This is not a review, just some random thoughts. But there are some spoilers. So consider yourself warned.
In general, it did not disappoint. Just when I began thinking that it was going to be a slow build up to Ragnar and Lagertha meeting King Ecbert again in Episode 2, Ragnar, Lagertha and their people were in Wessex riding to the meeting. It was like going from second gear to fourth. And from there it was directly into battle with the Mercians. To continue the car analogy, from second to fourth and then keeping the pedal to the floor as the rubber burns.
Rollo — seems to be at peace with a supporting role to his brother.
Siggy — I don’t think she is going to play much of a role in Season 3, with Rollo no longer interested in outdoing Ragnar and with the scene shifted from Scandinavia to England.
Ragnar — acknowledges that he is torn between his gods and Christianity. The other theme involving Ragnar is whether power will change Ragnar. That is, will he be content farming in fertile England, or as the theme song goes … I want more, more, give me more, give me more … . Actually, we already know the answer from the trailers … . Paris beckons …
Princess Aslaug — she seems slated to play the peripheral role that she cast Lagertha into in Season 2. A little more complicated than just Princess Kwenthrith pushing her out. Ragnar’s youngest son, Ivar the Boneless, apparently has caused an estrangement between her and Ragnar even before Ragnar returns to Wessex. At one point she asks Ragnar if he loves her and, unlike the direct “of course” he gave when Aslaug asked if he loves Ivar, Ragnar hesitates … and the scene ends … .
Princess Kwenthrith — looks like she will be Ragnar’s new flame. Or at least that she intends to be.
Floki — looks like Floki, and not Rollo, will be the greatest internal threat that Ragnar faces. Ragnar’s flirtation with Christianity seems likely to increase the tension that developed between these two in Season 2. It’s still not clear to me whether Floki was always a double-agent with respect to King Horrik in Season 2, or whether in the end he just couldn’t bring himself to betray Ragnar.
Athelstan — looks like there is going to be trouble between Athelstan and King Ecbert’s son Aethelwulf over Aethelwulf’s wife Judith, who appears smitten with Athelstan.
Bjorn and Thorunn — zzzz
Lagertha — looks like she is going to have a leading role this season. Does King Ecbert know what he is getting himself into?
Aethelwulf — expect him to stir up some trouble between the Viking settlers and the Saxons.
King Ecbert — how long can he coexist with Ragnar?