Ragnar finally gets in the tub with the Wessex King. The Seiðr gets a hand lick from Jarl-y B and Bjorn and Lagertha show up just in time to make Aslaug even more annoyed.
Vikings “Eye For An Eye” Season 2, Episode 4 was excellent!
Ragnar Lothbrok’s (Travis Fimmel) enigmatic charms may have overshot the rim with this crafty bath loving British King Ecbert (Linus Roache). Is it me or is Fimmel and Sons of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam from the same tribe? Discuss.
Ragnar and King Ecbert discuss a novel idea, let’s keep the raiding Norsemen at bay and save Wessex if their conditions are met. But the Ragar/Horik numbers are well below optimal levels and the Brits are every bit as pugnacious and cunning as the Norsemen. It’s a gamble. But at least the two leaders are clean.
The Ragnar and Ecbert naked in the pool scene was critical. “Now we are equal,” says the king. “We can talk together honestly.”
There’s a bit pf phallic one-upping too, both men must be very secure in their nakedness in a time where men had very little – other than their station in life, women and physicality – to preen over other men. It’s not like these guys have Lambos and all the latest tech toys, These were times of action and deed, words meant something and sex was part of the power play.
Simplicity and directness was a hallmark of the short lifespan and times too. Ecbert asks, “Why do you not go home?”
Pragmatic Ragnar wants to get down and dirty. “I don’t care about treasure. I’m a very curious man. I want to see your lands and I want to see how you farm them. I am really a farmer.”
Boom, right there the king has a whole new game plane for the Viking hordes, can he make them his fearsome creatures to aid his end game in exchange for a victory garden to feed their Northern families? Import the heavies at little to no cost. Brilliant.
Meanwhile, Horik’s (Donal Logue) ships arrives and share the bad news of Jarly B aka Earl Borg, who has seized Ragnar’s territory and driven his family into a mud hut like place that has Aslaug fuming.
This sets off Ragnar, abandoning the Wessex venture and ready to end this Borg business. Former monk Athelstan (George Blagden) stays behind to assist Horik in the Wessex land for rent deal. This disappoints Ragnar but to his credit he does not dwell. “Althelstan is a free man.” Indeed.
Brother Rollo (Clive Standen) is the alpha male protecting Ragnar’s family, holding fast and planning the counterattack on Borg. Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig) comes to respect him again after Rollo bares his heart and his shortcomings over Ragnar. That is one of the best things about this series – the complexities of the characters and how they actually change and grow, which is something that network dramas and comedies fail at time after time. There’s lot’s of dimension to Rollo, who could have easily been written off as the dullard strongman sibling.
We end this fantastic episode with Lagertha (Kathryn Winnick) telling Earl Sigvard she’s outtie and grabs son Bjorn, dons full shieldmaiden armor and parlays some of Sigvard’s warriors to help Ragnar with the JarlyB situation.
And the Emmy award goes to: Travis Fimmel for his amazing and tear inducing reunion with his grown son that was so poignant and full of emotion, just the body language, expressions and raw feelings it elicited was enough to make us all here say this trumped the ballyhooed “Scandal” tearjerker last night! What a scene.
“And you are?,” says Ragnar who knows at a cellular level the young man is his blood.
“I’m your s—“ says Bjorn. And with an emotional embrace, his grown son, strapping and fierce, is but for a moment just a little boy who wanted his father to just stay and be with his mother. I’m still crying!
Someone has to tell me why people lick the Seiðr’s (John Kavanagh) palm please. The JarlyB “Eagle” visions scene was portentous. I believe the Seiðr isn’t telling him the WHOLE truth to his visions.