spoken out about the tragic scene when Ragnar Lothbrok (played by Travis Fimmel) dies and the brutality of it.

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We would have called it the mud and blood and s**t

Ciaran Donnelly

However, there was one thing that helped capture the brutality and significance of the moment.

He told Metro.co.uk: “It just rained solidly the entire time and it was really very cold.

“But on a show like Vikings which is heavily location driven, that’s the world you’re in and you’re always encountering weather. We would have called it the mud and blood and s**t.

“It was almost always up to your knees in mud, but it makes it feel very real because it is real. He is out there suspended in a cage and thrown in a pit with snakes as you see it.”

Without the bad weather and brutal weather, the scene would not have had the impact it did to show the terrible conditions facing the Vikings.

What’s more, the director spoke about how moving the scene was and how Travis struggled to deliver the lines.

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