As the title suggests, this entire episode was an ode to all things religious and what men will do under the banner of it. Here’s what went down in Episode 6 (entitled Born Again) Season 3 of History Channel’s Vikings:
BAD THINGS HAPPEN:
VERY bad things. For starters, Lady Judith (Jennie Jacques) gets called om her infidelity and loses an ear in the process before she fesses up to Althelstan (George Blagden) being her baby’s daddy. Not sure what game King Ecbert (Linus Roache) is playing, but he manages to convince his son, Aethelwulf (Moe Dunford), that Athelstan is a pious man and the child must have been conceived by the grace of God. The child will now be christened Alfred, and, if the history books are anything to go by, it will be this child who grows up to be Alfred the Great, the king who managed to repel the vikings.
As for the other bad thing, I’ll get to that…
SPEAKING OF BABIES:
Considering this episode has time jumped enough for Judith to birth her baby, that also means it is time for Þórunn (Gaia Weiss) to have her baby. While her and Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig) are still suffering as a result of Þórunn’s battle scar issues (really, lovie, what did you think battle was about – swinging axes and drinking ale?), they are still happy to see the safe arrival of their daughter. Bjorn promptly names her Siggy in honour of the woman that saved his brothers lives while forsaking her own. So now Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) is feeling like shit and Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) is rubbing that shit in her face some more as a result.
Ragnar is getting ready to go to Paris so it is time for Kalf (Ben Robson) to turn up with a mane of hair that makes his name look even more ridiculous. He has finally revealed his hand to Ragnar also, bringing along both Erlendur (Edvin Endre) and Torvi (Georgia Hirst) which, naturally, throws off Ragnar and you can just see his mind ticking over at how he will kill before Erlendur, inevitably, kills him – because that’s just how vikings roll…
Oh, and Torvi, she is totally getting lucky with Bjorn which will muddy the waters even more if she gets pregnant to him.
Kalf and Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) are still playing that awkward ‘will they, won’t they’ game and my prediction is they will end up marrying rather than fighting over their earldoms.
KING ECBERT GETS DOBBED ON:
While Aethelwulf did his best to eradicate the entire viking settlement in Britain last week – naturally, one person survived to tell the tale. He has made it back and spilled the beans to Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) who then goes all religious fevour on Ragnar’s arse (but more on that later). Ragnar fixes the problem by killing the poor sole survivor to keep the secret safe – for now. But just how quiet will Floki keep on the matter? Only time will tell.
THE REALLY BIG BAD HORRIBLE THING:
Actually, this can be broken up into the two sections: the bit where Athelstan dies and the bit where I am so conflicted because one of my fave characters kills another of my fave characters and now I am as shitty as hell at Floki for making me feel this way!
So Athelstan, after all his religious see-sawing, goes and gets all born again. And for anyone who has ever come across a born againer, you know just how annoying they can be. In his excitement, Athelstan tells Ragnar about his new religious fevour status and immediately starts to try and convert Ragnar. This is hilarious thanks to Ragnar totally not getting half of what Athelstan is saying: “What do you mean born again? Like a baby?” But then Ragnar gets all serious when Athelstan says he will be leaving Kattegat and confessing his love for the priest and there is a whole heap of manly love going on in the room and this is the point when I just know Floki is going to kill Athelstan.
While Athelstan is getting born again in his faith, the viking equivalent, Floki, is getting confirmation from his gods that any religion is capable of murder in the name of religion. While the vikings did it first, it is still a shock when Floki and Athelstan confront each other with their equally unyielding beliefs. While Floki feels the need to kill the offending religion, Athelstan chooses to be a martyr and die for his faith.
So Floki slays Athelstan. <insert bawling and howling at the TV here>
RAGNAR AND ATHELSTAN ARE BEST MATES FOREVER…
Ragnar does the right thing and takes Athelstan’s body off to bury in the ground as per his beliefs, because even though these two men completely believe in their faiths, their friendship is actually beyond what religion can tear down. And this is why I think Athelstan’s demise was wrong for this series. Not because he is one of my favourite characters, but because he is the sound board between the two sides and the reason why we question what occurs on this show. Without Athelstan, it will be more Christians vs. Vikings and less of those delicious grey areas in between.
Anyway, so Ragnar buries Athelstan and I am crying all over again because Ragnar totally gets that while his faith and Athelstan’s both believe in an afterlife, it is highly unlikely they will ever meet up again after their lives are finished.
What did you think of Episode 6 of Vikings? Let me know your thoughts by commenting below!
You can read my Episode 7 recap here.
And, just because this bit was hilarious, and the very end of this episode was so wrought with grief, here’s Ragnar getting woken up:
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