This was certainly one of the strongest episodes of a season which has already proved itself to likely be one of 'Vikings's best. The title of the episode, 'Revenge', is justified by King Aelle's death scene at the end, which arguably one of the show's most powerful scenes and the one for which this episode will be remembered for by the fans. After a pretty miserable series of events ( the Viking defeat in Paris and Ragnar and Aslaug's deaths) the death of King Aelle is a huge turning point and highly satisfying. The way he was killed is actually quite symbolic of the whole Christians vs Vikings rivalry throughout the show, with his hands being nailed down then hung up in the air, and the moment when the great army appears on the hill is riveting, with a cut to Aelle being dragged violently through the mud, his forces presumably decimated. The subplot about King Finehair really made me sympathise with his character in a way that I hadn't before, and his infiltration of Kattegat is making me very optimistic about Lagertha's potential death in the near future, as I really cannot abide her anymore. The writers messed up her character really badly with the blatant attempt to make the show more 'politically correct' by making her bisexual, which would have been fine, provided that they'd revealed this originally and not at a much later date when she's decades older. Plus her killing of Aslaug seemed utterly pointless, as she clearly didn't love Ragnar anymore and had already got Kattegat back at this point. Really don't like Torvi at all either and hope she goes fairly quickly. They're two characters on my list which began to be ticked off with King Aelle's death at the end of this episode. The remaining two episodes will likely see the defeat of Ecbert's army by the Vikings and probably his death, to be honest. Ecbert is a character who I think is actually more appealing to the viewer; he's compassionate and merciful when it matters, unlike his son Aethelwulf, who unlike Ecbert, I would absolutely love to see the back of. Overall, a fantastic chapter in the Vikings saga which will likely go down in the show's history. A perfect 10/10 from me.
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