Vikings Season 3 Episode Shows the Differences between the English and the Vikings!

March 9, 2015 - By Jan Rainey

Vikings season 3 episode 3, “Warrior’s Fate”, just aired, and we have the recap. The episode had to do a lot with the religious tensions between the Christian Saxons and the Norse Vikings. King Ecbert allies himself with the Northmen, and two members of his court essentially call him out for doing so. Ecbert went so far as to give some of their land to the new arrivals, which spoke for how comfortable he was with them. Many people disagreed with his decision.

The Viking courts have more of a democratic tone, while the English one was a little different. Floki calls Ragnar deluded, wondering why they are fighting for the Christians. Ecbert’s men imply that the difference between the Viking and English religions (and thus their cultures) make them incompatible. Floki essentially doesn’t believe in religious tolerance, and is voicing his opinion to Ragnar. However, the title of the episode, doesn’t refer to this situation, but rather Torstein begging to be involved in the next battle so he can die fighting.

He dies in the beginning of the battle, presumably so he can get into Valhalla. While, at the end of the battle, Burgred surrenders, and we can see the difference between the two cultures and how they accept their fate and free will. The concept of free will is used (or somewhat abused) by the Vikings much more than their Christian counterparts. The logic in both cultures is that God already knows the day that you’ll die, and there’s nothing really you can do about it.

But, if it’s not your day to die, than nothing you do or fail to do will change the time of your death. After the battle, we see a blood sacrifice by Lagertha and the other farming Vikings who decide to use a bull. There is a lot of blood shown, and it’s an interesting juxtaposition when you see it next to her pale skin. The Saxon’s are somewhat disturbed, and do not want the Vikings to stay any longer after witnessing this. Both Ragnar and Ecbert understand that they need each other if they want to survive.

The Viking culture needs something sustainable, while England is still a hodgepodge of small kingdoms at this point. There will be a lot of conflict surrounding Lagertha and their pragmatic rationales in the upcoming episodes.

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