Vikings (2013– )
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Death All 'Round 

The Vikings finally reach the river. Aethelwulf and Alfred reach Rome. Erlendur makes his move against Bjorn. Sigurd makes a shocking discovery in Kattegat. Ecbert is crowned king in Mercia.


Jeff Woolnough


Michael Hirst (created by), Michael Hirst




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Travis Fimmel ... Ragnar Lothbrok
Katheryn Winnick ... Lagertha
Clive Standen ... Rollo
Gustaf Skarsgård ... Floki
Alexander Ludwig ... Bjorn Lothbrok
Alyssa Sutherland ... Queen Aslaug
Lothaire Bluteau ... Emperor Charles
Peter Franzén ... King Harald Finehair
Jasper Pääkkönen ... Halfdan the Black
Linus Roache ... King Ecbert
Moe Dunford ... Aethelwulf
John Kavanagh ... Pope Leo IV
Ivan Kaye ... King Aelle
Edvin Endre ... Erlendur
Georgia Hirst ... Torvi


The labors of the Vikings eventually bear fruit as, within sight of Paris, they re-launch their boats but this time along with some interesting structures that Floki has made. Aethelwulf and Alfred eventually arrive in Rome and honors are conferred by Pope Leo but relations are not so cordial in Wessex between King Ecbert and the disgruntled King Aelle.

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John Kavanagh who plays 'The Seer' also plays Pope Leo IV in this episode. See more »


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Written by Karin Dreijer (as Karin Dreijer Andersson)
Performed by Karin Dreijer (as Fever Ray)
Courtesy of Mute and Rabid Records
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The calm before the fight

The episode before the break offers mindless violence, a couple of surprises and Ragnar seeing things. It is probably the weakest of the season so far, and it feels just like a filler before the big battle.

We have a little bit of King Ecbert, a little bit of Alfred in "Rome", a little bit of Paris stuff, but basically this is an episode that centers on the vikings (curious, right?). After making their ships fly, the raiders have to get them back to the water, so they can bring their plan to fruition.

As said above, the episode doesn't offer much in the plot development part, even though it has a couple of surprising violent moments that make things move a little bit. But in general, it just shows that Ragnar has lost his power and control and that the other vikings are just doing a little bit whatever they want to, as there's no clear leader anymore. It is not badly done, but it is not especially interesting either. The quality of the production is still really good though, but a show as the "Vikings" should strive for something more than just some violent moments.

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14 April 2016 (USA) See more »

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