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Magnus of Mercia (played by Dean Ridge) became a rather pivotal figure in the Vikings fray in the show’s penultimate season. Before his season five death, the son of Queen Kwenthrith (Amy Bailey) had long been branded the child of the mighty Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), a fact the King of Kattegat would dispute. So who else could it possibly have been?
Despite Kwenthrith’s insistence that Magnus was indeed her’s and Ragnar’s son, many fans have continued to theorise someone else may be the father.
Doubts predominately arose following an intimate scene between Kwenthirth and Ragnar which saw the former urinate on the fierce warrior to sterilise a wound – not have sex with him.
From a member of Kwenthrith’s army of Northmen to Aethelwulf (Moe Dunford), theories and debates continue to dominate the conversation with Vikings fans to this day.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk about the storyline ahead of the release of feature-length flick Knuckledust, actor Bailey detailed all.
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“Well, I know the truth,” Bailey said. “I read the (original) scripts because there are many – there’s always pages and amendments.
“You’ll get the original script for like episode five, and then an hour later there will be yellow pages – so that scene’s out.
“Then there’s white pages, and there’s green pages – so then you get a script like this and all these different possibilities and the ins and outs.
“There was a lot of talk about whether or not he was (Ragnar’s) and there was talk between Travis (Fimmel) and me because Michael (Hirst) [showrunner] gave us a bit of freedom.”
Bailey went on to detail how Ragnar and Kwenthrith’s time on-screen together was initially billed to include a lot of sexual and steamy moments.
“Originally, he wrote our relationship in season three as a very sexual one, there were lots of sex scenes because the show got really popular and the directions from the big guys was ‘more sex, more violence’.
“So suddenly, all of us were hopping into bed together and we’re like, ‘What? What’s going on?’
“Then we came back for season three, I was like, okay, so, you know my character is gonna have something with Ragnar, that’s cool,
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“But then it was all these sex scenes. No-one wants to do sex scenes, especially with your friends, it’s weird.
“Travis and I talked a lot about it together. And then we talked about it with Michael, we kind of liked the idea of just insinuating.”
The Vikings star explained the decision further: “Even though Kwenthrith is a very sexually liberated character, for her it was all about reclaiming all the abuse she had suffered.
“That’s why she was so aggressive is because she was like – she wasn’t a nymphomaniac, she was an abused kid who now had access to power, and so she was gonna wield that power in a way that a woman wields power, especially in those days is through sex.”
Bailey added: “So we thought that it would be more interesting to leave it open as to whether or not these characters were bonding through a sexual relationship. That’s the truth.”
As Vikings approach its climax, neither Kwenthrith nor Magnus are still alive to tell the truth on-screen.
However, fans can catch Bailey in her latest role in all-out action thriller Knuckledust.
“I mean, it was a hell of a script,” Bailey said of her latest role. “It was like, ‘oh, my God,’ because it’s just like – the movie’s non-stop. The script is non-stop.”
Vikings season 6B premieres on Amazon Prime Video on December 30, 2020.
Knuckledust is released on digital platform now (release details are here).
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