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Vikings follows the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok the greatest hero of his age. The series tells the sagas of Ragnar's band of Viking brothers and his family, as he rises to become King of the Viking tribes. As well as being a fearless warrior, Ragnar embodies the Norse traditions of devotion to the gods, legend has it that he was a direct descendant of Odin, the god of war and more
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  • Baldur

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    Baldur

    Lagertha's back!

    She's been holed up in Wessex being taken care of by an old lady this whole time!

    She appeared to be having a mental breakdown of some sorts, but now that Judith has found her on Vikings Season 5 Episode 18, she'll be back to her old self in no time. 

    It was surprising to learn that Judith may be dying of breast cancer, but it does explain her behavior recently. She was in such a hurry to find Alfred a wife and for him to produce an heir. She's also been furiously protecting him and even killed Aethelred out of concern for him. 

    She believes she won't be around much longer to continue protecting him, and had to do what was necessary to make sure he would thrive after she is gone. 

    It all makes so much more sense now. 

    Related: Vikings Season 5 Episode 17 Review: The Most Terrible Thing

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  • The Most Terrible Thing

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    The Most Terrible Thing

    The death continues, and even though no essential characters died on Vikings Season 5 Episode 17, Floki will still be affected by the most recent one. 

    I'm still not entirely sure where the Iceland story is going, but I do feel bad for Floki. He envisioned so much for that settlement, and it's not going at all the way he hoped. 

    He expected to be living among the gods, but so far there's only been violence and despair. 

    Maybe it will get better for him soon. He's already suffered so much. Every time we think he's reached rock bottom, there seems to be another layer underneath. 

    Alfred is awake, and surprisingly, Judith was honest with him about Aethelred. I expected she would be content to let him go on believing he died of natural causes, but she told him the truth. 

    Related: Vikings Season 5 Episode 16 Review: The Buddha

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  • The Buddha

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    The Buddha

    Characters are dropping like flies!

    Margarethe, The Seer, Heahmund -- and now Aethelred succumbed on Vikings Season 5 Episode 16 by the hands of his mother, no less. 

    How will Alfred react when he recovers from his illness and discovers his brother is dead?

    He's probably not going to be too happy, especially if he suspects Judith murdered him. She must have a plan to cover it up, but Alfred is smart enough to see through it. 

    He was ready to forgive his brother and move on, but he was also unconscious when the kingdom surrounded Aethelred with support. Judith made an impossible decision, but she felt she didn't have any other choice if she wanted to protect the king. 

    Choosing one son over the other though; that's pretty harsh. 

    Judith: I don't believe you have ever accepted your brother as king. I don't think you ever would. You would always be a danger to him.
    Aethelred: So you poisoned ...
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  • Hell

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    Hell

    RIP Bishop Heahmund. 

    His death on Vikings Season 5 Episode 15 was arguably more impactful than the Seer's, but both characters, in a way, saw their ends coming. 

    Heahmund renounced his love for Lagertha before the battle to save his soul, but that doesn't mean he died with a clear conscience. 

    In his final moments, as he was struck blow after blow, he used his last bit of energy to call out for Lagertha.

    Unfortunately, she was wounded and unable to get to him, so there was no dying declaration of love. 

    He renounced his relationship with her out of fear of spending eternity in Hell, but in those final moments, he seemed to regret hurting her.  

    Whatever his final words would have been, we'll never know. 

    You can't do this. You can't do this to me, I thought you loved me. You know something? I think you always loved your lord, your God, more than you ever loved me. I don't think yo...
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  • The Lost Moment

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    The Lost Moment

    The Seer has left this world, but not without imparting on us one last cryptic message. 

    Besides basically telling Ivar that he is, in fact, not a god, he told Hvitserk that he is going to accomplish something others before have failed to do. 

    So, what could that be?

    Now that Ivar has murdered the Seer on Vikings Season 5 Episode 14, we are left to wonder what Hvitserk is meant to do. 

    I'll be honest; I thought there was a chance that Hvitserk might be the one wearing that hood. He wasn't. Instead, the sacrifice was just some random girl, and that was a little bit of a letdown. 

    Related: Vikings Season 5 Episode 13 Review: A New God

    But the fact that Hvitserk lived is not. Now that he's finally standing up to Ivar, he's becoming interesting. 

