He’s back! Linus Roache’s droll, cunning and clever King Ecbert will finally get his Ragnar Lothbrok fix. The two men have the memory of Athelstan and some great war stories to revisit, if Ecbert’s son doesn’t kill Ragnar first.
Prince Æthelwulf (Moe Dunford) of Wessex discovers his father King Ecbert’s kingdom is once again being visited upon by Ragnar Lothbrok and company.
Æthelwulf has not gotten better with time. He is still the angry now middle-aged man he always was. The raging storm at sea has some of the Viking party Ragnar cobbled together soggily make their way off the beach and into the English woods.
Needless to say, they aren’t too happy with him.
Vikings Season 4 Episode 13 is titled Two Journeys and follows Ragnar’s journey as the survivors from his shipwrecked and decimated fleet make their way up the Wessex coast.
Ragnar’s actual game plan is a shocker, but no spoilers here!
Meanwhile, Lagertha is serving her revenge cold as she plans a Kattegat takeover, and hatches a ruse to get Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith) and Sigurd (David Lindstrom) away from mother Queen Aslaug (Alyssa Sunderland).
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As Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) mobilizes, Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) and Ivar (Alex Høgh Andersen) have created a unique and bonding moment amidst their troubles.
But the next journey to discuss is that of Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig), as he enters Uncle Rollo’s (Clive Standen) waters in hopes to get a better understanding of what he will be sailing into as he ventures south and east into the Mediterranean.
The meeting is fraught with danger and, ultimately, Rollo misses his old Viking fare-thee well life. Three kids with Gisla (Morgane Polanski) has made our strapping former Viking sort of pine for those glory days of setting sail.
This episode has a bumper crop of Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) closeup scenes where his various facial expressions show various levels of disdain. A record amount we believe. Make a drinking game of counting how many frames capture Floki’s excellent guylinered withering stares. He has no poker face!
Important to note that his wife Helga (Maude Hirst) is with him on this monumental journey. Helga and Torvi (Georgia Hirst) have turned into two of my favorite characters, next to Lagertha and the Seer (John Kavanagh). Torvi is also instrumental in helping Lagertha in this episode.
The official synopsis reads: “Rollo meets his Viking comrades again and can’t resist the urge to join Bjorn’s voyage, risking his marriage and his new Frankish identity. Ragnar too is taking a risk as he carries Ivar towards the Royal Villa in Wessex – throwing himself and his son upon the mercy of King Ecbert.”
Oh yeah! It’s finally on, from Kattegat to Wessex.
Vikings airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on History.