The fourth-season finale of “Vikings” is set to air on History Wednesday night, and beyond what you’ve already seen with some of the battle sequences and the drama surrounding Ragnar’s sons, there is something else to be excited about: The debut of Jonathan Rhys Meyers!
History confirmed today that the “Tudors” and “Dracula” alum is going to be making his first appearance during the finale in the role of warrior bishop Heahmund. He’s a very different character than any other that we’ve seen on the series so far, and that excites us given that this is the sort of show where variety really is the spice of life. You can see one of the first photos of the actor above.
Another bit of good news associated with this character is that he’s far from a flash in the pan. Rhys Meyers is a regular for the entirety of the upcoming fifth season, meaning that you could theoretically see him turning up in every one of the upcoming 20 episodes of the series. As for how he will fit in with Ivar and the rest of the characters on the show, that remains to be seen! All we can say is that new episodes of the show will likely resume a little bit later this year. We know that “Vikings” season 5 is already deep in production, so there will be some flexibility in terms of when History wants to bring it on the air with new episodes.
A quick ratings update – We didn’t compose a separate article for it this week, but we did want to briefly highlight how the show is continuing to draw some very strong numbers for History. The latest episode drew a 0.7 in the 18-49 demographic, which puts it on par with the season average. What is nice to see is that the show did not really lose many viewers from one half of the fourth season to the next.
What do you think about Meyers coming aboard “Vikings” at this time? Share some of your thoughts with a comment! Also, head over here if you do want to preview further the next new episode of the show. (Photo: History.)