Vikings Season 3 Recap – Episode 6: Born Again

Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), Athelstan (George Blagden) and Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) star in Episode 6 (entitled Born Again) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings


As the title suggests, this entire episode was an ode to all things religious and what men will do under the banner of it. Here’s what went down in Episode 6 (entitled Born Again) Season 3 of History Channel’s Vikings:


VERY bad things. For starters, Lady Judith (Jennie Jacques) gets called om her infidelity and loses an ear in the process before she fesses up to Althelstan (George Blagden) being her baby’s daddy. Not sure what game King Ecbert (Linus Roache) is playing, but he manages to convince his son, Aethelwulf (Moe Dunford), that Athelstan is a pious man and the child must have been conceived by the grace of God. The child will now be christened Alfred, and, if the history books are anything to go by, it will be this child who grows up to be Alfred the Great, the king who managed to repel the vikings.

As for the other bad thing, I’ll get to that…


Considering this episode has time jumped enough for Judith to birth her baby, that also means it is time for Þórunn (Gaia Weiss) to have her baby. While her and Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig) are still suffering as a result of Þórunn’s battle scar issues (really, lovie, what did you think battle was about – swinging axes and drinking ale?), they are still happy to see the safe arrival of their daughter. Bjorn promptly names her Siggy in honour of the woman that saved his brothers lives while forsaking her own. So now Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) is feeling like shit and Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) is rubbing that shit in her face some more as a result.


Ragnar is getting ready to go to Paris so it is time for Kalf (Ben Robson) to turn up with a mane of hair that makes his name look even more ridiculous. He has finally revealed his hand to Ragnar also, bringing along both Erlendur (Edvin Endre) and Torvi (Georgia Hirst) which, naturally, throws off Ragnar and you can just see his mind ticking over at how he will kill before Erlendur, inevitably, kills him – because that’s just how vikings roll…

Oh, and Torvi, she is totally getting lucky with Bjorn which will muddy the waters even more if she gets pregnant to him.

Kalf and Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) are still playing that awkward ‘will they, won’t they’ game and my prediction is they will end up marrying rather than fighting over their earldoms.


While Aethelwulf did his best to eradicate the entire viking settlement in Britain last week – naturally, one person survived to tell the tale. He has made it back and spilled the beans to Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) who then goes all religious fevour on Ragnar’s arse (but more on that later). Ragnar fixes the problem by killing the poor sole survivor to keep the secret safe – for now. But just how quiet will Floki keep on the matter? Only time will tell.


Actually, this can be broken up into the two sections: the bit where Athelstan dies and the bit where I am so conflicted because one of my fave characters kills another of my fave characters and now I am as shitty as hell at Floki for making me feel this way!

So Athelstan, after all his religious see-sawing, goes and gets all born again. And for anyone who has ever come across a born againer, you know just how annoying they can be. In his excitement, Athelstan tells Ragnar about his new religious fevour status and immediately starts to try and convert Ragnar. This is hilarious thanks to Ragnar totally not getting half of what Athelstan is saying: “What do you mean born again? Like a baby?” But then Ragnar gets all serious when Athelstan says he will be leaving Kattegat and confessing his love for the priest and there is a whole heap of manly love going on in the room and this is the point when I just know Floki is going to kill Athelstan.

While Athelstan is getting born again in his faith, the viking equivalent, Floki, is getting confirmation from his gods that any religion is capable of murder in the name of religion. While the vikings did it first, it is still a shock when Floki and Athelstan confront each other with their equally unyielding beliefs. While Floki feels the need to kill the offending religion, Athelstan chooses to be a martyr and die for his faith.

So Floki slays Athelstan. <insert bawling and howling at the TV here>

Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) stars in EPisode 6 (entitled Born Again) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings


Ragnar does the right thing and takes Athelstan’s body off to bury in the ground as per his beliefs, because even though these two men completely believe in their faiths, their friendship is actually beyond what religion can tear down. And this is why I think Athelstan’s demise was wrong for this series. Not because he is one of my favourite characters, but because he is the sound board  between the two sides and the reason why we question what occurs on this show. Without Athelstan, it will be more Christians vs. Vikings and less of those delicious grey areas in between.

Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) buries Athelstan (George Blagden) in Episode 6 (entitled Born Again) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings

Anyway, so Ragnar buries Athelstan and I am crying all over again because Ragnar totally gets that while his faith and Athelstan’s both believe in an afterlife, it is highly unlikely they will ever meet up again after their lives are finished.

What did you think of Episode 6 of Vikings? Let me know your thoughts by commenting below!

