This week opens up with a bird’s eye view. Erlendur has mastered his archery skills and Lagertha prepares all her shield maidens for the upcoming raid. Knowing that their Berserker have failed his mission, Kalf and Erlendur advances onto their next move; Erlendur plans on using his own child as leverage to force Torvi to act as a double agent. Lagertha is curious about the talks between the two men, but Kalf assures her that they pose no threat to her. Oh my Freja, Lagertha got a bun in the oven! Kalf proposes for her hand in marriage as soon as she breaks the news to him.
Back in Kattegat, Bjorn and Ragnar are tending to their boats preparing them for the upcoming raid. The father and son have a heart to heart about being a husband and father. As always, Ragnar disapproves Bjorn’s decisions; he questions his motive to separate a mother from her child as well as his attitude towards his own daughter. However, they both agree on one thing. They both distrust King Finehair.
We left last week with King Finehair confessing that he wishes to be the sole King of Norway, but this week it looks like he is joining forces with Ragnar’s troops on their journey to France. He seeks fame and glory. Bjorn approaches King Finehair to remind him who has the “Bigger Kingdom”.
Speaking of Kingdoms, Queen Kwenthrith convinces King Aelle and King Ecbert to invade Mercia with full force since it stands to be their only option to regain rule over the Kingdom with no means of negotiations. She still doesn’t trust King Ecbert, but she is completely at their mercy.
After some violent prayers, Aethelwulf asks Judith to join him in bed. When she refuses, he accuses her of being his father’s whore; which she totally embraces and grants him permission to be with his own mistress, Queen Kwenthrith freely. Well, that went smoothly than expected. Judith claims their marriage to be a business arrangement, as that’s what it was exactly from the very beginning. She runs off to see King Ecbert and Judith ends up getting King Ecbert’s wife’s ring in exchange for being his proud lady of the night.
Now that he is well versed in French, Rollo really owns up to his position as the new Duke. He discusses French defenses with Count Odo to prepare for future Viking attacks. The newlyweds are already planning on a life of their own with their own court, but Princess Gisla reminds Rollo that he is still needed in French court and his duties aren’t done yet. Meanwhile, the fragile Emperor come across troubling news. He not only have threats beyond the waters, but also within his very own castle walls. Roland and Therese really rocked his glass boat. Nevertheless, Emperor Charles’ little smirk after they leave the great hall might suggest his reactions were merely an act. Count Odo might be on to Roland and Therese.
Back in Ragnar’s man cave, he gets more acquainted with Yidu. She is finally out of her slave rags and looking more like her old self again. Even though they both seem comfortable with each other, Yidu doesn’t trust Ragnar to tell him the truth about her family and in return Ragnar doesn’t trust her stories. He believes that she might have royal blood coursing through her veins. For now, Yidu is Ragnar’s dealer; sure he calls it medicine, but we know better.
King Finehair’s brother joins the party in Kattegat. They all feast before the journey. The celebrations halt as soon as Helga walks in with Floki. King Fineair and his brother welcomes the couple to their table. Ragnar hides himself away from the celebrations to star gaze with Yidu. He is such a tease. For the first time, we see the years take a toll on Ragnar. He has lost the desire to raid and fight. It seems like the fire within him has turned into ambers. During his confession, Yidu ends up revealing her own secret about her father, the Chinese Emperor. Their new found trust leads them to the bathhouse with Yidu in the the barrel this time. Let’s just say that Ragnar gave her the special “Princess Treatment”.
Floki continues his training with Ivar. The boys outside playing distracts him, so Floki takes him out to join in on the fun. Ivar struggles, but Floki helps out to make him part of the game. He ends up fighting with another village boy, and the game ends as soon as Ivar knocks the poor boy with an axe. Yikes! Queen Aslaug immediately takes him away assuring him that it’s not his fault. I mean it’s not like a broken window; Ivar just killed a kid over a bag of dirt. Floki was shocked and impressed at the same time.
Bjorn continues to brood over the map he found during his last raid. Torvi comes in to talk about their relationship; she feels distant from him and questions his intentions. After centuries, that’s one thing that haven’t changed among girls. Bjorn finally gets an answer to one of his questions. Torvi confirms the ring from the Berserker to be Eluder’s; just like that she sealed his fate.
On a happier note, Lagertha gets ready for her wedding day. She is gorgeous as always. Kalf enters the tent to set his eyes on the bride. Isn’t it bad luck to see the bride right before the wedding? Yup, it is bad luck. Kalf ends up getting his last kiss from Lagertha after she stabs him to death. Never play coy with Lagertha. Out of everyone, Kalf should’ve known better than to double-cross her. How could you ever underestimate this badass lady? No one threatens her family; especially her only child. I LOVE Lagertha! She walks out wearing her bloodied dress surrounded by her shield maidens and announces Kalf’s death. She is BACK Beezies! Did I mention how much I love this woman?
Until next week, “Long live Earl Ingstad!”
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