VIKINGS – Season 3, Episode 3

This is not a review, just some random thoughts. But there are some spoilers. So consider yourself warned.

The split between Ragnar and Floki is getting worse.  Floki, who obviously is grief-striken by Torstein’s death in the battle against the remaining Mercians, takes a cheap shot at Ragnar, blaming him for Torstein’s death.  The root of the issue between Ragnar and Floki, however, is Floki’s belief that Vikings and Saxons cannot live peacefully side by side because of their different religions.

As for Ragnar, the pressure of being a King and the grief over Torstein’s death (and perhaps some guilt because of Floki’s words) appear to be getting to him.  After the battle with the Mercians, Rollo tells Ragnar he needs to see Bjorn who is with a badly injured Thorunn.  Ragnar while initially supportive of Bjorn, ends up lashing out at him for allowing Thorunn to fight while pregnant, calling him weak and telling him that he cannot believe that he is his son and that if Thorunn and the baby die it’s Bjorn’s fault.

After Ragnar leaves, Rollo speaks to Bjorn and tells him that he needs to be strong for Thorunn’s sake, and the types of things you would have expected to hear from Ragnar.  The Rollo of Season 3 is a complete sea change from the  Rollo of Seasons 1 and 2.  Rollo also played peacemaker between Ragnar and Floki before battling the remaining Mercians.

Another good battle scene.  Kwenthrith’s indecisive and cowardly brother, splits the Merican forces allowing the Vikings and King Ecbert’s forces to win an easy victory.  Torstein died a fitting warrior’s death, while as noted above Thorunn was badly injured.

While his son is off fighting Mercians with Ragnar, King Ecbert continues to court Lagertha, culminating with some hanky-panky in the Roman hot-tub, with Judith and  Athelstan present.  Well present for a while.  Judith abruptly leaves the bath when Athelstan gets close, and later tells him it’s wrong because she’s married.

It appears that trouble is brewing between King Ecbert’s nobles and the Viking farmers over their different religions.  The nobles are outraged that Ecbert has them attend the Vikings’ sacrifice before planting the newly plowed fields.

The Wanderer regales two of the three Kattegat women, Aslaug and Helga, with tales of Thor.  He also awes Aslaug with his ability to calm Ivar down (further reminding me of Spock’s brother).   But Siggy doesn’t seem to trust him.  And perhaps rightly so — two young boys are found the next day inexplicably drowned in fishing nets.

Prompting Siggy to go to the Seer.  But the Seer knows nothing and sees nothing, or at least that’s what he tells Siggy.

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