And, just because this bit was hilarious, and the very end of this episode was so wrought with grief, here’s Ragnar getting woken up:

Ragnar gets woken up in Episode 6 (entitled Born Again) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings


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YA Spring Fling Giveaway Blitz


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From March 20th to April 3rd, over 70 authors come together to give away hundreds of books. The YA Spring Fling is an opportunity for readers to find new books, new authors and take part in something very special. Here is a sneak peek of some of the books involved in the giveaway.

All are featured in the YA Spring Fling giveaway. Click here to win free books! Or, alternatively, click on the image below:

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Strikers by Ann Christy

One hundred and twelve years after the fall, the Republic of Texas is built on two foundations: total freedom and total responsibility. A law broken means a strike against the lawbreaker. Five strikes means execution. The only hope for the law breaker is to escape Texas—to go Striker—before justice comes for them. Now, it’s Karas and friends who must Strike or die.

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 Bristles by Donna Callea

 Humiliated, subjugated and dubbed Bristles by her stepmother, Bryssa yearns to be free. But fleeing the dystopian city-state of Erba to seek her late mother’s magical homeland means leaving behind the boy who loves her, bristles and all.  And returning means putting everything she’s gained at risk.

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 Outage by Ellisa Barr

 After a terrorist attack destroys the U.S.’s power and communication grids, 15-year-old Dee must learn to survive despite disease, lawlessness, and the end of the world as she knows it.  Written for all fans who love apocalypse stories, Outage mixes useful survival tips with an action-packed story.

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 Meritropolis by Joel Ohman

 In Meritropolis everyone is assigned a numerical Score that decides their worth to society and whether they live or die. After a young boy is killed because of a low Score, his brother plots to take down the System.

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 The Breeders by Katie French

 Sixteen-year-old Riley Meemick is one of the world’s last free girls. When Riley was born, her mother escaped the Breeders, the group of doctors using cruel experiments to bolster the dwindling human race. Now they’re hunting Riley.

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 Helia’s Shadow by KC Neal

 When the aliens arrived, they were hailed as the saviors of a dying Earth and dwindling human race. But the aliens didn’t come to help. Now, one human girl’s ingenious invention and one alien boy’s awakened heart are humanity’s last hope.

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 Daynight by Megan Thomason

 Meet The Second Chance Institute: Earth’s benevolent non-profit by day, Thera’s totalitarian regime by night. Optioned for film; award-winning, bestseller. “Sure to win over YA readers looking for a dangerous, dystopian adventure story.”–Kirkus Reviews

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 Contributor, Infiltrator and Instigator by Nicole Ciacchella

When 17-year-old Dara learns she’s been chosen for an elite apprenticeship, she’s thrilled at the chance to prove herself. Until she realizes a horrible truth: once you’ve outlived your usefulness as a Contributor, you’re discarded.

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 The Blemished: Complete Boxed Set by Sarah Dalton

 A beautiful world comes at a price…

The Blemished is a frightening take on a fractured future where the Genetic Enhancement Ministry have taken control of Britain. It will take you on a ride filled with adventure, romance and rebellion.

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 Night of the Purple Moon by Scott Cramer

 Abby is looking forward to watching the moon turn purple, unaware that bacteria from a passing comet will soon kill off older teens and adults. She must help her brother and baby sister survive in this new world, but all the while she has a ticking time bomb inside of her–adolescence.

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 Outside by Shalini Boland

A post-apocalyptic romance thriller.

The world of the future is divided by Perimeters: high-security gated communities where life goes on as normal. If you’re inside you’re lucky, if you’re outside life expectancy takes a nose dive.

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 The City Center by Simone Pond

Book one kicks off Ava’s journey as she fights for independence from her nemesis, Chief Morray, the tyrannical leader of multiple city centers that breed and control human life.

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The Plantation Series: Books 1-3 by Stella Samiotou Fitzsimmons

 In a world come to an end, one girl and one ragtag group of teen slaves find each other in the dark woods. They plan to make a stand.

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 The Engine Driver by Tracy Marchini

Sixteen-year-old Brig has never been allowed to hear a sad song in her entire life.

Like everyone else in her community, the personal Playlist Treatment Plan that plays in her head is designed to control her emotions – from when she’s happy or sad, to when she falls in love. But for Brig, who suffers from depression, a song in a minor key will never be played.

When her friend, Annaby, is chosen to go to Musician’s School and is given a Permit to Carry a musical instrument, Brig knows that she has just this one chance to hear a sad song, a love song – or a song that matches what her depression feels like, instead of what her feelings should be.

