‘Vikings’ Season 4: Here’s Why Ragnar Had To Die

History's 'Vikings,' Season 4, Part 2, Episode 15, All His Angels, recap, Ragnar Lothbrok in the snake pit

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Now, since Episode 15 of History’s Vikings Season 4 aired last week, I have seen an awful lot of people doing the typical social media post that, basically equates to the following.

“If [insert fave character here] dies, then I will not be watching [insert fave show here] anymore.”

Well, people, here’s why you need to to suck it the fuck up and keep watching Vikings anyway! Yes, Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) was fucking amazeballs, and yes, there will be a Ragnar-sized hole for some time yet in regard to the show, but, hey, shit is about to get real.

For starters, revenge is a dish best served by the Vikings.

So, Ragnar returned to England to confront King Ecbert (Linus Roache) about that Viking settlement he said he would protect and then decimated as soon as Ragnar turned his back. Ragnar was hard pressed to find people to follow him to England without bribing them first, and, then when he got there, he was arrested, handed over to King Aelle (Ivan Kaye) and killed. Seems like a failed mission, yeah?

Hell NO!

Over the course of four seasons of Vikings we have seen Ragnar patiently dish out revenge. This is absolutely no different. While it may seem like a failed mission, what he has done is set his sons up in a position where they have no choice but to seek retribution for the death of their father. And, this means a motherfucking Viking attack.

Ever heard of the Great Heathen Army?

History's 'Vikings,' Season 4, Part 2, trailer, Great Heathen Army

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If you haven’t, this army was formed by Ivar the Boneless (played by Alex Hogh in History’s Vikings) and involved Ragnar’s sons forming a massive Viking army that attacks England and seeks revenge for the death of Ragnar Lothbrok. Not only did it scare the pants off the English kings, but it was the first time the Vikings worked well with others of their kind. So, bitches, shit is about to get real. We know from images shown in some of the Season 4 trailers that the Great Heathen Army is coming, so, for Season 4, at least, Vikings will be setting the scene for a massive battle.

And, let’s face it, battles are something we all look forward to in Vikings. Plus, we get to see King Aelle looking ridiculous in this hat.

History's 'Vikings,' Season 4, Part 2, trailer, Great Heathen Army, King Aelle in a helmet

[Image via History]

The blood eagle is back.

Remember how epic it was when Jarl Borg (Thorbjørn Harr) was blood-eagled in Episode 7 of Vikings Season 2? Well, if you have read about Ragnar’s death in the ninth book of the Gesta Danorum, then you know what is waiting around the corner for King Aelle. Except, I am expecting Aelle to not cop it like Borg did and squeal like a stuck pig the entire time. Thus making revenge the sweetest thing ever in regard to Ragnar dying.

Just in case you forgot how epic that original scene was when Jarl Borg endured it, here you go.

Besides these awesome things, Vikings also has Ragnar’s sons all grown up and ready to move on and conquer more shit. Considering Ragnar himself was pissed off with how well his boys succeeded him, it would be a shame to miss their shenanigans just because Ragnar died and you are sad about it.

So, make sure you tune into Vikings this week, regardless of whether Ragnar is there or not.

Vikings returns to History Channel with Episode 16 on January 4, Wednesday, at 9 p.m. ET.

The synopsis for Episode 16 (entitled “Crossing”) of Vikings Season 4 according to Carter Matt is below.

“Bjorn’s fleet launches a surprise attack, while Lagertha’s quest for power continues in Kattegat.”

[Featured image via History]



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