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Alica Agneson joined the cast of Vikings in season five as a former slave woman, Freydis. Sadly, she was killed at the end of the series by her husband Ivar the Boneless (Alex Hogh Andersen). Agneson made an unexpected return in the final series as Katya, a woman who looks exactly like Freydis but who is she? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
Will Katya reveal her true identity?
In Vikings season six, part one, viewers were introduced to a new character by the name of Katya.
Katya is a Russian Princess and the wife-to-be of Prince Oleg (Danila Kozlovsky).
True Vikings fans will have noticed Katya bares a striking resemblance to Freydis, Ivar’s first and only wife.
In Vikings, Freydis was a former slave who was freed by Ivar the Boneless in season five.
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The pair soon fell in love and got married but things took a tragic turn for Freydis and her newborn baby.
After noticing Freydis’ son Baldur was born with a deformity, Ivar left him outside to be eaten alive by foxes.
Freydis then accused Ivar of murdering her son, which he denied. He also blamed Freydis for his son’s deformity.
At the second Siege of Kattegat, Freydis betrayed her husband and sided with Ivar’s enemies, Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig), Harald (Peter Franzén) and Hvitserk (Marco Ilsø).
In the end, Ivar was overthrown from the seat of Kattegat and replaced by Bjorn.
He was then exiled from Scandinavia, finding himself on the Silk Road at the beginning of season six.
Before heading East, Ivar brutally strangled Freydis to death at the end of Vikings season five, accusing her of treason.
In the Kievan Rus, Vikings was introduced to Katya, the wife of Prince Oleg.
Like viewers at home, Ivar immediately noticed the resemblance between Katya and Freydis.
He believes there is some form of connection between the pair and cannot let it go.
Towards the end of episode five, season six, Ivar attempted to convince Katya they used to be married and that her real name is Freydis, but was
He said: “Princess. I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to talk to you privately. I’m sure you understand why I need to talk to you – Oleg is playing games with me.”
Something is not quite right for sure, with Oleg taunting Ivar about Katya and even having sex in front of Ivar with Katya.
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Speaking to The Metro earlier this year, Agneson teased some details about Katya’s true identity, suggesting Ivar and Katya are linked in some way and he is the only one that can see her and Freydis’ similarities.
She said: “I mean…you will find out quite soon. There was quite a big spoiler in the last episode where Victor joins [the group] in Russia and he can’t see the likeness [between Freydis and Katya]. It’s only Ivar.
“‘I suppose you don’t really know yet…but it’s in the eye of the beholder.
“We’ll see what happens and if she does know something about Freydis.”
Ever since Agneson returned to the series, fans have left wondering if Katya and Freydis just bare a striking resemblance or if Freydis is actually alive.
Fans have been sharing their theories on Reddit about Katya’s true identity.
Carrmensandiablo shared: “I’m of the opinion that it is 110 percent all-in Ivar’s head. I don’t think it’s a spell, but purely psychological.
“He sees Freydis because he’s finally seeing himself clearly. He sees all of his failings–as a person, as a leader, as a husband, and as a father (well… ish).
“As an outsider in Oleg’s world, he sees where he was realistically heading had his brothers not usurped the throne, and he’s terrified and feels tremendous guilt over how he acted. Projecting Freydis onto Katia seems to be a reflection of that.”
Another fan, hollowaydivision, suggested Freydis was still alive.
They wrote: “She initiates the sex and even looks at Ivar while it’s happening. If this is just a weird power move by Oleg, she’s willing to go pretty far.
“Granted, we saw her body. But she was strangled, not stabbed or burned or decapitated. Who knows.”
A third user commented: “I still think that Katya is some weird kind of a tool/doppelganger that Oleg uses for to manipulate Ivar psychologically thinking that she is Freydis ”resurrected”…
“Maybe Oleg is some kind of a God[Odin ????] that wants to lead Ivar to his redemption by forcing him to watch and learn that his ways of treating people and what he thinks about himself is all a wrong[the way he treats people] and its an illusion[what he believes for himself]…
“Hirst said that Ivar this season will change his mind about his ways of treating people and how he sees himself.”
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