Vikings Recap – Season 3 Episode 4 “Scarred”
“Scarred” – Thursday, March 12 at 10 p.m.
The victorious Wessex/Viking forces return to Wessex but there is rancor in the Viking camp – Floki is angry over the alliance with Ecbert and is resentful the influence that he feels Athelstan has over Ragnar. Princess Kwenthrith makes some calculating political moves following the battle at the Hill of the Ash in Mercia. Visitors from the past arrive in Hederby, at Kalf’s invitation.
Guilt. Loss. Love. Hubris. Regret. The Seer must be reeling with all the portentous moving parts in Kattegat, as we lose Siggy, whose daughter (or Freya?) appears like an angel to welcome her to Valhalla, giving her the one last breathe of strength to save Aslaug’s two sons, perishing under the ice. What a chilling (no pun intended) scene. We lose our Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig), who is mortally resigned to end her aching for her lost loves, her lost life.
Tonight we see what has happened to Bjorn’s love Porunn, and there’s more bad blood with an alliance which angers Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård).
King Ecbert (Linus Roache) has coupled with Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) who seems pleased with their dalliance, but she is not smitten. For her this was some good exercise, but for him, possibly he had deeper feelings. She nails it on the head in her trademark way. Lagertha drops the proverbial mic on him: “I have enjoyed your company and the sex. Even so, although you have made me happy and fulfilled, I have come to understand that the only person you truly care for is yourself.”
Princess Kwenthrith (Amy Bailey) makes political moves…meaning later in the episode she offs her ugly brother Burgred (these names!) with a cup of fast acting poisonous wine at the celebratory feast. This Mercia Queen is damaged goods and everyone dumps their wine after she proclaims her sole leadership of the Mercia kingdom.
Tonight’s episode of Vikings begins with Princess Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) trying to comfort her and Ragnar’s crying son. She demands to know where Harbard (Kevin Durand) is, who comes to tend to the child. I believe this mystical wanderer might be an iteration of their god Odin. Which makes the dramatic reaction by the Seer understandable.
In Norse mythology, it was either Loki or Odin (who was also called Harbard – ‘grey beard‘) who was said to have disguised himself as a vagabond and handed out rewards or punishments to people based on the hospitality he was given. In the old folklore this tale was a lesson to be kind to strangers in need because you never knew which one might be a god in disguise. Durand’s short arc was nothing short of brilliant, and “The Strain” series on FX is damned lucky to still have him.
Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) of course is processing the extensive facial damage to his lover Porunn (Gaia Weiss) This story line needs some TLC. Ecbert’s son (total bore) tries to come to an accord with Floki and Rollo, as Floki seethes over their continued strategic Christian alliances.
Ragnar, who is served so well by the talented Travis Fimmel, relays so much with his actions, features and cryptic moments. Even when he tells people point blank “I don’t like you” as he did tonight, this series shines with this lead character. Ragnar is slightly accosted by Princess Kwenthrith who urinates on his wound. He shares that her brother is a waste of life and she foreshadows her actions against her brother here.
Our mystical wanderer Harbard is having profound effects on the ladies back at Kattegat. Aslaug is sexually drawn to him while Siggy is furious to be left with her sons and warns Aslaug to not go. Aslaug and Harbard have a passionate quickie while Siggy sits in her tent watching her two older sons while we flash over to Wessex where our monk pal Athelstan (George Blagden) who is forever cursed to be an outsider to all parties, finally sleeps with Ecbert’s daughter-in-law Princess Judith who has been trying to seduce him. Total waste of time here for the monk.
The shocker tonight of course was losing Siggy. She genuinely guarded Aslaug’s sons Ubbe and Hvitserk who slip away outside to look for mom. Siggy suddenly feels frightened and notices the boys are missing, and heads outside and ultimately finds the two lads standing in the middle of the frozen lake. This ends poorly, as they plummet through cracked ice and she dives in to save them. Siggy surfaces for air and her hand is grasped by her vision, an angel (daughter, Freya?) and then the second time it is Harbard there to help. Siggy lets go, she slips into the abyss seemingly at peace with her fate. Haunting and beautiful this death was. We shall miss her character very much.
Back in Wessex, Ragnar sits down with Ecbert at the Viking-English feast, where of course someone is poised to die (Burgred) and he points out that the only reason they are allies is because the Norsemen need a farming settlement and Ecbert needed to take control of Mercia. Ragnar asks Ecbert if he is corrupt, Ecbert says “You and I, we understand each other. That is why we are allies and will remain so.” Ragnar doesn’t miss a beat. “Do you think you are a good man?” Ecbert smiles. “Yes. I think so. Are you a good man?” Ragnar takes his time. ” Yes. I think so. Are you corrupt?” Ecbert smiles too. “Oh yes. Are you?” Ragnar smiles again, “Uh huh.”
Floki finds Rollo outside talking to the Gods. Floki says that the gods are angry and they are scared that one day they will have to choose between the Gods and Ragnar. Rollo reassures him that he will never have to make that choice. Ecbert finds Athelstan sitting by himself. He confronts him about his plans to which Athelstan replies that he picks Ragnar. Ecbert is put out by this and says this is a bad decision.
Meanwhile the snakes are alive at Lagertha’s earldom. Ben Robson’s portrayal of Lagertha’s “trusted” right arm Kalf is a time waster, we know she will dispatch this conniver who is as interesting a character as a bowl of plain oats. Rollo tells Lagertha men are vicious, in Kalf’s case he can add stupid too. Then, like a red-headed bad penny, Jarl Borg, aka Jarly B here, has his bitter weakling son Erlendur (a really boring version of a boy-king) show up to shit all over the Lothbrok party. Add to that Jarly B’s widow, a new baby and Kalf rubbing his hands together in their plotting to snatch everything from Lagertha and Ragnar. Ugh, Seer take us away from this arc.
LAGERTHA AND RAGNAR