Vikings: The Dead
April 25, 2015 10:07 AM - Season 3, Episode 10 - Subscribe

Ragnar's conversion to Christianity causes unrest as the vikings return to Kattegat after the defeat in Wessex. Ragnar places his trust in those who have stayed by his side all this time.

"I can see that not the living but the dead will conquer Paris."
posted by porpoise (14 comments total)
 
"Oh look, a medieval sex dungeon... how 2015!"
posted by Catblack at 2:06 PM on April 25, 2015 [2 favorites]


seriously what the crap was that, count odo.

the rest of it was great, though - i was so prepared to be annoyed by the huge historical inaccuracy of ragnar dying in paris, and it was great to be so thoroughly fooled.
posted by poffin boffin at 3:55 PM on April 25, 2015 [1 favorite]


The reveal was a bit too obvious I thought but I liked how the other characters all had their say to his corpse and wonder what will come off that in the next season.

Would Odo get tax relief on that dungeon if he is also using it professionally? Another French lady with a comedy accent.

That episode description is a bit thin.
posted by biffa at 10:46 PM on April 25, 2015


Looking forward to Rollo and the french princess adventures. He looked so pleased with himself for learning that one bit of french!
posted by vibratory manner of working at 11:04 AM on April 26, 2015 [1 favorite]


"Oh look, a medieval sex dungeon... how 2015!"

WTF. That scene was gratuitous and pointless. I guess the writers decided they need to compete with GoT somehow.
posted by homunculus at 11:54 AM on April 26, 2015 [1 favorite]


Looking forward to Rollo and the french princess adventures. He looked so pleased with himself for learning that one bit of french!

I think that was the first time on this show that Rollo could be described as adorable.
posted by homunculus at 11:55 AM on April 26, 2015 [2 favorites]


Rollo could be described as adorable

Doth the princess protest too much?

Historically, raiding again in the spring makes sense - but in the show didn't they essentially sack Paris? What's left for rapine, other than perhaps food?
posted by porpoise at 12:39 PM on April 26, 2015


Gah, I completely didn't realize that this was the season finale. Boo!

I really liked Floki's coffin for Ragnar, by the way. I appreciated the transition from the virtually tribal death mourning rituals of the Vikings, the drums, the dancers and wild singing, to the orderly singing, complete with the torches extinguishing during the transfer. I found Ragnar's completely unnecessary killing of the bishop kind of amusing.

Rollo and the Princess....awesome. I loved the grin he gave the camera.

Pillaging in spring would make some sense, as Paris has a whole year to accumulate more wealth, and not to mention, they can always force the Emperor to bribe them to leave (which may not work this time). When the vikings jumped on that wagon and went crazy over the gold, I immediately thought, "That's not a very good distribution system."

That poor missionary in Kattegat. His vision kind of mirrored the baptism/conversion of Ragnar in the show, at first it appeared sincere, but it all ended up just a dream.

Next season must start with a paranoid Floki worried about Ragnar getting his revenge on him. I think paranoid Floki will be delightfully fun.

The Count Odo thing. Seriously. I keep on wanting to think of Bishop Odo, but that's about three hundred years too soon. But the dungeon. Really? It's not like we need our idea of Odo to be more complex.
posted by Atreides at 9:32 AM on April 27, 2015


I think that was the first time on this show that Rollo could be described as adorable.

UNTRUE his baptism scene was TOO PRECIOUS FOR THIS WORLD
posted by poffin boffin at 10:58 AM on April 27, 2015 [4 favorites]


Heh, you're right, I forgot all about that scene.
posted by homunculus at 3:03 PM on April 27, 2015


Oh come on, I can't be the only one who found the dungeon scene a little bit hot!?

Maybe I should get out more....

And of course the bigger problem is what will Rollo do come Spring.
posted by digitalprimate at 11:32 AM on April 28, 2015


My immediate reaction in the dungeon room was to swear, "He isn't going to whip her through her dress is he? Those things aren't so easily replaced in the 9th century!"

The scene should have been over the top, but this is Vikings and we have mysterious wanderers seducing queens, defrocked monks sleeping with princesses to father Alfred the Great, and men of such constitutions they survive falls from dozens of feet and becoming crossbow bolt pin cushions....so, sure, why not?
posted by Atreides at 6:53 AM on April 29, 2015 [1 favorite]


LOL Ragnar to Floki on the boat: "(I know) what you did last summer you killed Æthelstan."

(Also, I've been singing the Fever Ray theme for days.)
posted by mon-ma-tron at 5:30 PM on November 10, 2015 [2 favorites]


Me, to husband, while Ragnar is carrying Æthelstan to bury him [previously], "He's not actually dead. He's going to suddenly wake up. He'll be all risen, more Jesus-symbolism stuff." Dead certain all the way to into this episode that he's not actually dead.

Me, sniffling, tears pouring down face during confessions to dead Ragnar. Husband, looking at me quizzically, "You know he's not dead, right? It's all a ruse." Me, sniffling, tears pouring down face all the way to the lid popping off the coffin.

Sigh, I like good TV.
posted by slipthought at 10:19 AM on December 2, 2015 [2 favorites]


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