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Mercy 

Ragnar tells Floki he has to pay a heavy price for his actions. Rollo finds an ally in Count Odo. Bjorn Ironside finds more than he bargained for in the wilderness.

Director:

Ciaran Donnelly (as Ciarán Donnelly)

Writers:

Michael Hirst (created by), Michael Hirst
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Travis Fimmel ... Ragnar Lothbrok
Katheryn Winnick ... Lagertha
Clive Standen ... Rollo
Gustaf Skarsgård ... Floki
Alexander Ludwig ... Bjorn Lothbrok
Alyssa Sutherland ... Queen Aslaug
Ben Robson ... Kalf
Lothaire Bluteau ... Emperor Charles
Linus Roache ... King Ecbert
Amy Bailey ... Queen Kwenthrith
George Blagden ... Athelstan
Dianne Doan ... Yidu
Moe Dunford ... Aethelwulf
Maude Hirst ... Helga
Owen Roe ... Count Odo
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Bjorn continues his wilderness endurance brilliantly, killing a bear inc lose combat and ice-diving naked, unaware vindictive Erlendur and Kalf hired a berserker to kill him. Rollo almost grow desperate when wife Gisla publicly demands a divorce form the 'barabaric savage', yet is semi-appeased by the count with a monk as language teacher, but seems a nightmare pupil. Kings Ecbert and Ragnar both have dream apparitions of dead Athelstan. Judith is delighted with monk-illuminator Prudentius's lessons to mix pigments, gets Ecbert to agree to treat her 'as equal' when they become lovers again and welcomes Aethelwulf, who freed deposed Mercian queen Kwenthrith and her 'heir', Ragnar's bastard Magnus, confiding into her Alfred's biological father is Athelstan. A while after making Helga tell Floki their daughter died to complete his cave agony, Ragnar cuts him loose. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

3 March 2016 (USA) See more »

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If I Had a Heart
Written by Karin Dreijer Andersson
Performed by Fever Ray
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Things are going to change...
25 June 2016 | by tenshi_ippikiookamiSee all my reviews

In this episode not a lot happens, but what happens is quite important and will have repercussions in future episodes, as some plot developments are put in motion.

Floki has a new place to enjoy his imprisonment (under a never- ending falling of water drops in a cave). Rollo tries to learn "French". Bjorn tries not to be killed. Kalf has some secret plans of his own. And then all these people in Britain.

The show keeps its three plot-lines developing (in the North, in Britain and in France). It is pretty obvious they will all meet again, but for now they don't seem to have much relation one to the other. Some are more interesting than the others (Rollo as the odd-one-out is becoming a little bit repetitive, even if it is still funny to see him trying to be all royal), but in general the show does a great job in keeping the viewer interest in all the story lines.

It is also a less violent one than others, with more plotting on the sides than battles, but much of these plotting (quite a lot happening under sheets) will probably have future and dire consequences for some of the characters.

Having to churn out episodes makes sometimes for a little bit of filler (and this episode suffers from it). But in this case the filler is of quality and the viewer won't care much.


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