Lagertha remains one of the star’s most personal roles, though, in part thanks to her close bond with Vikings’ showrunner and sole writer, Michael Hirst.
In contrast to most long-running television dramas, Hirst penned the scripts to each and every episode of Vikings by himself, without the help of any co-writers.
Speaking with Collider, Winnick explained: “He has it all in his head without a writing partner, it’s absolutely unbelievable. And something that I know he’s very very proud of.”
Thanks to Hirst’s presence as the key creative force behind Vikings, Winnick quickly developed a strong working relationship with the showrunner.