‘Vikings’ Season 4 Part 2: Episode 17 Recap, “The Great Army”

History's 'Vikings,' Season 4, Part 2, Episode 17, The Great Army, Floki and Ivar the Boneless

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Welcome to the recap for Episode 17, entitled “The Great Army,” of Season 4 Part 2 of Vikings.


Poor Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig), just when he finally gets to the Mediterranean and can claim greater fame than his father by travelling further than any other Viking ever, Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) goes and dies on him. Thanks to Odin’s (André Eriksen) visit in Episode 16 of Vikings, Bjorn now has to turn around and head on home to Kattegat.

History's 'Vikings,' Season 4, Part 2, Episode 17, The Great Army, Duke Rollo on ship

[Image via Jonathan Hession/HISTORY Channel]

On the way home, Rollo (Clive Standen) is given the choice to return to Frankia or be killed once he sets foot on Kattegat soil. No surprise Rollo chooses Frankia, even if his wife is as feral as wounded cat when he does get home. Needless to say their reunion is so heated History Channel isn’t even game to translate the words coming out of Gisla’s mouth.

He does the nice thing, before he leaves, and offers all the Vikings there good farming land in Frankia. Considering they all know about what happened with the last Viking settlement in Frankia that Rollo had a hand in, they are all like, “Fuck off dude, we’re not suicidal.”

Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard), on the other hand, tells Bjorn they should have killed Rollo because he has a hunch Rollo will “reach more fame than any of you.” Which is a nice nod to the history books and probably the last we will ever see of Duke Rollo now Clive Standen has taken on a major role in NBC’s Taken.

History's 'Vikings,' Season 4, Part 2, Episode 17, The Great Army, Egil

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While this is all going on, a new character, Egil (Charlie Kelly), is being introduced to Harald Finehair (Peter Franzen). You can find out everything I know about this character via this article I wrote for The Inquisitr.

TL;DR: Egil might just be the one to fuck over Harald as his grandfather holds a wicked grudge against him. But, in the mean time, it is likely Egil will help Harald fuck over Kattegat.


Judith (Jennie Jacques) pays her father, King Aelle (Ivan Kaye) a visit. She repeatedly warns him about how much the Vikings will fuck him up for killing Ragnar Lothbrok, but, as is the case with misogynist men, Aelle is as smug as fuck about his handiwork. All I can say about this is that I hope Vikings creator, Michael Hirst, follows the sagas in regard to Aelle’s fate…


While Aethelwulf (Moe Dunford) gets ready for war, nice safe King Ecbert (Linus Roache) teaches Alfred (Isaac O’Sullivan) how to piss with the big guys… by getting him pissed. Alfred drinks until he throws up and Ecbert reveals the real reason for letting his grandson drink, he wants to teach him not to trust anyone — even Ecbert, probably, especially Ecbert — and to always think for yourself.


Now, most of what happens in Episode 17 of Vikings, takes place in Kattegat.

Ivar the Boneless (Alex Hogh) and his brothers are tied over  wanting to seek revenge on Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) for killing their mother, Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) and forming the greatest Viking army ever. I’m sure King Aelle is on Team Kill Lagertha, however, Sigurd (David Lindstom) is not thanks to him having middle child syndrome. This is entirely understandable since I’m pretty sure Aslaug thought her only son’s name was Ivar.

History's 'Vikings,' Season 4, Part 2, Episode 17, The Great Army, Lagertha on the throne with a knife

[Image via Jonathan Hession/HISTORY Channel]

While they may be planning to kill Lagertha, the boys are sucking up to absolutely every other Viking ever in order to amass their great army, even asking a certain kickass shield maiden.

Lagertha, however, declines because she is doing her best to make sure Kattegat is well fortified, because, as she points out to Ubbe (Jordan Smith), there is about to be a shitload of Vikings arriving in Kattegat and getting location envy.

Since Ragnar’s sons won’t have the help of Lagertha, they figure, “why wait” when it comes to her death. Um, guys, because the fortifications aren’t ready yet?!

But, because they can’t help themselves, they totally make an attempt on Lagertha’s life that could have ended very badly had Bjorn taken that exact moment to arrive in Kattegat. Lagertha is safe once more. Phew.

History's 'Vikings,' Season 4, Part 2, Episode 17, The Great Army, Bjorn Ironside

[Image via Jonathan Hession/HISTORY Channel]

Hviserk (Marco Ilsø) later speaks to his brothers and, basically, says the same thing Lagertha did, except his brothers will listen to him and Lagertha seems to be safe for the foreseeable future at least.

Now that Ivar has no choice but be fully committed to the formation of the Great Heathen Army, he goes to Floki to see if he can design something awesome to help Ivar in battle. Considering how clever Floki is with building shit, he manages to create a horse-drawn chariot for Ivar. Needless to say, Ivar is very happy with this and takes it for a joyride.

Now, just when everything is falling into line in Episode 17 of Vikings, Bjorn and Astrid (Josefin Asplund) meet up to discuss why Lagertha might have returned to Hedeby unexpectedly. But all this is overshadowed by the fact that Bjorn ends up pashing his mother’s lover and I am not sure just how badly this will fuck everything up.

What did you think of Episode 17 (titled “The Great Army”) of Vikings? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below.

Vikings returns to History Channel with Episode 18 on Wednesday, January 18, at 9 p.m. ET.

According to the History Channel’s schedule, Episode 18 of Vikings will be titled “Revenge.” They list the synopsis for this episode as follows.

“Ragnar’s plan comes to fruition; the Viking army lands on the coast of Northumbria.”

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  2. I’m writing this with my eyes closed as I haven’t reached this far in the series yet and don’t want to spoil the fun, obviously. I’m assuming therefore, that anyone who’s reading the recaps thus far is up to date then.
    No idea what happens to Athelstan, but it’s interesting to note that Athelstan was the king who united England in around 939 AD and that Ragnar Lothbrok is/was a real Viking.
    The Blood Eagle scene chilled me to the bone and made me wonder if The Vikings really were that barbaric.
    Now I know that Cnut was in fact King Canute, he of the tides, but I suppose you all knew that already. When we meet Cnut early on in the series, I really thought he was going to go on to become king.
    Anyway, thanks for the recaps both of you. I’ll probably catch up when I’ve started series four.

    • According to historians, the blood eagle sacrifice may not have been as we saw in Vikings. There are a few recordings of this term in the sagas but it is just as likely they cut an image of an eagle into the victims back as take out their lungs.

      As for Athelstan, I won’t spoil for you ?

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