Episode 2 (entitled The Wanderer) Season 3 of History Channel’s Vikings picks up where the last episode finished – the conclusion of the battle between Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) and the Princess Kwenthrith of Mercia’s (Amy Bailey) Uncle Brihtwulf (Ian Beattie). It seems the princess is pretty happy to see her uncle dead – and with good reason too! Once she explains the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of the man, Ragnar is happy to bring her the head of her uncle. Watching her knife the bastard repeatedly seems to increase Floki’s (Gustaf Skarsgard) opinion of the English woman.
Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) and Þórunn (Gaia Weiss) discuss the age old problem that occurs between the sexes: just how far should a man protect his woman. Even though Þórunn teases him , he still proposes to her in his bid to control her via any means possible. Þórunn – you would think – will spit the proposal back in his face but says yes and my opinion of her drops as a result – I don’t watch this show for weddings and shit.
Rollo (Clive Standen) gets a tad bit high thanks to the mushrooms he’s feeding the injured Torstein (Jefferson Hall). As a result of this he hacks off the leg of a captive and then kills the poor bastard just because of the ‘angle of his leg’. Yeah, not making me like you in the slightest Rollo… Then you go and grope the good princess Kwenthrith after her rape story and I totally hate your guts. Note to Þórunn – that’s how a viking should treat her man – and Kwenthrith isn’t even of your ilk!
So Kwenthrith’s brother’s army does a dump and run when Ragnar’s boats show up decorated with the heads of all those killed in the battle at the end of Episode 1 (entitled Mercenary). Kwenthrith convinces her brother to stay though with the promise of safety. Even so, he runs along with the rest of his army.
Thanks to some pretty standard torture methods, Aethelwulf (Moe Dunford) manages to locate Kwenthrith’s missing brother before they can fully amass another army.
Poor Torstein the injured, decides he needs his arm cut off and Floki agrees to do it. Yeah, this scene – although brief – reminds me of the blood eagle. I am pretty sure Torstein will not last long beyond Episode 3 with a title like Warrior’s Fate.
MEANWHILE, IN WESSEX…
Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) is nutting out her new free land, trying to find any possible loopholes that King Ecbert (Linus Roach) might have forgotten to mention. All the king wants to know is if Lagertha is single.
In the midst of him trying to wine and dine her, it seems Athelstan (George Blagden) might turn out to have more of a role than simply ‘interpreter’ this season when Lady Judith (Jennie Jacques) – who is a good married woman – continues in her attempts to woo him. In this scene, Athelstan comes very close to calling the Christians on their theft of their religion from the earlier pagan religions. And, holy heck, afterwards, don’t we just get the greatest scene involving religious guilt and sexual tension that I think I have ever seen when Judith goes to confession?
AND WHAT OF KATTEGAT?
Helga (Maude Hirst) is discussing her prophetic dream with Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) and Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig). Turns out all three have had the same dream. At first they feel no fear from their joint vision, but then they dream of the Seer (John Kavanagh) bound and bloody and they start to worry in earnest. And is it just me, or is anyone else getting a ‘Witches of Eastwick‘ vibe off this whole story line? Needless to say, we finally get to meet the mysterious Wanderer (Kevin Durand) – even if it does take the whole episode to get there.
It seems Kalf (Ben Robson) is stirring up shit by saying Lagertha has left her people for England, to the point he gets himself appointed as the new earl! Even though Kalf seems happy with his new role, something doesn’t sit right with him as he is dreaming of Ragnar eating his liver.
THE HOLY TRINITY
This episode finishes up with a bloody arm, an injured hand and the return of Athelstan’s stigmata. Considering, Norse lore considers the Wanderer as an euphemism for Odin himself, I was left feeling this episode was entirely about religion and not at all about the game of kings and their battle for supremacy as first suspected.
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You can read my Episode 3 recap here.
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