Vikings fans baffled as they pick up on bizarre season 6 change to Ubbe from season 5
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Some observant viewers have flagged a huge contradiction with Ubbe, the first son of legendary warrior Ragnar Lothbrok in the medieval drama Vikings. Before the series makes its long-awaited return to Amazon Prime Video, one of his key moments from the previous season is still causing confusion.
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Ubbe Ragnarsson (played by Jordan Patrick Smith) seemed to undergo a significant character regression in the first half of Vikings sixth and final season.
In the show’s latest instalment, the appearance of a mysterious wanderer known as Othere (Ray Stevenson) caused a stir when he revealed a connection to an earlier character.
After meeting up with Ubbe and Torvi (Georgia Hirst) after the disappearance of Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård), Othere spoke of his discovery of a Golden Land which nearly cost him his life.
However, the traveller then revealed he was originally brought up as a Christian monk called Athelstan, the same name of a missionary portrayed by George Blagden who was enslaved by Ragnar (Travis Fimmell) in season three.
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The apparent continuity error comes in when Ubbe appears to be outraged by his new companion’s surprising confession.
Despite always welcoming the presence of Christianity and other faiths in Kattegat, Ubbe condemned Othere’s beliefs and marked him as an enemy.
Fans were taken aback by the explorer’s reaction, with one viewer maintaining it completely flew in the face of his character development from the previous season.
They took to Reddit to discuss Ubbe’s flagrant contradictions, causing a considerable debate amongst the Vikings fanbase.
Redditor The-Broken-Prince posted: “Of all of Ragnar’s sons, I would say the show has presented Ubbe as the most accepting and open-minded to other people’s religion or way of thinking, much like his father.”
They also pointed out: “Ubbe even converted (briefly) to Christianity for the sake of his people.”
This fan rightly brought up the fact that Ubbe had no trouble being baptised under the wishes of King Alfred (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) to strengthen the Vikings-Saxon allegiance.
Although Ubbe never truly abandoned his Norse beliefs, the viewer insisted he had no reason to mark Othere as a sworn enemy before, thankfully, Torvi talked him out of it.
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They continued: “He even went as far as to say that Christians were the enemy of their people and needed to be dealt with. To me it just seems like a very big character inconsistency.
“And earlier in the season when Ubbe was the temporary ruler of Kattegat, he mentioned increasing trade with Alfred and Rollo, both of whom are Christians.
“Why would you trade with people who are your sworn enemy as he calls them later?”
Fellow fans promptly went to the comments with their suggestions, though Ubbe’s own anger and frustration with himself for abandoning the Norse gods may be the only reasonable explanation.
Plus, another fan rightly pointed out that Othere had been completely dishonest with the pair up to that point, so Ubbe’s distrust may have been justified.
There are still ten episodes left of season six, which are now confirmed to be heading straight to Amazon Prime on December 30.
With more secrets about Othere’s strange connection to Athelstan to be revealed, it’s hoped Ubbe will also come to his senses so his bizarre character inconsistency doesn’t hang over the rest of the series’ epic conclusion.
Vikings Season 6, Part 2 releases Wednesday, December 30 on Amazon Prime Video.
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