Here TV critics Ernie Estrella and April Neale resume their discussion about this beloved dramatic series created by Michael Hirst and starring Katheryn Winnick as Lagertha, who appears to have numbered days left thanks to the insane, youngest son of Queen Aslaug, Ivar the Boneless played by Alex Høgh Andersen.
Ivar is hellbent on avenging his mother’s murder by killing Ragnar’s first and favored wife, now Queen Lagertha of Kattegat. Blood was spilled in the fields as Vikings clashed through the entire episode.
Casualties were plenty, but only a handful to the featured ensemble cast. If there were a victor this round, it would soundly go to Ivar, who forced Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) and Lagertha to retreat.
As we wait for the second half of the season, we will have much to mull over as the surviving characters lick their wounds.
But we must also consider an unexpected wildcard. Which way will the returning Viking, Rollo go? Now a Christian with an enormous Franc army at his command, his allegiance to Ivar instead of Bjorn on this Viking divide has us wondering what Hirst has up his sleeve for the return of History’s epic series that vexingly seems to be ignored at TV award times. But not by us:
Ernie Estrella: What did you think of the method at which Michael Hirst decided to tell this story with the flashbacks and disorienting the viewer with what they saw in their minds as they wandered off vs. what was really happening? I loved the war drums, and the rhythmic beat in the first half of the episode which also served as the time stamp to show who was doing what prior to battle.