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'Vikings' Season 4 Creator Says Alex Hogh Andersen Will Emerge As One Of The Show's Big Stars

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(Photo : Bernard Walsh/HISTORY) "Vikings" creator Michael Hirst said that Alex Hogh Andersen, who plays Ivar the Boneless on the series, is "compulsively watchable just in the same way Travis [Fimmel] is."

Alex Hogh Andersen is the next big star of "Vikings."

The 22-year-old Danish actor has been receiving positive comments for his performance as Ivar the Boneless on the hit historical drama series, and one of his biggest fans is none other than series creator Michael Hirst.

"Ivar the Boneless may be the most famous Viking of all, partly because he's got such a cool name. But in terms of this show, I knew he was going to be a major character and we got so lucky that we cast a young actor who is absolutely brilliant," Hirst told The Hollywood Reporter. "He is compulsively watchable just in the same way Travis [Fimmel] is."

"His role is fantastic," added Hirst of Ivar's storyline in the second half of season 4. "He'll challenge the audience because Ivar is well known as someone who was very extreme and very cool and yet he was a cripple. So there's always going to be hopefully a lot of sympathy for him, but at the same time he pushes boundaries. He's very challenging and he's really going to emerge as one of the big stars of this show."

 "Hey Alex, take this axe and pose with it.. people won't recognise your bad haircut as much then"... Thanks Travis.

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In an interview with IGN last April, Andersen explained why Ivar stands out from his brothers Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith), Hvitserk (Marco Ilso) and Sigurd (David Lindstrom).

"The thing which separates Ivar from the other brothers is he understands Ragnar and he does not respect him in the same way as the other brothers," Andersen said. "He's making fun of him. He's a little bit like Ragnar is to everybody else, and for once Ragnar experiences someone like him toward him. It's pretty new and interesting."

"Ragnar is incredibly intelligent," Andersen continued. "It doesn't take him that much time before he realizes that, because of the crippled Ivar, because of the past and because of his entire life as a cripple in an environment that does not embrace it; he's the toughest one of them all."

What do you think of Ivar? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

"Vikings" season 4B premieres this fall.


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