Although her drowning was instrumental to conveying Ragnar’s character development by that stage, most fans agreed it was more or less irrelevant to the overall story.
For example, when the clip was posted on YouTube, another fan commented: “Probably the dumbest thing I saw in Season 4. Just why?
“Why would you kill off a character that could have been major in the future? What was the point of even putting her in the show if she was to get killed off that quickly?!”
Ragnar’s own journey came to a violent end in the finale of season four, leaving viewers with several unanswered questions heading into Vikings’ divisive final instalments.
Vikings is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.