Vikings, Season 4, Episode 9 Recap, “Death All ‘Round”

History Channel's Vikings Season 4 Episode 9 Ragnar looks over at Paris

[Image via A&E Network]

Here’s the recap for episode 9, entitled “Death All ‘Round” of season 4 of Vikings. This episode is basically a bridging episode to get you from one epic battle at Paris to the next epic battle of Paris that seems likely to occur in the mid-season finale of Vikings. While bridging episodes can quite often drag, “Death All ‘Round” is literal so strap yourself in and get ready for even more destruction.

Paris–Where the Vikings Are

Ragnar’s (Travis Fimmel) plan to drag all the Viking longships across the land is still in full swing. While they labour hard viewers still get to see Vikings doing the normal raping and pillaging. Although this stereotype seems to fall into two groups; the King Harald Finehair (Peter Franzen) camp that thoroughly relishes it and Bjorn’s (Alexander Ludwig) camp who are less inclined to make undeserving people suffer.

It seems some time has passed with the Vikings travelling across country and Lagertha really is pregnant. But, wait, not for long! Yep, she pushed herself so hard she forced the Seer’s (John Kavanagh) prophecy to come true. It’s horrible to watch and both Bjorn and Ragnar do their best to console her.

History Channel's Vikings Season 4 Episode 9 Lagertha and Ragnar

What heartbreak looks like. [Image via A&E Network]

Ragnar is suffering all types of withdrawals now Yidu (Dianne Doan) is swimming with the fishes. He still has a stash, mind you, he’s just saving it up for when he fights Rollo (Clive Standen) because having a clear head is not an option when duelling with your brother apparently. Oh, and History Channel, way to go with that whole motherfucking spider scene. Was it really necessary? Or did you just want to see me jumping up and down the couch?

And Ragnar might also want to hold up on the puking and withdrawing for a moment to notice King Finehair and his brother, Halfdan (Jasper Paakkonen) keeping a close eye on just about everything that is happening within the Viking camp. If they aren’t careful, Ragnar may not even have a chance to fight his brother.

You know how Erlendur (Edvin Endre) has been wanting to kill Ragnar and all his descendants but isn’t game enough to do it himself? Well now he finally forces Torvi (Georgia Hirst) to do the deed. Just when you think Torvi is going to turn Erlendur’s crossbow on herself rather than kill Bjorn, she kills the spineless Erlendur with his own weapon instead. Way to go Torvi! And thank god that storyline is done and dusted.

History Channel's Vikings Season 4 Episode 9 Erlendur is finally dead

Thank god this arsehole is finally dead. [Image via A&E Network]


Sigurd (Elijah O’Sullivan) is still in charge of being the only moral compass in Kattegat in episode 9 of Vikings. When he finds the body of young Siggy (the daughter of Bjorn and Porunn), he confronts his mother over why she wasn’t looking after her. Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) pretends she has no idea who Siggy is and then tries to cover up by saying she thought someone else was looking after the child. Sigurd doesn’t believe the bullshit. Ivar (James Quinn Markey) has zero fucks to give on the matter and I can’t work out which of the cunts actually killed the poor child.

Paris–Where The Traitor Rollo Is

Emperor Charles (Lothaire Bluteau) is promoting Roland (Huw Parmenter) in episode 9 of Vikings. He tells everyone it is because of how well he helped defend Paris but really it is to get him into the Emperor’s bed. Yep, because sleeping with your sister isn’t enough. And it seems sleeping with Roland isn’t enough for the Emperor either as he also wants to sleep with Roland’s sister, Therese (Karen Hassan). Confusing much? But it won’t be for much longer if Gisla (Morgaine Polanski) gets her own way. She feels insulted that her own father would promote Roland to a position that is basically higher than that of her husband. Rollo doesn’t take the bait when she suggests he get rid of Roland though. Yet. But maybe that’s because Gisla isn’t putting out like she used to and poor Rollo has blue balls *cough* sucked in traitor *cough*.


Now, just a few short weeks ago, no one even gave a crap about Wessex beyond checking out just how crazy Queen Kwenthrith (Amy Bailey) could actually get. Now, with King Ecbert (Linus Roache) managing to take over Mercia, things are starting to get interesting.

King Aelle (Ivan Kaye) is royally pissed at Ecbert for his larger dick realm. Ecbert tries to calm Aelle the fuck down by pointing out they need to fight the Vikings and not each other but you can totally see Ecbert getting a boner over Northumbria. He also tells Aelle that their alliance is officially over and really Aelle should just hand over his land now…

History Channel's Vikings Season 4 Episode 9 King Ecbert and King Aelle meme

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So Rome is the new Wessex in that no one really gives a shit about Prince Alfred’s (Tristan Barry) pilgrimage. Just to make sure we are not sleeping, History Channel dresses Alfred up in a really ugly hat and has the pope present him with a blessed sword. Nothing else of interest happens here.

History Channel's Vikings Season 4 Episode 9 Prince Alfred in an ugly hat with a sword

What happens when History Channel lets the cast dress themselves. [Image via A&E Network]

Episode 9 of Vikings ends with Ragnar’s group setting their longships back into the water. As they approach Paris, Ragnar has a new mantra. If he says “Rollo must die three times”, does that mean it will be true? Only tuning into the mid-season finale of Vikings will reveal all. Or maybe not, maybe History Channel will do a Walking Dead cliffhanger and we will all have to wait a bit longer.

What did you think of episode 9 of Vikings season 4? What do you think will happen in the mid-season finale next week? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below.

Season 4 of Vikings returns to History Channel with episode 10, entitled “The Last Ship” on Thursday, April 21, at 10 p.m. ET.

The official synopsis for episode 10 (entitled “The Last Ship”) is:

“A ferocious battle between the Vikings and the French eventually comes down to Ragnar against Rollo and the outcome seals the fates of the two brothers.”

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