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Vikings 4 Recap, Episode 9: DEATH ALL ROUND

Near the end of the previous episode, Ragnar’s men were dragging their boats across country to circumvent Paris. At the beginning of this episode they’re still at it, and they will be at it for the next 55 minutes in … Read More

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Vikings 4 Recap, Episode 8: PORTAGE

This is the episode in which nobody dies in battle, but four characters are murdered; in which Floki works a minor miracle; and in which the gentle Judith turns into Lady Macbeth. I’m going to summarize events quickly because I … Read More

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Vikings 4, Episode 6: WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN

In watching this episode, I was particularly struck by the way children are used to bolster conflict and to convey the theme of betrayal that runs all the way through. It begins right away with Lagertha who gives this advice … Read More

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Vikings 4, Episode 5: PROMISED

This episode opens with Lagertha’s all-girl war band practicing their sword strokes and chanting: Freyr, we summon you. With the blood of this sacrifice, now is the time. That chant will have enormous significance by the end of the episode. … Read More

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Vikings 4, Episode 2: KILL THE QUEEN

As I’ve stated before, VIKINGS is not history. It is fiction studded with historical elements, and for me part of the fun is nosing out the history on which this fiction is based. In Ragnar-land this week, near the fictional … Read More

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Vikings 3, Episode VII: PARIS

In this week’s episode of the Vikings we have two story lines running side by side. In Frankia, Ragnar’s fleet arrives outside Paris. In England, King Ecbert introduces us to the word Bretwalda, and sends his son Æthelwulf to negotiate … Read More

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VIKINGS: Episode 8: Boneless (or The Son, the Saint & the Slut)

My own subtitle for this episode is The Son, The Saint & the Slut. First, the Son.  Ragnar’s new son is born with a deformed leg. His mum, Aslaug, had predicted that she would give birth to a monster, so … Read More

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VIKINGS Episode 7: Blood Eagle (Two Weddings & an Execution)

This week’s episode swings back and forth between Kattegat and Wessex, and seems yet again to offer similarities and differences between the world of the northmen and the world of Wessex. When we first glimpse Ragnar he is skinning a … Read More

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VIKINGS Episode 6: Unforgiven

Series writer Michael Hirst reminds us in one of his all-too-brief background videos on the VIKINGS web page that vengeance was the primary motivation of Viking society. This was true of Anglo-Saxon society as well. Hostility that had been sparked … Read More

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VIKINGS Episode 5: Answers in Blood

The title of this episode is a little puzzling: ANSWERS IN BLOOD.   Answers to what? There is a battle scene between Jarl Borg’s men and Ragnar’s, and it is a bloody answer, I suppose, to Jarl Borg’s earlier attack … Read More

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