I’m starting to think that all this reflection and journaling is not doing Athelstan (George Blagden) a bit of good. Did you see what happened as a result of his giving into temptation with Judith (Jennie Jacques)? Ok, to be fair in Vikings 3.5 “The Usurper,” we found out that the slaughter of the viking settlement was part of an elaborate King Ecbert (Linus Roache) plan. But I do think that Aethlwulf (Moe Dunford) relished it all the more because his wife is now carrying the priest’s bastard.
In Athelstan’s Journal: Stones and Bones Chapter 5: The Choice, he talks to the Seer (John Kavanagh) of truth.
See that video, the “Power and Ambition” video, and the Vikings 3.5 “The Usurper” recap video below.
The Seer: “Who are you priest?”
Athelstan: “I am a son of Christ.” Flashes of priest Athelstan. “And a pagan brother.” Flashes of viking Athelstan.
The Seer: “You are forked like the serpent’s tongue.”
Me: “I bet you say that to all the girls.”
It seems as if Athelstan’s time on the border between faiths is running out. I do think this massacre will have him yearn to remain on the viking side, since it will have been done in the name of Christianity. Like reciting “The Lord’s Prayer” absolves one of killing babies. But will his unborn child sway him otherwise?