Vikings: Season 1, Episode 6

Burial of the Dead (7 Apr. 2013)

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Ragnar, weak and still hurt, must meet the Earl head-on after it comes to light that Rollo has been tortured on Haraldson's orders.


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Ragnar issues the challenge to Earl Haraldson who initially declines on the grounds Ragnar is a criminal. He remembers what the soothsayer told him however and decides to accept. A pregnant Lagertha, fearing that Ragnar is too weak to win, thinks they should just run away. He is triumphant however with everyone, including his brother Rollo, swearing allegiance to him and his family. Haralson is given a funeral befitting his rank. Roolo. it would seem, has ambitions of his own. It's a long cold winter but in June 794, three viking ships make their way to England and travel down the Tyne to attack King Aelle. Written by garykmcd

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The ship burial with its human sacrifice closely follows the description of a Viking funeral given by the 11th century Arab travel writer Ahmad ibn Fadlan. See more »


Bjorn: It's only death.
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Hail O Ragnar (dialog)
10 March 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Apologies Dominus.

I am going to do something in a review I seldom do. It is similar to mixing metaphors, but on steroids. Don't say you were not warned.

But truth is truth.

Just before watching this superb episode, I was checking out, on the internet, a video prepared by two top economists trying to explain what is going on in our crazy world. (This written March 2015).

We have, they said, moved past the point where capital and labor are naturally of value. Today technology is moving so fast that ideas and innovation are where society is headed. Entire industries that used to rely on monopolies and controlled outputs will break open. People who try to escape by relying the social systems will find that both government and the social programs will ultimately collapse. But there is good news, they said. We come from hunter-gatherers. It is in our DNA. We were not created to go to a factory job and do the same thing for 8 hours, nor were we created to sit back and watch TV and receive payment for doing nothing. We will need to get creative again. And go back to our roots.

So, as these thoughts were buzzing through my head, I watched Ragnar, a man who had figured out it was possible, and profitable, and doable, to sail west for spoils, not east, duke it out with the man who refused to accept such innovation for fear of "appearing weak." I watched that man die.

And I watched as his toady, a man who seemed he could get a job in any bureaucracy in the world, without an appointment, demand that Ragnar be killed .. only to get killed himself.

And 2 thoughts came to me at the same time:

1. This is good TV.

2. Those economists might be onto something,

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