‘Vikings’ Live to Fight Another Day

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[This is a review of ‘Vikings‘ season 2, episode 9. There will be SPOILERS.]


In the penultimate episode of the Vikings thrilling second season, entitled ‘The Choice,’ blood is spilt and old friends are reunited. With the finale on the horizon, it appears that Ragnar’s greatest challenge will come from within his own tribe.

This week featured several memorable scenes from both the people of Scandinavia, as well as those living in Wessex. Creator/executive producer Michael Hirst (The Tudors) continues to expand this fantastic world he has created, by using historical elements mixed in with some myth and legend to add flavor.

Vikings outshines itself yet again, by producing one of the best choreographed battle scenes this reviewer has ever seen on a television series. Sure, HBO giant Game of Thrones possesses the larger budget to have more special effects and extras, but History’s Vikings refuses to be intimidated. ‘The Choice,’ much like the season 2 premiere, keeps its battles intimate even on a large scale. Seeing the tired and battered faces of Ragnar, Lagertha, and Bjorn told you everything you needed to know without uttering a single word. Witnessing Rollo being nearly trampled to death by horses was difficult to endure. How much more suffering must he go through before his debt is paid? Fortunately, Rollo still has some fight in him, but will he be strong enough to help his brother?

Although brief, Ragnar’s reunion with Althestan was one of the more touching moments from this week’s episode. With so much war and death this season, it’s hard to remember that Ragnar, along with many of his men and women started off as farmers. Althelstan’s choice to return home with his friend was a welcomed sight; as King Horik and Floki continue to plot behind Ragnar’s back, our favorite blue-eyed viking will need all the help he can get.

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Back in Wessex, King Ecbert is beginning to be overshadowed by the beautiful Princess Kwentrith. Upon first seeing Ragnar, it appeared as if she wanted to devour him right then and there. Her sexual appetites aside, the lovely princess could potentially be more dangerous than Ecbert, as her ambitions are as far-reaching as the Mercia crown. Not to bore anyone with a short history lesson, but Mercia was the largest of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms between the years 600-900 AD. There was a Viking invasion, but how that will play out on this series, only Mr. Hirst knows for sure. Vikings is based on certain historical events, but it’s important to keep in mind that this is still a one-hour drama series, so the final outcome is anyone’s guess.

The chess board is set, as King Horik looks for a strategy to end the man who would be king’s reign. It’s fitting that season 2 should end with a small internal conflict, as opposed to some epic battle we all see coming from a mile away. Like any good soap opera, “who will betray whom” becomes the central question. Siggy will most likely be the wild card in this final endeavor. Will she remain loyal to Rollo and help him protect his brother, or will she look to secure her place in history by aligning herself with Horik and Floki?

It’s difficult to deny that Vikings has flourished in its sophomore season, due in large part to the superb writing from the talented Michael Hirst. Only he decides who will survive to see season 3. Stay tuned to find out what will happen next.


Vikings continues with ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ next Thursday @10pm on History.

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  1. I am loving this season. Everything is being set up rather nicely. The writing has been top notch this season and the addition to Horik makes this series a “must see”. It seems like the timeline of this show is starting to pick up and I wonder if the show would still go forward when Ragnar meets his fate. Will we see another timeline leap next season and a grown up Ivar? My hype level for this show is just starting to grow with each episode

    • Couldn’t agree with you more Jared. I’m also enjoying Alexander Ludwig’s portrayal of Bjorn. He’s been a good addition to the show.

  2. I absolutely agree with the reviewer that battle scene was executed perfectly. I really could sense how much the topography of the land and Ecbert’s strategy played into the battle. I like how Ecbert learns battle strategy from reading old Roman manuscripts. I forget sometimes that this show takes place during the dark ages and soo much knowledge has been lost.

  3. Eventhough I wished it had more nudity in it; Vikings is by far my favorite series ( Next to Arrow) on television today. The writing really have been fantastic. It keeps you guessing and I am almost afraid floki is going to betray Ragnar or even attempt to hurt bjorn. Can’t believe it’s the last episode next week. It feels like the season just started. I say a longer 3rd season is in order.

    • This show is what GoT should try to be, you can show skin without being crude.

  4. This season is playing out perfectly. It is said that the great Michael Hirst may alter history because of fan base and ratings, which I am OK with. By far the best show on TV. I hope Ragnar, Lagertha, Born, Rollo (tough as nails) and his loyalists can overcome this attack, hopefully Floki will wise up and give Horik the blood eagle, that would be awesome. On the flip side, if Ragnar can see this coming and prevent it, what a great way to start off season 3. Athelston returns with the knowledge on how Eckberts strategies defrayed the Vikings giving Ragnar the upper hand. I can’t imagine the show going on without our favorite blue eyed descendent of Odin. I can see season 3 having Ragnar as King and Athelston informing him of Mercia and it’s riches. So many ways to move forward with the show. I love the thrill and unpredictability. Go Vikings and take over Mercia!! Can’t wait for the finale to play out…