Vikings’ Travis Fimmel didn’t speak for a whole episode as Ragnar – did you spot it?

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Ragnar Lothbrok (played by Travis Fimmel) finally became king at the end of Vikings’ second season in the gripping finale, ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. However, fans who have been rewatching the classic episodes over on Amazon Prime Video were stunned to recall that the ruthless Viking warrior achieved it all without saying a single word.

Travis Fimmel took a huge risk for the end of Ragnar Lothbrok’s journey to become king throughout the second season of Vikings.

In the season finale, ‘The Lord’s Prayer’, the History Channel show’s bloodthirsty protagonist shocked the audience by barely saying a word throughout the entire episode.

The entirety of the series has been written by showrunner and historian Michael Hirst since Vikings began back in 2013.

However, the series’ most experimental decision to date was actually the idea of Fimmel himself.

During a Comic Con retrospective heralding the end of the series last year, Hirst recalled the Australian star pitching the radical idea during production.

He explained: “Travis said to me, ‘Do you think, perhaps it would be a good idea if I don’t say anything in this episode except the Lord’s Prayer?’

“And I said, ‘well you are in a lot of scenes’ and he said ‘yeah but I can do it by looking, I don’t need to say anything.’”

Thankfully, their risky collaboration paid off, and the second season finale is fondly remembered by fans as a clear stand-out for the long running historical drama.

Even though the series featured one of Ragnar’s most violent moments, the determined warrior only uttered a portion of the Lord’s Prayer during his final bid for the throne of Kattegat.

He also let out some guttural cries after headbutting his rival, King Horik (Donal Logue), and bludgeoning him to death.

The final moments of season two then left fans with the powerful image of Ragnar sitting atop the cliff of Preikestolen, clutching Horik’s ‘King’s Sword’.

When they first tuned into the episode in question, even the most dedicated Vikings fans only noticed the change midway through the finale.

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One viewer said on Reddit: “One quarter into the program and Ragnar hasn’t said a line yet.”

“I like how they just show Ragnar standing in the background while watching his plans fall into place,” noted another.

To which another nonplussed viewer replied: “Seriously, did he even speak this episode besides his howl?!”

During the aforementioned Comic Con panel, Hirst admitted he was initially concerned the studios behind Vikings wouldn’t approve of Fimmel’s far-out plan.

He continued: “I said don’t tell anyone. Don’t tell MGM. Don’t tell History. Because no one would allow it, your lead character is not saying what’s on the page that they had approved.

“So we did it and I don’t think anyone noticed, nobody noticed that he didn’t say anything because he was still in the scenes.”

Thankfully, Travis Fimmel remained just as compelling as the iconic Viking king as ever, and the popular medieval drama was able to continue for another four seasons.

Vikings seasons 1-6 are available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

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