‘Vikings’ Season 4 Part 2: Episode 14 Recap, “In the Uncertain Hour Before the Morning”

History's 'Vikings,' Season 4, Part 2, Episode 14, Aslaug

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So, really, only two things went down in this episode of Vikings. However, both of these things were of the epic variety.

Here’s what went down in Episode 14 (entitled “In the Uncertain Hour Before the Morning”) of Season 4 of History’s Vikings.

Kattegat

Episode 14 of Vikings sees Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) finally working out people don’t really like her and concedes defeat to Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), dropping the sword and handing over ownership of Kattegat to Lagertha. She may know she would never win in a battle with a legendary shield maiden, but that doesn’t stop her from trading insults over Ragnar’s (Travis Fimmel) choice to dump Lagertha and shack up with Aslaug. Lagertha just basically chants the following in reply:

History's 'Vikings,' Season 4 Part 2 Episode 14, Practical Magic

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When she is not calling Aslaug a witch, she is promising to allow her safe passage and then shooting her in the back with an arrow. So now Aslaug is dead and I probably shouldn’t be as happy as I am. But at least she got a fitting funeral pyre.

History's 'Vikings,' Season 2, Episode 14, Aslaug's funeral pyre

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Aslaug’s sons, Ubbe (Jordan Smith), and Sigurd (David Lindstrom) only find out about Lagertha’s takeover after the death of their mother. Ubbe is pissy and determined to take Lagertha out. Sigurd is all, “Meh, mum never loved us anyway.” He is very obviously the middle child. Astrid (Josefin Asplund) offers them a makeover (I shit you not) and then threatens them within an inch of their lives.

England

Meanwhile, in England, Ragnar and Ivar the Boneless (Alex Hogh) have been taken captive by Aethelwulf, who is equally impressed the Vikings have fallen into his lap and quietly shitting in his pants. His father, King Ecbert (Linus Roache), however, is a bit less obvious in the shitting in his pants department and only really shows it when he lets Ragnar out of his cage so they can have a little chat about power, religion and who loved Athelstan (George Blagden) more.

History's 'Vikings,' Season 4, Part 2, Episode 14, Ragnar Lothbrok and King Ecbert

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In the process of this epic conversation, Ragnar denies he ever had sex with Queen Kwenthrith (Amy Bailey) on account he probably doesn’t want an English threat to Kattegat, leaving Aethelwulf and Ecbert no choice but to turn little Magnus out onto the street with nothing more than a lunch pail. My guess is this little boy will go on a big adventure, grow extremely bitter towards King Ecbert and come back as Jonathan Rhys Meyers, kicking royal arse left right and centre. But, in the mean time, Ragnar is also introduced to Judith’s (Jennie Jacques) son, Alfred. Ragnar doesn’t need to be told this boy is Athelstan’s son and I cry as he hugs him.

And then it is time to take about strategy, namely the manner in which Ragnar Lothbrok will kick the bucket. Ragnar wants King Ecbert to do it. Ecbert is a bit shirty about this, probably because he knows how many sons Ragnar has and just how much Vikings like to avenge the death of their beloved. Ragnar offers up another idea though. If King Ecbert is so kind as to send poor defenseless little Ivar safely home to Kattegat, he will get Ivar to tell his brothers that Ragnar’s death was entirely King Aelle’s (Ivan Kaye) fault, so when Ragnar’s sons come back to seek revenge (and they do, bringing the Great Heathen Army with them according to the Vikings stories), Ecbert will be safe from their wrath. While it isn’t revealed if King Ecbert is okay with this plan, the trailer for Episode 15 indicates he is totally up for it.

The question is though, will Ivar really tell his brothers it is just King Aelle’s fault? After all, he had to watch his father being beaten in this episode of Vikings.

What did you think of Episode 14 of Vikings? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

Vikings returns to History Channel with Episode 15 on December 28, Wednesday, at 9 p.m. ET.

The synopsis for Episode 15 (entitled “All His Angels”) according to the trailer is below.

“Ragnar and Ivar establish a new level of understanding while plotting against the Saxons.”

[Featured image via History]

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6 thoughts on “‘Vikings’ Season 4 Part 2: Episode 14 Recap, “In the Uncertain Hour Before the Morning”

  1. Pingback: ‘Vikings’ Season 4 Part 2: Episode 14 Recap, “In the Uncertain Hour Before the Morning” | Rachel Tsoumbakos

  2. I thought Ragnar was setting it up so he could kill King Aelle and Ivor could take out King Ecbert – wallah total victory. Very Ragnar. But the history suggests it will not go down this way, if a bloodthirsty revenge/invasion is still required.

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  3. Pingback: ‘Vikings’ Season 4 Part 2: Episode 15 Recap, “All His Angels” | The Snarking Dead TV Recaps

  4. Thanks for the link Rachel.
    I enjoyed the banter between King Ecbert and Ragnar, especially as we all know that they’re kindred spirits, but can we trust Ecbert?
    In this episode I became transfixed again by Ragnar’s facial expressions. How Travis Kimmel lives that part!

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