Prince Aethelwulf finds himself subject to the Vikings' battle master plan; Ecbert remains behind with a plan of his own.



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Prince Aethelwulf finds himself subject to the Vikings' battle master plan; Ecbert remains behind with a plan of his own.

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partly good, partly annoying
7 February 2017 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Well, finally the last episode of this very long season of Vikings. All in all I have to say that the second half of this season started to annoy me for several reasons now.

As for characters: I really loved Lagertha since the first episode, but in this season's half it seems the writers didn't know what to do with her character. She looked way too fancy clothes-wise, (and what's that GoT-throne with the pointy ends?) ran around with that owl, probably to make her look cool but without explanation (which made is look a little ridiculous to me), she had this thing with Astrid, where nobody knows why she is there and what it's all about and she made some really non-Lagertha move by storming and attacking her own Kattegat, slaughtering her own people for 10 minutes, only to blow some horn then to stop the attack and stupidly say "enough, these are my people" - what?? She was not seen as an enemy in Kattegat, she could simply have walked into the great hall, and simply kill Aslaugh. So what the heck happened to the formerly great script-writing and character we had? Another thing that is really annoying me now is that the women in the show do not age! The men age, Ragnar, Floki, Björn, (who must by now be in his late 20s or even 30s) but Lagtertha still looks like 28? Why? Her character should look end 40 at least, same goes for Helga, Torvi etc? Worst is Judith, she looking like the young spring touching 22, while her "husband" King Ecbert is a doter. So please, writers, for women to be seen as strong, beautiful and paragons, they don't need to be ridiculously forever young!

But now for this episode: yes, the deaths of Helga and also of King Ecbert were touching,(although also Helga's character acted out of character for the past episodes. What made Helga wonderful was her soft, empathetic and intuitive character, and now she suddenly kidnapped a strange girl and doesn't see what she's doing to her?) but this episode, as well as most of the last episodes was way too much of the brothers stooge fighting all the time. Björn only has this one angry face in every shot (why?) and his character, which was way more multifaceted over all the seasons before, seems pretty angry, dumb and one-dimensional now. What did he do in this second half of the season? Looking angry, screaming at his brothers, having intercourse with his his mother's girlfriend, and being nasty to his wife, giving a darn (again) about his children. Not happy with that. And also funny how he goes on and on about being the "son of Ragnar" trying to make a point about how important parents/children things are, and he himself couldn't care less about his own children (he didn't even care about the death of his first daughter actually)

As for the end of this episode: I'm meanwhile just annoyed of Ivar, yeah, he's oh so crazy and all that, but it makes the Vikings look pretty dumb if everyone just watches him killing Sigurd and no reaction really? And I'm of different opinion to the other reviewer here: I understand quite well why Sigurd treated Ivar the way he did, because he understood from a very young age what a psychotic mental case he was. And, truly, his mother neglected him and favoured this disturbed kid, so why shouldn't he be angry? And also about all the brothers, the sons of Ragnar: their characters are so flat? Ragnar himself was a great character because he has different sides, bad sides as well as soft and likable ones. But what is to like about any of the brothers really?

There is a really annoying and stupid tendency in several TV shows (see TWD - Negan e.g.) that total nutcase murderer characters get ever more screen time because the more simple part of the audience simply wants to see crazy lunatics in the screen and even idolize them. If this happens to this formerly great and sophisticated (in the way of demanding intelligence of the viewer) show, I will be off next season, I'm so having enough of this lunatic porn that gets hyped ever more and for really questionable reasons. It's nothing else than what public torture was in the real middle ages, speaking the the lowest of human nature. And don't get me wrong, this show is brutal and rightly so because it shows the culture and way of the Vikings and they definitely were brutal people.But this Ivar idolize focus is a different thing, and I'm sure the writers know that very well! I also wasn't happy about that last scene with that bishop, and the actor who was chosen for it? Sorry, how unfitting could it be? And what kind of story line is this supposed to introduce in such clumsy and cheap matter, showing a sex scene (oh how shocking! - not!) with people nobody knows or cares about? That is the teaser for next season? That's not a good sign!

So please, for the next season, get back to that fantastic writing and scripts you had before, (and good casting!), get back to solid story lines and character development, and please, let the women age as they would. Don't feed the stupid Hollywood idea of "only young, hyper-perfect women are impressive" - it's the opposite! A partly white haired Lagertha with some lines on her face is way more impressive and believable than this way too fancy dressed, owl carrying blah you are showing now.

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