‘Vikings’ Season 5: Episode 8 Recap, “The Joke”

History Channel's 'Vikings,' Season 5, Episode 8, The Joke, Ivar the Boneless and Astrid

[Image via Jonathan Hession/History Channel]

Here’s what went down in Episode 8, entitled “The Joke,” of History Channel’s Vikings Season 5.

Uh-Oh, Who Left The Kids With Margrethe?

While we all agree that no one likes Margrethe (Ida Nielsen), except that one person in the poll I did on Twitter (who we all suspect was Ida Nielsen anyway), Torvi (Georgia Hirst) leaves her kids in her care.

Bjorn, remember that one time you left Little Siggy with Aslaug? Yeah, I’m pretty sure it’s going to go down like that…

The Battle for Kattegat

Already we are at episode 8 of Vikings Season 5, yet, people are still scheming and strategising the battle in the lead up to the actual war. At the rate things are going, it will be the present day and all the Vikings will be long gone.

In the midst of all this, viewers are constantly reminded about how brothers will be fighting each other in the war for Kattegat. The “sons of Ragnar” card is also repeatedly drawn by Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) in an effort to call of the fight.

History Channel's 'Vikings,' Season 5, Episode 8, The Joke, Hvitserk and Ivar the Boneless

[Image via Jonathan Hession/History Channel]

When they all meet for battle, Lagertha gives one last try for a peaceful outcome. Somehow, it looks like Ivar will think about all this. They exchange hostages: Halfdan (Jasper Paakkonen) and Hvitserk (Marco Ilso).

Predictably, when the sides return to their camps, they immediately start working on Halfdan and Hvitserk.

Halfdan insists that Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) saved his life and he must, therefore, side with him in this battle. Ivar, not realising the irony insists blood is more important than anything and that Halfdan should fight on his brother’s side. Of course, no one mentions the fact that regardless of the side Hvitserk picks; he will still be fighting his own brother.

Because apparently no one actually cares about Hvitserk.

Of course, in Lagertha’s camp, they ask how he is and try to coerce him. But, really, Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith) is more interested in finding out about Bishop Heahmund (Jonathan Rhys Meyers).

The next day, everyone meets up again and have a little chat about whether this battle should go ahead or not. Of course, brothers fighting brothers and the sons of Ragnar Lothbrok are brought up again and it seems like a compromise might be met. Therefore, being good Vikings, they drink to it.

History Channel's 'Vikings,' Season 5, Episode 8, The Joke, Harald Finehair

[Image via Jonathan Hession/History Channel]

Except for Harald Finehair (Peter Franzen), because he gives zero fucks about anything other than becoming the king of all Norway. Ivar then agrees with him and that’s the big joke, I guess, that Ivar and Harald would play along with Lagertha’s plans for peace just for shits and giggles.

At least Lagertha got to see Astrid (Josefin Asplund) because Harald was okay with his new wife going to the same place where the girlfriend he forcibly removed her from is going to be. *rolls eyes*

After this, the battle starts in earnest. If you are a fan of the battle scenes in Vikings, this one will not disappoint. However, at the end of the day, thanks to the Ewoks Sami and their woodland skills, Lagertha’s team wins this first leg of the war for Kattegat.

Heahmund Gets Distracted

During the battle, Heahmund cops an eyeful of Lagertha being magnificent on the battlefield. His insta-boner results in him being dropped like it’s hot.

While many viewers will be happy to see the end of Heahmund, it seems Vikings is not quite done with him yet. After the battle, while Lagertha is picking over the field, she comes across the wounded Heahmund and decides to keep him.

However, viewers will have to tune into further episodes of Vikings to find out why the fuck Lagertha wanted to keep the bishop alive.

History Channel's 'Vikings,' Season 5, Episode 8, The Joke, Lagertha on the battlefield

[Image via Jonathan Hession/History Channel]

Alfred and Judith Have a Conversation

Episode 7 of Vikings saw Alfred (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) go on a pilgrimage to Lindisfarne. He is back now and he and his mother, Judith (Jenny Jacques), are having a chat about how oppressive religion and Aethelwulf (Moe Dunford) is and how progressive they are. Judith suggests Alfred should have a chat about it all with Aethelwulf. And then they laugh, and laugh…

People Are Pissed Off In Iceland

Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) is still copping shit for the fact Iceland is nothing like the brochure. I am pretty sure this is going to sorted using traditional Viking methods. i.e. people will get slaughtered.

What did you think of Episode 8, of History Channel’s Vikings Season 5? Let us know by commenting below!

Vikings returns to History Channel on Wednesday, January 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. You can view the details for Episode 9 (titled “A Simple Story”) below.

“The army leaders consider their options in the aftermath of the battle; in Floki’s camp, all hopes of binding the community together are dashed as tragedy unfolds.”

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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