Vikings (2015): S03E05 – The Usurper


Introduction

The third season of the historical drama television series Vikings premiered on 19 February 2015 on History in Canada, and concluded on 23 April 2015, consisting of ten episodes.

The series broadly follows the exploits of the legendary Viking chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok and his crew, and later those of his sons. The first season of the series begins at the start of the Viking Age, marked by the Lindisfarne raid in 793.

Outline

The Vikings return to Kattegat, and the women learn of Torstein’s death as the men learn of Siggy’s. Ragnar is suspicious about why Aslaug was not watching the children. Floki becomes more outspoken about his hatred for Christians, and Athelstan. Helga tells Floki about Harbard, and he claims that Harbard is a god. Aethelwulf learns that Judith is with Athelstan’s child, and he is sent to the settlement. A messenger arrives to tell Lagertha that her earldom has been usurped by Kalf; she asks Ragnar to help win it back. Ragnar tells the men that they will raid Paris in the spring. Ragnar returns with Lagertha to speak with Kalf, although he decides not to help fight for Lagertha, and instead asks him to join the raid on Paris. Aethelwulf leads his soldiers to the settlement, and kills all the settlers. Floki tells Ragnar that Aslaug slept with Harbard, and that Harbard is another name for Odin. King Ecbert finds out about the settlers’ fate; he chides his nobles, then in private reveals that it was his plan all along.

Vikings Series

You can find a full index and overview of Vikings here.

You can find a full index of Vikings Series 03 here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Helen Shaver.
  • Writer(s): Michael Hirst.
  • Release Date: 19 March 2015.
  • Running time: 45 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: 18.
  • Country: US
  • Language: English.

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