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The fifth season of the Vikings returns with a fuzzy rage



Katheryn Winnick as Lagertha, Alexander Ludwig as Bjorn
Photo: Jonathan Hession / History

"I do not want to leave my country and my home. I'm tired of fighting, and yet, let's go. Let's go to England. "

The Vikings was built on a rock. With Ragnar Lothbrok gone, The Vikings Michael Hirst, the creator of the brand, resists the surprise with his precarious panic with piles of small uneven stones. Eliminating some of the most heavily stuffed players from the overwhelming and exciting battle that formed the mid-season of Season 5 was a good dropping exercise against bad guys, even though the show was in dire need of cleanup. Halfdan died by the time he became his own character – even though his death was a necessary part of his evolution. The death of Astrid at the hands of Lagertha was a narrative killing, his nauseating loyalties and his multiple indignities went beyond ambiguity until somnolent incoherence. The poor warrior Snaefrid was surprised before the recording of her unsatisfactory marriage with Bjorn and the unfortunate Margrethe's journey, a promising and ambitious newcomer, as a perpetual toy, and her victim apparently lost her wits after the battle. (She spends almost the entire "Revelation" chained and recited in a pigsty.)

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Now, with Kattegat captured by Ivar and Harald (and Rollo lent Frankish troops and the perpetual Hvitserk deception), and Lagertha, Bjorn, Ubbe, Torvi, Heahmund and their handful of hidden supporters, the fifth season continues to seek the bottom of the Pebble. Ivar and Harald discuss his victory in Kattegat's main hall, culminating in Harald's loss of his brother, his wife, and his unborn child, all in one day, and that Ivar is happily pissing on the throne of Lagertha absent. Meanwhile, Lagertha, her whitish hair at the end of the fight, explains in the hiding place of his group what to do about the inevitable revenge of Ivar, while his lover, Heahmund, proposes to bring back the Nordic in England, where he assures them of his position and his favor. King Aethelwulf will protect them from harm.

All this table setting of the second half is shipped in The Vikings"Unhappy habit of the last days of exposure on stilts. This is an unfortunate trend that has become a crutch with the death of Ragnar, who seems to have taken with her the sometimes striking abilities of the visual narration without words. There are still a few small touches left: Ivar must interrupt his throne to take part in Harald's drunk toast on Ivar's ascent, clumsily placing his horn to drink under his chin as he searches with his junk. And he asks later that the "queen" be brought before him, revealing a tiny goat on which he is perched on the throbbing throne of Lagertha, so that everyone can laugh. Meanwhile, Lagertha's almost catatonic state after the defeat gave way to her fierce challenge as she summed up her seemingly untenable position by saying, "I refuse to accept that this is the end of my story. [. . .] I'm better than that. Yet for most of the episode, conflicts and actors are organized in the most uninteresting dialogue. "I have a feeling of inner emptiness," says Harald, while the love story of Lagertha and Heahmund staggered over dizzying exchanges over Hethault's chastity vows in England and her prosaic praises: "You are an incredible woman, Lagertha. We know it for ages, buddy.

Katheryn Winnick
Photo: Jonathan Hession / History

Fortunately, there is Rollo. Teasing at the end of the last episode, Duke Rollo finally arrives in Kattegat to greet his nephew and his new heavily indebted ally, Ivar. (Oh, and Hvitserk, I suppose.) Upon entering the Great Hall, Rollo explains the practical reasons why he decided to accompany his men to Norway before concluding with a wink: "J & I missed the old place. "Clive Standen only receives a" special appearance by "credit in" The Revelation ", and the way her story is told here suggests that it's an accurate description of its participation for the coming years. But it's a shame, because Rollen, the secret and always conflicting soul of Standen, is one of the The Vikings'The strongest pillars from the beginning. Although perpetual perfidy and the perfidy of Rollo's loyalty have sometimes left him a toy of the gods (or Hirst), Standen has always found the core of a man whose ambitions and heart at war leave him, always , the loser.

Clive Standen as Rollo
Photo: Jonathan Hession / History

And Rollo loses here too, even if his position does not seem to support the idea. Noble Frank, whose Nordic kingdom is now heavily in debt, Rollo is sitting royally among his nephews in the great hall he has coveted all his life. His conditions at Ivar for his help are extravagant and heavy, so his smile after the victory fades and he complains that Rollo is asking too much. "Because I'm able to do it," says Rollo smiling at his power-hungry nephew, being boasted earlier to Harald: "I rule over enough cities and lands to satisfy the ambitions of every man . "

But the ambitions of Rollo and his heart are simply not compatible, as we see again when he silently leads one of his soldiers to accompany him where he knows that Lagertha is hiding. (This is the same place they all ran after Jarl Borg's momentary success.) This is where Rollo comes in for Lagertha and Bjorn not to sail to England, but come back to Frankia with him. Lagertha and the furious Bjorn fear that Rollo, after allowing Ivar to usurp Kattegat's throne with his help, will come to offer them security and luxury in their defeat. But they should not be. Standen (finally detached from his Taken concert series) has always imbued the imposing Rollo with a heart-rending human desire that had less to do with power and wealth than with a confused and contradictory need for love and acceptance from his family, especially of Ragnar and Lagertha. And, as we discover in the great momentum of the episode at the major revelation of his title, Bjorn – who, according to Rollo, is actually his son with Lagertha.

