Vikings (2013– )
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Ragnar's warriors march on to King Ecbert's villa and are met with a vicious surprise.


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
Alexander Ludwig ... Bjorn Lothbrok
Alyssa Sutherland ... Princess Aslaug
Donal Logue ... King Horik
Linus Roache ... King Ecbert
Amy Bailey ... Princess Kwenthrith
Ivan Kaye ... King Aelle
Gaia Weiss ... Porunn
Jefferson Hall ... Torstein
Edvin Endre ... Erlendur


Following the attack on King Ecbert's soldiers, King Horik pushes for a full-scale attack. Ragnar realizes he now has little choice but believes negotiation is the only solution. They proceed to battle with Horik arrogantly believing it can only end in victory. Ecbert is ready for them however. Thanks to Athelstan's translation of ancient Roman scripts, he uses their battle tactics and scores a decisive victory. Someone close to Ragnar is severely injured and taken prisoner. A truce is negotiated, as Raganar had predicted. Athelstan is offered a choice. Back in Kattegat, Auslag makes Porunn a free woman. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

24 April 2014 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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King Eckbert's troops are wearing helmets from the Eighty Years War. See more »


Vikings End Credits Theme
Written by Trevor Morris
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1 October 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Ragnar learns that King Horit ordered his son to ambush King Ecbert's son and now they need to fight. He wants to wait and observe, but Horit commands the attack and they are defeated. Rollo is seriously wounded but the survivors need to flee to their camp. Athelstan recognizes Rollo and saves his life, bringing him to Wessex. King Ecbert arranges a meeting with Ragnar and offers a treasure and land for them, and returns the injured Rollo to his friends. He also employs volunteer mercenaries to attack Mercia. Althelstan decides to return with Ragnar while Floki is close to King Horit looking for recognition for his work. Meanwhile Auslag releases Porunn that becomes a free woman.

"The Choice" is an episode of "Vikings" made of choices and decisions. King Horit's decision to attack the Saxons shows completely wrong. Athelston's decision of returning to Kattegat shows how close to Ragnar he is. Auslag's decision to make Porunn a free woman is wise. Floki's decision to support King Horit is strange for a man that saved the life of his friend Ragnar. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "The Choice"

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