Vikings (2013– )
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Burial of the Dead 

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.


Ciaran Donnelly (as Ciarán Donnelly)


Michael Hirst (creator), Michael Hirst

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Travis Fimmel ... Ragnar Lothbrok
Clive Standen ... Rollo
Katheryn Winnick ... Lagertha
Jessalyn Gilsig ... Siggy Haraldson
Gabriel Byrne ... Earl Haraldson
Gustaf Skarsgård ... Floki
George Blagden ... Athelstan
John Kavanagh ... The Seer
Ivan Kaye ... King Aelle
David Pearse ... Svein
Nathan O'Toole ... Bjorn Lothbrok
Gavan O'Connor-Duffy ... Housecarl 1 (as Gavan Duffy)
Trevor Cooper ... Earl Bjarni
Elinor Crawley ... Thryi
Ruby O'Leary Ruby O'Leary ... Gyda


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. Rollo. 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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7 April 2013 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital



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16:9 HD
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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 »


The priest asks Bjorn who a white haired old woman is and replies "She is the Angel of Death." The priest makes the sign of the cross incorrectly. All Catholics touch their forehead, then their chest, then they cross their arm over the heart to the opposite shoulder before touching the other shoulder. This character (definitely not Catholic) touches his shoulders backwards. See more »


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The Challenge and the Funeral
25 September 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The wounded and weak Ragnar challenges and defeats Eart Haraldson killing him. He becomes the next Earl and gives a funeral to Haraldson. Ragnar also learns that Lagertha is pregnant. By the end of the winter, Ragnar sails with three ships to loot England. But this time, King Aelle is waiting for the Vikings.

"Burial of the Dead" shows the predictable fate of Eart Haraldson. Rollo does not seem to be a trustworthy character and his attitude toward his brother are at least suspicious. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Burial of the Dead"

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