Hopefully you’ve recovered from last weeks’ epic Blood Eagle, but I haven’t!
I’m challenging my friends in Portland, Oregon who crank out awesome American made Krogstad Festlig Aquavit to make me a Blood Eagle cocktail recipe so I can get the imagery out of my head. JarlyB (Thorbjørn Harr) took that gruesome death like a true Viking, and we now know where the expression “I’m gonna rip your lungs out” came from. Fare well in Valhalla my friend, you earned that one. In case you didn’t get the memo, a Blood Eagle is when your back is opened up along the spine, and your ribs are hacked off the spine one by one with an ax, and then your lungs are plucked out and placed on your shoulders.
I have softened my hard anti-Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) stance. I feel for this mother who is bereft after her prophecies about the child are apparently all too true. This Thorsday, Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig… remember to keep an eye on her) is making Aslaug come to grips and let the people know about a wee baby boy who will be known as Ivar.
Yes, something is wrong and this episode will be the reveal. It will also reintroduce the Viking hordes headed by Ragnar (Travis Fimmel), Horik (Donal Logue) and Lagertha (Kathryn Winnick) back into England, where King Ecbert (Linus Roach) is ALWAYS thinking ahead.
Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) makes his first voyage West alongside Uncle Rollo (Clive Standen). Bjorn’s love Porunn (Gaia Weiss) back in Kattegat is preparing for her new life as a free woman by emulating the life Lagertha chose, a shieldmaiden. I love Porunn!
But there’s a new female character who is a real eyeopener. Meet the English Princess Kwenthrith (Amy Bailey, above), who gives a whole new meaning to the word libertine. This girl is on fire! And by fire I mean she’s a total slut.
ATHELSTAN MEETS PRINCESS KWENTHRITH
Below, check out an all-new promos for the next episode of “Boneless”- which airs April 17th Thursdays at 10/9c.
Princess Aslaug’s latest prophecy comes to fruition as she readies to give birth once more. Ragnar, Horik and their new ally Lagertha set sail for Wessex – Ragnar and Horik have very different ideas about the true purpose of this trip. And make sure to watch Athelstan (George Blagden), who is conflicted as ever about where he belongs.
RAGNAR & KING HORIK FRICTION
The word “Viking” has been synonymous with brutality, terror, and mystery ever since the first Norse warriors appeared along the coasts of England and France at the end of the eighth century. Their notoriety for barbarianism without pity was an important part of the mythology that grew up around them. And yet, the juxtaposed weddings last week, the Christian ceremony and Floki’s (Gustaf Skarsgard) joyous Pagan wedding, reveal that women had it much better with the Northmen. It wasn’t perfect but at least you have Lagertha able to be an Earl and a woman officiating the Viking nuptials.