‘Vikings’ Season 2, sees Jarl Borg’s ‘Treachery’, Ragnar sends King Ecbert a message.
This week sees baby Siegert with his snake eye and Lagertha and Bjorn missing Ragnar. Ragnar sends the men further into Wessex, where bathing aficionado King Ecbert stews and waits for Ragnar, naked mind you.
Ecbert’s exhibitionist bathing rituals and religious fervor are gearing up his troops up to defend Wessex as Ragnar understands how very valuable their land is for growing crops. Meanwhile Floki is taunting the hell out of Athelstan with a mummified hand and more Norse slags about “his God.” A total assholian, you have to love Floki and his trendsetting guy liner.
So back to the good dirt of Olde England. Ragnar is of farmer stock. He eventually will strike a sit down…naked in the giant stone tub of course, with Ecbert.
While Ragnar asserts his dominance on the battlefield, Jarl Borg is stirring the pot in Scandinavia. He (and his fancy braided beard) has a big dinner party to announced his intentions to seize the land of Ragnar’s people, since he was cut out of the raid party.
Meanwhile Princess Aslaug (boo) has just given birth to her second son Siegbert of the snake eye fame with Ragnar. Since Ragnar took all of the able-bodied men with him to the Wessex raid, the town is pretty much pantsed and is one big human smorgasbord of a target. As Borg and his troops sail in, Rollo tries to cobble a fighting army together as Aslaug and the kids are sent away for safety.
Then the raping and pillaging begins as Borg’s men hit the shore and go for the usual suspects, slaughtering women, children and the elderly. At the last minute, Rollo will flee and protect Ragnar’s second family, while Borg is now the victor.
Biding her time is Lagertha and Ragnar’s eldest son Bjorn. She’s married to an abusive P.O.S. Earl and Bjorn is ready to take him out. Lagertha is a warrior at heart and concocts a plan to get them back to Ragnar. There’s love there still despite the hurt and Aslaug business.
This is the episode that gives us hope that Ragnar will have missed Lagertha so much he shunts Aslaug to low totem sister wife status. But you know Lagertha is no obedient Fundie Mormon wife type. There will be no sharing of Ragnar, I believe.
“Eye for an Eye” – Thursday, March 20th at 10 p.m.
A meeting between two great men may pave the way for future compromise as Ragnar and Ecbert come face to face. Jarl Borg now rules Kattegat and with an iron fist and Rollo must now become the leader his people need in Ragnar’s absence.