Vikings: Alexander Ludwig shares heartfelt message as he addresses coronavirus ‘storm’

Bjorn Ironside was dealt a fatal blow in the most recent episode of Vikings. As fans wait for the midseason premiere of the History series in lockdown, also available on Amazon Prime, Alexander Ludwig shared a message for his devoted fans.

The entertainment industry has been hit hard by the ongoing coronavirus restrictions.

Many series in the States have been forced to cut their current seasons short, as the pandemic restricts filming schedules and access to the post-production editing rooms.

Although much of season six had been completed, Vikings is no exception as History confirmed filming for the last episodes of the epic historical series has been put on hold.

In the meantime, the cast and crew have been sharing heartfelt messages for fans who may be struggling to cope with the dramatic changes to lives around the world.

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Alexander Ludwig, who portrays current lead Bjorn Ironside, found himself celebrating his birthday in lockdown over the weekend.

The now 28-year-old star took over as Vikings’ protagonist when Bjorn’s father, Ragnar Lothbrok (played by Travis Fimmell) was brutally killed in the season four finale.

Millions of people have had to host celebrations for birthdays and other special events without being able to see their family and friends as the pandemic continues.

Alexander celebrated his own birthday by taking the time to share a video on his Instagram account to thank all his loyal fans who sent him messages over the weekend.

He also encouraged his 2.9 million followers to stay strong during the current crisis by ensuring Vikings fans the uncertainty will eventually be over.

In his video the star said: “Hey everyone, I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for all these incredible birthday wishes.

“A lot are from people who I have never even met personally. They’re making videos and sending happy birthdays and it’s very, very special and means the absolute world to me. So thank you.”

Alexander added: “I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy and that this storm will pass soon.”

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Finally, he signed off: “In the meantime, I love you and I hope you have a great day.”

Alexander’s followers were touched by the actor’s kind words, and immediately took to the comments to shower the Vikings star with support and good wishes.

Among them was actress and Alexander’s on-screen mother, Katheryn Winnick, who sent him a kind message in the video’s comments.

Katheryn, who portrays Lagertha on the series, said: “Happy Birthday to one and only @alexanderludwig. Love ya!”

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Katheryn was also among the Vikings stars keeping fans motivated during the pandemic, as she recently shared a behind-the-scenes post encouraging viewers to stay at home during the lockdown.

Meanwhile, Gustaf Skarsgård, who plays fan favourite Floki for the series, impressed his fans by posting his poetry addressing world leaders’ poor handling of the COVID crisis.

Vikings fans are hoping to catch one more glimpse of Bjorn in season six before he succumbs to Ivar the Boneless’ (Alex Høgh Andersen) vicious ambush in the midseason finale.

Vikings is hoped to return to History and Amazon Prime at the end of 2020.


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