Showrunner Michael Hirst has opened up on his proudest achievements as the sole writer for his hit History series, Vikings. Now that the popular medieval drama wrapped up on Amazon Prime last year, the creator has paid tribute to fan favourite shield-maiden, Lagertha (played by Katheryn Winnick).
Vikings’ writer and creator Michael Hirst has shared his immense pride for Canadian star Katheryn Winnick’s long-running role as the female warrior, Lagertha.
Winnick starred as the tenacious shield-maiden since the first season arrived on the History Channel in 2013.
Initially intended as a standalone miniseries, Vikings took viewers by storm and was eventually renewed for an additional five seasons.
This was undoubtedly due, in no small part, to Winnick’s compelling performance across all six seasons as the legendary viking hero.
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Over the years, Vikings helped smash through gender stereotypes by placing powerful female fighters in the centre of the show’s bloodiest action sequences.
Despite the network expecting the majority of the show’s audience to be male, History soon found this wasn’t the case.
The same is also expected of the upcoming sequel series, Vikings: Valhalla, with relative newcomers Laura Berlin and Frida Gustavsson in pivotal roles.
The showrunner went on: “In other words, particularly Lagertha was making women watch the show. And it was about so much more than fights and battles and things.”