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 The Torturer’s Daughter by Zoe Cannon

 Becca has never questioned what she’s learned in Citizenship class: dissidents want to tear the country apart, and people like her mother are the only thing keeping them at bay. Until her mother executes Becca’s best friend’s parents as dissidents, and Becca learns a secret that changes everything….

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 Qualify: The Atlantis Grail, Book One by Vera Nazarian

In 2047 an asteroid is hurtling toward Earth, and the descendants of ancient Atlantis have returned from the stars to offer humanity help. But they can only save a tiny percent of Earth’s teen population. To be chosen, you must Qualify, or you die. Sixteen-year-old Gwen Lark is a klutzy nerd but determined to Qualify and rescue her entire family by competing in the brutal Games of the Atlantis Grail — against impossible global competition—including sexy Logan Sangre. A high-octane dystopian SF teen adventure.

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Mixed Bag of Tricks: Book Sale & Giveaway Event

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Welcome to the Mixed Bag of Tricks Facebook event! All books on offer during this event will be on sale for only 99 cents. It runs all day on April 1st 2015 (Central Time) and the titles on offer will include a mixed bag of genres for you to choose from.

Some of you may have participated in some of my earlier Facebook events (you can find info on these previous events here and here), so will know what to expect, but for the newbies, here’s a rundown:

  • All books on offer will be 99 cents
  • Readers can mingle with the participating authors
  • There are a whole pile of giveaways on offer
  • A party play list will run through the event with songs being picked by both the participating authors and readers
  • Q&A’s on all authors participating
  • Excerpts from the advertised novels
  • And much, much more!

To participate in this awesome event, all you need to do is join up now on the Mixed Bag of Tricks event page on Facebook. You can do that by clicking here. I can’t wait to see you all there – and don’t forget to bring your friends too :-D

Here’s a sneak peek at the books on offer:

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Peek into the mind and dreams of award winning editor and author Jennifer Brozek. Travel from the weird west to the hidden worlds of Kendrick all the way to the far reaches of space. This collection contains twenty previously published short stories and includes the brand new Kember Empire story “Found on the Body of a Solider.” Enjoy your journey and don’t forget your survival gear. Apocalypse Girl is waiting.

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Step into the world of the Under-Circus, where the greatest show on earth is held. The troupe performs death-defying feats because the members of this particular circus are already dead. But herein lies a land of second-chances for those who have left this life with their souls hanging in a precarious balance. Come meet the mysterious Ringmaster who chooses which souls may have a second chance at redemption in his exotic circus.

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Hidden powers. Otherworldly boyfriends. FORBIDDEN SECRETS.

For Aislinn Moore, attending college at seventeen isn’t a big deal. Not when compared to the difficulties associated with seeing ethereal beings and having prophetic dreams.

As Aislinn learns to surmount the obstacles of her talents, she awakens something inside herself—an ancient memory, long forgotten. She senses there are reasons for her gifts, but remains unable to understand them.

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When the world is ending and monsters of myth and legend roam the land there is only one person the human race can count on to stand on our side.


From his fortress deep in the arctic Frank gathers the information needed to determine the threats facing the world. Contacting friends and colleagues from his centuries of life he prepares to ride out the storm of death and chaos. But when the only person in the entire world he loves contacts him and asks for help he has no choice but to act.

What else would a monster in love do?

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A plague is sweeping the globe, the Infected lay waste to all in their path, in their desperate bid to satisfy the ravaging hunger that slowly eats away at them. A team of elite Soldiers run by the British Royal Family and aided by their compatriots from around the world, are all that stands between it and the complete annihilation of not only Great Britain but ultimately all mankind. Will they stem the tide of blood threatening to drown the world, or like every one else will they end up Designated Infected.

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Larundel – A place plagued by lost souls.

A ring that has claimed a few of them.

And a woman who is about to collide with a world she has forgotten about.

When an abandoned mental asylum is set to be redeveloped, sinister events unfold in the community surrounding it.

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The collected works of horror, apocalyptic fiction, and stream-of-consciousness prose by Suzi M., XIRCON, James Glass, and Mr. Ministry

There are 16 works of flash and novella-length fiction that range from zombies, vampires, and demons to monsters under the bed and murderous goldfish.

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The virus spreads. Society collapses. His friends go missing. Other friends attack him. Martha, Wheelman’s Shar Pei, is his only companion. Together, they leave Southern California in Wheelman’s battle modified tractor trailer and journey north, prepared for survival. Encounters with the infected, almost too much for a combat hardened Marine to take, face them at every turn. As the tragedies mount, Wheelman must put all his training to use to keep his beloved dog and him safe.

