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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 Recap, Episode 7: THE PROFIT AND THE LOSS

Ragnar to Rollo: When everyone wanted you dead, I kept you alive! This is how you repay my love? The main theme of this episode is Ragnar’s conflict: with his brother, with the French, with his wife, and especially with … 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 3: MERCY

There was a lot of howling in this episode. Did you notice? Floki howls in pain, despair and grief. Lagertha howls in ecstasy. Bjorn gets howling drunk, but he also howls with triumph, with pain, and with cold. Rollo howls … Read More

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Vikings 4, Episode 1: A GOOD TREASON

The Vikings are back, with a first episode bearing the somewhat puzzling title of A Good Treason. A better title perhaps would be: Don’t Mess With the Lothbroks. Only Uhtred can do that and succeed, but that’s another show. (See … Read More

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Vikings 3, Episode X: THE DEAD

I cannot possibly write a review of this episode without including spoilers. So, if you do not want to know how Season 3 of The Vikings ends, please leave the room now. Are they gone? Right. In this episode King … Read More

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Vikings 3, Episode IX: BREAKING POINT

A king is for glory, not for long life. Old Viking saying. The final image of the previous episode, ‘TO THE GATE’, is of a badly injured Ragnar vowing to conquer Paris. In this episode, the first image is, again, … Read More

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Vikings 3, Episode VIII: TO THE GATE

“Paris,” Ragnar confides in a soliloquy to Athelstan near the end of this episode, “is everything you told me it would be.” As he promised, Ragnar has taken his fleet — and us — to Paris. More precisely, as this … 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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