‘Vikings’ Season 5: Episode 5 Recap, “The Prisoner”

History Channel's 'Vikings,' Season 5, Episode 5, The Prisoner, Ivar the Boneless

[Image via Jonathan Hession/History Channel]

Here’s what went down in Episode 5, entitled “The Prisoner,” of History Channel’s Vikings Season 5.

York (AKA Vikings are Awesome, Saxons are Stupid)

As fans expected in Episode 4 of Vikings Season 5, the Saxons were a bit too pre-emptive in their excitement over taking back York.

And, the reason the rats are above ground?

Well, that’s because the sewers are filled with Vikings just ready to attack the Saxons once more. The crazy glee is evident in Ivar the Boneless (Alex Hogh) when all this unfolds as he is victorious once more. Seriously Saxons, when are you going to learn that the Vikings are better than you?

A fierce battle ensues where Heahmund (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is his typical preachy self and Aethelwulf (Moe Dunford) is a brave a warrior but also distracted by trying to protect his children.

Regardless of my feelings towards the hapless Saxons at this point in Episode 5 of Vikings Season 5, Ivar has zero shits to give about them and is mocking, to say the least once Heahmund is captured. Heahmund continues to preach and praise god.

Ivar and Hvitserk (Marco Ilso) are also concerned with Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith) returning to Kattegat in Episode 5 of Vikings. They suspect Ubbe might have already killed Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), meaning Ivar will not have a base to return to. So they decide to side with Harald Finehair (Peter Franzen) against Lagertha.

Oh, shit 🙁

Ivar takes Heahmund prisoner and decides, after he continues to try to convert the pagan that they are going on a boat trip. I’m pretty sure this relationship won’t end up like the one between Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) and Athelstan (George Blagden)…

Aethelwulf returns to their base and is tormented by the fact that he just can’t catch a break with those damn pesky Vikings.

As a side note, is it just me, or will Aethelwulf be the Saxon that truly turns viewers over to their side and viewpoint by the time Vikings ends and Knightfall starts? If so, nice work with series’ crossover conversion there History Channel 😉

History Channel's 'Vikings,' Season 5, Episode 5, The Prisoner, Floki

[Image via Jonathan Hession/History Channel]


Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) has arrived back in Kattegat and Lagertha is not impressed that he wants to take only the truly worthy of the gods back to Iceland with him. I’m not sure if Lagertha is more pissed at the fact Floki will be taking valuable numbers from her flock or that she is not considered as one worthy enough for Floki’s selection.

Regardless, Floki manages to rally up some numbers behind Lagertha’s back and I am hoping none of them are secret spies for Lagertha.

History Channel's 'Vikings,' Season 5, Episode 5, The Prisoner, Halfdan the Black and Bjorn Ironside

[Image via Jonathan Hession/History Channel]

Bjorn Ironside and his Contiki Tour of the Mediterranean

Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig) makes it to a new camp in the desert. The Imran there treats him as a guest but I am nervous about the whole situation. I still think this Sindric (Frankie McCafferty) guy is shady as fuck and the nun, Kassia (Karima McAdams), is even worse. Considering she promptly jumps into bed with the Imran, I am guessing crossing on top of double-crossing is playing out in Episode 5 of Vikings.

While Bjorn and Halfdan (Jasper Paakkonen) are being plied with women (although in Halfdan’s case, it turns out to be a she-male that he may or may not have enjoyed), the Commander, Euphemius (Albano Jeronimo), has been arrested. He also “escaped,” so now Bjorn and Halfdan get to witness those responsible for Euphemius’ escape as they are freed of their heads.

Later, at a great feast, Euphemius is served up as the main meal. Most are horrified at this; the Vikings are a bit, “Meh,” about the situation. Sindric is horrified, not only about being a cannibal, but also by the fact he now realises just how much danger they are all in — especially from Kassia.

The next morning, this is revealed by the fact Kassia has the Vikings surrounded. As a storm that could help them escape approaches, she orders their heads are cut off rather than risk their escape. Viewers will have to tune into Episode 6 of Vikings Season 5 to find out if the knife Bjorn managed to secret away will be of any help in saving their lives.


What did you think of Episode 5, of History Channel’s Vikings Season 5? Let us know by commenting below!

Vikings returns to History Channel on Wednesday, December 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Vikings returns to History Channel on Wednesday, December 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Zap2It lists the following synopsis for Episode 6 (titled “The Message”).

“Lagertha is betrayed, and Bjorn must find a way to support the distraught queen; Floki and his settlers arrive in a new land, but it is far from what they expected.”

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.)

[Featured Image by Jonathan Hession/History Channel]

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