Vikings (2013– )
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The Dead 

With one last chance to take Paris, Ragnar and his Viking troops take a daring chance. Ragnar asks Bjorn for a favor that could change the course of Viking history.


Ken Girotti


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
Alexander Ludwig ... Bjorn Lothbrok
Ben Robson ... Kalf
Lothaire Bluteau ... Emperor Charles
Maude Hirst ... Helga
Owen Roe ... Count Odo
John Kavanagh ... The Seer
Morgane Polanski ... Princess Gisla
Huw Parmenter ... Roland
Edvin Endre ... Erlendur
Frankie McCafferty ... Sinric
Laurence Foster ... French Archbishop


Emperor Charles sends Count Odo with the booty that was agreed to but a month later, the vikings have yet to leave. Odo learns that Ragnar is dying and that he would like to have a Christian burial. Ragnar's conversion to Christianity does not sit well with his warriors who all agree that he cannot continue as king now that he has rejected their gods but they are simply biding their time. When the day of Ragnar's funeral arrives, he is taken to the cathedral for the funeral mass. The vikings have a surprise in store for everyone. Written by garykmcd

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23 April 2015 (USA) See more »

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Actor Lothaire Bluteau is playing Emperor Charles - grandson of Charlemagne. The historical Charles the Bald's eldest brother was named Lothar. See more »


Princess Gisla is shown dining with a fork. Personal forks as table utensils were not introduced in Western Europe until the late 10th century and did not become widespread for many more years. See more »


Rollo: [Seated with his back at Ragnar's coffin, his voice low but clear] I have always resented you. It's true. I'm not denying it. I'm sorry your dead, but it happens to all of us, sooner or later. It's just funny that the gods took you first.
[His voice deepens with resentment]
Rollo: I always thought they favored you. You thought so, too.
[a small breathless laugh]
Rollo: It seems we were both mistaken.
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Episode Subtitle: Rollo Finds a Date for the Prom
14 October 2015 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

The ultimate test of a successful series is whether it stays with you long after the viewing is over.

By that measure, this EXTRAORDINARY series is one of the grandest and most delightful surprises of all time.

It came from humble beginnings, from a network that, not so long ago, was considered "daring" simply for dramatizing the story of the Hatfields and the McCoys.

My how far HISTORY has come! This series is not merely solid in its genre but in fact the casting, the acting, the writing, the direction, the sets -- are among the most engaging and most powerful ever to visit the medium.

Using my own test, I think I will always remember the first wobbly attack on England; the nasty politics with the former Earl; Ragnar's divorce and remarriage and ultimate reunion with his ex-wife ... for battle!; the strange (and never explained) visit to their village by a Norse God and ... of course ... the two attacks on Paris, the first magnificent but unsuccessful, the second less magnificent but successful.


This series was so strong that it elevated everyone associated with it. By happenstance, I caught a recent episode of POI that featured a guest spot by Katherine Winnick. So forgettable was she in that show that, were it not for the name, I would never have associated her with the role she played here. In VIKINGS, she developed a regal bearing and even the mannerisms befitting royalty, she stole every scene that was not nailed down ... and several that were.

A wonderful season-finale to one of the most astonishing shows of all time

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