“All of my life, and all of your lives have come to this point. There is nowhere else to be but here. Nowhere else to live or die but here. To be here now is the only thing that matters. So gather yourselves, gather all of your strength and all of your sweetness to an iron ball, for we will attack again and again until we reach, and overcome, their king, or die in the attempt. Blow the horns, beat the drums and attack, for there will be no turning back. Only victory, or death.” And with that rousing speech, Rollo—perhaps pulling inspiration from Coach Eric Taylor or at the very least his brother Ragnar—once again defends Paris from an attack by the vikings.
Here’s what to look forward to in Thursday’s midseason finale, “The Last Ship”:
Brother vs. brother
After 10 episodes, Rollo and Ragnar finally come to blows, and advance towards each other in very different states of mind. Rollo, once the drunken laughingstock in seasons 1 and 2, is clearheaded, confident and thinking of the big picture while Ragnar is confused, shuddering from drug withdrawal and singleminded.
Yidu, Erlendur and Queen Kwenthrith all met their untimely demise in the last couple of episodes; the bloodshed continues both during the battle scenes and in Paris, where Emperor Charles decides to do a little bit of culling of his own. Forget The Red Wedding, how about the Deadly Dinner?
A look forward
We’d love to tell you what happens during the siege on Paris, but we want you to experience it spoiler-free. What we can say is that what happens during it affects the rest of the episode and leads to a time jump. Viewers will catch up with the citizens of Kattegat years later, and what is important to them. It feels like the next chapter of the story will focus more on Bjorn, his brothers and their desires.
Vikings airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on History.