What an episode and I yet can´t wait for the season finally. I got so much to discuss with you guys. This episode is good in many ways it refer to one and other. It isn't predictable. It will be a bit of a recap in a few ways episodes but also seasons of Vikings.
Again we start with King Ragnar and Floki in the episode before we started the same way only a different place and setting. It is not about how to attack but about the defeat. They will try it differently this time by the idea of the others. The first attack it is all about the women. By taking down the French men one by one in the great hall towards Paris. While doing so they make less noise. But here we can see a true battle between Lagertha who knows how to fight and Gisla who doesn´t know how she is going to battle but also arms her women with a small dagger/knife. Where we can see Lagertha battle. Gisla is not particular good at fighting we haven't seen her fight yet, she is good in politics.
When this girl power almost kill the guards inside the hall the men show up. When they came through the burning doors of the hall. After the pike car wheel we see Rollo take command first he defeat the wheel then a lot of soldiers alone. What a great warrior he almost singlehandedly take down lots of the soldiers of the French army. But he is blind to see what happens. His eyes are the eyes of Floki who sees what coward Count Oddo does and he reinforce the army. When Floki calls out for Rollo, Rollo started to realise that this is yet another retreat they need to make. Before that Lagertha saves Kalf but it was also a warning to him that she could kill him anytime. While doing the retreat they lose Cedric and Earl Siegfried to the French because they can't reach the gate in time.
Then we have the most interesting part of the episode or should I say the beginning of the end and the beginning of something new. The funny thing in this part is that you could interpret in many ways. Many would say it is the switching of believe who made him there laying in his own blood pool. I agree it could but it wouldn't be me that I doubt about this. He is laying as it starts there as a baby the beginning at the end of the scene he is still the baby but I will tell you why. What we see in this scene is how he became that way and how he will end that way. It is the circle of live they show us. Not only that there is much more in there. This is how I wrote it down in my handwritten book.
Ragnar-Odin-Athelstan-Jesus-Odin-Athelstan-Odin-red-cut in the hand of Ragnar by Odin I think to made him realise that he doesn't need to ignore the faith he was born in these are the stages he lived in taken as the believes. But there is more to it as far as I can see the changes from Athelstan are also in there.
Then we go to the next stage: laying in a pool of blood like a baby-Athelstan-Jesus-Odin-Jesus-Athelstan-red-crow-human wolf-giant-himself outside of his body-Odin-laying in a pool of blood like a baby. In this you can see the doubt, but also the change in Athelstan's live, the changes of Ragnar himself, circle of live, but also his way how he become a King. He started as just a farmer a crow, he needed to become a human wolf to become Earl, and he needed to become a giant to become King.
That brings me to another link in this episode the scene he is explaining why he has the last judgement. He became Earl by other people's actions (Lagertha). He became King not out of ambition but again he had no choice as result of other people's actions (Rollo, Floki, Bjorn, Siggy) Does he do this to ask forgiveness to Erlendur, Kalf, Floki, Rollo, Lagertha etc. And wasn't the sentence to Athelstan I don't ask for forgiveness but I hope you forgive for what I am about to do. Ragnar got baptized at the end of this episode.
In the scene we are at Wessex and King Eckbert and Judith have an interesting conversation also not about faith but about what might be and what has been. There is one link this episode I could find between Ragnar and Eckbert. Footsteps echo in the memory the scenes Ragnar has is definitely an echo of memory. If we take King Eckbert and Ragnar they are very similar. The emperor of France is as smart as the both of them but in a different way. King Eckbert needs Judith (daughter in law), the emperor needs Gisla (daughter).
In Kattegat they bring Aslaug a Christian missionary who is actually thinking that he could face the gods who he founds deaf, dumb and blind. Deaf is about Heimdall because his ears are hidden in Yggdrasil, the eye of Odin is there hidden as well. The Cristian also talks about the pagan gods that their made up. When he challenged by Aslaug to let the gods decided what to do with him he accept, the first time he has nothing the second time he burns his hands. Hands that are also get hurt in another scene the scene of execution where a French soldier loses his hand because the executioner pulled his head back.
There are more things I could write about but then I would spoil all the episode so I don't.