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Desolation: 21 Tales for Tails is a collection of dark speculative fiction whose stories all focus on themes of loneliness, isolation, and abandonment. Enter into strange worlds envisioned by some of the most inventive authors writing today.

A portion of the proceeds of each sale of Desolation: 21 Tales for Tails benefits the Last Day Dog Rescue Organization.

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When Demie eludes a supernatural abduction, her younger sister is taken instead. The teenager escapes into an alternate universe to find that she is stuck with divorced parents, a reputation for being crazy and that her sister was never even born.

Consumed by guilt and determined to regain her sister, nothing prepares the girl for the moment when her consciousness is thrust into Panchala, the online Hindu MMORPG game world where her sister was taken. There, Demie meets Princess Draupadi, who is not just a guide and the key to finding her sister, but is Demie’s only friend.

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One bite starts it all . . .

When Joshua Grant vanishes days before his wedding his fiancée Remy is left with only bruises, scratch marks and a hastily written note. Heartbroken, she sets off alone to find him and begins a long journey where strange things begin to happen.

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The Walking Dead Season 5 Recap – Episode 15: Try

TWD S05E15 Rick flips out


We are seeing the ripple effects of Noah (Tyler James Williams) and Aiden’s (Daniel Bonjour) deaths this week in Episode 15 (entitled Try) Season 5 of AMC’s The Walking Dead. The whole episode feels like some sort of bad acid trip as a result:

  • Deanna (Tovah Feldshuh) and the rest of the Monroe’s are grieving privately until Carol (Melissa McBride) drops off a sympathy casserole – of course, thanks to Father Gabriel’s (Seth Gilliam) little chat last week, she ain’t eating the food.
  • Speaking of Carol, is it just me or are AMC dropping Carol into every scene that involves flowers?
TWD S05E15 Carol protects Jessie's son

Is Carol the new anti-Valentine’s day greeting card?

  • Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) seems to be only seen with Aaron (Ross Marquand) of late and from what I can gather, they are just wandering around all over the place. I think they call it ‘recruiting’… So they find a house with a light on and I get all excited that Morgan (Lennie James) might FINALLY be arriving on the scene, but, nope, it looks a little more sinister than that when walker parts are found scattered amongst the trees and then this:

TWD S05E15 Target practise


  • The lady above has the letter ‘W’ inscribed onto her forehead and this seems to be a common theme this week, no doubt culminating in a big reveal for the Season 5 finale next week (and I suspect it will be the big bad thing coming by way of whatever Deanna is recruiting people from the outside for).
  • Glenn (Steven Yeun) head fucks confronts Nicholas (Michael Traynor) and they come to an uneasy understanding about what happens to rat bastards who don’t listen to Glenn. I can see the whole Nicholas character imploding at some point soon. His character lies his way through a video interview with Deanna before this and even though Deanna won’t eat Carol’s offering, she still knows her own residents and asks all the right questions. Oh, and that gun Rick (Andrew Lincoln) hid when they first came to Alexandria? Yeah, it was nasty Nick who pinched it, which makes me wonder if the guy is smarter than he appears.
  • Right up until the very end of this episode, Rick does me proud by actively wading into the murk of domestic violence, even announcing that no matter how important a person is, they are never above being called out for beating on their spouse. but more on that later…
  • Carl (Chandler Riggs) and Enid (Katelyn Nacon) blow the joint and end up standing inside a tree nearly K.I.S.S.I.N.G. while walkers roam past.

TWD S05E15 Carl & Erin sitting in a tree...

  • Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) is flipping out over Noah’s death this week. Although, I think it is also a bad case of PTSD as well. Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Rosita (Christian Serratos) – who looks a lot like Tara (Alanna Masterson) when she puts more clothes on – are tracking her down and helping out no matter how much the woman says she doesn’t need it.
  • Speaking of Tara – she isn’t seen in this episode but apparently she’s doing okay…
  • The Rick, Jessie (Alexandra Breckenridge) and Pete (Corey Brill) triangle boils over this week even though it hasn’t even really been simmering for that long. Carol tells Rick he just needs to do Pete in, Rick nearly does when Pete bumps into him and then Rick and Deanna discuss the evict vs. eradicate dilemma in the walker age. This whole storyline culminates in Rick and Pete having an all out brawl that erupts out onto the streets of Alexandria. They are alternating between killing each other when Deanna gets through to Rick and there is a truce of sorts. By truce, I mean Rick starts monologuing about how his way is the only way until Michonne punches his lights out:
TWD S05E15 Michonne is the law meme

Michonne is the new sheriff in town…

So, what did you think of Episode 15 of AMC’s The Walking Dead? How do you think it will pan out in the Season 5 finale next week? Will we ever see Morgan again? Let me know your thoughts by commenting below!

