Ivar Makes A Sacrifice
History Channel left us all hanging last week when Ivar the Boneless (Alex Hogh Andersen) declared there would be a human sacrifice. While we had been led to believe that Ivar was about to do in another brother, it turns out Ivar is determined to sacrifice Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) over Hvitserk (Marco Ilso). But, hello, that’s not Lagertha, only some poor woman with blonde hair. Even when people realise that it isn’t really Lagertha and start chanting to their queen, Ivar is determined to throw shit at the wall until it sticks. Taking away the hecklers, he sacrifices the woman anyway.
Hvitserk later calls him on it, once again, in public, but Ivar refuses to hear of the nonsense.
Later, Hvitserk visits the Seer (John Kavanagh) to find out why he is really still in Kattegat and the Seer, predictably, talks of doom and gloom. He also says that Hvitserk is destined to remain in Kattegat to fulfill the prophecy of something that no one else could do. While it sounds like the Seer is talking about doing in Ivar, I wonder if Hvitserk will be the one to kill Lagertha at some point in Vikings. Although, more on that prophecy later…
King Harald Approaches Wessex
As news of King Harald Finehair (Peter Franzen) approaching with his army reaches Wessex, King Alfred (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) finally gets a chance to tell Lagertha’s group that they must fight at his side or perish. Of course, considering this Viking group were fleeing Harald, they are happy to fight him and Alfred’s question of whether or not they will be faithful to Wessex is pretty much moot. Although, Alfred gives Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig) the side eye, just for good measure.
Harald is also chatting to Olavsson (Tomi May) about what they can expect when they arrive in Wessex. When he starts talking about how he is destined not to be happy, Olavsson’s wife, Gunnhild (Ragga Ragnars), tells him that he will be just fine and, seriously, I think he can see a new wife in her. Shame she’s already married, though…
Oh, and Harald finds out that he will be fighting Lagertha’s group when he arrives there.
Is Aethelred On Team Alfred, Or Not?
Aethelred (Darren Cahill) is married to Athelfled (Ann Skelly) now as Vikings continues to move at breakneck speed in the second half of Season 5.
While Alfred has the Vikings arriving on their doorstep, those that oppose the king are calling on Aethelred to have his own brother murdered, which would make him the new king of Wessex. This sounds like a good plan to Aethelred and a war council is called in order to slaughter King Alfred.
Lucky for Alfred, though, Aethelred can’t really kill his own brother and the crisis is averted. Of course, all the Vikings noticed that shit was going down so, no doubt they will tell Alfred about his conniving brother at some point.
Although, to be honest, I think Alfred knows that his brother is conflicted.As well as all this intrigue going on, Alfred gets a haircut and we can all lament at the loss of his gorgeous locks.
In addition, he asks Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith) to teach him how to fight. Ubbe responds by saying that Alfred has to get rid of his fear and then starts throwing his battle axe at Alfred until the king isn’t scared anymore.
Bjorn Introduces Magnus To The Family
I still can’t tell if Bjorn is just fucking with Magnus (Dean Ridge) or not. However, he takes Magnus to meet the others and introduces him as the son of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel). Ubbe has heard of him, so has Lagertha. Both think Magnus is talking shit about his parentage.
And, to be honest, when Magnus starts spouting about how he and Ragnar met, and embraced, and of how much Ragnar told him that he loved Magnus like his other sons, I smell the distinct odour of bullshit too.
Although to be fair, I actually believe he is the son of Ragnar, that Ragnar was lying in order to protect Magnus from the English. But, for now, Magnus has met the others and he knows that Lagertha doesn’t believe him. So, whether the Seer was talking about Hvitserk killing Lagertha or if the seeds were just sown regarding Magnus as the son who would kill her, remains to be seen.
To make matters worse, poor Magnus has no idea that Lagertha’s group have had to flee King Harald Finehair and that’s why they have sought refuge with King Alfred. So, here he is, like a puppy peeing in excitement at the prospect of Harald arriving and suggesting Lagertha’s group join with Harald against Wessex. Yeah, about that Magnus…
In the land of perpetual misery, Eyvind (Kris Holden-Reid) is being accused of killing Thorunn (Mei Bignall).
Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) has a vision that sees Thorunn visit him and tell him not only who killed her, but where she is buried.
This manages to clear some shit up for Floki once her body is discovered. But, rather than give up that Eyvind’s brother, Asbjorn (Elijah Rowen), as the one who killed Thorunn, he banishes the whole family.
As to be expected, Eyvind finds offense with this.
Also to be expected, Eyvind wants to settle it all with a battle. But, Floki has the Edge AKA Ketill Flatnose (Adam Copeland) to back him up so, even when Eyvind puts an axe to Floki’s throat, he still doesn’t seem scared.
But, no matter, the family are banished and it looks like a pretty even split between the two groups too. So, chances are they will end up being two tribes on the one island and Eyvind will finally get to rule.
Ivar Goes Full Crazy
Now, as if sacrificing a woman that looks like Lagertha isn’t enough for Ivar the Boneless. he sets about silencing all of his opponents.
When a rebel group is discovered, Ivar has them all hung and placed out in the town centre so that all can see what happens to those who try to go against Ivar the “God.”
While Hvitserk seems to be safe in this week’s episode of Vikings, it seems the Seer has finally given his last prophecy. And, considering it was about how shit Ivar thinks this prophecy is, it is he who puts an axe through the Seer’s skull and that is the end of that.
Vikings returns on Wednesday, December 26, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. History Channel provides the following synopsis for Episode 14 (titled “Hell”).
“Bishop Heahmund is wracked with guilt as he fights to renounce his passions. Viking will clash with Saxon on a battlefield leaving a key figure lost in the balance.”
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Also, if you have watched tonight’s episode and are missing the old tales of Lagertha and Ragnar, why not check out my current series, Vikings Secrets. This is a fictional retelling of the classic Viking sagas surrounding Ragnar and the women who loved him.
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