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We’re nonetheless reeling from Lagertha’s (Katheryn Winnick) tragic loss of life in final week’s episode of Vikings, during which Hvitserk (Marco Ilsø) fatally stabbed her in a drug-induced paranoia that led him to imagine he was slaying Ivar (Alex Høgh). Though Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) was the star when Vikings first debuted, Lagertha has at all times been the Historical past Channel drama’s beating coronary heart, and followers have dreaded having to say goodbye to her for the reason that Seer first predicted her loss of life in Season four. That is why we’re grateful that Wednesday’s episode of Vikings, “The Ice Maiden,” was largely a tribute to the fallen defend maiden, giving the viewers and the characters much-needed area to grieve.
Upon the invention of her physique on the episode’s begin, Torvi (Georgia Hirst) instantly units out for Lagertha’s settlement to find whether or not Gunnhild’s (Ragga Ragnars) troubled desires have come true. With Torvi gone — sadly hurtling towards extra grief as soon as she discovers the loss of life of her son Hali on the farm — and Hvitserk’s whereabouts unknown, Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith) is left alone to course of Lagertha’s loss of life. Whereas he’s nonetheless grieving the lack of his personal mom, Aslaug, whom Lagertha killed, Ubbe weeps for Lagertha’s loss of life and ponders what this proves concerning the inescapability of destiny.
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In a dialog with the Seer, who’s disguised as a beggar, Ubbe seeks solutions concerning the prophecy of Lagertha’s loss of life and who fulfilled it. “It was Ivar and but it was not Ivar. Ivar is responsible and harmless on the similar time,” the Seer explains, warning, “You’ll know, after which you’ll want that you simply didn’t know.”
This rigidity between the ache of information and the consolation of denial is mirrored in Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig), who stays caught on the ship crusing for Kattegat for almost all of the episode. With out having to be instructed, Bjorn instantly is wrecked by grief upon his mom’s loss of life. It has been a very long time since Bjorn was the younger boy who selected to comply with his mom moderately than keep along with his father after they separated, however his love for Lagertha stays as pure and robust now because it was then. And as Bjorn sails towards his kingdom, he is torn between the need to know the reality about his mom’s destiny and the concern of getting these truths confirmed.
In the meantime, Torvi and Gunnhild return to Kattegat to prepare a funeral “larger than the rest within the reminiscence of our folks.” As a part of the proceedings, Gunnhild pronounces that they are searching for a volunteer to sacrifice themselves with a view to accompany Lagertha to Valhalla. Torvi affords herself, however Gunnhild turns her down, provided that she’s with little one. As an alternative, a defend maiden, Gyda, is chosen, a alternative that thrills the younger lady, who has at all times believed her destiny was tied to Lagertha’s. (She was even named after Lagertha and Ragnar’s daughter.)
When Hvitserk is ultimately discovered freezing practically to loss of life within the woods and is introduced again to Kattegat, he refuses to say something, together with why he left and whether or not he had recognized Lagertha was useless when he did. So nonetheless with out information of how Lagertha died, the folks of Kattegat transfer ahead with the funeral proceedings, getting ready an awesome ship with grave items for her to sail to Valhalla in. Gyda goes bravely to her loss of life, with Kattegat’s Angel of Demise stabbing her within the ribs earlier than silencing her screams with a comforting kiss.
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Lagertha’s physique is laid to relaxation on the ship, and the general public gathers collectively to mourn the lack of their former queen. Ubbe, Torvi, and Gunnhild lead the funeral, leaving small items with Lagertha and saying their farewells to the “mom of Norway.” Ubbe says he hopes her reunion with Ragnar is full of love, Gunnhild displays on how Lagertha taught her that “girls at all times prevail,” and Torvi asks Lagertha to look out for her boys within the subsequent world.
It is at this level that Bjorn arrives. Sitting alone on the Kattegat seaside, Bjorn says goodbye to his mom in a wrenching monologue, tearfully declaring: “I hoped the day would by no means come after I’d need to bid you farewell. You had been at all times my power, my information. You taught me to go on it doesn’t matter what. You taught me to not be afraid. And now I see that, like me, the Earth itself is not keen to allow you to go. However the gods name you residence. They eagerly await your arrival in Valhalla, as does my father. I want I might be there at your reunion, secretly in Odin’s glittering, gold, shielded corridor surrounded by all of the gods. You had been already a legend, the best defend maiden of all time. A hero to hundreds of girls. However to me you’ll at all times be my mom, who bore me, who raised me, who protected and fought for me. And I swear I’ll combat for you now. I couldn’t shield you in life, however I can punish your assassin after it. Farewell. I’ve cherished you greater than I’ve cherished every other. Farewell, Lagertha. Farewell. I like you. I’ll miss you. I’ll avenge you.”
After setting the ship on fireplace, the archers ready on the cliff aspect launch a fleet of arrows to crack the ice the good vessel had been resting on, enabling others to tug it on ropes past the water’s shallows. Because the ship begins to sink into the ocean exterior Kattegat, Asa runs onto the ice and watches her grandmother sink into the depths the place the valkyries are ready on horseback. Lagertha’s physique then angelically falls to the ocean ground, the place she involves relaxation alongside Ragnar. “In my desires, we’re at all times collectively,” we hear Lagertha say as her kind and Ragnar’s crumble into sand and blow away with the currents.
It was a good looking tribute to Vikings’ finest character, and we’re grateful that the sequence devoted practically the complete hour to her funeral. We would have liked this breath to course of Lagertha’s loss of life and put together ourselves to transition into this new period in Vikings, as a result of Bjorn was proper: Nothing will ever be the identical once more after this.
Vikings airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on Historical past.
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