‘Vikings’ Season 5: Episode 19 Recap, “What Happens In The Cave”

History Channel's 'Vikings,' Season 5, Episode 18, Baldar, Floki

[Image via Jonathan Hession / History Channel]

So, does the Iceland storyline finally improve in the penultimate episode of History Channel’s Vikings Season 5? Find out now!

Here’s what went down in Episode 19, entitled “What Happens in the Cave,” of History Channel’s Vikings Season 5.

Floki Goes Caving

Episode 19 of Vikings Season 5 opens with Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) entering the cave he discovered in Episode 18. Over the course of the episode, he continues to search the massive cave system only to discover that he wasn’t the first person to discover Iceland.

Instead, the Christians appear to have done it first.

And, on top of that, I am wondering if Floki also just found the hiding place for the Holy Grail.

Even still, this storyline is still not particularly interesting compared to what else is going on in Vikings.

History Channel's 'Vikings,' Season 5, Episode 18, Baldar, Ivar the Boneless

[Image via Jonathan Hession / History Channel]

Freydis Decides That Ivar Sucks

In Kattegat, Freydis (Alicia Agneson) has discovered that her husband, Ivar the Boneless (Alex Hogh Andersen), has ditched her baby and now he is dead.

She is not happy about this and they quarrel.

In the process, Ivar questions whether the child is even his and Freydis is still convinced that she gave birth to the son of a god.

While all this is going on, Ivar’s brothers are approaching Kattegat and Freydis’ baby is now the least of their worries.

When Ivar finally works out that Hvitserk (Marco Ilso) has not returned with Olaf the Stout (Steve Berkoff), he figures pretty quickly that shit has hit the fan.

His publicity campaign goes into overdrive after that and I am hoping the people of Kattegat are just playing along and not really stupid enough to believe Ivar’s bullshit.

History Channel's 'Vikings,' Season 5, Episode 16, The Buddha, Bjorn Ironside

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Bjorn And Hvitserk Meet Up

It was always going to be a treacherous journey to Scandinavia for Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig) and King Harald Finehair (Peter Franzen). However, they make it there in one piece (relatively) and immediately start fighting among themselves over who is more awesome.

It takes Gunnhild to step in and remind the pair that they haven’t even won Kattegat yet and that maybe they should squabble after they have actually secured the location.

It isn’t long after that that Bjorn walks right into the camp of Hvitserk and Olaf.

Initially, Bjorn thinks Hvitserk is still Team Ivar but is excited to find out this isn’t the case and the groups band together, now a much more impressive army against Ivar the Boneless.

Which means the Season 5 finale episode of Vikings next week is likely going to be some sort of epic battle.

History Channel's 'Vikings,' Season 5, Episode 13, A New God, Magnus

[Image via Jonathan Hession / History Channel]

Magnus Is Not A Pagan

It comes as no surprise that Magnus (Dean Ridge) doesn’t travel as well as the Viking he claims he truly is. And, in the process, a shieldmaiden tasked with looking after him notices that he is praying to the Christian god for safety, rather than any of the Viking gods.

Magnus claims that he was raised in the Christian world and that he doesn’t actually believe that garbage. However, as the shield maiden points out, who you pray to in a crisis is usually your default god.

She notifies then Bjorn.

History Channel's 'Vikings,' Season 5, Episode 19, What Happens in the Cave, Ubbe, grabbing his dagger

[Image via Jonathan Hession / History Channel]

Ubbe And King Frodo Battle It Out

While next week promises to showcase a massive battle, Episode 19 of Vikings Season 5 manages to entice viewers with the smaller single combat between Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith) and King Frodo (Gavan O Connor Duffy).

There is basically only one rule to single combat: fight to the death.

The winner then takes all. In this case, it is each other’s army.

The battle is dragged out and it seriously looks like Ubbe will lose at one point. However, the son of Ragnar manages to finally overcome Frodo and his army is now entitled to settle in East Anglia along with Ubbe’s group and those of King Angantyr (Markjan Winnick) and King Hemming (Erik Madsen).

Finally, Ragnar Lothbrok’s (Travis Fimmel) dream has been realised and Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) is so happy that she decides to follow Ubbe to East Anglia.

Speaking of Lagertha, she suffers from flashbacks once more in Episode 19 of Vikings Season 5. Viewers get to see Lagertha taken in by the wise woman and of how the woman believes that Lagertha’s old life is now closed and that she is set to move forward into a new life. While she moves to East Anglia, she may be settling for a part of her old life with finally realising Ragnar’s dream, it also suggests that there will be no more fighting for Lagertha.

History Channel's 'Vikings,' Season 5, Episode 12, Murder Most Foul, Judith

[Image via Jonathan Hession / History Channel]

Judith Says Goodbye

Last week we found out that Judith (Jennie Jacques) had breast cancer. Episode 19 of Vikings sees Judith succumb to the disease.

Alfred (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) is saddened by the loss. Although, maybe it’s because he realises that if his brother had just played it cool for another couple of episodes he would be safe from death.

Either way, Lagertha points out that there is no point crying over Judith because she realised her own dream, that of having a son who was secured as a great king. She then encourages Alfred to go out and be “Great,” just like his moniker later in life will attest to.


Vikings returns on Wednesday, January 30, at 9 p.m. ET/PT for the Season 5 finale. History Channel provides the following synopsis for Episode 20 (titled “Ragnarok”).

“A new battle for Kattegat is on and only the gods know who will emerge victorious.”

You can purchase episodes of Season 5 of Vikings here. Season 4, Volume 2 (Episodes 11-20) of History Channel’s Vikings is now available for purchase here. Volume 1 (Episodes 1-10) is available here. (These are affiliate links.)

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.

You can find out more about this exciting series here.

Additionally, you can check out my new Viking series based on the sagas of the Valkyries. Find out more here.

[Featured Image by Jonathan Hession / History Channel]

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