Vikings Season 3 Recap – Episode 5: The Usurper

Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) and Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) have marital issues in Episode 5 (entitled The Usurper) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings

Here’s what went down in Episode 5 (entitled The Usurper) Season 3 of History Channel’s Vikings:

Rollo does what Rollo does best: Drink

So Rollo (Clive Standen) finds out Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig) is dead and starts drinking. No surprise there. Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) beating the shit out of him for the fact he is pulling the ‘poor me’ card yet again was a bit of a changer though. I think I just might like this kid after all! Of course, Bjorn was probably just compensating for the fact he couldn’t protect his woman either, so that puts them back into the same boat again.

Oh, and Rollo, the reason why you will never excel past your brother’s achievements is the fact you get drunk every time you encounter a problem. When Ragnar gets hit with a shitty fate sandwich, he takes goes to war and claims another title for himself!

Rollo (Clive Standen) gets drunk again in Episode 5 (entitled The Usurper) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings

Ragnar is no fool Aslaug

Just a tip Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland), by not saying anything incriminates you just as much as fessing up to sleeping with Harbard (Kevin Durand)! Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) is no fool and while he may not be faithful to his wife, at least he is honest about it.

Floki is the viking equivalent of a fanatical Christian

Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) gets fanatical in Episode 5 (entitled The Usurper) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings

I know you love your gods and your viking ways Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) but it totally makes you look like an unyielding religious fanatic. You know, like those you are badmouthing? While I love you dearly, my patience is being tested every time you rag on Ragnar about his alliances.

Speaking of alliances…

King Ecbert (Linus Roache) shows his true colours in Episode 5 (entitled The Usurper) Season 5 of History Channel's Vikings

Let me just say up front that the very end of this episode confused the hell out of me. And the more I think about it, the more I am confused by it. Let me point out my concerns:

  • King Ecbert (Linus Roache), the man who has a collection of pagan works and has been open to different religions since the very first time we laid eyes on him has suddenly decided he’s not a viking sympathiser. While he may have been lying right form the very start, there has been absolutely no indication (bar the conversation he had last week with Ragnar about being corrupt) to the viewer that Ecbert was anything but the English equivalent of Ragnar.
  • Sending in your son to wipe out the new viking settlement is stupid on so many levels.
  • For starters, you called everyone else out as committing treason. Correct me if I’m wrong, isn’t that punishable by death? If so, shouldn’t you kill your son also, Ecbert?
  • If you don’t kill your son because you think having him around to blame for the viking bloodbath is still in keeping with your agreement with Ragnar, let me tell you right now – it’s not.
  • King Ecbert, I count down the days until your demise now. We have seen Ragnar take out the Earl of Kattegat (Gabriel Byrne), Jarl Borg (Thorbjørn Harr) andKing Horik (Donal Logue) for lesser things.
  • Is it just me, or is Vikings starting to get a little predictable? Every time Ragnar forms an alliance, he is double crossed. How long will it be before fans start turning off?


This week all Ragnar can talk about (when he isn’t quizzing his wife about why she wasn’t watching their sons) is Paris! Suddenly it’s the shiny new thing. I know there have been articles on how Season 3 will be making the trip to Paris, but, as a viewer simply watching the show, Paris seems like the new thing that hasn’t really been explained yet it is now all Ragnar can talk about.

And Athelstan (George Blagden), while you may know about Paris somewhat (which is this episode news to me), let me just tell you that one sexual encounter with a woman does not entitle you to speak to Ragnar like you are a pro in this department, makes you look like a creep, or an Ecbert sympathiser…

Lagertha vs. Ragnar

So while Lagertha (Katheryn WInnick) has been on board with helping Ragnar in all his escapades across the world, it seems the favour is not easily reciprocated. When it is discovered that Kalf (Ben Robson) has appointed himself earl of Hedeby and Lagertha asks for support, the only Ragnar can offer comes in the form of offering Kalf a place in his Paris-raiding army. Pissed of much Lagertha?

Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) gets screwwed over in Episode 5 (entitled The usurper) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings

Oh, and History channel, where oh where was Kalf’s band of disgruntled Ragnar offcasts?


What did you think of Episode 5 of Vikings? Let me know your thoughts by commenting below!

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You can read my recap of Episode 6 here.

(Photo Credits: History Channel, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.)


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