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TV Review: Vikings 5.8 “The Joke”
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Vikings
Season 5 Episode 8: “The Joke”
Directed by Jeff Woolnough
Written and created by Michael Hirst
Starring Katheryn Winnick, Alexander Ludwig, Gustaf Skarsgard, Alex Høgh, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Marco Ilsø, Jordan Patrick Smith, Josefin Asplund, John Kavanagh, Clive Standen, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Darren Cahill, Jennie Jacques, Moe Dunford, Peter Franzén, Jasper Pääkkönen
The History Channel
Air Date: Wednesday, January 10th, 2018, 8:00pm

Warning! Spoilers below for last night’s episode of Vikings!

The last episode of Vikings left Kattegat on the brink of war. With the moon comes Ivar (Alex Høgh) and King Harald (Peter Franzén) and Bishop Headmund (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), whose relationship with Ivar is completely complicated. Ivar seemed to look for another father in the Bishop, who promised no lies as that is the will of his god. Alfred (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) journeyed to find Athelstan’s past, and at the end of the episode said The Lord’s Prayer in unison with his late father. Astrid (Josefin Asplund) revealed she was pregnant. Harald was delighted, but she was sad, as the baby has a few possible fathers. Torvi (Georgia Hirst) freed Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) from fidelity. Floki (Gustaf SkarsgÃ¥rd) and his followers found the land, but there was still dissent. Margrethe (Ida Nielsen) urged Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith) to take the throne.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: Vikings 4.11 “The Outsider”
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Vikings
Season 4 Episode 11: “The Outsider”
Directed by Daniel Grou
Written and created by Michael Hirst
Starring Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Katheryn Winnick, Alexander Ludwig, Gustaf Skarsgard, Maude Hirst, Alyssa Sutherland, Alex Høgh Andersen, Marco Ilsø, Jordan Patrick Smith, David Lindström, Josefin Asplund, John Kavanagh
The History Channel
Air Date: Wednesday, November 30th, 2016, 9:00pm

Last time on Vikings, the final battle between Frankia and the Vikings, brother against brother, Rollo (Clive Standen) against Ragnar (Travis Fimmel), ended in utter defeat for Ragnar, and praise and accolades for Rollo. An epilogue of sorts showed Ragnar gone for many, many years and his little boys grown up, hating him except for Ivar (Alex Høgh Andersen). Ragnar finally came back and challenged all to kill him and be king.

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TV Review: Vikings 4.10 “The Last Ship”
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Vikings
Season 4 Episode 10: “The Last Ship”
Directed by Jeff Woolnough
Written and created by Michael Hirst
Starring Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Katheryn Winnick, Alexander Ludwig, Gustaf Skarsgard, Maude Hirst, Morgane Polanski, Lothaire Bluteau, Linus Roache, Jennie Jacques, Moe Dunford, Alyssa Sutherland
The History Channel
Air Date: Thursday, April 21st, 2016, 10:00pm

Last week on Vikings, Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) is having more Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) visions. The emperor (Lothaire Bluteau) makes Roland a count. Gisla (Morgane Polanski) doesn’t want to sleep with Rollo (Clive Standen) because of the pregnancy. Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) lost her baby. Aethelwulf (Moe Dunford) and Alfred go to Rome, while Ecbert (Linus Roache) is crowned King of Mercia and Wessex. Erlander (Edvin Endre) blackmailed Torvi (Georgia Hirst) into killing Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig), but she turned and killed him instead. Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) just wants to kill Rollo.

Spoilers below for the mid-season finale of Vikings!

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TV Review: Vikings 4.9 “Death All ‘Round”
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Vikings
Season 4 Episode 9: “Death All ‘Round”
Directed by Jeff Woolnough
Written and created by Michael Hirst
Starring Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Katheryn Winnick, Alexander Ludwig, Gustaf Skarsgard, Maude Hirst, Morgane Polanski, Lothaire Bluteau, Linus Roache, Jennie Jacques, Moe Dunford, Alyssa Sutherland
The History Channel
Air Date: Thursday, April 14th, 2016, 10:00pm

Last week on Vikings, Count Odo got what was coming to him via “50 shades,” death by whipping. Kwenthrith (Amy Bailey) was horrified when Ecbert (Linus Roache) said he was now king of Wessex and Mercia. When she expectedly went to kill him, Judith stabbed her instead. Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) flipped out on Harbard (guest Kevin Durand) because he sleeps with everyone. He does not want her to try to possess him. Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) is completely addicted to his medicine. When Yidu says there was no more medicine and threatened to expose his secret about the massacre of the viking settlement at Wessex, he drowned her in front of his sons. How far the mighty king has fallen!

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TV Review: Vikings 4.8 “Portage”
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Vikings
Season 4 Episode 8: “Portage”
Directed by Ken Girotti
Written and created by Michael Hirst
Starring Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Katheryn Winnick, Alexander Ludwig, Gustaf Skarsgard, Maude Hirst, Morgane Polanski, Lothaire Bluteau, Linus Roache, Jennie Jacques, Moe Dunford, Alyssa Sutherland, Amy Bailey
The History Channel
Air Date: Thursday, April 7th, 2016, 10:00pm

Last week on Vikings, Harbard (guest star Kevin Durand) was generous with the love of the women of Kattegat. The Vikings were defeated at Paris. Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) realized how Rollo (Clive Standen) betrayed him. He screamed to Rollo, “This is how you repay my love!” I felt that. I think Gisla (Morgane Polanski) also felt the feelings Rollo still has for Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick). Rollo anticipated their every move and Helga (Maude Hirst) almost died. Ragnar did save Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) from drowning though. Ecbert (Linus Roache) went to Mercia to talk with Prince Wigstan, who basically handed it over.

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