Firstly, over in England, it seems Queen Kwenthrith (Amy Bailey) and her viking son, Magnus, has gotten herself in a spot of bother. Who knew that poisoning your brother in season 3 of Vikings could cause so much trouble? Anyway, it seems the people of Mercia don’t think Kwenthrith has a legitimate claim to the throne so have taken her prisoner.
Luckily though, a guard knows where the tower is in which she is being held captive. Surprisingly, it is also not a trap and King Ecbert (you know, the one who keeps putting his heir into danger so he can bang his son’s wife?) sends his son, Aethelwulf (Moe Dunford) to rescue her.
A fairly drawn out battles ensues in which Kwenthrith gets to show of her awesomeness and Aethelwulf can display his fighting prowess. Long story short, Kwenthrith gets rescued and I’m pretty sure she will be ever so thankful to Aethelwulf. The only question is–will he return her advances?So what of King Ecbert (Linus Roache) while his son is away and his son’s wife, Judith (Jennie Jacques) is all on her lonesome?
Well, without wasting any time, Ecbert tries a different tactic to get Judith into his bed. It’s called the “You’re a free woman (just kidding, no your not)” tactic and it works most excellently after he gets Judith enrolled as a painter of the holy texts (a task that is forbidden for women).
Even though Helga (Maude Hirst) says she wouldn’t help Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) escape in Episode 1 of Vikings, somehow Floki has escaped and he is now trying to evade the vikings of Kattegat. He spends a lot of time in Episode 2 running and then some time hiding under the water until Ubbe (Luke Shanahan) spies him and Kattegat’s first official game of hide and seek is over. Now Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) really does need to deal with Floki.
And deal with him he does. Using a torture borrowed from the viking sagas, Ragnar ties Floki up in a cave, just like what happened to the god Loki. But, instead of the venom of a snake dripping down on his head to drive him mad, it’s water dripping.And Floki must be strung up for quite some time because–even with Ragnar’s best intentions–his utterance of “Winter is coming” does the exact same thing it does in Westeros: causes misery. As a result, Floki’s child to Helga, Angrboda (Rosalie Connerty), dies and Helga is left to bury their daughter.
Somewhere in the Wilderness
So Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) is finding it much harder than you think a viking would to survive in the wilderness. Apparently something is stealing all the food from his traps. Eventually he manages to catch some fish and this storyline lives to see another week. SIDE NOTE: Still no siting of the bear Entertainment Weekly teased us with a while back.
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) January 15, 2016
It seems everyone is hiding from Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) this week so no penises were harmed in the making of this episode.
Meanwhile, all the good stuff is happening in Paris in Episode 2 of Vikings. Remember that random 50 shades scene in season 3 of Vikings? It turns out there was a (tentative) reason for that. It seems the noblewoman, Therese (Karen Hassan), is merely playing the part in order to extract information from Count Odo (Owen Roe) for her darling husband who is totally all “I’m so sorry this is happening to you. JK, now go do it again.” It looks like Count Odo (Owen Roe) could very well get a figurative taste of his own lashings at some point in season 4 of Vikings.
And what of Rollo (Clive Standen)? Well, after he burnt a bridge by killing all the remaining vikings in Episode 1, he then goes on to burn another bridge by explaining just how to defeat any vikings that may return to raid Paris further on in season 4. This will not end well, I could see it already, even before Travis Fimmel revealed there would be an epic brawl between Rollo and Ragnar at some point in season 4 of Vikings.As well as burning bridges, Rollo also has time for a makeover. Unfortunately it has the opposite effect on his darling wife to what he expected. And Gisla (Morgane Polanski) laughed and laughed at his stupid hair and fancy pants. What did you think of episode 2 of Vikings? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below.
Vikings returns to History Channel with episode 3, entitled “Mercy” on Thursday, February 25, at 10 p.m. ET.
You can read my recap of Episode 3 here.
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- SEASON PREMIERE: Vikings, Season 4, Episode 1: “A Good Treason” (thesnarkingdeadrecaps.wordpress.com)