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The Usurper 

The fleet returns to Kattegat to discover tragic circumstances await.


Helen Shaver


Michael Hirst (created by), Michael Hirst




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Travis Fimmel ... Ragnar Lothbrok
Katheryn Winnick ... Lagertha
Clive Standen ... Rollo
Gustaf Skarsgård ... Floki
George Blagden ... Athelstan
Alexander Ludwig ... Bjorn Lothbrok
Alyssa Sutherland ... Aslaug
Ben Robson ... Kalf
Linus Roache ... King Ecbert
Moe Dunford ... Aethelwulf
Maude Hirst ... Helga
Gaia Weiss ... Porunn
Jennie Jacques ... Judith
John Kavanagh ... The Seer
Michael Hough ... Warrior #2


Ragnar and his followers return to Kattegat and learns that, while his sons survived falling through the ice, Siggy died saving them. Helga tells Floki about the Wanderer who visited them and seduced Auslag. Ragnar decides that they will attack Paris. Lagertha learns that Kalf has taken over her Earldom and demands Ragnar's aid in regaining what is hers. She returns to Hedeby but gets little satisfaction. Rollo consults the Seer who tells him that he has a great future ahead of him. Porenn is ashamed of her scars and doesn't want to be seen. In Wessex, Judith longs for the absent Athelstan and tells Aethelwulf that she is pregnant. The new Viking settlement comes under attack but King Ecbert is determined to keep the peace and sends Aethewulf to protect the Northmen. Aethelwulf has something else in mind. Written by garykmcd

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19 March 2015 (USA) See more »

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Rollo: [Viciously rubbing the wrist bearing the bracelet signifying fealty to Ragnar] Ragnar was always chosen over me. By my father. And my mother. And by Lagertha. Why would I not want to betray him? Why would I not want to scream at him saying, I am alive, too! It doesn't matter what I do. Ragnar is my father. He is my mother. He is Lagertha. Siggy. He is *everything* I cannot do. Everything I cannot be. I love him. He is my brother. He has taken me back. But, I am so angry. *Why* am I still so ...
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5 October 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

While returning to Kattegat, Ragnar asks Athelstan how Paris is. Floki hates the Christians and Athelstan. When they arrive, Torstein's widows learn that he is dead and Rollo that Siggy died. He blames himself for treating her badly and becomes drunken and self-destructive. Bjorn beats Rollo that is risking to be murdered. Ragnar presses Auslaag to know why she was not with their children. In the end she tells about Harbard while Helga tel what happened to Kloki that believes he is Odin. Lagherta learns that Kalf has self-proclaimed Earl. Judith tells Aethelwulf that she is pregnant and he knows that he can not be the father. King Ecbert summons his son to hear a man from the Nordic settlement that explains that a farm was burnt by Christians and Ecbert asks his son to end with the conflict. What will Aethelwulf do? Meanwhile Ragnar informs that they will attack Paris.

"The Usurper" is another great episode of Vikings full of betrayals and with a huge surprise in the end. The reaction of Ragnar toward Kalf and Lagherta is very deceptive and the viewers would have expected another attitude from him. Another good question is what Aethelwulf will do with Judith and her baby. It is difficult to see him forgiving his wife. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "The Usurper"

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