Vikings (2017): S04E20 – The Reckoning


Introduction

The fourth season of the historical drama television series Vikings premiered on 18 February 2016 on History in Canada.

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.

The fourth season consists of a double order of twenty episodes, split into two parts of ten episodes; the second half premiered on 30 November 2016.

Outline

The Saxons charge into the Norse shieldwall, and suffer heavy losses. Aethelwulf orders a retreat, and flees to Ecbert’s capital to ready its evacuation. Ecbert refuses to leave, and cedes the crown of Wessex to his son. The bishop Edmund refuses to abandon Ecbert. The Vikings arrive and in the ensuing sack, Hvitserk kills Edmund, Ecbert is captured and Tanaruz stabs Helga and then commits suicide. Ivar demands the blood eagle for Ecbert, but Bjorn reminds his brothers of Ragnar’s dream of settlement, and agrees to allow Ecbert to choose his own death in exchange for signing over East Anglia. Ecbert then kills himself in his Roman bath. After burying Helga, Floki takes to the sea. Bjorn shares his wish to raid the Mediterranean, while Ivar proposes continued raids in England. In an argument over what action to take next, Sigurd starts to insult Ivar and mock his impotence, and Ivar then kills Sigurd by throwing an axe. In Sherborne, Bishop Heahmund oversees a funeral, and then has sex with the widow of the deceased.

Vikings Series

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

You can find a full index of Vikings Series 04 here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Ben Bolt.
  • Writer(s): Michael Hirst.
  • Release Date: 01 February 2017.
  • Running time: 45 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: 18.
  • Country: US
  • Language: English.

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