Vikings “The Outsider” Review and Recap
After seven long months History’s Vikings returned with the second half of the fourth season.
The episode, “The Outsider” picks up where we last left off, the return of Ragnar Lothbrok. Not many people were pleased with his return especially his sons with the exception of Ivar.
Ragnar tells his sons that he returned to Kattegat to see what had become of his sons and he wanted to go to Paris again. But none of his sons agreed to go with him. Bjorn tells his father of his plans to explore the Mediterranean.
Ragnar then goes to Floki to ask if he would go to Paris with him. Floki tells him he’s already made a promise to explore the Mediterranean with Bjorn. The pair exchange a heart-felt moment, something that hasn’t been shared for a long time.
Ragnar also visits Lagertha in the hopes that she would go to Paris with him but like everyone else she says no. He brought up the past and apologized to Lagertha for all of his failings, they shared a kiss and nothing more. When Ragnar leaves, Lagertha isn’t sure whether she made the right decision in telling him no.
“The Outsider” ends with Ragnar speaking to his youngest son. Ivar expressed to his father that he wanted to go looking for him but his legs wouldn’t let him. Ragnar listened to Ivar’s words and tells him that they would be going to Paris together.
I was expecting the episode to answer all of my questions and to have a lot of action but I got neither. “The Outsider” was more of an emotional connection than anything else, it was something needed especially with Ragnar. During the first half of the season he wasn’t himself for a very long time, throughout the course of the show he’s done his fair share of mistakes. It seems that Ragnar has had six years to reflect on everything he’s done and still holds on to the past. One of the more emotional moments was seeing Floki and Ragnar together. I shed a few tears watching them say “I love you” to one another. When Ragnar hung himself, the rope broke it symbolizing that his time wasn’t up just yet and the gods had given him a second chance.
This episode did a great job introducing us to Ivar, giving us a small glimpse of who he is. We do know that he has a lot of pain, anger, he’s good with a sword and axe but his immobility won’t allow him to be on the battlefield. We do see a dangerous side to him when he can’t please the servant in bed and tries to kill her. That won’t be the last time we see this side of him, I believe it will unfold more as we go into the rest of the season.
Although the second half of the season didn’t start off with a bang it was a good episode giving us the time to reflect on what has happened and what may happen. I’m very excited to see what the rest of the season has in store for all us. Even with all the excitement I can’t help but feel nervous for the characters, hoping they won’t be killed off. But from what the trailers have shown us, it’s going to be a crazy second half of a season.