Vikings Ep. 12
Everyone welcome to the Vikings preparation for sail off episode! With Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) awaiting for his partners in travel Halfdan (Jasper Paakkonen) and King Harald (Peter Franzen) to arrive, Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) is also busy trying to get a group of men together to support him in his voyage to England. Only problem is as we are shown from the first scene, everyone hates him! Ragnar comes across a farmer in the town square that recognizes him so he and asks him to join his quest to raid England. The man reminds Raganr how his brother and family died with the English settlers and how Ragnar kept it a secret. He knocks Ragnar’s hand away, scolds him, and spits at him for asking for his help. Whoops! Yeah, that whole thing has quite a few people bitter. So what to do? Well if you can’t get good free help you try to buy your help! Ragnar goes up in the mountains and unburies a chest of gold that he had been saving for some time. I guess even Vikings believe in having a rainy day fund. He takes it down to the village and just begins offering it up to whoever will join his quest. Of course nothing speaks like money but because all of the good warriors are going with Bjorn he gets what looks like the entire community of the village’s senior citizen house. Ironically even the farmer from before who spat on him comes to join in the bribery of services. Now that he has ships that Bjorn gifted him and his crew he is all ready to prepare to sail.
But before that will happen we have his former wife Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) comes into town (with Astrid of course) to see her son Bjorn off. During the festivities they have to celebrate the arrival of Halfdan and King Harald she approaches Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) about putting their differences aside and having a sacrificial ceremony, officiated by both of them to bless Bjorn’s and Aslaug’s son Hvitserk (Marco Ilso) voyage. Aslaug agrees to it but then makes it clear that “You forget Lagertha. I am the queen.” Really, bitch? How dumb is this woman? Yes we realize you’ve been in rule some time now but Ragnar is not about to defend her anymore and Lagertha could kick her ass down into the ocean with her bare hands if she wanted to. So what does she do? She has the sacrificial ceremony later and involves the whole community but does it without Lagertha. She shows up and the event is almost done when she arrives. Lagertha makes her displeasure known to Aslaug and tells her how she “will never forgive her for taking her husband and her world.” Yup. Now you’ve done it lady. May Odin or whoever have mercy on your soul. Ha!
Now going over to see what the Sons of Ragnar are up to we have Sigurd (David Lindstrom)confronting Ivar (Alex Hogh) over their favorite slave girl Margrethe (Ida Nielsen) because Ivar claims she is HIS now. And we all know Sigurd has actual feelings for her so he makes Ivar so mad that he tries to get up and fight him but instead just humiliatingly falls down as his legs can’t help him. Which of course just angers him more. So much for all that broing out they were doing last episode. Later on during the festivities Margrethe confides in Sigurd and tells him she is afraid for her life. That Ivar wants his embarrassing secret of not being able to please her kept quiet. And that he would kill her for that to happen. Of course Sigurd says it will be all fine but now the secret is out and who knows what “crazy eyes” Ivar will do if he finds out she told.
Next day Bjorn, Hvitserk, Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard), and the rest of the ones leaving say all their good byes and sail off for France. But what of Raganar’s voyage and crew? Well if you can’t get good free help you try to buy your help! Ragnar goes up in the mountains and unburies a chest of gold that he had been saving for some time. I guess even Vikings believe in having a rainy day fund. He takes it down to the village and just begins offering it up to whoever will join his quest. Of course nothing speaks like money but because all of the good warriors are going with Bjorn he gets what looks like the entire community of the village’s senior citizen house. Ironically even the farmer from before who spat on him comes to join in the bribery of services. After a few days he has his ships that Bjorn gifted him and his crew he is all ready to prepare to sail. But one person is not ready to let Ivar go. All of a sudden Aslaug gets one of her random visions and she forsees Ivar drowning out at sea. She goes to him and pleads that he not go with Ragnar but he won’t hear her. He says he wants one day with his father, being a man. Well good luck with that! The night before they are to leave Ivar sneaks into Margrethe’s room and accuses her of giving away his secret. I thought for sure he knew! But then she just goes into desperate maiden mode and swears she didn’t tell. And he believes her! Just like that. C’mon now! I feel he’s smarter than that but maybe he’s so desperate for her affections he’s blind. That same night Ragnar visits Aslaug and tells her that he knows he wasn’t a good husband but thanks her for not turning his children against him. Whether he comes back or not it is very clear that he is making his amends and preparing to not return.
Speaking of that…..what a way to end an episode! Unfortunately for Ragnar and his crew they encounter a huge storm on the open water that seeks to throw them out of their ships. Worrying about his son more than anything Ragnar ties Ivar to the mast of the boat to keep him from getting thrown overboard. Only problem is the waves are so big it capsizes the entire boat and throws everyone out of it. During this sequence we are shown Aslaug crying and flailing about on the floor, somehow bleeding from her womb back at their home. I’m not getting into that because it was just a little over the top silly to me. The final shot is of Ragnar and Ivar seemingly unconscious floating in the ocean.
Where will they end up?