Vikings season six, part two was the final instalment in the saga and it saw Kjetill Flatnose (played by Adam Copeland) split from the rest of the group. They were forced to flee the new land after Kjetill threatened to kill anyone who touched the whale that had washed up on his plot. The show’s creator, Michael Hirst, spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about Kjetill’s drastic turn.
Why did Kjetill Flatnose go mad in Vikings?
Kjetill was introduced in season five of Vikings and he helped Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) lead an expedition to Iceland.
However, he did not agree with Floki’s leadership and resorted to violence to get his own way.
Fans had already seen he was capable of killing innocent people, and they thought the new land was driving him crazy in some way.
They believed some sort of unnatural force could have been altering his perception of rational behaviour.
In his final scene, he was seen sitting on top of the dead whale, screaming for people to bow down to him as king.
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Michael Hirst opened up about Kjetill’s character, who was played by professional wrestler, Copeland.
He told Express.co.uk: “Adam Copeland came on board and he had this role and I wasn’t sure where it would go.
“I wasn’t sure how good he would be as an actor, partly because wrestling is a theatrical sport.
“He was very good at trying to be extremely genuine and kind and intelligent.
“I remember when he received the final scripts when he kills the other family, and he was in shock.”
Fans said his character had been a “complete savage” in Vikings and they enjoyed his storyline.
At the end of the series, Kjetill and the rest of his family were left abandoned after Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith), Torvi (Georgia Hirst) and Othere (Ray Stevenson) fled.
Viewers can only presume he and those who chose to fight with him survived on what resources they had left.
They took to Twitter to share their thoughts on his character, with one joking: “The last thing I ever thought I’d see was @EdgeRatedR standing on top of a beached whale looking like a straight psychopath! You killed it in your role as Kjetill Flatnose, dude! #vikings”
Another said: “There needs to be a Vikings spinoff chronicling Kjetill’s life after being abandoned. Plus, I want to know what they did with the whale.”
Vikings is streaming on Prime Video now.