Vikings, Season 4, Episode 6 Recap, “What Might Have Been”

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Here’s what went down in episode 6, entitled “What Might Have Been” of season 4 of Vikings.


Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) is performing a ritual over Kalf’s (Ben Robson) grave before she leaves to raid. She speaks to Torvi’s (Georgia Hirst) son and tells him to keep his friends close but his enemies closer and who should arrive, but Erlendur (Edvin Endre), the enemy personified. Taking her own advice, she invites Erlendur to travel to Paris on her boat.

Kattegat (Part 1)

Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) is also preparing to leave for Paris, but first he must initiate his eldest sons to Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) into the viking way. Reminiscent of when Bjorn (then played by Nathan O’Toole) also got his viking band, Aslaug is pissy, stating she thinks the boys are too young to go to Paris with Ragnar. Ragnar, on the other hand, reminds her of just how much danger they were placed in the last time he left them. So this is what a viking custody battle looks like. Then, later on when Aslaug is naked and breastfeeding Ivar, I can totally see how the boys could all end up as serial killers if left under the instruction of their mother, the very woman who thinks there is nothing wrong with her son bludgeoning another child to death for no good reason.

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Aslaug’s latest pissy face [Image via A&E Network]

Now Ragnar has that sorted, it’s time to argue with his dealer over whether she can come to Paris or not. And it turns out, besides supplying sex and drugs, Yidu (Dianne Doan) also knows how to speak Frankish, which makes her look even more suspicious in my eyes. Honestly, while it seems she might be a spy sent by the French, I still think, with all the snake imagery surrounding her, she is a part of King Aelle’s (Ivan Kaye) group.

Ragnar goes to the Seer (John Kavanagh) before he leaves for Paris and asks about when he will die. The seer replies; “On the day that the blind man sees you.” So is the blind man the Seer or Ragnar? Only time will tell.

On the High Seas

The vikings finally set sail for Paris. Ragnar is telling his boys to look forward, not backwards. Yidu does not have to be told. Once more, I think she has a plan and that plan begins in Paris. But, for Ragnar, he couldn’t care less, so long as Yidu is easy with handing over his betel nuts. His rampant drug use (can you tell I am not the least bit impressed with Ragnar in season 4 of Vikings?) leads to a hallucination of times gone by. He sees Lagertha and their daughter, Gyda. Then he sees younger Bjorn (played by Nathan O’Toole). My heart is breaking right now as Ragnar is losing his shit. Then the vision is gone and he is stuck again in his reality.

Things get tricky at sea, what between trying to keep Bjorn separated from Erlendur and Erlendur from his ex-wife, Torvi (Georgia Hirst). Erlendur can’t decide how to seduce Torvi but finally settles on the, “You’ll kill Bjorn when I ask you to or I’ll kill you son” approach. Then there is that pesky little matter of the boats going off course while they sleep. Luckily, Ragnar’s ship meets up with King Finehair’s (Peter Franzen) and Lagertha’s and they manage to ambush some Frankish scouts when they land on shore.


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Predictably one scout manages to escape and raise the alarm. Finehair responds by tying the remaining Frankish scouts to a beacon post and setting them on fire. Meanwhile, Ragnar and Bjorn are tying another scout to a plank of wood and sending him out to see as some sort of viking calling card.

Once the ambush shenanigans are over, Ragnar and Lagertha have a chance to sit down and talk about Lagertha’s pregnancy; which I totally call bullshit on. Lagertha also admits Kalf could never break her heart because Ragnar had already done the deed.


Emperor Charles (Lothaire Bluteau) is begging Rollo (Clive Standen) not to run back to the vikings in episode 6. I laughed as hard as Charles daughter Gisla (Morgane Polanski) did a few episodes earlier when Rollo got his hair cut. While I don’t think Rollo will betray Paris as he is literally pushed into a corner by deciding to marry into Frankia nobility, Charles should not be trusting Rollo’s dedication one little bit.

At least Count Odo (Owen Roe) is not this stupid (and this is never a person I thought I would ever be siding with). However, he is dumb enough to admit to Therese (Karen Hassan) that he thinks the Emperor is an idiot who should be overthrown once Odo saves Paris all over again. Hopefully Therese goes running to the Emperor with this information and gets Odo offed because, seriously, I can’t possibly watch another 50 Shades of Vikings scene featuring him.

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Ragnar’s sons are not the only children getting story arcs in episode 6 of Vikings. Prince Alfred is getting sent to Rome on a pilgrimage at his “grandfather’s” request. Even though Alfred was born out of sin to Judith (Jennie Jacques) and Athelstan (George Blagden), King Ecbert (Linus Roach) thinks he is destined for bigger and better things. The poor little child near shits himself when the length of the journey is explained to him. But he is not the only one that needs new underwear.

Judith is devastated her son is leaving her for so long, which is completely understandable. Her husband, Aethelwulf (Moe Dunford) is also notably pissed–again understandable. After all, he is not only tasked with making the journey but he must leave his mistress, Queen Kwenthrith (Amy Bailey) behind. The fact his father seems keen to swoop in and save Kwenthrith’s beloved Mercia and claim the glory is just the icing on the cake.

Kattegat (Part 2)

Remember Harbard (Kevin Durand)? Well, he returns to Kattegat in episode 6 of Vikings season 4. It seems he is going to sweep Aslaug off her feet once more. And, for Aslaug, this means she has yet another way in which to off her husband… Of course Ivar is happy to see Harbard’s return. This further reinforces my belief that anyone Ivar likes is not to be trusted.




Episode 6 of Vikings ends with Rollo appearing on the shores of Frankia. Ragnar and the other vikings are equally pissed. Ragnar punches shit, Bjorn bellows out his agony at his once much-loved uncle. Floki, however, has exactly zero fucks to give on the matter.

What did you think of episode 6 of Vikings? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below.

Vikings returns to History Channel with episode 7, entitled “The Profit and the Loss” on Thursday, March 17, at 10 p.m. ET.

The synopsis for episode 7 of Vikings is as follows:

“In England, King Ecbert’s ambitions are revealed as he schemes to gain the crown of Mercia while outside Paris, the Vikings attack with considerable force but can they breach Rollo’s defenses? Meanwhile, Harbard, the mysterious wanderer, returns and causes a stir amongst the women of Kattegat.”

You can read my recap of Episode 7 here.

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