‘Vikings’ Season 5: Episode 6 Recap, “The Message”

History Channel's 'Vikings,' Season 5, Episode 6, The Message, King Harald Finehair and Astrid

[Image via Jonathan Hession/History Channel]

Here’s what went down in Episode 6, entitled “The Message,” of History Channel’s Vikings Season 5.

Bjorn Ironside and his Contiki Tour of the Mediterranean

For starters, Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig) is totally okay in Episode 6 of Vikings Season 5. After seeming to face certain death at the end of Episode 5, he uses his stashed knife to stab one of the guys and, as the storm approaches, Halfdan (Jasper Paakkonen) and Sindric (Frankie McCafferty), chip in and help too.

We don’t see much else of Bjorn’s group until the end of Episode 5 when his fleet are seen approaching the shores of Kattegat.

Oh shit, remember what the Seer (John Kavanagh) said about when Lagertha and Bjorn would meet again? Yeah, I am terrified now 🙁

History Channel's 'Vikings,' Season 5, Episode 6, The Message, Harald Finehair and Astrid

[Image via Jonathan Hession/History Channel]

The Honeymoon of Harald and Astrid

At first all looks well in the world of Harald Finehair (Peter Franzen) and his new bride, Queen Astrid (Josefin Asplund). However, a horn sounds and in comes Ivar the Boneless (Alex Hogh), all ready to side with Harald against Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick).

Harald and Ivar talk shop about alliances and just who should be king of Kattegat. As Ivar points out, he is but a cripple who won’t live very long, so Harald will surely be king there sooner rather than later. Hvitserk (Marco Ilso) is in the corner going, “Hey remember me, the legit heir after you, Ivar?” As Ivar points out later on, he is just talking smack to make Harald happy. Hvitserk is totally confused as to who his brother even is anymore.

Ivar and Harald then decide they will attack Kattegat in two moons time.

Astrid, seeing an opportunity, sweet-talks a random guy into sending a message to Lagertha about this plan. She offers the guy jewels and sex in return for this message to be relayed. Which is totally okay, until Astrid discovers there has been a misunderstanding in the sex department. The guy meant his whole crew will be having sex with her, not just him.

Astrid puts up a pretty good fight until she is threatened with a knife and told her plot will be revealed to King Harald is she doesn’t comply.

She totally complies and I am totally not happy with rape. I know it’s Viking times and all, but, seriously, gang rape???? Not cool Michael Hirst, not cool 🙁

History Channel's 'Vikings,' Season 5, Episode 6, The Message, Bishop Heahmund prays

[Image via History Channel/Jonathan Hession]

Ivar Makes a Friend

You know how we all just loved the relationship between Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) and Athelstan (George Blagden)? Well, it seems Ivar is set to have his own inter-religious bestie in the form of Bishop Heahmund (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). Except I really don’t think they will fall in love quite like Ragnar and Athelstan did.

Ivar strikes a deal with Heahmund in Episode 6 of Vikings Season 5 by telling him he can kill all the pagans he likes — but he has to join Ivar’s army against Lagertha. Heahmund replies by stabbing a guy in the throat, thus sealing his alliance to Ivar. I’m not even sure who is more bat shit crazy out of this duo…


The messenger from Astrid gets to Kattegat and reveals Harald’s plot. While Lagertha is all ready to talk strategy with Ubbe (Patrick Jordan Smith), she is also keen to know about Astrid and how she fares.

Oh, and she also tells Margrethe (Ida Nielsen) that is she talks smack about her one more time she will cut out her tongue.

History Channel's 'Vikings,' Season 5, Episode 6, The Message, Ketill Flatnose

[Image via Jonathan Hession/History Channel]

Floki and his Secret Gods Squad

Along with sorting out Margrethe, Lagertha let’s Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) know that she is not pleased with him going behind her back. However, she lets him go because, well, I have no idea, maybe because he is a friend of Ragnar’s, maybe because she believes she is following the orders of the gods, who knows. Although, as Aud (Leah McNamara) points out to her father, Ketill Flatnose (Adam Copeland), women know how to wait and Lagertha is probably just hedging her bets in regard to Floki and his little adventure.

So, his group make it to Iceland and they are NOT impressed by what they see. When questioned though, Floki is confident that they will hate him now, but thank him later.

The Saxons

Aethelwulf (Moe Dunford), while dejected, is also determined not to run away from the Vikings. His son, Athelred (Darren Cahill), on the other hand, thinks they should totally run for the hills.

Alfred (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) agrees with Aethelwulf and goes to his grandfather’s grave to talk about how he would like to be king one day so he could restore the lands back to the glory they were under King Ecbert (Linus Roache).

But, instead of sticking around, Alfred decides an pilgrimage is in order. So, off he heads to Lindisfarne, where his father, Athelstan, trained.


What did you think of Episode 6, of History Channel’s Vikings Season 5? Let us know by commenting below!

Vikings returns to History Channel on Wednesday, January 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Zap2It lists the following synopsis for Episode 7 (titled “Full Moon”).

“Bjorn returns to Kattegat to learn that an attack will take place during the next full moon; Ivar must decide if he can place his trust in a former enemy on the battlefield.”

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.)

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