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The music of the battle sequence is glorious.
Porunn takes a horrific cut to the face during the fight, and this injury sets the course of her story for the remainder of the season. The king and his men stay to watch the sacrifice, over the protests of his nobles, and by the end of the bloody affair, even Ecbert seems shocked by the proceedings.
I think this is the moment where he calculates that he cannot actually allow the Vikings to settle in Wessex, and that is truly unfortunate.
When Siggy seeks the advice of the Seer concerning Harbard, he responds with perhaps his creepiest revelation yet: I honestly had no idea. His references to Russia really play out the Rasputin parallels. Siggy is the only one to see sense with regards to Harbard.
There are peak levels of infidelity in this episode. The love scenes are tastefully shot, with well-placed candlesticks and elbows disguising exposed body parts. Rollo has become significantly wiser as he sees the need for cooperation with the Saxons. One of the great pleasures of the series has been watching his development from layabout and oaf to statesman and warrior. His destiny, as the Seer suggests, is something greater than you expect.
You really root for her and Rollo by the end of their arc. Back in Wessex, the Vikings and Saxons celebrate. This is the first time that Ragnar and Lagertha seem more like old friends than erstwhile lovers. After a heartfelt speech, Kwenthrith kills her brother, becoming sole ruler of Mercia. Well played these past three seasons. On the boat home, Ragnar states his open resentment for Aslaug.
Rollo is consumed by grief for Siggy and tries desperately to translate that emotional pain into physical pain. Porunn, meanwhile, is not pleased with her wound. Helga tells Floki the story of Harbard, including his seduction of Aslaug. Ragnar has become aloof, foolish, and casually cruel. I miss the old Ragnar with a vision for a different world. Thankfully we get a glimpse of that Ragnar when he invites Kalf to come with them to Frankia instead of pursuing a course of vengeance.
Ecbert, with the Vikings not long gone, is a sly bastard. When the nobles and Aethelwulf slay all the Viking settlers, he uses the pretext to dispose of his enemies and increase his hold on his son.
The mad gleam in his eye as he discusses his plans to become King of England give you a strong idea of where things are headed. It will be fascinating to see how that happens on the show. Porunn gives birth to a girl, and Lagertha and Ragnar become grandparents. What a wild notion. When Ragnar hears of the destroyed settlement, he receives it with empathy and anger in equal measure. Judith is seized to be maimed for adultery on what looks like the same platform from the Blood Eagle scene.
She is fierce, defiant, and terrified all at once. He has a short period of blindness, after which follows an epiphany and reconciliation, on a personal level, with God. It is increasingly hard to tell what is real and what is a dream in this season, and it only gets wilder from here.
Throwing away his arm ring is a crossing of the Rubicon for this monk-turned-Viking-turned-Roman-scholar-turned-father, and so much worse for him that Floki witnessed it. Ragnar continues his trend of pursuing progress over vengeance by welcoming Erlendur and Earl Siegfried into the fold. We also meet Sinricthe wanderer who told Ragnar of England and France and gave him the tools to get there. Meanwhile, Floki is totally losing it. The holy man welcomes his fate when he sees what Floki has come to do, and in many ways, it feels like one last attempt to bridge the gap that has widened between them.
For a king, Ragnar sure goes many places alone. He sets out to bury Athelstan. What I Learned The Medieval punishment for adultery really sucked. Medieval Paris is cool. It seems like it would be an incredible place to visit even in this horrific time period. The quiet introduction of the new Frankish characters as they watch the oncoming Viking armada is the best introduction of new characters yet.
We quickly get a sense of who they are and their relationship dynamics. Emperor Charles is caught in a trap of vainglorious pride for not appealing to his brothers for aid. Instead, he puts the burden of success on Count Odowho is capable but knows that victory will come at a high cost.
She clearly wields the most influence over her petulant father because she knows all of the right buttons to push. Ragnar is certainly setting the impish shipwright up to fail. Ecbert sends Aethelwulf to deal with the newly anointed Queen Kwenthrith.
Kwenthrith claims to have a child by Ragnar, hoping to threaten Wessex with the promise of aid from the Viking settlement. Aethelwulf quickly disarms that claim, and he convinces her not to kill him.
Perhaps the young scion of Wessex is finally coming into his own. The battles on this show are at their best when they are small.
In the heat of battle, Princess Gisla brings the banner of Saint Denis to the ramparts. She has proven herself to be assertive, bellicose, and much more inspiring than her father. While she is on the battlements, she and Rollo exchange a very lengthy glance. She appears to be at once disgusted and impressed by his strength, and Rollo seems surprised to see a woman in a gown standing next to all of the soldiers. Ragnar exercises his kingly discretion and holds off joining the fray until his son jumps right into the thick of it.
