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FINALE: Vikings Season 3 Recap – Episode 10: The Dead

Episode 10 Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings Ragar takes Paris

The Dead

Well, here we are at the finale episode of Season 3 of History Channel’s Vikings. This is what went down in Episode 10 (entitled The Dead):

We start the episode with Paris bowing down and paying their dues to the vikings. Gisela (Morgane Polanski) is pissy at her dad, King Charles (Lothaire Bluteau), for paying the toll but the King is okay with being spineless.

There is much talk in this episode about Ragnar Lothbrok’s (Travis Fimmel) Christian baptism in Episode 9 and it will be interesting to see just how much of a religious zealot Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) is when it comes to Ragnar.

Time passes and the vikings still haven’t left the shores of Paris so Count Odo (Owen Roe) heads off to check out why they have reneged on their deal. Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Skarsgard) lets them know their king is deathly ill and when Odo checks, viewers are really starting to believe Ragnar just might not survive this episode. But Ragnar is smart and taking Bjorn into his confidences a plan is hatched.

Just on a side note, what did everyone think of Count Odo turning out to be all 50 Shades? Yeah, totally not impressed here either. What a cop out History Channel…

And then Ragnar is dead and there is many tears shed in our household as Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) confesses her hopes that Odin will take Ragnar from heaven and return him to Valhalla where he belongs, and where she can love him all over again. Then Rollo (Clive Standen) is confessing he is not so sad to see Ragnar – the sibling the gods always favoured – go, and Floki is professing his undying love – and hatred – for Ragnar.

So Ragnar had just one wish, to have a Christian funeral. It is agreed his body can be bought into Paris where the bishop will bless his body and where Ragnar can surprise the shit out of everyone by jumping up out of his coffin and stabbing that bishop dead!

Because that’s how vikings roll.

Episode 10 Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings Ragar Lothbrok inside Paris

Poor King Charles responds to the victorious attack on Paris and the kidnapping of his daughter Gisela by fainting.

However, once Ragnar has terrorised the city, as he is leaving, he releases Gisela and lets her return to her daddy. Yeah, I’d probably feel sorry enough for the poor thing to let her go too. Plus, there needs to be someone still in Paris with a backbone to lead once Rollo returns with the promise of marriage to Gisela. And boy doesn’t Gisela have it in spades when she insults the hell out of Rollo in French? Rollo has no idea what she is saying but is obviously smitten.

Episode 10 Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings Rollo meets Gisela 2

But, getting back to Ragnar, he leaves Paris, still sick as a dog and returns to Kattegat. But not before letting Floki know he knows who killed Athelstan (George Blagden). Does this make them sworn enemies now?

What did you think of the Season 3 finale of History Channel’s Vikings? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

(Photo Credits: History Channel, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.)

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Vikings Season 3 Recap – Episode 9: Breaking Point

The vikings are annoyed when Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) get baptised  in Episode 9 (entitled Breaking Point) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings

Breaking Point

Episode 9 (entitled Breaking Point) Season 3 of History Channel’s Vikings is, essentially, Paris Raid 2.0

We find Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) sick – peeing blood sick – so the next raid commences with Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) sneeking into Paris via the river in the dead of night. She manages to slit a throat before anyone is alerted to their presence. A battle ensures, people are killed on both sides, but thanks to Lagertha using the hot burning oil trick against the Parisians, the Northmen waiting outside the gates are now free to enter.

Meanwhile, as Rollo (Clive Standen) is scaling torturous balls of spiky hell, Count Odo (Owen Roe) is trying to convince King Spineless Charles (Lothaire Bluteau) he needs to be seen and show the troops some moral support. Needless to say this doesn’t happen.

But what does happen is a very interesting conversation between the captured Sinric and Count Odo. It seems Rollo made quite the impression on the Parisians and they want to know who he is. Sinric describes Rollo as fighting like a crazy bear. This is interesting because the Seer (John Kavanagh) prophesied that a bear would marry a princess and suddenly the goo-goo eyes going on between the annoying Princess Gisela (Morgane Polanski) and Rollo make a whole lot more sense.

While all this is going on, Ragnar is having visions of Athelstan (George Blagden) and I am beginning to really consider the fact he might be beyond repair this time. It seems this whole scene revolves around Athelstan being baptised and Ragnar not.

Also, just when you thought all the blood and gore couldn’t get any worse, enter Siegfried, the captured viking who wants his hair held back while he is beheaded:

Siegfried gets beheaded in Episode 9 (entitled Breaking Point) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings

But what about Kattegat?

