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'Vikings' Season 5 SDCC 2018 Lineup Confirms Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen, But No Gustaf Skarsgård

by Anya Bell / Jul 09, 2018 08:43 PM EDT
Gustaf Skarsgård's absence at the 2018 SDCC might confirm Floki's fate in 'Vikings' Season 5 Episode 11. Photo by History Channel

Vikings is officially coming back to the San Diego Comic-Con this year, and the panelists have finally been announced. The show will once again be represented by the usual suspects like actors Katheryn Winnick, Alex Høgh Andersen, Alexander Ludwig, as well as creator Michael Hirst. However, there are two interesting additions and one depressing absence. What happened to Westworld Season 2 star Gustaf Skarsgård? Could this mean that Floki will be leaving in Vikings Season 5 Episode 11?

Several Vikings cast members have always been a part of the show's panel at SDCC. However, actors like George Blagden, Jessalyn Gilsig, and Travis Fimmel had opted out of the convention when their characters were killed off in the series. Nevertheless, Ragnar Lothbrok's death did not stop Fimmel from showing up at the show's 2017 panel dressed as a kangaroo. Will Gustaf Skarsgård make a similar appearance at the San Diego Comic-Con ahead of the Vikings Season 5 Episode 11 release date announcement?

It has already been revealed that Vikings will be represented at the San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, July 20 with a Ballroom 20 panel from 11:45 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. This is the first time that the series will be taking over a larger ballroom since their successful presentation in the previous year. However, the panel appears to be missing a few key cast members.

Katheryn Winnick, Alexander Ludwig, and Alex Høgh Andersen will be returning with creator Michael Hirst. The panel will also bring back Clive Standen, who had been absent from the Vikings SDCC presentation since 2016. Georgia Hirst, the actress who portrays Bjorn's ex-wife Torvi in the series, will be joining the panel for the first time. Unfortunately, the group will not be joined by Gustaf Skarsgård, who has attended the convention every year since 2014.

So why exactly is Gustaf Skarsgård not a part of the Vikings panel at the 2018 SDCC? There are speculations that the actor might be working on Westworld Season 3 although his character Karl Strand was killed off in the second season. Some believe that Skarsgård is still filming his new movie titled 438 Days. But is it possible that Swedish actor is simply absent because Floki is no longer a part of the show after Vikings Season 5 Episode 11? After all, Ragnar Lothbrok's old friend has already decided on sacrificing himself to redeem his new colony.

The Vikings Season 5 Episode 11 release date has not yet been announced. However, there is a possibility that the premiere date will be confirmed at the upcoming 2018 SDCC.

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