‘Vikings’ Season 5: Episode 9 Recap, “A Simple Story”

History Channel's 'Vikings,' Season 5, Episode 9, A Simple Story, Bishop Heahmund and Lagertha, sword

[Image via Jonathan Hession/History Channel]

Here’s what went down in Episode 9, entitled “A Simple Story,” of History Channel’s Vikings Season 5.

Heahmund Lives And Lagertha Is Okay With That

Episode 8 of Vikings Season 5 saw Heahmund (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) critically injured. However, Episode 9 opens with the news that the annoying bishop will live. Still not knowing why she saved him, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) gets down to talking about religion with him. While many were comparing Heahmund and Ivar’s (Alex Hogh) relationship to that of Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) and Athelstan (George Blagden), the relationship developing between Heahmund and Lagertha seems far more promising. In addition, the sexual tension is delicious.

As to whether Heahmund is just playing Lagertha in order to fuck her over, I have no idea. I hope not, I really think Heahmund is picking the wrong side in regard to Ivar, but who knows. After all, he has a huge God complex as well as a massive boner for the Viking queen that will likely lead him to make stupid decisions. So, who knows where this relationship will lead. Will God or his prick win?

History Channel's 'Vikings,' Season 5, Episode 9, A Simple Story, Lagertha and Bishop Heahmund

[Image via Jonathan Hession/History Channel]

Harald Is Not So Sure Ivar Is His Bestie Anymore

Ivar has sold a pretty tight bargain up until this point in Season 5 of Vikings. Harald was convinced Ivar would get him over the line in the battle for Kattegat. However, now with the loss to Lagertha, he’s not so sure.

Hvitserk (Marco Ilso) finally says something useful though and suggests Rollo (Clive Standen) be brought into the disagreement.

Using the same time travelling mechanism HBO uses in Game of Thrones, Hvitserk gets his answer from Rollo in record time. Basically, Rollo will send a Frankish army to fight for Ivar and Harald–on one condition. He insists Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) lives.

Whether this actually happens or it is just Ivar talking smack again, I do not know. However, considering Rollo has sent an army but said he can’t make it yet, I have a theory about his involvement.

My theory is that Rollo isn’t really on Ivar and Harald’s side. Considering his favourite nephew is on the side with the woman he has always had the hots for, I wonder if that Frankish army is really planning to help Ivar…

Regardless, Rollo’s army arrives in record time and, when Lagertha and Bjorn are alerted, Bjorn decides he will speak to Rollo personally.

Of course, when he gets to Ivar and Harald’s camp, Rollo isn’t there and discussions go downhill pretty quickly after that. Needless to say, there will definitely be a further battle for Kattegat in the mid-season finale episode of Vikings.

Margrethe’s Babysitting Services Suck

As to be expected, Margrethe (Ida Nielsen) sucks at babysitting. When she isn’t ignoring the kids and imagining her husband, Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith), is hooking up with Torvi (Georgia Hirst), she is scaring the shit out of Torvi’s kids.

Like I said last week, I’m pretty sure this is going to end badly.

Of course, Margrethe should totally be worrying about what Ubbe and Torvi are up to because they bump uglies pretty significantly in Episode 9 of Vikings

History Channel's 'Vikings,' Season 5, Episode 9, A Simple Story, Floki

[Image via Jonathan Hession/History Channel]

Floki’s Utopia Is Quickly Descending Into Dystopia

This week’s episode of Vikings sees Floki’s (Gustaf Skarsgard) temple built.

Of course, that is all that goes right in Iceland with Floki’s new settlers.

While Aud (Leah McNamara) and her dad, Ketill Flatnose (Adam Copeland), try to keep things under control, the temple gets burnt down anyway and a man is killed.

History Channel's Vikings,' Season 5, Episode 9, A Simple Story, King Aethelwulf

[Image via Bernard Walsh/History Channel]

King Aethelwulf Gets A Boo Boo

While all the Vikings are busy squabbling amongst themselves, England has its own little problem.

Episode 9 of Vikings drops an absolute clanger on viewers when King Aethelwulf (Moe Dunford) gets a bee sting and dies.

I shit you not.

No, this isn’t a segment of “Stupid Deaths” in Horrible Histories, King Aethelwulf actually dies because of a bee sting.

I’ve done a search through the history books because I was pretty sure I should have seen this one coming, but, no, Aethelwulf’s death is not recorded. Hirst totally made this one up on his own.

I am not happy, Hirst.

After the dust of Aethelwulf’s death settles, it takes all of three minutes for Judith (Jenny Jacques) to start scheming to get Alfred (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) on the throne. She gives zero fucks for the fact her other son, Aethelred (Darren Cahill) is the rightful heir. She also couldn’t give a shit about his feelings either–I mean, why would she start worrying about his welfare now?

Of course, Judith is resourceful and, by the end of Episode 9 of Vikings Season 5, Alfred is crowned king. Poor Aethelred, who is obviously suffering from Stockholm syndrome, totally agrees with this decision.


What did you think of Episode 9, 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 the mid-season finale, Episode 10 (titled “Moments of Vision”), below.

“A sense of doom looms over Kattegat as bloodshed ensues; the defeated army flees in the face of the victors, and a legendary warrior makes his way home.”

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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3 thoughts on “‘Vikings’ Season 5: Episode 9 Recap, “A Simple Story”

  1. Episode 10 is more soap opera crap what do they do turn the writing over to some warm and fuzzy female to write and put you to sleep or are they trying to make it artsy same thing happens to any series that is good

    • Michael Hirst wrote this episode. His aim was to bring the viewer into the fight and get involved with the characters and their struggles during the fight. Remember also that we are entering the stage of the Viking Age when they were getting converted to Christianity and I think this is the groundwork of the angle Hirst is going for with this episode.

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