This episode starts to draw together a whole heap of story lines – some you had even forgotten about! Here’s what went down in Episode 4 (entitled Scarred) Season 3 of History Channel’s Vikings:
Christians and Vikings unite! Erm.. sort of… no, not really:
Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) is like the broken record everyone just wants to shut up. He is raging at Rollo (Clive Standen) for having been baptised and as a result of this now falling under the spell of the new god, Jesus Christ. In fact he is telling anyone who will listen that the vikings are basically having their balls cut in the name of the shiny new god.
Besides Floki, it seems Prince Aethelwulf (Moe Dunford) is trying to get along with his pagan comrades. And that is going down about as well as Floki’s whinging. It will be very interesting to see how this hot mess blows up later on (because it totally will).
Athelstan gets laid:
Totally left of field here. It seems History channel has spent more than two seasons showing us just how pious Athelstan (George Blagden) really is. Then, we jump from Lady Judith (Jennie Jacques) last week telling Athelstan that she has to remain true to her faith and her husband, to this week bumping uglies with him – and neither of them seem to give a remote shit about their longstanding beliefs. Whoa! Just a reminder History channel, between last week’s episode and this week’s there was no actually time jump, so what you’ve done is completely out of character.
Although, *high fives Athelstan* Athelstan got lucky! And that is actually something I was looking forward to because I think, on an intellectual level, Athelstan knows all religions are one and the same and therefore what he does with his body is probably not anything the god/s really care about.
On a side note, considering it looked like Floki saw one of their trysts, it will be interesting to see just how much this will come to a head later on considering Floki’s obvious disdain for Athelstan.
King Ecbert gets burned:
King Ecbert (Linus Roache) gets his ‘I’m a man and you’re a lady‘ hat on and tries to persuade Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) to stay behind in Wessex. This totally backfires on him because Lagertha is not your typical English rose who can be told what to do. Instead, Lagertha calls him on the fact he has no interest in anyone else other than himself. So, in this episode, both Lagertha and Athelstan decide to return home with Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) rather than stay and be pawns in Ecbert’s English games.
Ragnar gets peed on:
Speaking of Ragnar, he suffered a nasty graze at his previous battle and fans, having seen what happened to Torstein (Jefferson Hall), many – myself included – are starting to panic. But have no fear, Princess Kwenthrith (Amy Bailey) of Mercia is here! Behold her amazing powers of renewal! Yep, the princess pees on Ragnar’s wound, and voila! he seems instantly better. So well in fact that she squats over him again, but I think it might be a healing of another type…
A game of Vikings and Kings and crazy princesses:
All along Princess Kwenthrith has wanted her brother, Burgred (Aaron Monaghan), saved from death. We all thought it was because Kwenthrith loved him. We all thought she loved him because he seemed to be the only member of her family that didn’t want to rape her.
Oh boy, were we wrong!
So at the grand feast welcoming the return of Prince Burgred everything seems to be going along well until he and Kwenthrith have a speech. It gets a bit weird in a Jaime and Cersei (from HBO’s Game of Thrones) kind of way. But then Kwenthrith gets this look on her face and you know, you just KNOW she had a plan all along.
And that plan involves poison.
So Burgred totally dies, poisoned at the hand of his sister IN FRONT OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN BRITAIN. Just when you thought her level of crazy had peaked…
SO who wants to toast the fact that Burgred is dead (just like they all really wanted it)? Yeah, they all toast the one remaining ruler of Mercia, but hell NO they are not drinking that wine!
Bjorn, rhymes with yawn:
I know I should care more about this character, but Bjorn’s (Alexander Ludwig) story line is all just a bit boring. Not sure why, because, honestly, it shouldn’t be. After all, he is struggling in the shadow of his famous father, and if history is correct, he will rise above Ragnar’s fame by his own right, but something is missing. Not sure if it is is the pretty hair, the fact he looks just too clean to be a legit viking, or if the chemistry is lacking between him and his fiance, Þórunn (Gaia Weiss).
But, anyway, we get to see just how mashed Þórunn’s face really is this week. We also see Bjorn insist that he loves her regardless of how she looks. And that is the end of that until next time.
Now for the interesting stuff:
Remember how Ragnar killed Jarl Borg (Thorbjørn Harr)? How could anyone forget it?! Well, Ragnar, in his infinite kindness and respect for child bearing women, let Jarl’s pregnant wife, Torvi (Georgia Hirst), live.
Now you need to think back to the end of Season 2 when Ragnar killed King Horik (Donal Logue). Remember how Horik’s son, Erlendur (Edvin Endre), was spared?
Yeah, that’s the second mistake.
It seems Kalf (Ben Robson) has taken the pair (who are now wed as well as Torvia having produced a son and heir to Jarl Borg) on board. Looks like Lagertha will have her hands full when she returns to Hedeby!
It seems, back in Kattegat, Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) is sick of waiting for her husband. You know, the one she stole from another? So beds down with Harbard (Kevin Durand). Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig) is pissy at this and tells the queen so. Not that Aslaug really gives a shit since she will do as she pleases, because, hello, she’s a queen.
Siggy, in true form, is not at all impressed and is still feeling considerably uneasy about Harbard. She still sticks by Ragnar’s sons though and when they up and leave to find their mother, Siggy follows behind.
She finds the children hanging out on a frozen lake. This is when it all goes wrong. The ice starts cracking and the two boys fall through. Siggy, being the honourable woman she is dives right in and rescues them. In the process, she is helped by her dead daughter, Thyri (Elinor Crawley) and Harbard.
The image of her daughter is a mirage, Harbard is not. Considering Harbard needs to take human sacrifices in order to relieve the pain of Aslaug’s son, Ivan the boneless, and he is now one down on sacrifices, it is time for Siggy to enter Valhalla.
To be honest, this death felt weird, wrong weird. Not fitting at all of Siggy’s time on Vikings. However, the actress has revealed since this episode screened, that she had family issues and chose to leave the show, so I guess this is the best they could do. And, in hindsight, I guess Siggy did what was in character for her, she was once an Earl’s wife and knew how important heir’s are, so chose to save them over her own life.
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You can read my Episode 5 recap here.
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