Here's why Hvitserk was renamed Athelstan in #VikingsFinale #Vikings

VIKINGS season 6 part 2 came as a welcome Christmas gift for fans at the end of 2020. Why was Hvitserk renamed Athelstan?

PUBLISHED: 08:23, Fri, Jan 1, 2021 | UPDATED: 08:23, Fri, Jan 1, 2021

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Vikings season 6, part two was the final instalment in the Vikings saga and it saw many storylines come to a close. One of the leading characters in the final 10 episodes was Hvitserk (played by Marco Ilsø). At the end of the series, Hvitserk turned to Christianity and he was given the new name, Athelstan.

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Why was Hvitserk renamed Athelstan?

Vikings is a popular historical drama series which has been airing for the past seven years, and it finally came to an end on December 30, 2020.

In the series, Hvitserk is one of the sons of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), although he struggled to find his place in the world.

Fans took a while to warm to his character, feeling as though he had not achieved anything significant throughout the series.

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Hvitserk himself even doubted his role, as he spoke about his destiny whilst sitting at his brother Bjorn's (Alexander Ludwig) grave.

He had always believed he was fated to kill his brother Ivar the Boneless (Alex Høgh Andersen), and so chose to follow him.

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Vikings season 6 part 2: Hvitserk and AthelstanVikings season 6 part 2: Hvitserk was renamed Athelstan (Image: Prime Video)

Vikings season 6 part 2: Hvitserk was baptisedVikings season 6 part 2: Hvitserk became a Christian (Image: Prime Video)

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In the final episodes, fans saw Hvitserk help his brother overthrow Prince Oleg (Danila Kozlovsky), leader of the Rus.

Once their mission was complete, the brothers decided to head back to their homeland of Kattegat, but they were not satisfied.

Instead they chose to sail to Wessex in England, in order to avenge their father and fight against King Alfred (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo).

Ivar was determined to become the greatest Viking who ever lived, and fans were heartbroken to see him die on the battlefield.

He had saved his brother Hvitserk from the feud, telling him to run to safety, and Hvitserk watched on from a distance as Ivar was stabbed by a Wessex soldier.

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