Vikings (2013– )
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A King's Ransom 

Three Viking ships sail upriver towards the very heart of power in eastern England: the Royal Villa of King Aelle.


Ken Girotti


Michael Hirst (creator), Michael Hirst

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Travis Fimmel ... Ragnar Lothbrok
Katheryn Winnick ... Lagertha
Clive Standen ... Rollo
Jessalyn Gilsig ... Siggy Haraldson
Gustaf Skarsgård ... Floki
George Blagden ... Athelstan
Ivan Kaye ... King Aelle
David Murray ... Lord Aethelwulf
Nathan O'Toole ... Bjorn Lothbrok
Jefferson Hall ... Torstein
Tadhg Murphy ... Arne
Diarmaid Murtagh ... Leif
Angus MacInnes ... Tostig
Cathy White Cathy White ... Ealswith
Sean Tracy Sean Tracy ... Egbert


Ragnar and his men - three boatloads in total - arrive in England and build a camp. King Aelle welcomes his brother and asks him to lead his army but they are quickly defeated when Ragnar attacks them in the night. Ragnar accepts Aelle offer to visit him in his house and demands 2000 pounds of gold and silver as a ransom to release the King's brother. The King agrees but wants one of Ragmar's men to be baptized. Aelle has no intention of paying the ransom however and launches an attack on the invader's camp. Back home, Lagertha dispenses justice wisely in Earl Ragnar's absence. She also accepts Siggy's offers to serve her. Written by garykmcd

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14 April 2013 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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You can hear many different languages in the scene where the English soldiers deliver the empty coin carts, for example, the Finnish language where someone yells "nyt se tulee". See more »


Lagertha: Our whole lives are just stories.
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The Betrayal
26 September 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Ragnar sails to England with his men in three vessels and they camp near the sea. Meanwhile King Aelle summons his brother Lord Aethelwulf to lead his army to fight the invaders. However they are defeated and Lord Aethelwulf is captured by Ragnar and the Vikings. King Aelle invites Ragnar to have lunch with him and Ragnar accepts the invitation. He asks 2,000 pounds in gold and silver to release Lord Aethelwulf and leave his lands without attacking his village. King Aelle accepts the offer provided one Viking converts to Christianisty. Rollo is baptized and King Aelle sends a wagon with trucks. Will both parts keep their words?

"A King's Ransom" is another great episode of "Vikings" with many fight scenes. Lagherta shows that is a wise woman and the true intention of Saggy is unclear. The old Viking has finally reached the Valkalla and Ragnar has a new powerful enemy. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A King's Ransom"

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