SEASON PREMIERE: Vikings, Season 4, Episode 1: “A Good Treason”

Travis Fimmel stars as Ragnar Lothbrok in Season 4 of History Channel's Vikings

[Photo Credit: A&E Network]

Are you excited that Vikings has returned? Me too. Here’s what went down in Episode 1 (entitled “A Good Treason”) of Season 4 of History Channel’s Vikings:

Valhalla

That’s right, we start season 4 of Vikings with Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) trying desperately to get into Valhalla. What, so Ragnar is dead? Why are those doors shutting? Valhalla you’ve made a mistake!

Oh, wait, no, it’s just a dream. Turns out Ragnar is alive (although still weak) and is just dreaming this. It does set the up his story arc for this season though. But does this mean season 4 of Vikings will end with the death of Ragnar?

Kattegat

While Ragnar is still weak, it seems his wife is eager to take over his rule. She even goes to the Seer (John Kavanagh), who does the norm and talks in riddles. In the meantime, she regales her kids with stories about how awesome her side of the family is and does her best resting bitch face when Ragnar is about. She then buys an Asian slave so Ragnar has something else to scratch in bed.

Dianne Doan stars as Yidu in Season 4 of History Channel's Vikings

[Photo Credit: A&E Network]

Yidu (Dianne Doan) is the new shiny thing for Ragnar to look at in Season 4 of Vikings. She is also the shittest slave ever.

Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig) is determined to show his father just how awesome he is by arresting Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) for the murder of Athelstan (George Blagden) in Season 3 of Vikings. Of course, Bjorn is still clueless when it comes to the game of ruling and it puts Ragnar in a position where he actually has to deal with Floki. Bjorn gets all pouty realises the error of his ways and decides to head to the wilderness to “find himself”. Now that Bjorn is out of the way, Ragnar’s next eldest, Ubbe (Luke Shanahan) has a chance to suck up to his dad.

Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) is chained up in Season 4 of History Channel's Vikings

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So Floki is chained to a pole in the middle of Kattegat and in between kids throwing shit at him, he worries that Ragnar will have to kill him and begs Helga (Maude Hirst) to help him escape. When Ragnar does finally show up, it is to call him on the fact he killed Athelstan out of jealousy and not because it is the viking way.

Hedeby

Kalf (Ben Robson) and Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) return to Hedeby and Kalf tries to convince everyone that Lagertha should rule alongside himself. Of course, Erlendur (Edvin Endre) and Einar (Steve Wall) do not approve of this and when they get pissy enough, Kalf calls a vote.

Except this is a vote with a difference because it seems the vikings in Hedeby are slippery snakes. While Einar is at least honest about his feelings, it turns out Elendur is not. So when Einar casts his vote (along with a group of his followers) and the dust settles, Erlendur and his group set upon them with crossbows. It seems Erlendur is suddenly Team Lagertha. However, Erlendur was not so spot on with his shot when it comes to a clean kill for Einar. As a result, we also find out Team Lagertha likes to remove the penises of those who aren’t on her side.

Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) kills her enemy in Episode 1 of Season 4 of History Channel's Vikings

Maybe it’s Maybelline, maybe it’s just the blood of her enemies.
[Screen capture via A&E Network]

Paris

In Season 3 of Vikings we saw Rollo (Clive Standen) stay behind in Paris and agree to the strategic wedding between himself and Princess Gisla (Morgane Polanski). In Season 4 we see just how problematic this will be. Gisla is still as uppity as ever and refusing to bow to her uncouth husband-to-be. However, her father knows the only chance he has against the vikings is if he has one of them on his side, so he forces her to marry Rollo.

Rollo and Gisla in season 4 of History Channel's Vikings

[Screen capture via A&E Network]

Once the marriage ceremony is over, it is time for the wedding night. Back then this was more like reality TV than Netflix & chill, so there is an audience. Gisla is refusing and Rollo sends everyone from the room to try and calm his new bride. But this just makes her more annoyed. Eventually Rollo cracks the shits and goes to bed. To which Gisla responds by pulling a knife on him.

Yes, I was laughing here too. So was Rollo.

Needless to say, Rollo didn’t get killed, nor did the marriage get consummated.

Along with Rollo’s marriage woes, he also has to contend with the group of vikings still present in Paris. One viking convinces Rollo to return to the camp and have a meeting with the remaining vikings. Rollo agrees to this but then kills the lot of them when he arrives. Man is Ragnar gonna be pissed when he finds out!

England

No one gave a shit about England in Episode 1 of Vikings.

Other Stuff

Season 4 of Vikings premiered with a new take on their opening credits. While I loved the old credits, History Channel has also done a good job with the new ones — except for the end, someone got a little busy with the colour there.

And, if visuals such as the opening credits are your thing, this season of Vikings is just as stunningly beautiful to watch as ever.

What did you think of the season 4 premiere of History Channel’s Vikings? Let us know by commenting below!

Vikings returns to History Channel with Episode 2 (entitled “Kill the Queen”) on Thursday, February 25, at 10 p.m. ET.

You can read my recap of Episode 2 here.

[Photo Credits: A&E Network]

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