Seems the Christians are taunting the vikings and Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) has to deal with it. A trial by fire, it turns out. What the Christian hopes will happen is that, by the grace of God, he will carry the burning rock across to Aslaug and prove his god’s existence. What actually happens is he squeals like a pig and Asluag is done with him.

And in Wessex?

King Ecbert (Linus Roache) is continuing in his plan to go from my most liked Englishman (other than Athelstan) to my most hated. This week he promises to keep Judith (Jennie Jacques) and her son Alfred safe – so long as she presents her harlot card to him. He also pulls the ‘wounded dad’ face when his son, Aethelwulf (Moe Dunford), asks him if he was perhaps hoping Kwenthrith of Mercia (Amy Bailey) would kill him.

 But back to Paris…

It seems we have a plague on top of the viking invasion. It does nothing more than force hands, both those of Paris and the Northmen. Ragnar calls dibs considering he’s the king and goes to make a deal with the the Parisians – but first he wants to be baptised.

Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) gets baptised in Episode 9 (entitled Breaking Point) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings

And boy doesn’t that piss of all the vikings?!

What did you think of Episode 9 of History Channel’s Vikings? Let me know your thoughts by commenting below!

You can read my Episode 10 recap here.

(Photo Credits: History Channel, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.)

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Vikings Season 3 Recap – Episode 8: To the Gates!

Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) prepares for battle in Episode 8 (entitled To The Gates!) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings

To the Gates!

Boy, oh boy, am I glad this week’s episode picked up from last week’s. I think this one may even be my favourite for the season so far! Here’s what went down in Episode 8 (entitled To The Gates!) Season 3 of History Channel’s Vikings:

Most Epic Battle Scene So Far

It was about ten minutes in when I realised just how awesome this week’s episode really would be – and just how much it was all about the epic battle to claim Paris. This episode is hard to sum up in words because it was more about the visual enormity of it. Even with my love for Episode 8, there is actually not a lot to say about this episode other than the Vikings actually bit off more than they could chew in the form of Paris. While Athelstan (George Blagden) had given them some wonderful insights in how to scale the impenetrable and Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) had created a fantastic way to scale the high walls, this battle was always going to be a whole city against a small band of marauders.

Even so, the vikings fought to the bloody death trying to obtain victory.

The battle can be broken down like this (please excuse the order, the episode was crazy busy):

  • Holy crap! Look at those walls!
  • Let’s bash the doors down to create a distraction while Floki’s ships sneak in the back way and scale those walls.
  • *door bashing doesn’t work*
  • Let’s pull those doors out instead!
  • Crossbows are no match for bows and arrows, wooden shield walls or axes.
  • Blood, so much goddamned blood. Are there even any vikings left?
  • Floki realises he’s not cut out to lead a battle and goes a little more crazy than he already is.

Moral of the story: don't let Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) lead a raid. Episode 8 (entitled To The Gates!) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings

  • Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) notices this and the viewers realise that Ragnar ALWAYS has a plan.
  • Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) finally steps up to the plate and does the right thing now he doesn’t have a lady friend to keep an eye on.
  • Rollo (Clive Standen) battles like a beserker, catching the eye of Princess Gisela (Morgane Polanski) in the process – is that a match made in annoying heaven or what?!
  • Whoops, Rollo looses his balance and falls over the high wall, plunging into the water below. Shit, is Rollo dead?!

Rollo (Clive Standen) falls down in Episode 8 (entitled To The Gates!) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings

  • Speaking of fighting like a beserker, Ragnar takes over as crazy man, sticking his tongue out and throwing himself backwards off the wall. It is not pretty and it certainly isn’t nice to watch Ragnar Lothbrok bounce off every hard surface on the way down.
  • Shit, is Ragnar dead?!

Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) falls down in Episode 8 (entitled To The Gates!) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings

  • Meanwhile, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) and Kalf (Ben Robson) have pulled out the doors and are met with… nothing. Not a bloody person is in sight!
  • Forward they all march, not thinking it is a trap at all even though my 11 year old is shouting that very thing at the television.

It's a trap! Episode 8 (entitled To The Gates!) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings

  • Yep, it’s a trap, but luckily Kalf works this out and knocks Lagertha unconscious, taking her out of the death zone just in the knick of time!
  • It’s about now that you realise just how hopeless this venture was.

