Now, it is a good thing Lagertha has started building defenses around Kattegat, however, it probably would have been better is she had taken over Kattegat earlier because now Egil (Charlie Kelly) is working together with King Harald Finehair (Peter Franzen) to find all the weaknesses.
While Finehair is away with the Great Heathen Army, Episode 19 sees Egil attack Kattegat, sending in a decoy group while he attacks from further within Kattegat. Egil seems to think he knows all of Lagertha’s defenses, yet, she still has a few tricks up her sleeves and brings him down while Torvi (George Hirst) deals with the decoy. Unfortunately, this does not end well for Torvi, although she does appear to take a shallow breath there, so perhaps she isn’t really dead. In the meantime, Lagertha tortures Egil until he lets up that Finehair is behind all this.
Episode 18 of Vikings saw the death of King Aelle (Ivan Kaye). However, his badly injured Bishop manages to make it to Wessex to alert King Ecbert (Linus Roache) and his son, Aethelwulf (Moe Dunford), that they are fucked.
Ecbert does what he normally does, which is send his son — and heir — into danger.
The Great Heathen Army
There are a few important things to note involving characters within the Great Heathen Army in tonight’s episode of Vikings.
Helga (Maude Hirst) ended up joining the group. Her adopted orphan is still not settling into the Viking life and Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) has to track her down when she escapes. Floki seems to understand the poor girl better than Helga and I am sure no good will come of all this.
Harald Finehair admits to his brother, Halfdan the Black (Paakkonen), that maybe he should have killed Princess Ellisif (Sophie Vavasseur) in the last episode of Vikings. He tries to fix the problem by apologising to Ellisif and then killing her husband.
As expected, this makes Ellisif nervous enough to try and bullshit her way out of the situation. She tells Harald that she only ever loved him anyway and tries to seduce him. By try, I mean Harald jumps on her as soon as he realises what is going on. Luckily, Halfdan is a creeper and watching everything unfold because Harald is thinking with his downstairs brain and nearly gets himself stabbed. Halfdan steps in and kills Ellisif before she can kill Harald. Now, the only question is, will Harald continue on with this ploy to take over Kattegat and still try to become the king of all Norway now his princess is dead?
So, for history buffs, the mention of Repton is exciting as this is the place where there has been archaeological proof of the Great Heathen Army.
The Vikings and the Saxons are in this general area, setting up to Ragnar’s revenge. Ragnar’s sons, in between organising the upcoming battle, are busying squabbling over who should be boss. Ivar (Alex Hogh) insists he should be because that is what Ragnar wanted. However, all the boys know Ivar was the last son asked to accompany Ragnar back to England, so his argument is invalid. He does, however, have an interesting battle strategy that Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) is hesitantly interested in.
Finally, the game plan is set and the Saxons approach. The Vikings square up against them but, before the Saxon’s have a chance to attack, or vice versa, the Vikings retreat back behind the hill. Using Ivar’s plan, the Vikings use the landscape to confuse the hell out of the Saxons. Several times they appear, only to disappear again, rounding up behind the Saxons and presenting again.
Eventually Aethelwulf gets sick of this strategy and decides to retreat and head onto Repton where the Vikings have their longships moored. He plans to take out the ships so the Vikings can’t escape.
Of course, this is exactly what Ivar the Boneless wanted them to do. Episode 19 concludes with the Vikings finally attacking the Saxons proper.What did you think of Episode 19 (titled “On The Eve”) of Vikings? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!
Vikings returns to History Channel with the Season 4 finale, Episode 20, on Wednesday, February 1, at 9 p.m. ET.
According to History Channel’s schedule, Episode 20 of Vikings will be titled “On The Eve.” The synopsis for this episode as follows.
“Prince Aethelwulf finds himself subject to the Vikings’ battle master plan. Ecbert remains behind with a plan of his own.”
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