Vikings favorite Gustaf Skarsgård is no stranger to period costuming. He spent years in kohl, face paint, and linen shirts, traipsing around foggy fields as the show’s resident wacko shipbuilder, Floki. Now, he’s again stepping into period garb as Cursed’s Merlin. Though he’s got a big of a beard going, and really knows how to rock a cape, this Merlin isn’t sporting pointy wizard gaps or Gandalf level grey. Skarsgård and Cursed’s Merlin is simultaneously hundreds if not thousands of years old and still relatively spry, and somehow situated right smack in the middle of all of the show’s sword-driven drama.
The A.V. Club sat down with Skarsgård via Zoom to talk about swords, cloaks, and way-too-long life expectancies.