|“||Dear child, Gyda, you are not gone because you are always in my heart. They say that a man must love his sons more, but a man can be jealous of his sons, and his daughter can always be the light in his life.||”|
–Gyda's father, Ragnar
Gyda was the kind and gentle daughter of two famous Viking warriors in their society, who is just starting to learn the ways of the Vikings. She was first seen hunting eels with her mother, the famous shield-maiden Lagertha. Later in the series, Gyda told her mother that she has started bleeding; Lagertha said that she was now a woman and no longer a child, but asked to cradle her once passed away. Gyda had quickly become attached to Athelstan upon his arrival at Ragnar's farm.
As the plague takes hold Gyda is a victim and passes away. Though Lagertha outwardly shows little emotion, perhaps in being strong for the afflicted community, it's clear her heart is broken as she places Gyda's body on a funeral pyre and burns it.
Some time later, after an extended absence from the village negotiating and waging war on behalf of King Horik, Ragnar mourns his lost daughter. Heartbroken as he sits alone in the spot where her funeral pyre burned on the shore of the fjord, speaking of her as if she were physically present. He muses that she was mature for her age and laments that that while he knows he can feel jealousy towards his sons, Gyda was his only child that he could feel nothing but love for.
While drugged and now a King, Ragnar has a bittersweet vision of his old and simple life as a farmer, seeing Gyda and the rest of his family including Athelstan. Later, Ragnar sees again Gyda and the rest of his family before his death by the hands of King Aelle.
|Season one appearances|
|Rites of Passage||Wrath of the Northmen||Dispossessed|
|Trial||Raid||Burial of the Dead|
|A King's Ransom||Sacrifice||All Change|
|Season four appearances|
|A Good Treason||Kill the Queen||Mercy||Yol||Promised|
|What Might Have Been||The Profit and the Loss||Portage||Death All 'Round||The Last Ship|
|The Outsider||The Vision||Two Journeys||In the Uncertain Hour Before the Morning||All His Angels|
|Crossings||The Great Army||Revenge||On the Eve||The Reckoning|