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Apr 23 15 2:55 PM
And then there was one! Ã¢VikingsÃ¢ airs its Season 3 finale on Thursday night, and according to anÃÂ episode 10 promo video, the final installment will be Ã¢insane.Ã¢ But what else could fans expect from the History Channel series created by Michael Hirst? Throughout Season 3 weÃ¢ve witnessed heart-stopping moments from SiggyÃ¢s (Jessalyn Gilsig)ÃÂ frosty fateÃÂ to AthelstanÃ¢s (George Blagden)ÃÂ brutal demise.
And it doesnÃ¢t look like the Season 3 death toll will end there. AÃÂ sneak peek videoÃÂ from the finale, titled Ã¢The Dead,Ã¢ teases that everyoneÃ¢s beloved king may come face to face with death himself.
Ã¢No Christian king will ever be allowed to rule our world,Ã¢ a character says in the finale trailer. Ã¢Someone needs to kill him.Ã¢
With RagnarÃ¢s (Travis Fimmel) fate hanging in the air, three characters will step up to the plate while their leader is indisposed. The synopsis for episode 10 reveals that RolloÃ¢s (Clive Standen) destiny will be recognized in the finale after his strength is witnessed by the Parisians. Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) will also dabble in ruling the Vikings while his father is busy spitting up blood.
Ludwig previously teased during a press conference in February that his character has been Ã¢inspired by his fatherÃ¢s accomplishments," which is why he would make a worthy successor.
Ã¢I think like any son of a father, they want to make their father proud -- and especially amongst this family, thereÃ¢s deep down a certain amount of aspiration to not only fulfill what his father has accomplished but to accomplish even more than what his father could,Ã¢ the actor revealed. Ã¢And thatÃ¢s one thing they really pride themselves on -- their fame. Because thatÃ¢s how their legend will live on.Ã¢
Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) will also rise to the occasion alongside her son and brother-in-law as the Vikings take one last swing of their battleaxes to try to take Paris. The summary reveals that the Northmen will Ã¢take a daring chanceÃ¢ in the final attempt to raid the city.
If you arenÃ¢t convinced that the Season 3 finale will leave you speechless, Ludwig confessed to International Business Times that fans won't want to miss it. Ã¢The end of this season is insane. I canÃ¢t wait to see everyoneÃ¢s reaction,Ã¢ he said. Guess we better start prepping for our reaction video!
Apr 23 15 6:53 PM
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Apr 24 15 2:15 PM
VIKINGS: "THE DEAD" REVIEW
→ APRIL 23, 2015 Warning: Full
spoilers for the episode follow...
Vikings' third season ended similarly
to its second. Sure, Ragnar remained in a sickly wounded state and wound up
leaving for home at the end in a feverish heap, but the ol' "audience fake
out" card was pulled again - much like in the second season finale when it
seemed like Floki had sided with King Horik.
Helping this episode out a great
deal, much like last year, was its commitment to the con. A scheme that came
complete with an elaborate funeral procession for Ragnar that led the Norsemen
through the Paris gates, down the street, and into the cathedral. Plus, only
Bjorn (who had his own little death fake-out back in "To the Gates!")
was the only one who knew of the plan. Lagertha, Rollo, and Floki were kept in
Which was definitely for the best considering how delicate
the plan was, though it did cause those left out to narrow their eyes in
betrayal at the end of the con since they all went through an actual mourning
period - complete with final truthful words to Ragnar's (assumed) dead
body. Yes, a second betrayal on top of the already touchy topic of Ragnar's
baptism. Though the baptism also served a second purpose since, overall, it
helped trick the French/Franks into buying that Ragnar would want to have a
proper Christian burial.
"The Dead" was a solid
episode, despite it more or less playing the same trick on us as last year.
Different ploy, similar technique. For a moment -- like with Bjorn two
episodes ago -- I did wonder if the show would go so far as to kill off Ragnar
even though it would've been historically wrong (on a quasi-historical series).
But then I thought of all the unfinished things regarding Ragnar. Most notably,
his revenge on Floki and his talk of the "patient man."
Then I wondered if Ragnar faking his
death was all a ruse to get Foki to confess to killing Athelstan. A
confession that could have happened during Floki's "I hate you/I love
you" moment in front of Ragnar's burial casket. Floki certainly came
close to admitting to the murder, but not close enough to warrant a giant
con-game. No, the outcome would be much more productive than that as Ragnar
used the entire situation to -- finally -- sack Paris. Out he popped from the
coffin, slaying the Archbishop and taking Gisla hostage. A very cool moment as
Ragnar, still very much a sickly man (that part wasn't a trick), pumped up his
intensity for one final act. And that shot of Bjorn throwing up his arms,
sending the vikings in to plunder the streets, was awesome.
Of course, Gisla wasn't the prize.
She never was. Ragnar, as we all well know, doesn't need to kill anyone. He's
perfectly content when villages and towns just surrender up all their s***. So
he let her go while his army flooded the city. All of this after King
Charles had given the Norsemen a huge wagon full of gold.
