Vikings “Two Journeys” Review and Recap
This weeks episode of Vikings began with Ragnar and Ivar, waking up on a Wessex beach after a storm destroyed their ships. The surviving men were all angry with Ragnar, blaming him for all their misfortunes.
Aethelwulf and his men find Ragnar’s raven banner on the beach, which he takes to his father only to be sent away as he sees no threat.
Ragnar, Ivar, and the rest of the men continued moving away from the coast, more inland. Ragnar tells his son that his plans had changed and he could not continue with the men. That night Ragnar cuts the mens throats with the help of Ivar leaving them all dead and continuing their journey.
Meanwhile Bjorn, Floki, Helga, Harald, and Halfdan meet with Rollo to ask for safe passage only to get imprisoned. While in the cells King Harald questions whether he and his brother made the right decision in believing in Bjorn’s quest. Bjorn is taken to Rollo where he explains to him how get through unseen. Rollo agreed to give the fleet safe passage only if he went with them.
Rollo tells his wife, Gisla that he’ll be going with the fleet. She tells him that he cannot leave because he is a different man, no longer a viking. Rollo says “I cannot deny that part of myself which is still viking.” He leaves with the fleet despite Gisla’s threats. Once on the boat Bjorn orders his men to tie Rollo up and throw him in the water. After being left in the water for a while Bjorn orders the men to bring him back up to which Floki did not approve of.
Back home, Lagertha feels that Aslaug is not fit to be queen and that she will take back Kattegat as hers. She invited Ubbe and Sigurd to her home where she holds them hostage. Lagertha arrives in Kattegat with her warriors and fights her way through with the help of Torvi.
The episode ends with Ivar and Ragnar turning themselves in.
This episode definitely picked up the pace for this second half of the fourth season. It was sad seeing Ragnar’s plans getting messed up because he seemed very hopeful but it truly seems as though the gods have abandoned him. It’s also sad that Ivar has wanted to be with his father for so long only to be under these horrible circumstances.
When Bjorn went to his uncle for help all I kept thinking was that he was an idiot. Floki, Harald, and Halfdan are right in not trusting Rollo, this is the man who slaughtered and betrayed his people. But as soon as Rollo said he couldn’t deny that part of himself that was still viking I had the biggest smile on my face. I knew that he couldn’t completely forget that deep down he was still a viking. I don’t trust Rollo and I’m afraid of what’s going to happen next.
Since season one I fell in love with Lagertha, she has always been one of my favorite characters and when Aslaug came in the picture I did not like her, much like Lagertha. I have waited for so long to see Lagertha and Aslaug fight, I didn’t think it would actually happen. Although the two women did not fight in the episode I am very excited to see what is going to happen next. I’m curious to see whether they will get in a sword fight or if Aslaug will give her Kattegat willingly.
We will just have to wait and see what next week’s episode of Vikings has in store for us.