Welcome to the revenge porn segment of Vikings! Here’s what went down in Episode 18, entitled “Revenge,” of Season 4 Part 2 of Vikings.
Before the Great Heathen Army can head off to England and fuck things up, sacrifices have to be made in Kattegat. These are of the literal and figurative sense.
Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), in between working out her son and her lover are getting jiggy behind her back, has to make a human sacrifice to appease the gods. While, at first, it seems Lagertha might be suggesting Astrid make the sacrifice, the newest cast member, Earl Jorgensen (Jack Nolan), puts his hand up and volunteers as tribute.
We find out in Episode 18 of Vikings that while Harald Finehair (Peter Franzen) loves Ellisif so much that he decided to become the King of all Norway. Ellisif, however, sent him on this quest rather than tell him she didn’t have the hots for him. For a moment there, shit gets interesting when Finehair realises the only woman he truly loved was married to someone else. The question is, how long will Ellisif’s husband last now Finehair knows of his existence and will he still try and become the king of all Norway?
Now, before you think Jorgensen is the husband of Ellisif (Sophie Vavasseur), think again. Ellisif is actually married to an earl from Norway. Jorgensen is an earl in Sweden.
Egil (Charlie Kelly), the other new character introduced in Episode 17 of Vikings, thinks he can totally break through Kattegat’s defenses, meaning Harald might have another crown to wear. Although, if the history books are correct, maybe Harald should’t be siding with Egil before discovering his new ally has relatives who hold a grudge against him…
Also, in Kattegat, Margrethe (Ida Nielsen) is getting married. Officially, she ties the not with Ubbe (Jordan Smith). Unofficially, however, Hviserk (Marco Ilso) joins the union as a brother husband to Ubbe.
Even though two of Ragnar’s sons are getting married and another is screwing around with his mother’s girlfriend, there is still plenty of time to argue over who gets to be the boss of the Great Heathen Army. Ivar the Boneless (Alex Hogh) is spinning shit about how Ragnar wanted him to lead the army. Bjorn, however, walks in, asks his brother how many battles he has fought in and walks out again.
Would you like some ice for the burn, Ivar?
In Wessex, King Ecbert (Linus Roache) is getting fed by his lover and daughter in-law, Judith (Jennie Jacques), indicating some time has passed and Ecbert is getting old. Part of the age thing is bullshit, though, as he seems pretty clear-headed when he refuses to tell his son, Aethelwulf (Moe Dunford), that he loves him. He doesn’t seem to give a shit about the Great Heathen Army’s arrival either and I guess he has resigned himself to the fact he will die at the hands of the Vikings.
Aethelwulf is pretty much shitting in his underwear about the Great Heathen Army, though. But, he needn’t worry because, in Episode 18 of Vikings, Ivar and his brothers have another target in mind before they come and fuck shit up in Wessex.
I won’t lie, watching how smug Aelle is when he sees how small the Great Heathen Army really is and then seeing Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) clearing the hill looking as metal AF with the rest of the army was all the revenge porn I needed in one episode. Watching that smug slide off Aelle’s face as he lost his religion was just glorious.
But then, before we ever get to see a battle *shakes my fist at History Channel for not releasing battle porn in Episode 18 of Vikings*, Aelle is being dragged through the forest behind Ivar’s chariot. Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) is demanding to know where Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) died and not taking any bribes from Aelle in exchange.
And this means viewers got even more revenge porn than they first anticipated.
For those of you who have read the Viking sagas, knew all along where this was leading. For those who like to watch Vikings unadulterated by history, got to see their second human sacrifice for the episode, and the second blood eagle for Vikings, in general.
While Jarl Borg (Thorbjorn Harr) took his blood eagle in Season 2 of Vikings like a champ, King Aelle squealed until he could squeal no more. And this was because Floki had nailed him to a post and Bjorn had hacked out his lungs.
It was magnificent.
Ivar maintained eye contact with Aelle until he died and then the king was strung up over the snake pit where Ragnar lost his life. Having Ragnar recite the following line over the top of the image of a blood-eagled Aelle was just the icing on the cake.
“How the little piggies will grunt when they hear how the old boar suffered.”
What did you think of Episode 18 (titled “Revenge”) of Vikings? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below.
Vikings returns to History Channel with Episode 19 on Wednesday, January 25, at 9 p.m. ET.
According to History Channel‘s schedule, Episode 18 of Vikings will be titled “On The Eve.” The synopsis for this episode as follows.
“The Viking army causes panic in the English countryside as King Ecbert and Aethelwulf plan the defense of the realm.”
[Featured Image by Bernard Walsh/History Channel]