Vikings: Amazon Prime release trailer for final season
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The second half of Vikings’ sixth and final season was met with thrilled reactions from fans when it was exclusively released on Amazon Prime Video last December. However, a key moment between Ubbe (played by Jordan Patrick Smith) and Kjetill Flatnose (Adam Copeland) has proven there are still continuity errors aplenty to be found amongst the six seasons of History’s popular medieval drama.
Yet another distracting anachronism has been spotted in the background of a pivotal scene in the sixth season of Vikings.
The final ten episodes of the series were released after months of waiting last December, bringing an end to the stories of Bjorn Ironside (played by Alexander Ludwig) and Ubbe.
Before making his way across the Atlantic to North America, Ubbe struggles to fill the gap left by Bjorn’s death.
One key moment in episode 12, ‘All Change’, sees Bjorn’s brother manipulate Kjetill Flatnose, a new settler in Iceland with unclear motives, onto his side as he prepares his next voyage.
Speaking separately with Othere (Ray Stevenson), Ubbe manages to win over Kjetill’s trust as he begins to assemble his expedition.
This exchange was crucial in setting up Ubbe’s travels to America with Torvi (Georgia Hirst), which eventually led to his reunion with Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård).
Sadly, some viewers couldn’t help being distracted by a strange occurrence that seemed to be going on in the background of this critical scene.
One perceptive viewer posted the issue on IMDb when they realised not everything about this episode was entirely historically accurate.
They wrote: “Around 29:45 while Ubbe is talking to [Kjetill] – there appears to be a steady stream of modern day traffic passing in the background above Ubbe’s head.”
Taking a look at the episode in question confirms that there does indeed appear to be several contemporary vehicles driving across the hills behind Ubbe.
The surrounding beaches are also teeming with new arrivals and the background was shot out of focus, so it’s possible the camera just picked up on some stray extras behind Jordan Patrick Smith.
However, these entities seem to be much larger and move in much the same way as a modern car.
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Thankfully, the shooting style meant that most fans’ attention remained squarely on Ubbe during this decisive conversation between Ubbe and Kjetill.
Unfortunately, to make matters worse, a number of other mistakes were found in the very same episode.
Another fan wrote: “Around 20 minutes in when the high ranking Rus soldiers are forced to dig a pit and then killed – two of them climb out and are on their knees pleading for mercy.
“Oleg kills only one of them yet when the camera draws back both bodies lie dead.”
One more observant viewer spotted another of the supposed Rus corpses shift their hands to make way for another burial, breaking the illusion for those who were paying close attention.
Showrunner Michael Hirst was often caught out for playing fast and loose with historical accuracy, but nothing can excuse these particular production blunders.
Still, most fans were able to overlook the occasional mistake, and Vikings’ sixth season still brought the epic historical drama to a satisfying close.
Vikings Season 6, Part 2 is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
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