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In the Uncertain Hour Before the Morning 

Lagertha attempts to fulfill a long-held ambition; Ragnar negotiates an unexpected concession from King Ecbert.

Director:

Sarah Harding

Writers:

Michael Hirst (created by), Michael Hirst
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Travis Fimmel ... Ragnar Lothbrok
Katheryn Winnick ... Lagertha
Alyssa Sutherland ... Queen Aslaug
John Kavanagh ... The Seer
Moe Dunford ... Aethelwulf
Alex Høgh Andersen ... Ivar (as Alex Høgh)
David Lindström ... Sigurd
Jordan Patrick Smith ... Ubbe
Linus Roache ... King Ecbert
Josefin Asplund ... Astrid
Ida Nielsen ... Margrethe (as Ida Marie Nielsen)
Georgia Hirst ... Torvi
Jennie Jacques ... Judith
Paul Booth Paul Booth ... Saxon Officer
Chris McHallem Chris McHallem ... Saxon Noble
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Storyline

In Wessex, Aethelwulf arrests Ragnar and Ivar and when King Ecbert returns, he has a long conversation with Ragnar. The talk about faith, God and gods and Athelston, and Ragnar asks Ecbert to kill him. He refuses but accepts to deliver Ragnar to King Aelle and to take Ivar back home. In Kattegat, Lagherta kills Queen Auslag despite her renounce as a queen in favour of Lagherta. Ubbe and Sigurd arrive in Kattegat and Ubbe tries to kill Lagherta but they are imprisoned by her warriors. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

21 December 2016 (USA) See more »

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When King Ecbert overturns the table, it hits one of the pillars. When it's been hit, you can see the pillar move. See more »

Quotes

King Ecbert: You vikings are incorrigible. You emerge from the womb with only one thing on the mind: how to die.
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If I Had a Heart
Written by Karin Dreijer
Performed by Karin Dreijer (as Fever Ray)
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27 December 2016 | by tenshi_ippikiookamiSee all my reviews

Lagertha and Aslaug have some words. Ragnar and Ecbert have some words too.

Lots of words.

"In the Uncertain Hour Before the Morning" is a slow paced episode, with little action, heaps of talking and a couple of surprises. It is not an episode that will keep the viewer at the edge of their seat, or cover their eyes at the fights and deaths, but it is entertaining and worth watching nonetheless.

Lagertha and Aslaug's confrontation had been something that we all knew was going to happen. And the plot (and direction and actors) do a great job when the showdown actually happens. Lagertha is one of the most interesting characters in the series and Winnick makes Lagertha a character to respect (even if you do not agree with the decisions she takes).

Ragnar and Ecbert's meeting offers, well, long dialogues. The show does a good job in stretching what could have been told in one minute to almost two thirds of the episode. Still, it becomes too thin and overstretched, with too much talk about gods and what is reality and the meaning of life. Luckily for us, both actors make the showdown interesting, even if Travis Fimmel overdoes Ragnar's mannerisms a tiny little bit.

Good episode, because of the acting and atmosphere, and because the characters are interesting. However, the story is non-existing and it could have been half an episode perfectly.


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