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Golden Globe winner Jonathan Rhys Meyers portrayed Bishop Heahmund in seasons four and five of Vikings. Meyers was noticeably absent from season six of the historical drama but will he return as Heahmund in the final 10 episodes? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
Will Bishop Heahmund return in Vikings season 6, part B?
In Vikings, Bishop Heahmund was an Anglo-Saxon Bishop and warrior.
He planned to convert the invading Viking forces to Christianity.
Heahmund was captured by Ivar the Boneless (played by Alex Høgh Andersen) and forced to fight with the Danes, against his own people.
He was portrayed as Lagertha’s (Katheryn Winnick) lover, but this did not occur in real life.
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Sadly, Heahmund’s return in the final 10 episodes seems unlikely, considering he was killed in season five of the historical drama series.
Heahmund was killed by Gunnhild (Ragga Ragnars) during the Battle of Marton.
The real Heahmund died at the Battle of Marton in 871, battling against King Halfdan Ragnarsson but he was not killed by Gunnhild.
The Battle of Marton took place on March 22, 871, in Wessex against the invading Vikings.
According to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, the Danes were victorious.
In Vikings, Heahmund was struck by several arrows from the enemy and Gunnhild sealed his fate by stabbing him in the back.
Additionally, with Lagertha also dead and in Valhalla, there is very little purpose in the storyline for him to return.
However, show creator Michael Hirst is known for keeping viewers on the edge of their seats and shocking viewers with the plot of Vikings, so viewers should not rule out an appearance from Heahmund.
For example, Heahmund could appear in the form of a flashback or in a vision.
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There is also the possibility Heahmund could appear in a dream sequence.
If the Vikings do return to Anglo-Saxon England, Heahmund’s existence could be alluded too, if he does not physically appear.
Following the real Bishop Headhmund’s death, he was venerated as a saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church and Roman Catholic Church.
He was a loyal follower of Alfred of Wessex (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo), who will be returning in the final 10 episodes.
In an interview with Variety, Hirst said there was “no precedent” to tell more of Heahmund’s story.
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He said: “Heahmund is only a footnote in history – there was no precedent to have his character continue.
“The nature of the character and his intensity means that he is much like a Roman candle: it must shine bright, have its effect and leave.
“The death scene was filmed in the snow and bitter cold in a rather enclosed field, and of course these scenes must be very intense and quite mechanical to shoot as we are dealing with arrows, but it does have a fluidity in its manifestation of the circumstances and consequences of his death and what it means for Lagertha.”
He added: “Heahmund is such an extreme character that he had to die and he had to die heroically in battle.”
Fans have taken to Reddit and Twitter to share their love for Bishop Heahmund.
One fan wrote: “I personally loved the character, even though he had more potential and deserved more screen time. “Say what you will about him, but his death is one of the most beautiful, tragic and poetic moments of the show.”
A second fan said: “Loved this dude. The romance story with Lagertha was poor but everything else about him was at least entertaining. A show set in this time period needed a ‘holy warrior’ type.”
A third viewer said: “I’ve been so sad since Athelstan died. Finally another hero I can get behind.
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