Vikings has made its triumphant return, but so far, no Rollo.
The History Channel show last saw the character in April’s mid-season finale, where Rollo made his allegiance clear, and battled it out with Ragnar in the waters of Frankia.
ET hopped on the phone with Rollo himself, Clive Standen, on Tuesday, where he dished on his character’s recent absence — and revealed that since the series’ time jump, Rollo has “seemingly everything he’s ever wanted.”
“He beats his brother in battle, he goes back victorious, he has this lovely princess to go home to, and a whole realm that kind of worships him as the savior of Paris,” he explained, before noting that Rollo still yearns for the Viking life. “He’s having a bit of a Viking mid-life crisis. The only difference is that in modern society, the cliché is that the man pines for his Ferrari or his Porsche, whereas Rollo is pining for a longboat to take him back to be the warrior for one last voyage as a Viking.”
Rollo’s allegiance to Frankia — and seeming betrayal of Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) and the Vikings who came to claim the territory in the last half of the season — was a major turning point for the characters, but Standen said Rollo’s big move is completely warranted given Ragnar’s past treatment of his brother.
“He was kept in the shadow of Ragnar for years… There’s only so much a person can take,” he said. “When Rollo goes to Frankia, he finds people who actually respect him and worship him…He may be betraying his people, but he’s not betraying his roots. He’s still a Viking. He just has no choice but to go to Frankia and start a new life, take on a different guard, and everything that comes with that in order to accomplish his fame in the society at the time.”Read More
Clive Standen – who plays the younger version of Liam Neeson’s character – said Bryan is “just a normal human being” when the show begins.
“What’s so great about the Taken series so far is… he doesn’t have a super-power,” Standen told Digital Spy. “He’s not Jason Bourne. He’s not James Bond, he’s not the cool guy with the witty one-liners.
“Something really traumatic and tragic happens within Bryan’s family and he goes on a one-man mission, just like he does in the film, to put right what went wrong.
“He’s a one-man wrecking ball. So he doesn’t have any particular skills [yet] – he just has a desire to protect.
“He’s on a path to destruction and the CIA find him and they’re the ones who are able to grab him – before he does real damage to himself – and harness him and that is when he starts to learn that particular set of skills.”Read More
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