‘Vikings’ Season 5 Premiere: Episode 3 Recap, “Homeland”

History Channel's Vikings,' Season 5, Episode 2, Homeland, ivar the Boneless, arrows

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Here’s what went down in Episode 3, entitled “Homeland,” of History Channel’s Vikings Season 5.

Floki and the Land of the Gods

While Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) is having a wonderful time in Iceland (AKA the Land of the Gods), he is also having some troubles. The terrain is a little rough, he manages to injure his hand and, so far, he hasn’t found a single other person. Well, except for those questionable water spirits he keeps seeing. In fact, Floki is downright despondent by the end of this episode thanks to the massive infection in his hand. He falls down and gives himself up to the gods. In return, as is the usual case with most religious zealots, he gets instant gratification as soon as he gives up. His hand is healed and he decides the Land of the Gods is okay again.

Harald Finehair and Astrid

Harald (Peter Franzen) and Astrid (Josefin Asplund) finally make it to Harald’s homeland. Astrid takes one look around and decides it is much too uncouth for her. Harald is optimistic about their relationship still. This is even after Harald puts the hard word on Astrid and she punches him.

Bjorn Ironside and his Contiki Tour of the Mediterranean

Nothing much happens on Bjorn’s (Alexander Ludwig) Contiki tour other than he finds out Halfdan (Jasper Paakkonen) wants to get out from under the shadow of his brother, Harald and live “more than a life.” Some random dude Bjorn has picked up along the way also tells the Vikings that they need to dump a few ships and look more like a small trading party if they really want to get their foot in the door.

History Channel's Vikings,' Season 5, Episode 2, Homeland, The Vikings and Saxons battle

[Image via Jonathan Hession/History Channel]

York (AKA Vikings are Awesome, Saxons are Stupid)

Episode 1 of Vikings saw the Saxons find a conveniently crumbling Roman wall that the Vikings are not repairing. Considering this is Ivar (Alex Hogh) and he is a genius at scheming, perhaps the Saxons should have questioned by the Northmen are leaving this wall be, especially considering they are working so hard at fortifying the rest of the Yorkish stronghold.


So it comes as no surprise, when the Saxons finally attack, that that derelict Roman wall is actually a trap. When the Saxons enter York, the place appears abandoned. Aethelwulf (Moe Dunford) and Heahmund decide to split up and meet back at the chapel. As soon as they are divided, the Vikings appear and the battle begins in earnest. For fans of Vikings who watch for the battle scenes, sit right down and enjoy this one!

Ivar, not being content to sit back safely and watch his plan unfold, dons his helmet and joins the fray. It takes mere moments for him to wind up on the ground and surrounded by Saxons. Does this scare Ivar? Hell no, it doesn’t! The psycho little fuck sits there on the ground and taunts the Saxons until the rest of his troop appear and fuck shit up again.

Heahmund, spying Ivar, points his sword at the Viking rather than run in for the kill. So, once again, Ivar evades injury as the fight around them edges in between the pagan and the bishop warrior. Deciding enough is enough, the Saxons retreat.

After all this, Ivar’s brother, Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith), wants to make peace rather than war. Ivar thinks this is the dumbest idea ever. Which means we are back to squabbling between siblings again in Episode 3 of Vikings Season 5. Remember what happened last time Ivar? Hvitserk (Marco Ilso) is mostly Team Ubbe on the matter, but only because he thinks Ivar is a psychopath.

History Channel's Vikings,' Season 5, Episode 2, Homeland, Prince Alfred, King Aethelwulf, Bishop Heahmund

[Image via Bernard Walsh/History Channel]

Ubbe decides to do something about all the bullshit and takes Hvitserk to visit with Aethelwulf and Heahmund. Ubbe just wants to settle on his land that Ecbert (Linus Roache) gave him. Um, about that Ubbe… Aethelwulf and Heahmund tell the Vikings they will think on it and let them know in the morning.

The morning comes and Ubbe gets a thrashing from Heahmund for his time and he and Hvitserk are sent on their way.

Back at York, Ivar is giving the pair shit for going to see the Saxons and Ubbe decides it is time to go home to Kattegat. Hvitserk decides, at the last minute, he is really Team Ivar and jumps ship.


What did you think of Episode 3, of History Channel’s Vikings Season 5? Let us know by commenting below!

Vikings returns to History Channel on Wednesday, December 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. TV Guide lists the following synopsis for Episode 4 (titled “The Plan”) below.

“Guided by Bishop Heahmund’s visions, the Saxons devise a battle plan. Meanwhile, Ivar the Boneless strategizes on his own as the Vikings face increasing pressure; and Bjorn Ironside finds himself in a new territory and must convince the local commander he is a trader and not a raider.”

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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