The last episode has been shown and it is titled “revenge” as it is the start of Ragnar’s sons returning to avenge their father’s death in England.
In Kattegart, Queen Lagertha builds fortifications to strengthen her position but she has a twin threat of Ivar wanting revenge and now King Harold Finehair has enlisted an ambitious and clever man who has studied Kattegarts new defence for weaknesses to attack. Watch out Lagertha, they are coming for you…
Meanwhile, Lagertha made a grisly human sacrifice to award the god’s favour to the Viking army, which duly set off to England, with Bjorn leading it. Ivar was there with a fine warhorse and chariot built for him by Floki, and he tried to persuade his brothers that he should lead, but Bjorn would not accept that!
Bjorn made violent love to one of Lagertha’s shield maidens and was so unfaithful to his wife, Torvi and Lagertha finds out about this but simply makes a comment that she hopes it will be worth the trouble it will cause.
Then the Vikings sail toward England, the scene changes to Wessex and King Ecbert who is troubled and racked with doubts.
Also, Ecbert’s son Æthelwulf, desperately wants his father to tell him directly that he loves him. Ecbert finds this hard and can only tell him he trusts him above everyone else, which is why he commands Ecbert’s Saxon men and army! King Ecbert though wishes that Alfred (Athelstan’s son) will grow strong and clever and one day be the King of England. Next we move over to Northumbria and King Aella…
King Aelle is at prayer, when he receives a messenger saying the Viking army has arrived. His women folk warn him to be careful but he is arrogant and says he is prepared for war and to beat the Vikings and he heads off toward the oncoming Vikings, with his Bishop by his side. He is though woefully ignorant and unprepared as the Viking army gradually reveals itself to be the largest army ever! The Vikings charge the Saxons and all the Vikings are in full berserker mood and mode and there was only one outcome. A total and crushing Viking victory. Their war cry was show no mercy.
It ended very badly for King Aelle with Ragnar’s sons getting their revenge at the very spot where Ragnar died. King Aelle was dragged there behind a cart and then nailed to a board face down and had the skin and muscle from his back cut with a red hot knife and Bjorn hammered at his spine, ribs and organs from behind in brutal savagery. Aelle had pleaded to bargain with his life for gold and silver, but Ivar said he had to pay with his life and they showed him no mercy. The Vikings then hoisted his dead body in the air and left it hanging, as if crucified with wings (the skin from his back pulled out to each side), A grisly sight.
So, that was the brutal end of King Aelle, who was amazingly arrogant and grossly underestimated the Viking army and overestimated his own power and army. Perhaps he felt with God on his side he would not lose. Still, this is just the beginning of the revenge of Ragnar and there is much more to come….