Ragnarok has the potential of becoming the most successful Scandinavian Netflix show. Set in Norway, the coming-of-age drama deals not only with friendship, relationships and conflicts with parents and teachers, but also with environmental protection, economic corruption and, most surprisingly, Norse mythology.
Who is in the cast? Who is the hammer-wielding Thor? Where was Ragnarok filmed? What ancient language do they speak? Discover 17 Facts About Ragnarok Season 2 and take a look at the first trailer and the first pictures of the new season.
Ragnarok is a six part Norwegian series that was released exclusively on Netflix worldwide on 31 January 2020.
Ragnarok Season 2 will premier on Netflix on 29 May 2021.
In Norse mythology, Ragnarok is the definition of the end of the world. Ragnarok begins with natural disasters and culminates in the great battle between the gods and the giants.
Ragnarok is produced by SAM Productions, a Danish screenwriter-based production company. Danish award-winning screenwriter Adam Price (51) functions as creator, writer and executive producer.
At the premiere of Ragnarok Season 1 in Oslo, Adam Price said: “There are a lot of people today, not least young people, who think the world is big and scary, and on the brink of an apocalypse. So, I figured that people in this world need something to put their faith in. There is a need for a tale of a hero. And in our little world of Edda, there’s a hero who comes along.”
Magne is an introverted, dyslexic teenager who returns to his family’s hometown Edda (Norway) with his mother and his brother. His father died under mysterious circumstances when Magne was about five years old. In Edda, Magne discovers that he has supernatural powers.
Magne discovers that he has supernatural powers, but he doesn’t know yet that he’s the reincarnation of Thor, the Norse god of thunder.
Magne is played by David Stakston, a 21-year-old Norwegian actor. He was born in Florida, where he spent part of his childhood before moving to Norway with his family. From 2015 to 2017, he starred in the teenager drama Skam. In Ragnarok, David has his first lead role: “The TV show has such an important message, the climate,” he says. “It’s super relevant.”
Saxa Jutul is the daughter of industrialist Vidar Jutul and the school principal Ran. Her family is one of the richest in Norway. Saxa, who’s in the same class as Magne, is an egoistic, opportunistic and ruthless young woman with a dangerous past.
The Jutul family owns Edda’s largest industrial complex and therefore is very influential. But the members of the Jutul family are also extremely dangerous: Vidar and Ran and their children Saxa and Fjor are more than a thousand years old. They’re one of the few families of giants that survived the last Ragnarok.
Saxa is played by Teresa Frostad Eggesbø, a 22-year-old Norwegian actress, singer and songwriter. She has released several songs under the name of Resa Saffa Park (watch her Youtube videos). She’s the only actress who sings in Ragnarok. Like her co-stars David and Herman, she starred in the Norwegian teenager drama Skam. Theresa has 95’000 followers on Instagram.
The town of Edda, where the TV show was shot, exists, although its real name is Odda. It attracts many tourists thanks to Trolltunga, one of the world’s most spectacular rocks, two national parks, Europe’s deepest snow in Roldal, the Buerbreen glacier and the historical industrial town of Tyssedal.
Fjor Jutul is a giant (or Jotunn) like the rest of the Jutul family, but he’s less diabolical. When he falls in love with Gry, the girl Magne is in love with, his family turns against him.
The smart and handsome Fjor is played by Herman Tømmeraas, a 24-year-old Norwegian actor who starred in Skam alongside David Stakston (Magne) and Teresa Frostad Eggesbø (Saxa). Herman has 2.4 million Instagram followers.
Magne’s younger brother Laurits, who’s gay and often quite mean to his mother and brother, is played by Jonas Strand Gravli, a 31-year-old Norwegian actor who played in 22 July and Wisting alongside Carrie-Anne Moss (Matrix). Jonas has 56’800 followers on Instagram.
In Season 2, Laurits finds out that he’s the son of Vidar Jutul and tries to build up a relationship. When Vidar finds out that Laurits betrayed him to help Magne, Vidar decides to kill his son.
Laurits, who’s Loki in Norse mythology, gives birth to Jörmungandr, also known as the Midgard Serpent or World Serpent. According to Norse mythology, the serpent will grow so large that it will be able to surround the earth.
Iman Reza, played by Danu Sunth (above) will play an important role in Ragnarok Season 2.
RAGNAROK SEASON 2 ENDING EXPLAINED
Why do Magne, who’s Thor, and Laurits, who’s Loki have such a strange relationship despite the fact that they’re brothers? Why did Laurits give birth to a snake? Is Saxa going to get pregnant and give life to a baby who’s half giant and half god? Why did Fjor and Ran not kill Laurits? What did he promise them that will threaten Thor?
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