Jonathan Rhys Meyers is making his way to the Vikings season 4 finale. Get all the details of his appearance here.
The actor made his debut in the latest finale sneak peek released by History Channel. Meyers will be playing the role of Bishop Heahmund, a very religious priest.
Vikings creator Michael Hirst revealed to Entertainment Weekly that he found Meyers’ character while doing research for season 5. The showrunner described Heahmund as a religious warrior who could be a predecessor to the Knights Templar. He added that Heahmund is “off the scale” crazy when it comes to his dedication in religion.
“The antecedents of the Knights Templar: these are people who were absolutely religious, yet they put on armor and they fought. Don’t let their priestly status fool you, either. They were crazy! They believed totally in Christianity and the message, and yet, on the battlefield, they were totally berserk,” said Hirst.
Interestingly, History Channel is currently working on a historical fiction drama television series titled Knightfall. The upcoming show will recount the fall, persecution, and burning at the stake of the Knights Templar. Knightfall will have 10 episodes and Jeremy Renner will serve as executive producer.
This is not the first time Hirst and Meyers have worked together. The two already met in Showtime’s The Tudors.
What to Expect in Vikings Season 4 Finale
Fans have been assured that they will not be disappointed in the season finale. In line with this, Hirst said the fight scenes between the Vikings and the Saxons are “wonderful” and will keep viewers at the edge of their seats.
Hirst added that episode 20 is packed with battles but it is not all about bloodshed. The award-winning screenwriter said there will be emotional scenes on it.
Moreover, Hirst teased that the finale will give way for the next story arc that will be the focus of the next season. The official synopsis for the Vikings season 4 finale episode reads:
“Prince Aethelwulf finds himself subject to the Vikings’ battle master plan; Ecbert remains behind with a plan of his own.”
Vikings season 4 episode 20 spoilers also indicated that Queen Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) will face some challenges on her own. The Queen of Kattegat will be facing King Harald (Peter Franzen), who returns to take back his throne.
The Vikings season 4 finale will air on February 1 at 9 p.m. in History. Season 5 will debut later this year.
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