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Vikings: The Real Meaning Of Gunnhild's Three Ghosts

Warning: contains spoilers for Vikings season 6B.

Vikings fans may be at a loss, following recent events that occurred in the second half of season 6. Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig), who was presumed dead after his confrontation with Ivar the Boneless (Alex Høgh Andersen), returns to defend Kattegat. He eventually succumbs to his wounds, however, leaving the popular series ostensibly without a protagonist and Kattegat without a leader with half a season still in the tank. Bjorn's wives, Gunnhild (Ragga Ragnars) and Ingrid (Lucy Martin), both have eyes for the throne and role as queen. That makes things a little awkward. They get even more complicated when Ingrid reveals she is pregnant and seems to think the child is Bjorn's, claiming to have been aware of the pregnancy before she was raped by King Harald "Finehair" Halfdansson (Peter Franzén).

Bjorn's potential heir in utero certainly throws a wrench into the situation. But what are fans to make of the ghostly visions Gunnhild has of Lagertha, Bjorn, and Ragnar?

Gunnhild's visions could have deeper meaning in Vikings season 6

In Vikings season 6B, Gunnhild is dealing with the loss of her husband, Bjorn, in the wake of their defense of Kattegat. Prior to throwing her proverbial hat into the ring to be considered as a potential queen, the powerful shieldmaiden sees the ghosts of her husband and his father and mother. Gunnhild's visions of Lagertha, Bjorn, and Ragnar could have deeper meanings beyond the surface.

Seeing the ghosts of Ragnar, Lagertha, and Bjorn could be significant beyond the scope of her family ties via marriage; Gunnhild's late husband and his parents are, respectively, the last three rulers of Kattegat. Ragnar was initially king, succeeded by his wife as queen, whose rule was follow by that of their son. While Bjorn's brother Ivar briefly held the city of Kattegat, he was never crowned or named king. Gunnhild beholding these ghosts could signal that she is worthy of the throne and the rightful ruler of Kattegat.

We're sure Harald, who wants to be king of all Norway, has his own ideas. And Gunnhild of course has to try to figure out Erik's motives as well.