Halfdan the Black arrives in Kattegat. Floki reveals a secret to Finehair. Ragnar and Yidu become closer. Meanwhile Lagertha settles a score.

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King Ecbert, who feels he can't resist eternal damnation for his earthly realm, Aethelwuf, who realizes Judith's incestuous adultery resumed, and Kwindreth convince reluctant ally king Aella they must invade Mercia to take her throne back from an usurping loner war lord. Bjorn grows even more suspicious of 'king' Harold when his brother Halfdan arrives with a fleet to raid Paris and learns the usurper carried Horik's ring. Now Rollo is Ghisla's loving spouse, he takes charge of Paris's defense against his own people's next attack. The Paris count's ambitious deputy Roland and his sister convince the weak emperor that Odo's own ambition may turn him usurper. Earl Kalf proposes to Lagertha, but she chooses their wedding day to fatally stab him 'as promised'. Increasingly fixated on the freed Chinese, Ragnar confides into Yidu hat age worn off his raiding spirit and is told she's an imperial bastard by a concubine. Anslaugh's cripple son Ivar, whom Floki minded, seizes an ax when barely ... Written by KGF Vissers

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17 March 2016 (USA)  »

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Historically King Harald was the son of Halfdan the Black. They are presented as brothers in this episode. See more »

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If I Had a Heart
Written by Karin Dreijer Andersson
Performed by Fever Ray
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27 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

This episode of the "Vikings" lacks in the action department, but more than makes for it with lots of plotting, talking and looks that mean way more than they let out.

King Harald is here, and he is joined pretty soon by his brother Halfdan (cough cough, history, cough). Both seem quite interested in Floki's situation and queen Aslaug seems more than happy to see all three getting to know each other. And Ragnar is just happy to pass time with his new friend, Yidu.

The acting shines in episodes like this one, where all the characters have a chance to do way more than just fight. The new characters are bringing an interesting dynamic to the show, and Floki maybe joining them could make for an interesting challenge to Ragnar's power. The dialogues are good, and the delivery is great. And as in previous episodes, the direction is sound and stable, and the scenery brings the right mood.

Will they go back to Paris? It can't be soon enough.


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