But over in Scandinavia, events were not so lofty or the stuff of legend is this episode. Although there has been little to like about King Horik, he was completely right about the necessity and value of Jarl Borg joining the raid and eventual settlement plans in England. And I thought Rollo made good and profound sense when he told Borg that, although he and Borg and most other men might be most motivated by revenge, Ragnar operated on a highly level - responding to what we might say today are cosmic callings. So, when Ragnar surprises us at the end by attacking Borg, after Borg has pledged his loyalty, it is a good twist in the story but a bad move as far as the ultimate success of the Vikings in the West. I admire Ragnar's putting his family first, but regret that he may have done at this at the expense of his destiny.
Meanwhile, there is nothing ambiguous about what Lagertha did to her husband, one of the most despicable characters in the series. It will be interesting to see what happens with her now. Will she take this as a sign that she belongs with Ragnar, as awkward as that might be? One thing is clear: Ragnar, now more than ever before, will need all the help he can get if and when he returns to England.
See also Vikings 2.1-2: Upping the Ante of Conquest ... Vikings 2.4: Wise King ... Vikings 2.5: Caught in the Middle
And see also Vikings ... Vikings 1.2: Lindisfarne ... Vikings 1.3: The Priest ... Vikings 1.4: Twist and Testudo ... Vikings 1.5: Freud and Family ... Vikings 1.7: Religion and Battle ... Vikings 1.8: Sacrifice
... Vikings Season 1 Finale: Below the Ash