Now, Episode 11 is a slow one and I still think History should have showed the time jump here at the start of the Season 4 return rather than in the mid-season finale. Episode 11 of Vikings is a slow one, but bear with it, because Episode 12 and 13 are much better!
We open with Ragnar still bellowing at his kids, asking them who wants to be king. What we discover is that while they may talk about killing their father behind his back, they will not actually do it when asked. So, what is Ragnar to do now he is still alive and still king of Kattegat?Well, for starters, not visit his wife. Honestly, I don’t blame him, but, man is she gonna be pissed by the time he gets around to seeing her, especially since he goes out of his way to visit his ex-wife, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) first. but, more on that visit later (Spoiler Alert: Ragertha shippers will be happy, momentarily).
In the mean time, Ragnar decides now is the time to return to England to confront King Ecbert (Linus Roache) about that Viking village Ragnar set up in England and King Ecbert destroyed. He needs help with this and approaches his sons about coming with him.
Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) has a legit reason for not going, he has the Mediterranean to explore and Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) is busy finishing his fleet of boats. Apparently Hvitserk (Marco Ilsø) is going with Bjorn so claims he can’t pull out either. Sigurd (David Lindström) and Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith) have to stay home and look after mummy, As for Ivar (Alex Høgh), well, Ragnar doesn’t even ask him, one can only assume for cripple reasons.Speaking of Floki, Ragnar goes to visit him, thinking maybe his oldest friend will join him on his trip to England. But, hey, he made a promise to Bjorn, so it looks like Ragnar is still going this adventure alone. Floki does point out to Ragnar that he should have traveled to England sooner than now. Ragnar tells Floki he loves him, and even that is not enough to convince Floki ot go to England with him. Nice try there, Ragnar.
Ivar the Boneless and Ragnar’s other sonsSo, Ragnar’s boys have been floating around together since Ragnar left. They are close, but they are also competitive and this is shown when they are all training and Ivar is shooting arrows at his brothers. it needs to be noted that while Ivar’s brothers are scared of him, they are also not afraid to retaliate if he fires the first shot.
Now, I wish I could say that I love Ragnar’s boys, but they are a timely reminder of just how Viking they really are. Remember when King Harald (Peter Franzen) and his brother raped and pillaged their way through that farm in Episode 9 of Season 4 of Vikings and we were all horrified at what they had done? Episode 11 gives us another reminder of just how different Ragnar is from his fellow Vikings.
Ivar spends a lot of this episode spying on his brothers as they all have their turns with one of their slaves. Ivar then wants to have his turn and his brothers organise it.
To add insult to rapey injury, when Ivar discovers he is also Ivar the Bonerless as well as Boneless, he nearly strangles her before she can convince him to let her live. Honestly, I am surprised she survived, after all, remember when Ivar killed that boy when he was only a child?
HedebyNow, back to that little visit to Lagertha’s. Not only do we get to meet Lagertha’s new girlfriend, Astrid (Josefin Asplund), but Ragnar travels to Hedeby to see if he can get his ex-wife to join him on his trip to England. Turns out Lagertha has other plans, she doesn’t reveal what those plans are, but, let me tell you, get ready for them in Episode 12 😉
The pair talk about how regret and how shit Ragnar’s decisions have been over his rule of Kattegat regret. Both seem to wish they were still together, but neither are ready to return to their relationship either. And that’s when Lagertha kisses Ragnar. Like a real kiss, not a “see you later random person” kind of kiss. Although, in reality, it probably is a goodbye kiss and that makes me sad.On the way home from Hedeby, Ragnar decides to kill himself. For reals. He hangs himself from a tree but then a bunch of crows arrive and the rope breaks and Ragnar really does need to return to England now.
When he returns to Kattegat, Ragnar decides to finally ask Ivar to go to England with him. Ivar points out he is a cripple, but agrees to go anyway because, really, he just misses his dad.
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Vikings returns to History Channel with Episode 12 on December 7, Wednesday, at 9 p.m. ET.
The synopsis for Episode 12 (entitled “The Vision”) is below.
“The Kattegat locals chide Ragnar that the gods have deserted him as he struggles to crew his voyage to Wessex. It’s Bjorn who has charisma now as he prepares to fulfill his long-held dream to explore the Mediterranean in a sleek new boat built for him by Floki. By contrast, Ragnar must accept weathered boats and a crew he has bribed but when Aslaug foresees that the fleet will be lost in a vicious storm her warnings go un-heeded by Ragnar and her precious son, Ivar.”
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