Here’s what went down in Episode 3 (entitled Warrior’s Fate) Season 3 of History Channel’s Vikings:
Firstly, the warrior:
Poor Torstein (Jefferson Hall) was left hanging by a thread in last week’s episode. This week we find out whether he lives or dies. Now, according to viking tradition, only those who die in battle will enter Valhalla but I am not really sure on the etiquette of what happens when you are injured during battle but die afterwards. Judging by Tortstein’s determination to join in with this week’s battle, I will assume only battle deaths count. So, Torstein convinces Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) to take him on the raid against Princess Kwenthrith of Mercia’s (Amy Bailey) brother. And what a battle it turns out to be. Torstein offers to act as decoy and staggers up over the hill and into British territory. As expected, this confuses the shit out of the Englishmen and when Torstein stabs one of them, they find it almost comical.
Needless to say though, it is RIP Torstein. You were a fine warrior and will be greatly missed. 😦
Then Ragnar owns that mountain and kicks their butt!
Actually, scratch that, he kicks some of their butts. When the fight ends with the reality that there is a secondary army behind that is massive, you think Ragnar just might have bitten off more than he can chew.
Except Aethelwulf (Moe Dunford) – remember him? Yep, I had totally forgotten about his army – is high on top of the mountain above Kwenthrith’s brother’s army. So, needless to say, the renegade Brits are whipped and Kwenthrith gets her brother safely returned to her!
As a side note, Ragnar gets a nick from an arrow in this scene – here’s hoping it doesn’t escalate to level Torstein!
Let’s chat about treason shall we?
The conversation King Ecbert (Linus Roach) has with some of his men trying to dissuade the king from siding with the Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) and the vikings can definitely be considered treason. This line toeing in relation to treason is pretty obvious – and nipped in the bud quickly by Ecbert. But, later on, Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) also brings up the same argument from the other side which pisses off Ragnar enough to pull a King Ecbert on Floki’s arse as well.
Bjorn is a dumb arse
I actually felt sorry for Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) this week. Here he is with a beautiful new fiance who is more hotheaded than his mother. As a result of this, he lets her head in to battle while pregnant. After receiving a severe beating and almost getting killed, Bjorn has to deal with the fact that not only did he almost lose her and their unborn child, but he now has to deal with the wrath of his father. While Ragnar may allow women into battle, he most certainly does not condone pregnant women on the battle field. Bjorn still has a lot to learn if he is to take over as leader after Ragnar.
Lagertha gets lucky
So it has been very obvious that King Ecbert has been horny as a school boy around Lagertha, but the shield maiden has kept her cards close to her chest in relation to her feelings for him. Well, that changed dramatically this week when Lagertha takes a bath with the king, Athelstan (George Blagden) and Lady Judith (Jennie Jacques).
And was it just me, or was everyone else waiting for Athelstan to get another threesome invite after the king and Lagertha started getting jiggy in front of the others?
Athelstan doesn’t get lucky
No surprise here. My prediction is Athelstan will eventually succumb to Lady Judith’s feminine wiles. I also predict that this will cause more conflict between Judith and her faith than it will Athelstan and his.
The Wanderer gets freaky
Meanwhile, back in Kattegat, the Wanderer (Kevin Durand) – who now has a name: Harbard, regales Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland), Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig) and Helga (Maude Hirst) with his fabulous tales. It’s all very tame until Ivan the boneless starts crying. Then things take a turn for (possibly) the sinister. It seems Harbard has a way with babies and manages to take away Ivan pain which lets him go back to sleep.
Just don’t mind the two dead children who turn up floating in the water the next day without a scratch between them as an indication of death… Pretty sure the ‘removal of pain’ involved taking their lives somehow and it will be interesting to see how this plays out considering Kevin Durand has already confessed to being present at the death of a major Vikings character. My prediction is that that death will be the Seer’s (John Kavanagh) and Harbard will take over that role in subsequent seasons of Vikings.
So, a while back, there was a mini meltdown on Instagram and Twitter when Katheryn Winnick showed off an image (pictured below) of herself covered in blood. Many people started to panic but tonight all was laid to rest when Lagertha performed a fertility rite to bless her new farmlands. Phew!
Vikings is a many layered treat
I must say, this week’s episode really made it clear that only one viewing of each Vikings episode is never enough. With each conversation, scene or event, there are many layers delivered to the viewer – whether they realise it or not! The History Channel show can be enjoyed just as that – a show based loosely on historical fact. Yet, there is so much more to be gained! For example, the wonderful layers that delve into the political and (especially) the religious view point at the time meld beautifully with the viewpoints of these beliefs today and allow the viewer to question their own beliefs as a result. There is so many story lines running under the surface that it makes me feel like I need to watch each episode at least twice to fully appreciate Michael Hirst’s amazing scripts!
What did you think of Episode 3 of History Channel’s Vikings? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
You can read my Episode 4 recap here.
(Photo Credits: History Channel, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc./Instagram/Katheryn Winnick)
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