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‘Vikings’: Episode “The Plan” Recap

This week everyone is coming up with various plans. The question is whether or not they will be able to execute those plans without a hitch.

Ivar and Bishop Heahmund in York

Photo by Jonathan Hession

The Saxons and Vikings are at a standoff as the Saxons are licking their wounds from the last battle. King Aethelwulf (Moe Dunford) ponders on whether or not they should go back and rebuild their arms. However, Bishop Heahmund (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) doesn’t think so. He tells the King and others that he had a vision that showed him that they had defeated their enemies because they were able to starve them. He suggests that instead of leaving, they should close all roads that lead to York and trap them. Starve them and force them to surrender. Aethelwulf decides to go with Bishop Heahmund’s plan.

Their plan of ambushing the Vikings as they go hunting appears to work. Even Hvitserk (Marco Ilsø) starts to worry. When he brings his concerns to Ivar (Alex Høgh Andersen), his brother only laughs at him and makes fun of him causing Hvitserk to storm out. It seems that perhaps Hvitserk is questioning his decision to stay with Ivar instead of going back with Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith).

Meanwhile, the army from Judith’s (Jennie Jacques) kingdom arrives to offer reinforcement to the Saxon troops. Bishop Heahmund retells his vision again and reassures Aethlewulf that they are on the right track and they should wait a little longer before attacking. He recommends that they hold off until the Heathen army is weak before attacking. Aethlwulf has noticed that Bishop Heahmund has been overstepping his influence and isn’t too pleased. He is quick to put the Bishop in his place in front of the entire army.

Although Hvitserk thinks that Ivar is doing nothing to counter-attack the Saxons, we know that Ivar is smarter than that. He undoubtedly has a plan. This scheme is evident when he instructs his men to pretend to burn the bodies of their dead.

Towards the end of the episode, a scout returns with news that Northmen have gone. They no longer see their ships, and so they think this is the sign that they have given up and left York. Aethelwulf and Bishop Heahmund take their men to look for themselves. As they go through the city of York, they arrive at the cathedral, and upon opening the doors, they see a ton of rats. Bishop Heahmund is disgusted by what he sees and notices something is off. Why are the rats are above ground?

King Harald and Astrid in Norway

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In Vestfold, Norway, Astrid (Josefin Asplund) continues to make King Harald (Peter Franzén) wait for her answer to his proposal. She finally makes up her mind after some time thinking and asking the Gods for advice. She agrees to marry the King. As they go through with the marriage ceremony, she seems to think of Lagertha briefly but then follows through with the marriage.

Lagertha and Ubbe in Kattegat

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Ubbe has returned to Kattegat and Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) welcomes him back and thanks him for seeking revenge for their father, Ragnar. Ubbe speaks well of Bjorn and tells them that he is against Ivar. Sensing an opportunity, Lagertha offers an alliance – he supports her against King Harald, and she will support him against Ivar. Ubbe agrees.

Not all of Lagertha’s people are in favor of this alliance. Torvi (Georgia Hirst) tells Lagertha that she should not put all her trust in Ubbe and that Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) should rule Kattegat after Lagertha. She’s looking out for the father of her children after all.

Ubbe’s wife, Margrethe (Ida Nielsen) has her own thoughts on who should rule Kattegat. She attempts to tell both Ubbe and Torvi that she doesn’t think Lagertha is fit to rule and of course, she is caught by Lagertha. If there is one person, you do not want to betray; it is Lagertha. She confronts Margrethe and places some much-needed fear in her.

With the last encounter, Lagertha is in some need of guidance, and so she visits The Seer (John Kavanagh) in hopes of some answers. However, what he tells her is not that comforting. He tells Lagertha that she will see Bjorn again but under terrible circumstances. He then says,

The consequences of Ragnar’s death have not played out yet…Too much knowledge is an agony.

He then tells her to prepare herself.

Bjorn

Photo by Jonathan Hession

Off the Straits of Gibralter they see land and their travel companion, Sindric (Frankie McCafferty), tells them that what they are looking at are the Pillars of Hercules which is the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea. Bjorn thinks back to his father and how much he would have loved this adventure. Bjorn announces that he wants to go to Rome because it is the center of everything. However, Sinric informs him that it’s no longer the case. The place to go is Sicily.

As Bjorn and his men approach the city through the waters, Sindric tells Bjorn the history of the ruler of Sicily, Commander Euphemius (Albano Jeronimo.) Bjorn looks on to the new land with hopes of collecting great stories to tell his people.

Bjorn and his men arrive at Sicily disguised as traders. They are met by Euphemius who eventually welcomes him. Apparently, they are not the first Vikings they have come across and as it turns our their reputation for being to warriors interest him. He requests that Bjorn and his men be his bodyguards to which he agrees.

Photo by Jonathan Hession

As they come to this agreement a woman, Kassia (Karima McAdams), who is Euphemius’s prisoner begins to sing mesmerizing all the men. She was a nun who writes sacred songs and is a woman of God. She was taken from the Byzantine Empire, and Halfdan (Jasper Pääkkönen) seems quite curious about her.

It turns out that Euphemius doesn’t hold any actual power. The real leader is Ziyadat Allah (an Emir), and he is in Africa. This news has Bjorn very curious and eager to meet him.

Floki

Photo by Arnaldur Halldorsson

Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) continues on his pilgrimage, and as he speaks to the Gods, he realizes that he doesn’t think it is right for him to enjoy this new land by himself.  He plans to return to the land of man and find those pure of heart to bring back to this new world.

Will their plans come to fruition? Will Ivar best Bishop Heahmund? What did The Seer mean with his cryptic message for Lagertha? Who will Floki bring back to paradise?

Vikings airs on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. EST on History.

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