On this week’s Vikings, we find out who Ivar (Alex Høgh Andersen) sacrificed. As King Harald (Peter Franzén) approaches Wessex, King Alfred (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) must prepare his army which now includes Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig), Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith), and Torvi (Georgia Hirst). Also, things get worse for Floki’s (Gustaf Skarsgård) colony. Let’s dive in!
Ivar introduces his sacrifice as Lagertha. When the hood is removed, an unknown blond woman is revealed. For those in the crowd who know it isn’t Lagertha, they begin to yell in revolt. Hvitserk (Marco Ilsø) watches all of this from the sideline. Ivar continues his rant and has the innocent women brutally strung up and killed as the people of Kattegat watch in horror. Her pyre is lit, and she burns as Hvistserk watches in disgust. He also stands against Ivar in the great hall and defiantly states that the woman who died was not Lagertha. He doesn’t seem to care what happens to him at this point.
Later, Ivar and Freydis (Alicia Agneson) have a tender moment about their child when they are interrupted by his men who have brought him rebels who are against King Ivar. He doesn’t understand why they would bother trying to go against a god. Their defiance pushes him to order their deaths.
“Hatred must never take the place of love.”
In seeing what King Ivar has done, Hvitserk decides to visit The Seer to figure out why he is there. The Seer tells him that he will accomplish something that others couldn’t at a cost. His riddles annoy Hvitserk when he tries to find out what it is that he does. However, The Seer can only spout his fears of going into the dark. It is clear that he is scared about something that is coming.
King Ivar also visits The Seer. Ivar wants him to tell the people of Kattegat that he is a god, but The Seer doesn’t.
“We shall all, all of us, go into the dark. Your chariot lies as broken as your legs. A snake has settled in your skull and your eyes betray you. Your path is strewn with garbage and filth. Oh, the horror! The horror!”
A vision flies through and with a swift swing, Ivar impales him with his ax.
King Harald, Jarl Olavson (Tomi May) and their army are headed for Wessex. Jarl tells him that he has heard rumors that Lagertha, Bjorn, Ubbe, and Torvi are with King Alfred. King Harald is looking forward to meeting Lagertha again as he blames her for the death of Astrid. As Jarl and King Harald get closer, Jarl asks him what should they expect when they reach Wessex. King Harald tells him that when their warriors see who is going to be on the other side, they might be a bit intimidated.
King Alfred has gotten word of the approaching army and demands that Bjorn, Ubbe, Lagertha, and Torvi fight for them as promised or else they will face death. They, along with Bishop Heahmund (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and his brother Aethelred (Darren Cahill), are instructed to figure out a plan to defeat King Harald’s army. As the King reiterates the risk he’s taken in protecting them; he hopes that they will not betray him. Ubbe speaks for them all when he says:
“I will not betray you. I will fight with you against King Harald.”
Before dismissing everyone, King Alfred takes notices of Bjorn’s newly shaved head. It’s a funny exchange that confuses Bjorn. King Alfred then ask Ubbe for a favor.
In the next scene, we see a fresh new do on King Alfred as Ubbe teaches him how to fight in the woods.
Meanwhile, Bjorn spends some time with his new found brother, Magnus (Dean Ridge). He is so excited to be part of a great line of fighters, and that seems to be all that he thought about over the years.
Aethelred meets in secret with the group of men who are against King Alfred. They do not believe he should be king and think this is the time to take over King Alfred’s crown and give it to Aethelred. They plot out their plan for when they feel they can strike. Aethelred agrees to the proposal.
Lagertha and Bishop Heahmund continue their secret rendezvous. They talk about the impending battle. She doesn’t mind this fight because King Harald has been her enemy. Bishop Heahmund is happy that they are together at this time. Although he fears his lord, he is madly in love with Lagertha.
“I would go to hell for you, Lagertha.”
Later on, as everyone gathers in the Great Hall, King Alfred tells Aethelred that he is leading the army and will need his help more than ever. He says how much he believes in him. This show of love causes Aethelred to back out of the plan that they had devised. He does not give the signal for the attack. It is apparent that his involvement with this group is tearing him apart.
Afterward, Bjorn brings Magnus to meet Ubbe, Torvi, and Lagertha. Lagertha and Ubbe are both skeptical that he is Ragnar’s son because Ubbe’s mother was told by Ragnar that he never slept with Queen Kwenthrith. Ragnar had told Lagertha the same thing. Magnus becomes a defensive and Bjorn sides with him.
Helgi the Lean (Jack McEvoy) is beside himself because he is still unable to find his wife. He blames his father, Eyvind (Kris Holden-Ried), but he denies he had anything to do with her disappearance. The two families argue about what could have happened to her. Her mother then says that Thorunn (Mei Bignall) came to her and said that she was unhappy. Helgi doesn’t believe it
In the night, Floki is camped outside in the rain, and from a distance, Thorunn comes to him in a vision. She tells him that she was killed by Helgi’s brother, Asbjorn (Elijah Rowen). She then shows Floki where she was buried and then disappears.
Floki and the family go to search for her and they, unfortunately, find Thorunn buried under the rocks. Floki tells him of his vision and also reveals who killed her. In their despair, Floki states that this cannot go on. He makes one final decision, and that is that both Kjetill Flatnose (Adam Copeland) and Eyvind’s families must leave the settlement.
How will Ivar explain The Seer’s death? Will Magnus fight with or against his ‘brothers’? Will Aethelred betray his brother, King Alfred? Will the two families that Floki banished survive?
Vikings airs on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. EST on History.