Here’s what went down in Episode 7 (entitled Paris) Season 3 of History Channel’s Vikings:
Floki Spirals Ever Downward
I have loved Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) for so long it feels like a stab to the heart what History Channel are doing to him this season. I truly thought I couldn’t be more conflicted than having one of my fave characters kill another of my fave characters last week, but it seems the misery bleeds through to this week as well. I am pretty sure Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) knows who killed Athelstan (George Blagden). He would be a fool not too with all the religious zealotry spewing from Floki’s mouth this season. Still, I was left shaking my head when Ragnar turns over the attack on Paris to Floki. Ragnar is either very stupid or has a hidden agenda and I am not sure which one I am hoping for.
Princess Kwenthrith of Mercia is Not So Crazy
The more I watch Vikings, the more I fall in love with the tenacity of Princess Kwenthrith (Amy Bailey). This woman gets shit done! In this episode we find out the consequences of that small peeing incident – it seems she has, conveniently, born Ragnar a child. And she uses this child gallantly in her negotiations with Prince Aethelwulf (Moe Dunford). These scenes are among my favourites this week as we see the game of kings and queens played out perfectly.
King Ecbert: the King who Can’t Lie Straight, Even in Bed
For such a long time fans thought King Ecbert (Linus Roach) would be the one person in power who wouldn’t try to double-cross Ragnar. But, alas, that hasn’t come to fruition and Ecbert seems to be the most rotten apple in a barrel you couldn’t even sell at market. And he will go to no ends to prove his ruthlessness. After sending in his son to sort out the mess that is Mercia, he makes his move on his son’s wife, Judith (Jennie Jacques). Yes, that’s right, it seems he will do anything for Judith and her son to Athelstan, even at the expense of his own flesh and blooded son. Or is it just another charming game on his behalf?
We knew Paris was the big shiny new thing for Ragnar to claim in Season 3, but now its shores are within sight. I must say, I was a little disappointed with how the city and its townsfolk were portrayed. King Charles of West Francia (Lothaire Bluteau) is less than the authority type having to bow to the whims and fancies of his daughter, Princess Gisela (Morgane Polanski) rather than Count Odo (Owen Roe), a man who actually knows something about battle. It also seems like King Charles and Rollo (Clive Standen) have the same, my brother is better than me syndrome. To add insult to injury, the townsfolk of Paris are pretty flustered about the imminent invasion even though their fortifications are substantially grand. Honestly, I’m not even sure I care about Paris anymore…
Þórunn is Not as Tough as She Thinks
Þórunn (Gaia Weiss) is a character I feel like I should love but, more and more, I find her character spineless. I have said it before, and I will say it again; what did she expect from battle? She gets one little battle scar and instead of wearing it like a badge of honour she sulks, pushing both her husband and her child away from her misery. Meanwhile, as a result of this, Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) has turned to the arms of another’s wife, Torvi (Georgia Hirst).
It will be interesting to see how next week’s episode plays out and whether Floki really can lead the Vikings into victory over Paris.
What are your thoughts on Episode 7 of History Channel’s Vikings? Let me know your thoughts by commenting below!
You can read my Episode 8 recap here.
(Photo Credits: History Channel, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.)
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