‘Vikings’ Season 5 Finale: Episode 20 Recap, “Ragnarok”

History Channel's 'Vikings,' Season 5, Episode 20, Ragnarok, Ivar the Boneless

[Image via Jonathan Hession / History Channel]

As to be expected, the Season 5 finale of Vikings delivers with an awesome battle! However, it doesn’t deliver much of a conclusion to this season’s problems.

Here’s what went down in Episode 20, entitled “Ragnarok,” of History Channel’s Vikings Season 5.

Prepare For War

Episode 20 of History Channel’s Vikings opens with some of Ivar’s (Alex Hogh Andersen) discovering the massive army gathering to attack Kattegat. This immediately makes Ivar think he really is the chosen one of the gods since why else would his brothers amass against him? Um, hello Ivar, you’re a vicious dictator. But, hey, don’t let that get in the way of your chosen fantasy.

Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig) and King Harald Finehair (Peter Franzen) decide to split up to attack Kattegat from both sides. One side (Harald) will have blue paint on their faces, the other side (Bjorn and Hvitserk) will have white. Which makes it very easy for the audience to now work out who is fighting who when it comes to the massive battle for Kattegat.

History Channel's 'Vikings,' Season 5, Episode 20, Ragnarok, Bjorn Ironside, close up, 2

[Image via Jonathan Hession / History Channel]

The Battle For Kattegat

Now, as to be expected, the Season 5 finale battle in Vikings is visually spectacular. And, I won’t detail it here because my words will not do it justice.

However, at the end of the day, Ivar’s strategic genius wins the battle for him. While Bjorn may have had a battering ram and a massive army, Ivar had an iron gate and more of that liquid fire that wasn’t at all available to the Vikings at that location and point in time. Although, theoretically, since Greek fire was used against the Vikings, it is possible they did have this knowledge. However, I am unsure how Ivar managed to get his hands on this sort of weapon.

But, I digress…

So, Bjorn’s group retreats and as they do, Bjorn taunts Ivar and lets the people of Kattegat know that he is not the enemy. He isn’t particularly concerned that the army of Kattegat will attack him. However, as soon as Ivar sets on him with an arrow, you can bet he ducks for cover because he knows Ivar will kill him.

but, in the end, Bjorn turns his back on Kattegat and not a single member of the army tries to kill him, even though Ivar has instructed them to.

Which, as you can imagine, pisses off Ivar no end.

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

[Image via Jonathan Hession / History Channel]

Magnus Sees The Light

Magnus (Dean Ridge) manages to spend most of this battle hiding and praying. Then, when the group is ready to retreat, he suddenly decides that he truly is Team Viking and runs in to attack.

Harald pulls him back, though, and they have a little chat about whether or not Magnus is a spy. Magnus disagrees and says that he has only just worked out now that he believes in the Viking gods.

And, then, he gets killed. So, that ends my theory about Magnus being the one who will kill Lagertha…

History Channel's 'Vikings' Season 5, Episode 15, Hell, Freydis

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Freydis Rebels

While Ivar the Boneless might be trying to mend things between himself and his wife, Freydis (Alicia Agneson), it is very obvious that Freydis is done with her husband after he killed “their” baby.

So, later, when Bjorn’s group is unsuccessful against Ivar, she sneaks off to have a quiet word to them.

First off, she lets Hvitserk (Marco Ilso) know that Ivar has killed his girlfriend, Thora (Eve Connolly).

Then, she tells the group about a little secret hidey hole through which they can enter to attack Kattegat in the morning.

The Second Attack On Kattegat

While Bjorn’s group is unsure as to whether Freydis can be trusted or not, they decide to take the risk and enter Kattegat once Freydis lets them in.

It is a fairly easy victory after that and Bjorn and Hvitserk tries to track down Ivar afterward.

However, Ivar, who has worked out Freydis let his brothers in (mainly because he ‘fessed up when he asked), kills his wife and sneaks off rather than gets owned by the new rulers of Kattegat.

History Channel's 'Vikings,' Season 5, Episode 20, Ragnarok, Lagertha

[Image via Jonathan Hession / History Channel]

Lagertha And Ubbe Take A Vacation

With perfect timing, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) and Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith) turn up at Kattegat just as Bjorn is victorious and Lagertha hands him the sword of kings. Everyone starts chanting to King Bjorn and all appears well in the world.

Bjorn Has A Vision

So, we’ve all been wondering about that image in the San Diego Comic-Con trailer for Season 5B of Vikings in which Bjorn wears white paint on his face appears to be upset about something. So, we had to wait for very nearly the last scene in the Season 5 finale to find out about this episode.

And, it turns out it is some sort of vision by Bjorn.

In the vision, Bjorn is still carrying the sword his mother has just given to him. But, this time it is covered in blood and everyone behind him is dead.

If you want my personal prediction for this vision, I think it is the moment after Bjorn kills Lagertha. But, I guess we probably won’t find that one out until the very near last scene in Season 6…

Also in this vision, viewers get to see the Seer (John Kavanagh) making another prediction) and Bjorn remembering a conversation with his father about power. So, I guess that sets everything up for what will go down in Season 6 of Vikings.

All The Other Stuff

Did Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) survive the earthquake? How’s Alfred coping with being king on his own standing? What’s going down in East Anglia with all the leaders there on vaycay in Kattegat?

Well, sorry, but History Channel decided to bow out of these storylines for the Season 5 finale of Vikings. Which means viewers will have to wait until Season 6 to find out all these answers.

History Channel's 'Vikings,' Season 5, Episode 20, Ragnarok, Bjorn Ironside, close up

[Image via Jonathan Hession / History Channel]

PERSONAL NOTE: Overall, Season 5 of Vikings has not been the best season. It has floundered somewhat without a distinct main character since the death of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel). In fact, for me, the second half of the season only really took off with the last four episodes.

There were storylines that really took the audience nowhere *cough* I’m looking at you Iceland* that really should have been riveting. As well as characters that appeared to be killed off just for the sake of a gratuitous death *cough* Aethelred *cough*

And, aren’t we all just a little sick of seeing everyone fighting to takeover Kattegat? Now, as this storyline gets set to continue on into Season 6, I am over in the corner here, yawning, because we have all seen this before.

However, there have been some interesting developments over the course of the season that I didn’t see coming (can anyone say “How are the stuffy English now more interesting than the Vikings?” and “Who can throw the biggest shade between Ivar and Hvitserk?”) Seriously, I can just watch Ivar and Hvitserk snark on each other all day.

So now, I look forward to watching where Season 6 takes us all.

Vikings will return to History Channel with Season 6. This will be the final season of their hit historical drama series. As yet, no premiere date has been announced.

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.

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[Featured Image by Jonathan Hession / History Channel]

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