History’s “Vikings” will feature actor Kevin Durand this coming season. Monsters and Critics got in the trenches on the phone with some other reporters and asked Kevin Durand, who just killed it as Vasily Fet on “The Strain” this past year, questions about his cryptic character Harbard, a drifter who wanders into Kattagat while the men are away doing their Viking thing.
Another new Viking added to the thrilling storyline will be Kalf, “a trusted second-in-command” character to our dear Lagertha. He will take the place as “acting Earl” when she accompanies Ragnar on raids. But Kalf’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing to watch. The role will be portrayed by the British actor Ben Robson.
Like Kalf, Harbard appears to be innocuous, but there is a portentous air in the village. Harbard is first and foremost at face value a wanderer, a mysterious man who is not what he seems. He turns up unexpectedly in Kattagat when Ragnar and most of the men of the town are away raiding. Harbard will have a profound effect on Queen Aslaug, Siggy and Helga, all of whom have had the same dream, presaging his arrival. Siggy is dubious.
Monsters and Critics: All right. I’ve seen the first three episodes. So I know you can’t divulge everything but it’s obvious Siggy is not a fan of yours and from what we’ve seen and Princess Auslaug of course is completely enchanted. Do you win Siggy over to your side or was she prescient about the nature of your character?
Kevin Durand: You know I think she remained quite skeptical of what Harbard’s intentions are. She’s a soft one. She [Unintelligible] right or wrong you’ll probably find out in the next episode. [Laughter]
Monsters and Critics: So your character Harbard, would we describe him as a Laplander – as a native indigenous person to the Nordic region?
Kevin Durand: Well, there’s an element to Harbard that I think he can be many different – I can’t get too far with that without divulging too much information and getting in trouble – getting my hand smacked – but he’s kind of mystical. He’s – Man, I don’t know how to get around this without – just spelling it out for you and getting in trouble but I am not what you just said. [Laughter]
Monsters and Critics: How many episodes are you in as this character?
Kevin Durand: I am in three.
Monsters and Critics: Three episodes. Excellent and now the last question, does Dee Corcoran ever braid your hair like she does the rest of the cast?
Kevin Durand: Pardon?
Monsters and Critics: The hairdresser Dee Corcoran. I interviewed her. She does all the braiding of all the hair of all the Vikings. Do you get braided?
Kevin Durand: Yes. My gosh! It’s amazing. It’s amazing what they did. I don’t have – like that’s not my regular beard either. I can’t grow a beard like that in a hundred years so when they take the beard off at night and I kept those extensions – my huge braids, I felt like I was like – I feel like I was in Avatar or something that I was going to plug it into some magic dragon and fly away. It was kind of incredible – just amazing group of artists over there, you know.
Monsters and Critics: One word to describe your character. What is it and what is he? Just one word to tease people.
Kevin Durand: You know at this point? You know it’s exactly the way that each show has been pushing it. It’s mysterious. I mean even for me – I’m not even 100% sure. You know what I mean? I have a very, very good idea but it will be interesting to see what you think as the episodes move along and I’m really interested in seeing what people think. [Laughter]