Vikings to return…

The Vikings will return soon….

It’s been long wait, but apparently HISTORY have announced that the Vikings show will return for the second half of the fourth season on Wednesday, November 30th at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT with the first of ten remaining episodes in the show’s new time slot. Not sure when that will be UK time?

Meantime, here is a short film showing the Saxons getting some pay back after a brutal skirmish with some Norsemen raiders! :

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In hiding

The Vikings remain in hiding somewhere, still on their mid season break.
Where is Ragnor? When will the Vikings be back?

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Vikings 4/10 The Last Ship

The big battle starts. Rollo and the Franks vs Ragnor and the Vikings…

At first the battle goes well for the Vikings and the French commander under Rollo wants to retreat, but Rollo wants none of that and plunges his sword through his commander for suggesting a retreat!

Rollo then urges the Franks back into battle with a do or die rallying cry and he and Ragnor have an epic fight!

The Franks wound Lagertha and kill the brother of King Harald Finehair. As it looks like the Franks were about to win, the Vikings retreat! Rollo staggers back to Paris, battered and hardly able to stand, but receieves a hero’s welcome!

Meanwhile Ragnor, has almost been beaten to a pulp and we see Bjorn back in Kattegart but with no sign of Ragnor! Ragnor’s sons by Queen Aslaug,  discuss the news they hear about the Wessex settlement that was destroyed by the Christians under King Ecbert and their opinion is divided about love and respect for their father and king, Ragnor.

Next, Bjorn visits Floki, who is working on boat designs in Bjorn’s quest to sail to and find the Mediterranean sea. Floki and Helga commit to going with Bjorn on his quest.

Finally, we see Ragnor standing at the outer wall of Kattegart and he walks through the settlement to the centre and a big crowd gathers around him. His sons are there and he begins a tirade to denounce himself as the king and look for a new king! The only difficulty is he must be killed first and noone wants to be the first to try & kill him!

The episode ends there and now the series has a mid season break! It looks very much like Ragnor will remain as king, but there will be many divided loyalties. Bjorn and Lagertha will undoubtedly remain true to him. Many more adventures await him and he still has his brother Rollo to deal with!
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Vikings 4/9 Death all round

Nothing new in the title then “Death All Round”.

Judith’s son, Alfred, gets acclaim from the Pope, in Rome. In Kattegart, one of the cjhildren, Ziggy, is found dead in a  river. In Wessex King Ecbert is crowned King of Mercia and Wessex and King Aelle (King of Northumbria) is understandably upset as he had an agreement  with Ecbert to take Mercia together and divide it between them. Ecbert lords it over Aelle.

In France, Lagertha has lost her unborn child and Ragnor has the Viking ships back in the river and heading to Paris. He is  having withdrawl symptoms but won’t take the remaining drug left as he wants to use it when he fights Rollo.

Earl Oerlander continued blackmailing Bjorn’s partner into trying to kill Bjorn, but she disobeys him and kills him!

The Viking ships have trebuchet type launchers attached to them, and more death is on the horizon as Ragnor & Rollo prepare to fight!

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Vikings 4/8 Portage

An interesting episode! Ragnar’s ships are in retreat and Ragnor is in some torment over this. Harald Finehair and his brother speak to Lagertha about how disappointed they are in Ragnor and she is fiercely loyal to Ragnor, telling them not to express such direct views to her in future!

Suddenly, Ragnor calls for Bjorn to bring the ships to shore to make camp. Bjorn is bewildered, as they are passing through a gorge with steep cliffs and no suitable camp site. Bjorn asks Ragnor why, but Ragnor just insists, so the horns are sounded and the ships move to the gorge bank. Ragnor jumps ashore and tells them he wants to haul the ships up the cliff and then haul them overland and get them back into the river Seine further down stream and past the guard towers, so they can sail up to Paris and attack! The Vikings look dumbfounded and Ragnor asks Floki if he can do this and Floki tells Ragnor he would do anything for him!

So, Floki builds a pulley system and the Viking ships get hauled out of the river and up the cliff and on to logs and are pulled along! That is some amazing scheme and even Harald Finehair and his brother are amazed at this daring plan!

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Ragnor then has a mini drug withdrawal reaction and asks his Chinese mistress for some more drugs. She refuses and inadvisedly tells Ragnor that she knows his secret and Ragnor snaps and pulls her in the river and callously and brutally drowns her to get the drug from her. When Ragnor turns round, he sees his young sons were standing by and witnessed the brutal murder.

Also, during the ship moving, Torvi sees or imagines Earl Orlander shooting Bjorn with a crossbow. It didn’t happen in reality.