Casualties of War

Besides the huge toll of vikings now drinking in Valhalla, there are few notable deaths. Rollo actually survives, as does Ragnar – even if he is spitting blood and appears to have a few broken ribs. It is Bjorn that comes as a shock to the viewer! It seems he scored two bolts to his back and at first we think he is dead. Ragnar drags him back to camp and it turns out the wounds are not life threatening.

Is Bjorn (Alexander Skarsgard) dead in Episode 8 (entitled To The Gates!) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings

Ragnar is a Patient Man and Lagertha Gets a Sponge Bath

While most of this episode is bound by battle, there is a quiet moment or two. Firstly, we find Ragnar staggering into the forest to have a quick chat with Athelstan about game plan. It seems Ragnar does know Floki killed the priest and making Floki leader of the failed attack on Paris was very much in Ragnar’s plan of how to get back at him. While Ragnar claims to be a patient man, I am not at all impressed with just how many lives he is willing to sacrifice so that Floki can learn a lesson…

Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) chats to Athelstan in Episode 8 (entitled To The Gates!) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings

Secondly, we find Lagertha and Kalf sponging each other off. Kalf is still trying to woo Lagertha but the bitter taste of her lost Earldom is still fresh in her mouth. While I am pretty sure Lagertha and Kalf will end up married, Lagertha is still claiming she will kill Kalf eventually. I don’t doubt her one little bit.

Remember Kattegat? Well, it seems Þórunn (Gaia Weiss) is done with it, abandoned her baby, Siggy, and blown that joint. Having Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) left holding the baby with the same name as the woman who lost her life saving Aslaug’s sons seems somehow poetic…

What did you think of Episode 8 of History Channel’s Vikings? Let me know your thoughts by commenting below!

You can read my Episode 9 recap here.

(Photo Credits: History Channel, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.)

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Vikings Season 3 Recap – Episode 7: Paris

Floki stars in Episode 7 (entitled Paris) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings


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?


Emperor Charles of France played by Lothaire Bluteau stars in Episode 7 (entitled Paris) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings

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…

Princess Gisla played by Morgane Polanski  stars in Episode 7 (entitled Paris) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings

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.

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Vikings Season 3 Recap – Episode 6: Born Again

Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), Athelstan (George Blagden) and Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) star in Episode 6 (entitled Born Again) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings


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:


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…


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.


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.


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>

Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) stars in EPisode 6 (entitled Born Again) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings


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.

Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) buries Athelstan (George Blagden) in Episode 6 (entitled Born Again) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings

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:

Ragnar gets woken up in Episode 6 (entitled Born Again) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings

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Vikings Season 3 Recap – Episode 5: The Usurper

The Usurper

Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) and Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) have marital issues in Episode 5 (entitled The Usurper) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings

Here’s what went down in Episode 5 (entitled The Usurper) Season 3 of History Channel’s Vikings:

Rollo does what Rollo does best: Drink

So Rollo (Clive Standen) finds out Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig) is dead and starts drinking. No surprise there. Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) beating the shit out of him for the fact he is pulling the ‘poor me’ card yet again was a bit of a changer though. I think I just might like this kid after all! Of course, Bjorn was probably just compensating for the fact he couldn’t protect his woman either, so that puts them back into the same boat again.

Oh, and Rollo, the reason why you will never excel past your brother’s achievements is the fact you get drunk every time you encounter a problem. When Ragnar gets hit with a shitty fate sandwich, he takes goes to war and claims another title for himself!

Rollo (Clive Standen) gets drunk again in Episode 5 (entitled The Usurper) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings

Ragnar is no fool Aslaug

Just a tip Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland), by not saying anything incriminates you just as much as fessing up to sleeping with Harbard (Kevin Durand)! Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) is no fool and while he may not be faithful to his wife, at least he is honest about it.

Floki is the viking equivalent of a fanatical Christian

Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) gets fanatical in Episode 5 (entitled The Usurper) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings

I know you love your gods and your viking ways Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) but it totally makes you look like an unyielding religious fanatic. You know, like those you are badmouthing? While I love you dearly, my patience is being tested every time you rag on Ragnar about his alliances.

