‘Vikings’ Prepare to Invade England

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[This is a review of Vikings season 2, episode 2. There will be SPOILERS.]

There is a pattern emerging in the early stages of Vikings’ sophomore season. The pattern unflinchingly examines loyalty, honor, and what it means to “truly” love someone. All the power in Scandinavia is up for grabs, but who will emerge victorious?

The decision to jump ahead four years after last week’s premiere was a bold move on the part of creator/executive producer Michael Hirst (The Tudors). Lagertha and Bjorn’s presence was missed, yet the strong ensemble cast proved itself worthy by delivering a barrage of stellar performances. ‘Invasion’ may be the title of this week’s episode, however, ‘Allegiance’ would have been a more suitable description for what took place in one of the series best hours to date.

After spending an entire season with Largertha, it was perplexing to see Princess Aslaug by Ragnar’s side in the Great Hall. There is no doubt that the daughter of Brynhildr is a formidable figure. Actress Alyssa Sutherland (The Devil Wears Prada) uses her model-like stature and captivating eyes to appear almost mythical. If ancient mythology is to be believed, then Alsaug’s mother is a Valkyrie, while her father slayed dragons. There are moments when the lovely princess seems out of place, like she doesn’t belong with the rest of Ragnar’s people. Is it possible that she is more than what she appears? What will her prophecies mean for Ragnar and his unborn son?

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Rollo is perhaps the most important person in Ragnar’s life. Watching the great warrior laying on the frozen earth among the filth was a sad sight. He has paid for his sins, but as Ragnar reminds him, his suffering is noting compared to what others have lost due to his treachery. Rollo’s quest for redemption will be a hard one, but he is the only character who truly loves Ragnar beyond question. All brothers fight… Don’t they?   

The emphasis and importance of Rollo’s affection for his sibling is crucial, due to everyone else’s lack of loyalty. Let’s go through the list of players who are most likely to turn on Ragnar. Lagertha has already left with Bjorn, who probably still harbors resentment for Ragnar’s actions towards her. Princess Aslaug, while married to the Earl, may not have his best interests at heart. Her prophetic messages to her husband are foreboding, lacking any kind of warmth and care for her family. She is loyal for now, but one has to wonder where she will place her allegiance when times are tough? Siggy is another power player, who is willing to do anything to secure her place back at the top of the political food chain. Like Aslaug’s love for Ragnar, her love for Rollo is based on personal gain. These people are not devoid of love, but the enticing allure of prestige calls to them all.

Even as Ragnar’s men and women invade Wessex, it appears that this season of Vikings, for better or worse, will be about trust. Ragnar is in a difficult position, not only from this new Wessex King who Athelstan says is “just like him,” but from back home as well. Can Ragnar survive a war on two fronts, or will his “friends” get the better of him in the end?


Vikings continues with ‘Treachery’ next Thursday @10pm on History.





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  1. Hi guys,love the site but will you please stop putting spoilers in the headlines for this show{even if it is a historical fact}cheers.

    • Weirdly, I missed the big “spoiler” tag in the description and thought “at last, they’re bringing the show to UK television screens!”

    • The episode is called “Invasion” and the entire series revolves around invading England, get a clue dude.

      • @house Baggins
        Yes it does genius {AGAIN-historical fact duh} but I dont want to know what episode it happens in! and who cares if its called invasion, go back to the shire Baggins.

        • It probably happens in the episode titled “Invasion”.

        • Come to think of it, there’s probably going to be some “Treachery” in the next episode.

          • There is ha ha good on

            there’s morons in it too.

          • your too clever for us Chance,well done!

  2. Loved the episode except for the random refusal of Jarl Borg. Seems forced to make another plot point even if it is historically accurate(?). Ragnar’s great speech in ep.1 is essentially rendered meaningless. Why not have two fleets planning to land in two different places rather than refusing able bodies?

    • Any historical accuracy on the part of Ragnar is contingent upon which exploits are actually attributed to six other individuals outside of the legend. I don’t know why people attempt to confine the exploits within shows like these to events that occurred in one of the worst record-keeping eras in humanities history, some of which even actal historians can’t even agree on.

      I just choose to enjoy the show.

        • Not at all, but when historians have been able to attribute some of Ragnar’s mythological exploits to one of six different historical figures who are not Ragnar and some of those exploits (including events in the show) are known to be some 40 years apart, it means not taking any implied “accuracy” within the show too seriously.

          It’s kind of like Hirst’s The Tudors show, where some people were merged into one person on the show (Henry’s sisters come to mind, Mary and Margaret, having been merged into the Margaret character but the character arc has Mary’s historical background).

          The chief difference with this show over that one is that the story of Ragnar is highly mythological, one historians can’t even agree on, and this gives the Vikings series a wide berth to play in.

  3. Wahh I’m reading a review and it has spoilers? Like are you guys serious watch the damn episode first then read these things I swear people on the web just like to complain.

    • As you complain?

      • Pointing something out isn’t complaining even if I sound like I don’t like it smart guy

  4. Have only seen a few minutes of this show, and have it now requested on my Netflix list. I have heard good things about it, and The History Channel usually tries to do a good job (for instance, The Hatfields and The McCoys, an excellent example). I think I will probably enjoy this. My ancestors on my dad’s side came from Denmark a couple generations ago, and my ancestors on my mom’s side came from Scotland, England, and Wales, so we are talking a good area of the world for my purposes to see a historical drama about.

  5. i don’t trust Princess Aslaug…i want more Lagertha and her shield making a$$

  6. Yeah Len just stop while you’re ahead bud lol