The Battle for Kattegat Continues
Episode 10 of Vikings Season 5 opens with Halfdan (Jasper Paakkonen) and his brother, Harald Finehair (Peter Franzen) having a sing-off. They are in different locations, but it sets the scene nicely as people prepare for war.
It is a strange episode, this one. The battle is broken up as each character gets a turn of revealing their regrets. The battle stops and starts, and, at times, frustrates as it feels like a long drawn out process. But, at other times, seeing those quiet moments from within the battle, where each character shows their Viking flaws makes you realise the tides are turning and that maybe this is the point where Christianity might sneak in to claim their beliefs as the Vikings realise there is much more to life than death.
At times, it is hard to distinguish between reality and fantasy as each character remembers back to moments prior to the battle for Kattegat. But, let’s work through what unfolded.
A flashback to young Lagertha makes us realise that, even though we were caught up in Ragnar’s (Travis Fimmel) story, this series has always really been about her. And, this episode is a tough one for her.
Deciding her time is up; Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) has a frank discussion with Heahmund. Basically, it goes like this:But, with Lagertha and Heahmund.
After that, when Lagertha goes into battle, she has to kill Astrid (Josefin Asplund). She doesn’t want to at first, but Astrid forces her hand and makes her do it. It’s sucky and sad, but I think it’s probably time for Astrid to go, rather than floating about and being a fuck toy for everyone.
And, with that, let’s move onto all the deaths in Episode 10 of Vikings Season 5.
Harald doesn’t know yet that his wife and child are dead, which gives him plenty of time to kill his brother and wish him well on his way to Valhalla. Halfdan, while okay with dying, really just seems to want to pack it all in again and go on another Contiki tour.Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig) doesn’t have to fight his brothers and lose one like Harald did, however, he loses his new girlfriend, Snaefrid (Dagny Backer Johnsen). So, I guess it will be time for the manwhore to manwhore some more when Season 5 of Vikings returns later this year. Along with Snaefrid, her father, King Svase (Anthony Brophy), also dies.
Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith) and Hvitserk (Marco Ilso) meet on the battlefield during the mid-season finale of Vikings. While Ivar (Alex Hogh) has been horrible to Hvitserk, telling him he made a mistake by jumping ship, Ubbe is kinder to his brother and cannot kill him. Seriously Hvitserk, I hope you learn something from this.
Although, considering he killed Guthrum (Ben Roe) during the battle, I’m pretty sure Torvi (Georgia Hirst) won’t let him back into Kattegat. So, only the Gods really know where he will end up when Vikings returns.
Surprise! The Franks Arrive
Just when you’ve had a chance to see everyone regret the battle (except for Ivar who is a metal machine by this stage and just wants to kill things), the Franks arrive.
Bjorn takes one look and shits his pants. He decides it’s time to go home and Lagertha agrees with him. They beat a hasty retreat and Ivar is pissed off about that.
When they get back to Kattegat, Bjorn is telling everyone to pack up and leave before Ivar arrives to gloat.
However, the sight of his mother stops him short. Lagertha is sitting quietly in the corner, looking like this:
Margrethe is Bonkers
Torvi, when she gets home, is desperate to see her (hopefully) surviving kids.
Luckily, Margrethe (Ida Nielsen) hasn’t killed Torvi’s kids. But, that’s only because she has been busy pulling lumps of wood out of the water and calling them dead people.
Even the Seer (John Kavanagh) calls her insane…
Floki Makes a Decision
In the midst of the battle, Vikings decides to take us away from the agony of war and send us into Floki’s new world.
WTF History Channel?
Who even gives a shit at this point in time?
Regardless, here’s what happened over there.
Eyvind (Kris Holden-Ried) is offered the position of law keeper as compensation for losing his son. Floki wants the killing to stop as a result. Eyvind gives zero shits though and Ketill’s (Adam Copeland) son gets killed *sigh*
It’s a bit hard to change the Viking viewpoint in such a short amount of time dear Floki. So, Floki offers himself up as a human sacrifice to fix the mess.
Just quietly, I think Floki will be okay. I predict the group will decide Eyvind should be the human sacrifice. However, viewers will have to tune into the return of Season 5 of Vikings to see how this all plays out.
Rollo Rolls into Town
All season, we have been promised the return of Rollo.
Which means we get to see him arrive on a boat right at the end of the episode.
While you can’t see where he is headed, I hope he is cruising into Kattegat to support Bjorn and Lagertha, rather than siding with Ivar and Harald. Although, if the history books are to be followed, Rollo probably needs an army right about now and Ivar’s group would probably fit this description nicely…
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