    This prophecy adds another layer on top of that. I'm intrigued. Hvitserk is the one brother we've yet to...
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  • A New God

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    A New God

    So, what happens if/when Ivar eventually realizes that kid is not his?

    His ego got the better of his brain on Vikings Season 5 Episode 13 thanks to Freydis planting the idea in his head that he's a god. 

    How can someone as smart as him be that stupid?

    One thing I love about Vikings is that no matter how smart and cunning the men are, there's always an even smarter woman right beside him. The series does an excellent job at portraying female characters who can be just as brilliant or ruthless as their male counterparts. 

    I'm not even exactly sure of Freydis' end game. Does she just want to be Ivar's queen and orchestrate everything to gain his trust and be his bride? Or, does she have bigger ambitions in mind? 

    Related: Vikings Season 5 Episode 12 Review: Murder Most Foul

    I have to assume it was her idea to sacrifice Hvitserk. If so, perhaps she plans to ta...
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  • Murder Most Foul

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    Ivar better watch his back. 

    Now that he's king, he has more enemies than he probably even realizes. 

    He may have had Margarethe killed on Vikings Season 5 Episode 12, but little does he know, the damage she caused may have already been done. 

    The question is, does Hvitserk really have the courage to kill Ivar?

    He claims he's not a coward, but he's still with Ivar despite showing signs that he regrets choosing his side. I don't see Hvitserk plotting to murder his brother, but if the right opportunity presented itself, I wouldn't put it past him. He's not going to be happy when he finds out Ivar had Margarethe killed. 

    Ivar is not kind to you. In the end, he will kill you. So the only choice my love is to kill him first. You are not a coward, are you?

    Margrethe
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  • Moments of Vision

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    Moments of Vision

    Wow. Visually, that was absolutely stunning.

    We've seen countless battles over the course of five seasons, but none quite like the one we saw on Vikings Season 5 Episode 10. 

    Kudos for the fantastic direction!

    Watching the battle from each character's different point of view and seeing it interspersed with flashbacks made it more compelling. Instead of just watching another bloody battle, it felt like we were inside the character's head. It brought the audience into the battle rather than just making us feel like an outside viewer. 

    This could easily have been one of the best of the series based on direction alone. 

    As with any war, there are always causalities, and this one was no different. 

    Halfdan's death was sadder than I expected. He's really grown on me as a character and was one of Bjorn's closest allies. 

    Bjorn: I heard you singing with your brother. This must be h...
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  • A Simple Story

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    A Simple Story

    While the battle for the throne in Kattegat continues, a new Saxon king is crowned. 

    Athelwulf died on Vikings Season 5 Episode 9, and thanks to Aethelred declining the throne, Alfred is now king. 

    Long live King Alfred? 

    That happened sooner than I expected. 

    I figured it would at least be saved for the second half of the season, not to mention it all happened so fast. Still, we knew it would happen eventually, and it's only a matter of time now before we'll get to see Alfred lead his forces against Ivar. 

    If looks could kill, though, Alfred's legacy as king would have been incredibly short-lived. Aethelred was staring daggers the entire time he watched Alfred accept the crown. 

    For the moment, Ivar is a little busy. The Saxons are the farthest thing from his mind as he and King Harald try to regroup and plan for a second attack. 

    Hvitserk's plan to ask Rollo for help was pretty genius. Maybe Ivar...
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  • The Joke

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    Well, we finally got the battle on Vikings Season 5 Episode 8 that we've been leading up to all season. 

    Was it everything we expected? 

    The battle may be over, but that doesn't mean the war is. 

    Ivar decided to split the army, and his group never even ended up fighting at all. Instead, Harald and Hvitserk quickly found themselves surrounded by Lagertha and Bjorn's forces and had to retreat. 

    Lagertha lives to fight (and rule) another day, but it's hard to imagine that Ivar just gives up. 

    Will Harald and Ivar regroup and plan a second attack? If so, when? We have two episodes left before hiatus, so it would make sense if the midseason finale was their second attempt. That could be too soon though, so we may have to wait a while longer.

    What was the point of Ivar agreeing to peace and then immediately changing his mind? He couldn't have thought they'd just surrender Kattegat. It all felt very anticlimactic. F...
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