And, don’t forget, The Walking Dead Season 5 finale will run for a full 90 minutes next week! :-D

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Vikings Season 3 Recap – Episode 5: The Usurper

The Usurper

Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) and Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) have marital issues in Episode 5 (entitled The Usurper) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings

Here’s what went down in Episode 5 (entitled The Usurper) Season 3 of History Channel’s Vikings:

Rollo does what Rollo does best: Drink

So Rollo (Clive Standen) finds out Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig) is dead and starts drinking. No surprise there. Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) beating the shit out of him for the fact he is pulling the ‘poor me’ card yet again was a bit of a changer though. I think I just might like this kid after all! Of course, Bjorn was probably just compensating for the fact he couldn’t protect his woman either, so that puts them back into the same boat again.

Oh, and Rollo, the reason why you will never excel past your brother’s achievements is the fact you get drunk every time you encounter a problem. When Ragnar gets hit with a shitty fate sandwich, he takes goes to war and claims another title for himself!

Rollo (Clive Standen) gets drunk again in Episode 5 (entitled The Usurper) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings

Ragnar is no fool Aslaug

Just a tip Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland), by not saying anything incriminates you just as much as fessing up to sleeping with Harbard (Kevin Durand)! Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) is no fool and while he may not be faithful to his wife, at least he is honest about it.

Floki is the viking equivalent of a fanatical Christian

Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) gets fanatical in Episode 5 (entitled The Usurper) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings

I know you love your gods and your viking ways Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) but it totally makes you look like an unyielding religious fanatic. You know, like those you are badmouthing? While I love you dearly, my patience is being tested every time you rag on Ragnar about his alliances.

Speaking of alliances…

King Ecbert (Linus Roache) shows his true colours in Episode 5 (entitled The Usurper) Season 5 of History Channel's Vikings

Let me just say up front that the very end of this episode confused the hell out of me. And the more I think about it, the more I am confused by it. Let me point out my concerns:

  • King Ecbert (Linus Roache), the man who has a collection of pagan works and has been open to different religions since the very first time we laid eyes on him has suddenly decided he’s not a viking sympathiser. While he may have been lying right form the very start, there has been absolutely no indication (bar the conversation he had last week with Ragnar about being corrupt) to the viewer that Ecbert was anything but the English equivalent of Ragnar.
  • Sending in your son to wipe out the new viking settlement is stupid on so many levels.
  • For starters, you called everyone else out as committing treason. Correct me if I’m wrong, isn’t that punishable by death? If so, shouldn’t you kill your son also, Ecbert?
  • If you don’t kill your son because you think having him around to blame for the viking bloodbath is still in keeping with your agreement with Ragnar, let me tell you right now – it’s not.
  • King Ecbert, I count down the days until your demise now. We have seen Ragnar take out the Earl of Kattegat (Gabriel Byrne), Jarl Borg (Thorbjørn Harr) and King Horik (Donal Logue) for lesser things.
  • Is it just me, or is Vikings starting to get a little predictable? Every time Ragnar forms an alliance, he is double crossed. How long will it be before fans start turning off?


This week all Ragnar can talk about (when he isn’t quizzing his wife about why she wasn’t watching their sons) is Paris! Suddenly it’s the shiny new thing. I know there have been articles on how Season 3 will be making the trip to Paris, but, as a viewer simply watching the show, Paris seems like the new thing that hasn’t really been explained yet it is now all Ragnar can talk about.

And Athelstan (George Blagden), while you may know about Paris somewhat (which is this episode news to me), let me just tell you that one sexual encounter with a woman does not entitle you to speak to Ragnar like you are a pro in this department, makes you look like a creep, or an Ecbert sympathiser…

Lagertha vs. Ragnar

So while Lagertha (Katheryn WInnick) has been on board with helping Ragnar in all his escapades across the world, it seems the favour is not easily reciprocated. When it is discovered that Kalf (Ben Robson) has appointed himself earl of Hedeby and Lagertha asks for support, the only Ragnar can offer comes in the form of offering Kalf a place in his Paris-raiding army. Pissed of much Lagertha?

Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) gets screwwed over in Episode 5 (entitled The usurper) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings

Oh, and History channel, where oh where was Kalf’s band of disgruntled Ragnar offcasts?


What did you think of Episode 5 of Vikings? Let me know your thoughts by commenting below!

You can read my Episode 6 recap here.

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