Katheryn Winnick, Alexander Ludwig
Photo: Jonathan Hession / History

To know if this development works in the big bow of these characters, I am neither influenced nor angry. The Vikings has done a remarkable job in showing how Nordic conceptions of sexuality and monogamy are both fluid and realistic. Ragnar and Lagertha first invited the Athelstan captive monk to their bed, if you remember, and then more recently we saw brothers Ubbe and Hvitserk make a relatively civil polyamour arrangement regarding Ubbe's new wife, Margrethe. . So, the idea that Lagertha slept with the two brothers at the time of Bjorn's conception does not diminish any of the three, and perhaps even deepens Rollo's long desire for the woman who finally chose Ragnar , regardless of Bjorn's true kinship. It is deposited here, in fact, like a narrative bomb more than its characters see as when Bjorn, confronted with the claim of paternity of his treacherous uncle, scornfully spits out his knife sharpener and asks equally contempt to Rollo: "Who does it? I look more like a spirit and a principle? Later, the Bjorn stew prepares to kill the unprotected Rollo for his betrayals, then calms down, sneering, "You're not worth the time it takes to clean up the blood of my ax.

Alexander Ludwig as Bjorn Ironside
Photo: Jonathan Hession / History

When we see Rollo for the first time in "The Revelation", it appears that his black beard is the first sign of his age and decline. While he's still like a bear that's always been, Rollo's hooded silk walks with a jerk, breathes with wheezing and confesses that he's no longer allowed to ("I'm too.)" He smiled, as he sipped an unnamed potion in a crystal jar. This Rollo has become more successful in terms of notoriety, power, respect and wealth than what the brave young provocative Rollo could have imagined before Ragnar's more far-sighted ambitions opened up the world of the Vikings. But, as he finds here through the final rejection of Lagertha and Bjorn, he is lost. If Rollo really went back to Frankia and out of The Vikings for good, the show is the poorest.

Clive Standen
Photo: Jonathan Hession / History

Especially considering the intention of the series to make us love – again – England. (And about Floki's fundamentalist utopia, but we will succeed as sparse, sterile and unpromising narratives continue.) With Ferdia Walsh-Peelo stating that Alfred is assuming the throne of his dead father, The Vikings sets up a new series of You sleepEnglish-esque court intrigues as inelegant as possible. Alfred wants more defenses against the Scandinavian invasion (we see Danes getting confused by Alfred's warrior half-brother, Alfred's warrior), and that the church begins to educate the peasantry (which the clergy claim that he can command nothing). Oh, and Mom Judith (Jennie Jacques) wants him to produce heirs in the thick of life to consolidate his position, which leads Alfred, indifferent, to ask earnestly, "Can not we put walls before weddings?" With Lagertha and his companion company Heahmund (who learns, to his great sorrow, the death of benefactor Aethelwulf) in England, to be then presented to the court of Alfred in a cage, The Vikingsalso returns to the site of the weakest and most diffuse conflict. Will Heahmund choose Lagertha once back in England? Stay tuned, if that is your bag.

Ferdia Walsh-Peelo as King Alfred
Photo: Jonathan Hession / History

The same indifference greets the superficial return of Floki's story. Both his potential and his pilgrimage to the "land of the gods" with his anxious disciples must deepen the exploration of Floki's zealous love for his culture and religion, internal strife and stabbing (literals). who have marked this story remain painfully obvious. Offering to surrender as a sacrifice to the gods for his leadership failures, Floki's fate boils down to a dull vote between the two parties, settled when the son of the injured Eyvind's father draws the old switcheroo of last minute announcing, "I'm sorry Floki. . . but I must refuse your offer to sacrifice yourself. "I would like this branch of the main narrative to work as intended, as an examination of the cultural cul-de-sac promised by Floki's fundamentalism, but that's where The VikingsPropensity to lethargy has been most infected. Of course, Gustaf Skarsgård is still on his feet and he makes sure that Floki's first offer of sacrifice resonates with the deep sorrow of the mystic madman, lamenting: "Maybe we have proved once and for all that we can not do anything switch. . . that we are what we are. "This is how The Vikings continues to say that this may still be more than since the death of Ragnar Lothbrok.

Observations lost

  • I was impressed by the fact that Evyvind, amidst his idiotic speech, stammered that Floki has all led them to "this shitty place".
  • Edge-watch! Adam Copeland's fat Kjetill Flatnose joins with regret the sworn call of the enemy Eyvind to the death of Floki, the two sons of the man having fallen in the internal struggles of the colony. Honestly, the guy does a lot with the little he has given to do.
  • Ivar's frustrated ambitions are appeased by Freydis (Alicia Agneson), a former angel-like slave, who continues to congratulate Ivar for overcoming his deformity. It is essentially the arc to which Magrethe seemed destined. That's why we hope that Freydis's association with the unstable Ivar will be more fruitful for us all.
  • Oh, Margrethe is released from the clutches of Ivar by former lover Hvitserk in what promises to be a scenario that exists.
  • After the embarrassing pause caused by the fact that Harald killed Halfdan, Rollo offers lightly: "I've already tried to kill my brother.
  • Another blessed moment of lightness occurs when Lagertha, after Heahmund explained how to be a bishop, will mean that he can no longer live openly with Lagertha, tells him: "I hope that makes you sad."

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