Speaking of alliances…

King Ecbert (Linus Roache) shows his true colours in Episode 5 (entitled The Usurper) Season 5 of History Channel's Vikings

Let me just say up front that the very end of this episode confused the hell out of me. And the more I think about it, the more I am confused by it. Let me point out my concerns:

  • King Ecbert (Linus Roache), the man who has a collection of pagan works and has been open to different religions since the very first time we laid eyes on him has suddenly decided he’s not a viking sympathiser. While he may have been lying right form the very start, there has been absolutely no indication (bar the conversation he had last week with Ragnar about being corrupt) to the viewer that Ecbert was anything but the English equivalent of Ragnar.
  • Sending in your son to wipe out the new viking settlement is stupid on so many levels.
  • For starters, you called everyone else out as committing treason. Correct me if I’m wrong, isn’t that punishable by death? If so, shouldn’t you kill your son also, Ecbert?
  • If you don’t kill your son because you think having him around to blame for the viking bloodbath is still in keeping with your agreement with Ragnar, let me tell you right now – it’s not.
  • King Ecbert, I count down the days until your demise now. We have seen Ragnar take out the Earl of Kattegat (Gabriel Byrne), Jarl Borg (Thorbjørn Harr) and King Horik (Donal Logue) for lesser things.
  • Is it just me, or is Vikings starting to get a little predictable? Every time Ragnar forms an alliance, he is double crossed. How long will it be before fans start turning off?


This week all Ragnar can talk about (when he isn’t quizzing his wife about why she wasn’t watching their sons) is Paris! Suddenly it’s the shiny new thing. I know there have been articles on how Season 3 will be making the trip to Paris, but, as a viewer simply watching the show, Paris seems like the new thing that hasn’t really been explained yet it is now all Ragnar can talk about.

And Athelstan (George Blagden), while you may know about Paris somewhat (which is this episode news to me), let me just tell you that one sexual encounter with a woman does not entitle you to speak to Ragnar like you are a pro in this department, makes you look like a creep, or an Ecbert sympathiser…

Lagertha vs. Ragnar

So while Lagertha (Katheryn WInnick) has been on board with helping Ragnar in all his escapades across the world, it seems the favour is not easily reciprocated. When it is discovered that Kalf (Ben Robson) has appointed himself earl of Hedeby and Lagertha asks for support, the only Ragnar can offer comes in the form of offering Kalf a place in his Paris-raiding army. Pissed of much Lagertha?

Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) gets screwwed over in Episode 5 (entitled The usurper) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings

Oh, and History channel, where oh where was Kalf’s band of disgruntled Ragnar offcasts?

What did you think of Episode 5 of Vikings? Let me know your thoughts by commenting below!

You can read my Episode 6 recap here.

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[SPOILER] Talks About Their Unexpected Demise on Vikings

Find out why it was the character’s time to die:

Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig) enters Valhalla in Episode 4 (entitled Scarred) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings

After Episode 4 (entitled Scarred) of History Channel’s Vikings aired for the first time in the US, we had a dramatic spike in activity on this website! Everyone wanted to know more about the unexpected death of long time character, Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig).

Siggy started off in an enviable position at the start of Season 1 of Vikings. She was the wife of an earl and was living a comfortable life. But, oh, how the gods would ruin that for her! By Season 3 of Vikings, she had lost everything, her husband, her family, her upstanding position within Kattegat.

But Siggy was always a resilient character. She managed to claw her way back into a position of favour among King Ragnar’s (Travis Fimmel) family. Fate, however, gave another cruel blow to poor Siggy this week. And there was no way she could wriggle her way out of this event.

After following Ragnar’s sons out into the cold landscape, Siggy, without any qualms over her own person safety, dives right into freezing water to rescue them when they fall through thin ice, losing her own life in the process.

Many fans were a bit confused (myself included) as to why this death occurred. For all that Siggy had been through, it just didn’t seem like her time to die. However, Jessalyn Gilsig has given a statement to EW about her character’s demise:

I went to Michael. At the end of season 2 I had some family issues, and living overseas in Ireland just wasn’t conducive to me feeling like I could do what I needed to do on behalf of my family. We’re over there for at least six months at a time—and I think, going forward, they might be there for almost a year. So I could see this was going to become really difficult. So I approached Michael, who’s an incredibly compassionate man, and he was absolutely marvelous and understanding. He was disappointed, which was flattering to me, but he understood.

We talked about how he said that we wanted to resolve the character. So he came up with this storyline, and I thought it was so poetic, so beautiful, and showed you who Siggy really was.

You can read Jessalyn’s full interview with EW by clicking here.

What did you think of Siggy’s death? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

Source: EW – ‘Vikings’ shocking death: A talk with the departing actor

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