Although a hundred years separate it from the original series, Vikings: Valhalla welcomed an iconic Vikings character. How could this one appear in the Netflix series? Warning, spoilers.
Warning, spoilers. It is advisable to have seen the first season of Vikings: Valhalla before continuing to read this article.
Spin-off of Vikings located more than a hundred years later, Vikings: Valhalla retraces the epic of the descendants of the mythical heroes of the original series. Among these new characters are the explorer Leif Eriksson (Sam Corlett), his valiant sister Freydis Eriksdotter (Frida Gustavsson) and the ambitious Prince of the North Harald Sigurdsson (Leo Suter).
Through the story of these three legendary Vikings, this spin-off series takes us to the heart of the tensions between the Vikings, torn between their pagan and Christian beliefs, and England, and brings us back to Kattegat, the nerve center of Viking stories.
The aura of illustrious ancestors, such as Ragnar (Travis Fimmel), Rollo (Clive Standen), Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) or even Ivar (Alex Høgh Andersen), hovers over our new heroes, who want to be part of their legends. Given the long time span between the parent series and the Netflix spin-off, no Vikings characters can appear in Valhalla. And yet…
Le Voyant, between old legends and new heroes
A mythical character from the original series is back. This is the Seer (The Seer, in the original version), the diviner endowed with mystical powers, who communicates with the Nordic gods and who makes the link between them and men. Recluse in the forest, the Seer is often consulted by the population of Kattegat who seeks to know more about their destiny.
But he always takes care not to tell everything he sees so as not to upset the future, without however omitting cruel truths. His origins are very vague and unknown to the Viking people, which does not prevent him from respecting this precious oracle.
Despite his often vague prophecies, which leave room for interpretation by his listeners, many legendary Vikings called on him, such as Ragnar, Rollo, Lagertha, Aslaug, Ivar, Jarl Haraldson or Jarl Borg.
Yet dead years ago, the Seer appears in Valhalla and comes into contact with Freydis Eriksdotter and Jarl Kåre (Asbjørn Krogh Nissen) to discuss their destiny with them. Is it the same Seer? Yes ! And he is embodied by the original actor, John Kavanagh, who has once again put on his diviner’s cape for this new project.
How did the Seer survive?
In Season 5 of Vikings, Ivar the Boneless visited the Seer to find out if he was indeed a God according to the prophecy. But the diviner refuted this hypothesis while telling Ragnar’s son what his fate had in store for him. Not really liking the Seer’s response, Ivar simply killed him.
But the Seer had reappeared in the sixth and final season to warn Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith) to leave the Green Earth, which already meant that the diviner had not really died. His mystical abilities allow him to wander between life and death, between gods and humans and to appear in the visions and dreams of Vikings.
This is why he is the only character from the original series to be able to reappear, outside of flashbacks, in Vikings: Valhalla. After predicting to Freydis that she was “the last Viking”, he may well reappear in season 2 of the Netflix series, already filmed, to announce other prophecies to other characters.