Vikings (2013– )
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The Departed, Part 1 

Remaining sons of Ragnar plans to retain Kattegat while Bjorne travels somewhere


David Wellington


Michael Hirst (created by), Michael Hirst

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Katheryn Winnick ... Lagertha
Gustaf Skarsgård ... Floki
Alexander Ludwig ... Bjorn Lothbrok
Peter Franzén ... King Harald Finehair
Jasper Pääkkönen ... Halfdan the Black
Moe Dunford ... Aethelwulf
Alex Høgh Andersen ... Ivar (as Alex Høgh)
Marco Ilsø ... Hvitserk
Jordan Patrick Smith ... Ubbe
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Bishop Heahmund
Josefin Asplund ... Astrid
Ida Nielsen ... Margrethe (as Ida Marie Nielsen)
Ferdia Walsh-Peelo ... Alfred the Great
Georgia Hirst ... Torvi
Jennie Jacques ... Judith


Tensions mount between the sons of Ragnar Lothbrok as the Vikings continue to threaten the very heart of England. As the Great Army moves to take York, with King Aethelwulf and his family still in hiding, Heahmund, the warrior bishop, must rally the Saxons to defend the Realm.

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29 November 2017 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The "fields of corn" metaphor is not necessarily related to the crop known as maize. Corn means the main grain grown in an area in Britain. We call maize "sweet corn" in the UK to distinguish it from wheat, barley (e.g. "John barley-corn") or oats. It is not therefore an anachronism in itself. See more »


References to "York" are incorrect through this whole story-line. When this was set, York would have been known as Ebacorum (Roman name) or more likely, Eoforwic (Anglian name). When the Vikings conquered Eoforwic they renamed it Jorvik, from which the name York was derived much later. The name York, explicitly spelled that way, was not used until the 13th Century. See more »


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Not a good start
30 November 2017 | by antonhagerupSee all my reviews

This review will not justify the episode. But I was not pleased by the first episode of season 5. Very bad clipping - and so many scenes that didn't make sense. Why did Largetha have sex with the king of Norway? How did the king he escape - and why do he capture that useless woman to be his queen? How did the king of Wessex and his queen go from living in a sump to gather an army?

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