And Charles, who's been crumbling
courage-wise with each and every episode, fared no better here. Not only did he
faint in front of everyone, but his big idea to bring future peace involved
marrying off his daughter to Rollo. Granted, this plan -- despite her haughty
objections (hey - we saw how she looked at him during battle!) -- may work
since it also taps into Rollo's perpetual jealously of his brother. I'm not
sure if Rollo will truly defend Paris if Ragnar ever returns, but he did seem
rather keen on marrying Gisla. His awkward "Hello" (after she berated
him) was pretty damn funny.
Oh, and to make sure that no one felt
overly sad about the lovelorn Count Odo, the show made sure to turn him into a
sexual sadist who longed to whip Gisla into submission, not court her
romantically. Poor Therese got more than she bargained for when she
offered up her "gratitude" to the Count.
Despite having the wool pulled over
our eyes a second time, this season finale's big Ragnar con game worked well.
And the moment when he sprang to life and led his army in through the
once-impenetrable gates was freakin' great. Not sure I'm too happy about how
Ragnar's revenge on Floki played out. All of Ragnar's intimidating talk about
how he was going to sit and wait for the perfect moment to strike seems like a
big waste of time now that he chose to simply tell Floki "I know you
killed Athelstan" on a boat ride home. I made for a nice closing moment,
but it was nowhere close to the retribution the show made us believe was in
store for Floki.
Matt Fowler is a writer for IGN.
Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at Facebook.com/Showrenity.
Apr 24 15 2:35 PM
WELCOME TO ODO’S DUNGEON
Vikings Season 3 Finale Review: How Do You Say "Psych!" in
By Tim Surette staff
Vikings S03E10: "The Dead"
One of the great things about Vikings
is that it's steeped in real-world events, with one major caveat: Since it's a
historical drama, there's a clear path it must follow in order to stay true to
occurrences that've been documented by historians who've put their life's work
into recounting what happened centuries ago, back before everyone videoed
everything and uploaded clips to YouTube. But Vikings gets to add
dramatic flourishes to its narrative because a lot of the actual
"history" of the Vikings is based on legend and whispers. We don't
even know if Ragnar Lothbrok ever existed or was merely the star of a fairy
tale Viking moms told their kids so to get them to eat their vegetables and
Still, there are plenty of Vikings
spoilers floating around out there, in mythology books and on Wikipedia. And so
I've made an effort to not "read ahead," looking up as little
information as possible about Ragnar Lothbrok. "The less I know, the
better," I say! That's why I was entirely fooled by Ragnar's fake
death in the Season 3 finale, "The Dead," an emotional roller coaster
that left my mind zigging, zagging, and thoroughly entertained.
I completely believed Ragnar was dead
from the wounds he suffered while tumbling off the Parisian walls, and I was
crushed. After momentarily praising Vikings for sticking to what I
thought was a historical blueprint, I muttered a string of expletives and began
to mentally formulate a rant for this review in which I'd beg series creator
Michael Hirst to ditch historical accuracy and write his own version, one in
which Ragnar lived and flattened castles forever. But Ragnar's Trojan horse
jack-in-the-box scheme—which led to him springing out of his casket after the
French agreed to give him a Christian burial—changed all that, sending
"The Dead" in an entirely new direction. It might not have been the
tightest or foolproof of plans; apparently no one thought to check Ragnar's
vitals, and only Bjorn was in on the ruse. But it was a whole lot better than
Instead, Ragnar—following his big
push into Christianity—leapt out of his death box and sliced open the throat of
King Charles' bishop, a move that may be more telling than his subsequent
knifepoint threat to Charles and Princess Gisla. What was the point of Ragnar
murdering the holy man if he was desperately hoping to be admitted into heaven
and reunited with Athelstan once his time does come? Surely that has to be
negative points in God's eyes. I suppose he might've been upset with the bishop
for shaming him when Ragnar asked for the holy bath of baptism, but I'm pretty
sure Jesus said some stuff about turning the other cheek, so maybe a few Sunday
school classes are in order for Ragnar. The character's fascination with
Christianity has been one of the more compelling components of Season 3 (and
prior seasons as well), but I'm starting to wonder where it's all headed.
I've always respected Ragnar because
he's usually a man of his word; however, that's why his deception of the French
was peculiar. It also came at the very end of the season, leaving us to wonder
who Ragnar really is. Is he a Christian? Is he an honorable king? Or do we
throw all that out the window in the face of his murder of a holy figure and
his order to squeeze in one last raid on Paris even after he was paid to leave
just because he's a Viking? Ragnar told Bjorn that when Bjorn becomes a leader,
he'll need to lead with his head, not his heart. But Ragnar seemed to be
following his heart, which was full of anger.