He fights as ferociously as ever, but the beauty of Paris, his objective for so long, is too much for him. His wild scream before throwing himself off of the edge was as much in defiance of death as it was to scare his assailants. There is some excellent, intimate camera work in this episode.
The close-ups on the faces of the wounded during the aftermath is stunning. I also love the soliloquies. Ragnar is the master of the long game. He saw the light. Nobody else saw it. And of course it is like St.
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Paul's epiphany when he was struck blind as a tax collector. So I was thinking of that as well. But when Floki feels like he has been given a signal by the gods, when his carving starts to bleed, nobody else sees that.
Only he sees that. So you can either say it's psychological or it's true. And for me, a lot of religion is like that.
You can't judge it in the same way you judge other things. Is Christ in the tomb when He rises from the dead or is that a fantasy? It depends on who you talk to. Athelstan was a man of deep faith.
Are they two sides of the same coin? If you think of Floki as pagan fundamentalist, then the Christian fundamentalist is really Ecbert's son, Aethelwulf. Another shocker was that Aethelwulf and his father betrayed Ragnar and killed the Viking settlers in Wessex.
Floki says the Norse gods allowed this to happen because the Vikings allied with Christians. It was Ragnar's choice but still Floki blames Athelstan and it drives him to kill. Floki has a fascination with Athelstan. He hates him but he can't leave him alone. Something about Athelstan fatally attracts Floki. It's not a surpise to Athelstan when it is Floki who kills him. Athelstan probably knew Floki was his fate. What are the implications for Floki now that he has committed this murder?
Floki's a guy who is always filled with divisions. He argues about not regretting what he has done because he believes in it—yet he does love Ragnar. He knows the effect of it on him. So he's a divided character. It does have huge consequences further down the line. Wait until you see Episode But no one knows Floki did it, at least not yet, right?
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Most of the Viking community would be against Athelstan anyway. There is the scene in this episode where [Ragnar's warrior brother] Rollo Clive Standen talks to Ragnar's son Bjorn Alexander Ludwig and Bjorn shares his feelings and fears about Athelstan. He's afraid Ragnar is getting too interested in Christianity. That word goes 'round the community. It is possible to believe that any number of people could have murdered Athelstan. It was only Ragnar's protection that to some extent had made him safe.
Athelstan dies, but miles away, Judith gives birth to their son and is arrested for adultery. What does the church's prescribed punishment—having her ears and nose chopped off — say about how humans interpret the word of God? There are there strange things going on.
The brutality of the Christian religion. The brutality of Floki. It resonates with stuff that's happening in the world today. Judith loses one ear before shrieking her confession that Athelstan is her son's father. Ecbert halts her punishment saying that the conception must be part of God's plan because Athelstan was such a spiritual man. Is the child as special as Ecbert thinks he is? He is a very special child because he will grow up to be one of the most famous kings of English history, Alfred the Great.
Historically speaking he ended up fighting against the Vikings, and the Vikings he fought against were Ragnar's sons. So Egbert is quite right in guessing that there is an extraordinary future for this child. The presence of Alfred continues to connect Ecbert to Athelstan.
Athelstan is dead but he will continue to live on in several ways, to be present in the drama for quite a long time. He's too important just to vanish from people's lives. So he lives on in this child. How else does he live on? I can't tell you. Yes, we will see more of Judith, more of Ecbert, more of Wessex. In the end, Ragnar's story circles back around to Wessex.
Jennie Jacques, she's just a great actress. I want to keep them very present, very much alive. So can you hint about where Alfred's story goes? For those of us who, ahem, may not be so up on our British history? What actually happened, will happen.
As a young boy of about four, Alfred, accompanied by a couple of people, was sent off on the pilgrimage route to Rome, which was one of the most dangerous routes in the world. He went to meet the Pope. He was blessed by the Pope, so his sense of him being a very important person at the age of four was recognized in Rome. What a great story that is. We're showing Paris in the later half of Season 3 and at some point we'll be in Rome.
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So we are going to Rome in Season 4? Bjorn's lover Porunn Gaia Weiss also gives birth—to a daughter.
They name the child Siggy. Will this child bring changes beyond what you might expect from any new bundle of joy? Oh I can't tell you. That's a big question too. Not necessarily how the child affects the community, but it affects the parents. It affects them in a very powerful way.
Will the child have Siggy's spirited personality? Or is she a reincarnation of Siggy? Ragnar alone carries Athelstan's shrouded body to a hilltop so he can bury him, "the closest I can get you to your god. Tell me about writing that scene. It was a very moving scene. Travis and I worked on that scene together. Travis loves those personal scenes.