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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

BORN AGAIN

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.

NEW ALLIANCES:

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>

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

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.

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

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

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Is Athelstan Safe in Season 3 of Vikings?

A fan favourite will die in the History Channel’s Vikings:

George Blagden stars as Athelstan in History Channel's VikingsAccording to several quotes by cast at the History Channel’s Vikings panel during this year’s San Diego Comic Con, it seems we will lose a favourite character in Season 3. Many people have speculated that it will be Athelstan who will die due to the fact that the actor who portrays him, George Blagden, has taken on a major role of Louis XIV in the new TV series Versailles.

But is this really just smoke and mirrors? Let’s have a look at what George has to say on Twitter and Instagram.

Four months ago George returned to work on the set of Vikings:

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#backtowork #Vikings3

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Two months later, we find this image of George and Travis Fimmel (who plays Ragnar Lothbrok). Both are in costume and appear to be on set:

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#thrones #kingandqueen View on Instagram

After that, there isn’t a lot to report on his role in Vikings, but plenty of images of George on set for Versailles. However, in the last few weeks, there has been a flurry of new tweets and photos regarding Vikings again, starting with a tweet assuring fans we will get to see Athelstan in Season 3 – but for how long, many fans have questioned?

 

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Back in Kattegat #Athelstan #Vikings

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Peace be with you!! #vikings#makeup#GeorgeBlagden#rockstar! View on Instagram

 

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At wrap, discovering the magic of #Vikings cheif makeup artist @puffjockey #Athelstan

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Finally, we finish up with this image on Instagram:

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…..this feels familiar…. #Athelstan #Vikings

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While it seems the return to Vikings costume may only be for photo stills and promotional pictures, there is the suggestion also that perhaps Athelstan is absent for the middle of the season and then returns at the end.

It is entirely possible Athelstan will die in Season 3 of Vikings, however, I still wonder if maybe this is the perfect example of ‘running with a fan rumour’ to cover up the real death. But who else could die? Historically we know that Bjorn (played by Alexander Ludwig in the TV series) becomes a bigger ruler than his father. Is it time for Ragnar to die?

Let us know your theories on which fan fave will die in Season 3 of History Channel’s Vikings by commenting below!

Sources: George Blagden – Instagram, Twitter

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

Who Will Die in Season 3 of Vikings?

Fans Are Warned A Favourite Character Will Die:

 

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In History Channel’s Vikings fans expect death and violence. However, at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, the actor who plays the viking Rollo (Clive Standen) announced it was all over for a cast member recently on set for Season 3:

 We just lost one of our favorite people.

Alexander Ludwig (who plays Bjorn) followed up with:

Someone’s going to die.

While there was no confirmation that it is definitely a main character who is going to die in Season 3 of Vikings, Standen’s suggestion it was one of the cast’s favourite people indicates it was someone fairly well known to them. But who could it be?

There have been many rumours that Athelstan (played by George Blagden) will die. However, so far, there has been no substantiated quote from any member of the cast or crew that suggests this is true. Although, the fact that George has taken on the role of Louis XIV in the new TV series Versailles, has gotten plenty of fans worried that this may mean he has left Vikings.

Considering the History Channel and Vikings writer Michael Hirst both pride themselves on programs that are based largely on actual historical facts, it is unlikely that Ragnar’s (Travis Fimmel) son Bjorn will die in Season 3 either since, historically, he supersedes his father.

This still leaves plenty of room for other characters to die though. Who do you think it will be? Let us know your predictions by commenting below!

Source: Zap2It – ‘Vikings’ at Comic-Con 2014: First Season 3 teaser debuts and death is coming

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