In Paris, first minister Otto was finally executed by command of the Emperor and the Emperor bestows on Rollo the title of iron fist protector of Paris. Rollo impresses on the Emperor, that Paris is not safe though from his brother Ragnor and the Emperor heeds his warning.

In Wessex, King Ecbert returns from his trip to Mercia and initially hides the fact that he has become King of Mercia from Queen Kinwirith. When he finally tells her, she is not at all happy! She tries to escape the court, but is caught and put under guard. At night, she secretly goes to King Ecberts quarters and murders his guard to get into the King’s bedroom. She jumps on the King who was asleep in bed and was just about to slit his throat with her dagger when Judith creeps silently out of the shadows and stabs her. She falls off the bed, cursing Judith for the double killing of herself and her unborn child and the Queen dies on the floor! Judith screams at King Ecbert, saying look what he has made her into!

There is also a short visit to Kattegart, where Auslag and Habbard have had a big bust up. She has seen him sleeping with several women and yet she wanted him all to herself and he would never stop sleeping and fornicating with other women! Habbard leaves.

Finally the Viking warriors have all the ships out of the river and moving them back to the river Seine and Floki says goodbye to Helga who is left behind, still recovering from her earlier wounds.

So, some winners and losers in this episode! It will be interesting to see Ragnor fighting his brother Rollo over Paris. Will Rollo capitulate and if he does would Ragnor spare him yet again? I doubt it! I will have to wait and see. Bring it on!

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Vikings 4/7 The profit and loss

In England, King Ecbert discusses how to overthrow the ruling council of Mercia and he does a deal with a Mercian nobleman “W” to get the Mercian crown.

Meanwhile, the real action is in France as the Vikings sail up to Paris and reach the guard towers on the Seine where Rollo and Otto command the French army.Ragnor sees Rollo and curses him.

Ragnor has sent a party of men and women led by Lagertha to attack the towers from land. This attack, gets bogged down in marshland and then surrounded by French soldiers and has to retreat.

On the river, Harald Finhairs’s ship sails up to the guard towers and is under heavy archery attack from the French crossbows. It gets even worse when Rollo gives the order for the chain to be raised across the river between the towers  and the lead Viking ship is caught by the chain and overturns.

Ragnor sees this and tries to turn his ship and stop it being caught by the chain. The French send down oil on the stricken Viking ships and this is torched by a hail of burning arrows. In the chaos and confusion, more Viking ships are overturned and Viking warriors try to swim back to be dragged into other Viking ships. Ragnor sees Floki drowning in the river and he swims out and rescues Floki and they are dragged back to their boat and the fleet retreats.

Back at the Viking base, a party of French soldiers turn up and burn and destroy what they can and Helga is badly wounded, but Ragnors children and Yilda escape and are found when Ragnor and Bjorn arrive back.

In Paris, Otto tries to convince the Emperor he has conducted a great French victory, but Rollo counsels caution as he knows Ragnor will strike back somehow.

What an epic action packed battle scene episode! The big question now is, how will Ragnor fight back?! Bring on the next episode when we may find out!

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Vikings 4/6 What might have been

This episode starts with the spring time melt and Lagertha anointing Calf’s grave. Oerlander comes to her and asks her why she killed Calf? She replied, that she told Calf, that she promised she would kill him for taking her Earldom. Simple. Lagertha then assumes Oerlander will leave, but he wants to go with her to Paris and she offers him a ride in her ship with her shield maidens.

Next we see Ragnor initiating his sons of Auslaug (Bjorn’s brothers) with arm bands in a coming of age ceremony and preparing to go back to Paris. The Viking warfleet leave Kattegart.

Floki sails with Harald not with Ragnor. A storm brews up and Ragnors ship is seen isolated with another ship. They steer their course for Paris and sail up the river Seine, and come ashore to  attack French scouts. The French scouts are routed but manage to light beacon fires to warn Paris the Vikings have arrived. Harald finehair and his brother, brutally add some captured scouts to the burning beacons and a French scout is roped to planks of wood and pushed down river to alert the rest of the Viking ships to follow up river.

 

Meanwhile, we visit Wessex and find King Ecbert sending Alfred on a pilgrimage to Rome, under protection of his son Aethulwulf. Aethulwulf did not want to go, instead he wanted to lead the fight against Mercia, but King Ecbert announced he would lead that battle.

Then we return to Paris to find the whole Viking fleet together near the first of the two guard towers across the river. Rollo is on horseback on the riverbank. There may be trouble ahead!

The next episode will surely confirm that!

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