‘Vikings’ Season 4 Part 2: Episode 12 Recap, “The Vision”

History's 'Viking,' Season 4B, Episode 12, Torvi

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Okay, now before I start this recap on Episode 12 of History’s Vikings, we need to have a little chat about the elephant in the corner. Or, in this case, the emu in the midst of Viking Kattegat. WTF History? I mean, what the actual fuck? Okay, I can come at how funny it was to see Travis Fimmel (who is Australian) look that bird up and down, but, seriously? It’s an emu. In a Viking settlement approximately 900 years prior to white man’s discovery of Australia.

But, hang on a minute, didn’t someone once report about a Viking settlement found in Australia? Yes, they did. That site was World News Daily Report (WNDR). A website that states the following on their Disclaimer page:

WNDR assumes however all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people – are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle.”

So, no, Vikings did not discover Australia, nor is there any real evidence to suggest Vikings ever traveled to Australia other than scant pseudoarchaeology suggesting so. Although, if you are interested, you can check out my article with The Inquisitr that further explains why the Vikings never touched down in Australia.

Now, back to my recap of Episode 12 of Vikings!

History's 'Vikings,' Seaosn 4, Part 2, Episode 12, Ragnar Lothbrok in Kattegat

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Ragnar’s woes

So, poor Ragnar needs to not only source a fleet to get him to England, but a crew as well. The fleet he has covered, because his son, Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) gives him some. However, getting a crew becomes a problem because everyone in Kattegat now knows Ragnar kept quiet on the destroyed Viking camp in England.

Ragnar, however, is forever resilient and digs up his buried treasure designated for Valhalla and bribes himself a crew. His sons may be pissed at Ragnar for stopping so low, but, Ragnar can now sail for England with a fleet that is made up mainly from the old, injured and untrustworthy.

History's 'Viking,' Season 4B, Episode 12, Siggurd meme

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Ragnar’s sons

Ivar continues to taunt his brothers now he has allegedly had his way with the slave. Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) uses this time as the perfect opportunity to talk to her sons about how they need to marry to breed and not for love. That’s when Sigurd (David Lindström) accuses his mother of bewitching their father into marrying him. Needless to say, it gets awkward. But it is Sigurd’s belittling of Ivar that suddenly turns the tide on viewers who now can see just how tough Ivar’s life has been as a disabled Viking.

Remember that slave girl, Margrethe (Ida Nielsen), who had sex with all of Aslaug’s boys in Episode 11 of Vikings? She was totally lying when she told Ivar she would tell the others about him being Ivar the Bonerless. If she isn’t playing an endgame here, I will eat Alfred’s ugly hat from Episode 9.

History's 'Viking,' Season 4B, Episode 12, Bjorn and Lagertha

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Bjorn Sets Sail

Bjorn is getting ready to leave for the Mediterranean but it still gives him time to discuss the little problem standing between him and his voyage: Duke Rollo (Clive Standen) and Paris. Bjorn is going to send feelers out to find out if Rollo might them them pass or if he will be a cunt about it. Ragnar is betting on the later option.

Harald Finehair (Peter Franzen) and his brother, Halfdan the Black (Jasper Pääkkönen) turn up just in time to sail with Bjorn and to have the audience reminded that these two have a long term goal: to have Harald become the supreme ruler of Norway. He has managed to take over some regions, but Harald cockily panders to Bjorn and tells him he would never be able to defeat King Ragnar. Bjorn lets its slide. For now.

History's 'Viking,' Season 4B, Episode 12, Lagertha threatens Aslaug

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Lagertha draws a line in the sand

Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) finally reminds Aslaug that she is the bitch who stole her husband and kingdom right out from underneath her. If I were Aslaug I would not be sleeping well from now on.

History's 'Viking,' Season 4B, Episode 12, Aslaug's vision, eyelids

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Aslaug’s vision

Ragnar finally pays Aslaug a visit in Episode 12 of Vikings and, surprisingly, I loved this scene. Ragnar admits their faults and then thanks Aslaug for not turning his boys against him. Nicely plays Ragnar, nicely played.

Aslaug then has a vision that Ivar will drown in a storm if he travels to England. Ivar, however, couldn’t give a shit about her control issues and announces he would rather die with his father than live another day being pitied by Kattegat. Sucked in Aslaug.

So Ragnar and Ivar finally set off on their journey. Ragnar seems to have some doubts about having a disabled son join him but does he stoop to pity? No, he does not. In fact, he treats him as he would any of his other sons, with his very special brand of tough love.

When the storm that Aslaug predicted finally hits, Ragnar ties his son to a post rather than have him drown at sea, and I am bawling all over the place. I could just watch this scene over and over again. The horror on Ragnar’s face, and the fear on Ivar’s when a huge wave comes up and over them is gut-wrenching.

Unfortunately History decided to end on this cliff-hanger and we will have to wait another week to find out their fate in Vikings.

BTW, I think I no longer hate Ragnar or Ivar after this episode, so, nice work there History.

What did you think of Episode 12 of Vikings? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

Vikings returns to History Channel with Episode 13 on December 14, Wednesday, at 9 p.m. ET.

The synopsis for Episode 13 (entitled “Two Journeys”) is below.

“Ragnar’s fleet is shipwrecked and washes up on the Wessex coast, but without enough survivors to form a credible force, Ragnar and Ivar have a difficult decision to make. Rollo meets his Viking comrades again and can’t resist the urge to join Bjorn’s voyage, risking his marriage and his new Frankish identity. Ragnar too is taking a risk as he carries Ivar towards the Royal Villa in Wessex – throwing himself and his son upon the mercy of King Ecbert.”

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8 thoughts on “‘Vikings’ Season 4 Part 2: Episode 12 Recap, “The Vision”

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  2. I can’t say that my view of Ragnar or Ivar were improved by this episode. Ragnar came across as a pathetic imitation of his old self, by intent I’m sure. I suspect it’s all part of a multi-episode descent to set up a glorious turnaround. Ivar, however, seems to be a budding psychopath. God forbid he gets control over an army willing to follow him..

    • History tells us that Ivar does get an army, and yes, he is, porentially (depending on the translation), brutal. I feel sorry for Ragnar, but I am also glad he is doing the right thing, regardless of the ridicule from those around him.

  3. Travis Fimmel is known to be a major practical joke addict on set. I laughed out loud when I saw the emu and his reaction to it, I’d put money on the set decorators getting their own back and Ragnar walking straight into it with cameras rolling…

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