Australian actress Alyssa Sutherland invaded Vikings at the end of last season as Ragnar Lothbrok’s new love interest, Princess Aslaug. Some fans still blame the beautiful royal for ruining the marriage between Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) and his first love, Lagartha (Kathryn Winnick), but the ebullient Sutherland shrugs off the haters. We chatted with her yesterday about why last night’s episode, “Boneless,” was the fans first chance to understand Aslaug and why if you thing Lagartha’s a better woman than Aslaug then “you’re not watching [Vikings] properly.”
Last night’s episode of Vikings showed a different side of Viking family life as Aslaug and Ragnar had to deal with the fact that their son, Ivar, was born disabled. Aslaug was counseled by her husband and by her friend, Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig), to let the child die, but she categorically refused.
When I asked Sutherland about last night’s episode yesterday before it aired, she was loathe to give spoilers, but she did say, “Oof,” when I brought up the Viking legend of Ivar the Boneless. She only spilled that “it’s my favorite episode for Aslaug. I think it’s the first opportunity that people have to understand what she’s about and what she wants out of life.”
“And this is what I love about the show,” she added. “At the heart of it, it’s still a family saga and there are still issues to be dealt with that I think people can relate to today. And I think what she goes through with Ivar is going to really–hopefully–strike a chord with people and maybe they’ll see a different side to her.”
“She adores her sons and just wants the best for her sons. That’s just what she’s about. She just loves them.”
Unfortunately, not all the fans see Aslaug as a protective mother…