And that anger may be rooted in
Athelstan's death. Our parting gift from Season 3 was a bucket of gasoline on
the fire of Ragnar's love for his dearly departed friend. As the Vikings sailed
home from France, Ragnar called Floki over and revealed, "I know you killed
Athelstan." We've always suspected that Ragnar knew the truth, but seeing
it confirmed—and witnessing Floki's reaction—was a chilling way to say goodbye
to Season 3. We have to assume that Ragnar heard everything Floki said to him
while he was in the coffin, and even though Floki didn't confess outright, he
was clearly pained by Ragnar's affection for Athelstan even after Ragnar was
gone. Now was the time for Ragnar to say, "Dude, I know what you
did." And Season 4 had better be the time for something big to grow out of
a relationship tainted by jealousy and betrayal, because I can't handle anymore
Of course, "The Dead"
wasn't all about Ragnar faking his own death. Rollo enjoyed a nice,
meaty story, and that's good because his character needed it. He deserves to be
more than Vikings' most imposing shirtless figure, and now he's caught
between Ragnar and King Charles. Rollo decided to stay behind in France at
Ragnar's request, likely to remind the French they're being watched. But the
French used Rollo's presence to their advantage and Charles the Simple
concocted a plan: If you can't beat them, let them join you. He offered
Princess Gisla's hand in marriage to Rollo, which gifted us this lovely
exchange and reminded us of why screencaps were invented:
Ahhh, the international language of
love! Those two will be knocking boots in no time, methinks. But seriously,
props to Rollo for learning how to say "hello" in French. It was such
a sweet sentiment, and his grin at the end absolutely slayed me. I don't blame
Rollo for at least considering Charles' offer of the title of duke and some
land in exchange for Rollo siding with the French. I have my doubts that he'll
actually defend Paris against Ragnar when the spring rolls around, but
marriages in those days were more about brokering peace, weren't they? Ragnar's
already had his nibbles of Paris, so why wouldn't Charles do like the British
kings and employ Ragnar and his men to help him rid the land of his
competitors, including his brothers who hate him? Whatever the case may be, I
need to see more of Rollo and Gisla as soon as possible. That's going to be a
lot of fun.
"The Dead" was an odd finale that wrapped up
Ragnar's raid on Paris while also planting the seeds for more French
interaction in the future. While there are a few lingering story threads that
may go unresolved forever—like Ragnar's Christianity or his beef with Floki—the
historical-based plots are wide open, with both France and England in the mix
and plenty of trouble back home. Overall, Vikings closed out Season 3 in
a very nice position for Season 4.
Apr 24 15 3:34 PM
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Apr 25 15 1:35 PM
‘Vikings’ Season 3 Finale Review:
We’ll Always Have Paris (SPOILERS)
The invasion of Paris provided a riveting multi-episode kick to
the third season of “Vikings,” a series that has put History
on the map creatively speaking more than any of its other scripted productions.
Beyond escaping into the barbarity of the Norseman, this period drama from
Hirst has engaged in a fascinating look at clashing cultures – the
Christian Europeans versus the polytheistic pagans – that carries with it a relevance
that goes beyond just the tribal jockeying and abundant swordplay.
Parts of the finale, frankly (and SPOILER ALERT if
you haven’t watched), felt a trifle anticlimactic, although some of that has to
do with the fact the two episodes leading up to it were such
break-the-piggy-bank affairs, with the Vikings — lead by their plotting leader
Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) — mounting a furious assault on
the city, only to have their forces repelled in a protracted and grisly battle.
Bloodied but undaunted, the invaders waged a second attack despite the serious
injury Ragnar had suffered, weakening the French forces until they sought a
truce, thanks in part to the uselessness of their feckless King
Ragnar’s near-death experience was too drawn out – especially
since there was little suspense as to whether he was actually going to succumb
to his wounds. Then again, when you’re spitting up blood in the eighth century,
one is to be forgiven for assuming the prognosis isn’t good.
In terms of advancing the story, that interlude served an
obvious purpose, allowing Ragnar’s lieutenants to bid him farewell, potentially
shifting the dynamics between Ragnar and his brother Rollo (Clive Standen) and
the daft, mercurial Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard), who in a fit of rage and jealousy
had murdered Ragnar’s confidante, the captured monk Athelstan (George Blagden).
Ragnar’s closing line to Floki – that he knew what happened – certainly set the
stage for a showdown during the season to come.
Remarkably, “Vikings” has managed to suck in an audience
savoring the machinations surrounding these characters without offering anyone
who comes across as completely pure or uncorrupted. That includes the savagery
exhibited by the likes of King Ecbert (Linus Roache), who betrayed the Viking
settlers who had taken up residence on his land
Granted, portraying the brutality and debauchery of the times
has produced occasional excesses, and the finale probably could have done
without a sadomasochistic encounter that added little to the story. Yes, they’re
French, but this felt more like a gratuitous homage to “Fifty Shades of Grey”
than anything else.
Nevertheless, such criticisms amount to quibbles given the
density of the world Hirst has created, from the sweeping locales (lensed in
Ireland) to the choreography and strategy displayed in the battle sequences,
with the siege of Paris representing a creative highlight on the latter front.
has entered into a development deal with A+E Studios, the production arm for
History’s corporate parent, and based on the flair he
has brought to this project (which easily eclipses his last foray into
historical drama, “The Tudors”), it’s not hard to understand why the network
would be eager to secure his future services. For now, though, no one should be
in too much of a hurry to move on to that next adventure, given all the lusty
energy and fight “Vikings” appears to have left in it.
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