Vikings is a show with numerous great episodes, and Reddit gives its thoughts on the best of them.
Vikings had lots of great episodes in its arsenal but there is still a handful that truly stood out to fans. With the sequel series, Vikings: Valhalla, being developed by Netflix, it is a perfect opportunity to look back at the strongest episodes/storylines throughout the original series. This is done in no particular order. Spoiler alert for those that have not watched the show.
Although with plenty of gore and brutality, the show had plenty of beautiful moments that fans remember fondly. The show offered much of what makes a good show great with great character building, complete storylines, and action. The best episodes featured almost all of these and the question of which episode is the best is posed for a lot of shows but Reddit had all the answers for this one.
Arguably one of the most brutal episodes, it remains one of the episodes many on Reddit as one of the best in the series. The episode not only showcases the brutality of the times but also the execution method of the blood eagle. Reddit users commented on many things from the episode including how the execution scene was done as well as the music throughout. “That was one of the most intense moments on TV I have ever seen,” Reddit user godofallcows said.
What made the scene all the better, is that there was not too much gore shown. Instead of creating shock value showing every little bit, the show decides to show the faces of other Vikings. The show did more with less, allowing the viewer to have an imagination about the brutality rather than seeing it.
The Lord’s Prayer
The season two finale is regarded as among the best in the series. What the episode does well is close out the overall storyline of season two and easily transitions into the next season. One of the many plot points in the episode that seemed to twist every viewer was Floki. While the entire episode it seems as though Floki will be turning bad, it is not until the end that viewers see that Floki was playing a long con on the villain all along.
Fans on Reddit also rejoiced on the character arc with Lagertha throughout the episode. Reddit user vixenkitty stated, “I WANT TO BE LIKE LAGERTHA!! She rocks!”. One of the key moments that stuck out was when Lagertha fights Gunnhild and ultimately comes out on top. This showcased a lot of what makes Lagertha a strong character. These two moments within the episode as well as the ending scenes with Ragnar that have fans convinced it is among the best.
In one of the more heartwrenching episodes, fans of the show were understandably sad to see Athelstan die. Although, instead of dividing fans as other shows have done with big deaths, the show does a great job of making the death bittersweet with the relationship between Ragnar and Athelstan. As Reddit user, Soren_Lorensen puts it, “Really gonna miss Athelstan. Kudos to the show for having the b***s to do it though.”
All seemed to share the same sentiment that while sad, the show was brave to go this route but also did it correctly. It also helped that the dialogue throughout the episode was strong and had some of the best moments for multiple characters. This is especially the case with Athelstan and Ragnar. This episode really opened up how beautiful the relationship between them was.
All His Angels
Regarded as another impactful episode and one that foreshadows a lot of things to come. It is a huge episode that kills off what many regarded as the main character of the series, Ragnar. One Reddit user stated, “Travis Fimmel’s performance in Vikings has been absolutely phenomenal.” In what would naturally cause fans to be torn apart or sentimentally end a show, made fans appreciate all of the work Travis Fimmel, who played Ragnar, has done.
Unlike The Walking Dead when Rick Grimes left the show, this episode made fans excited for what was to come. What especially got fans excited for the future of the show was the focus switching to Ragnar’s sons, mainly Ivar.
Arguably one of the best Lagertha episodes, and a precursor to the “Blood Eagle” episode, this was another episode that ramped up of things to come. Fans, however, were especially delighted to see Lagertha’s arc throughout the episode and her eventual revenge towards the end. As Reddit user, MenaNoN put it, “When Lag(ertha) stabbed that a I literally jumped up like it was the freaking Super Bowl.” It was one of the strongest episodes for the character, and she garnered a lot of fans after its end.
Before the “Blood Eagle” episode came to be, fans also become excited with Ragnar’s line that the Jarl was to be executed in this fashion. Although what is to come is already known, at the time, it was a great buildup.
Another strong episode for a specific character, this time Bjorn, who has a memorable fight scene against the Berserker. Many fans commented on this fight scene and how strong it made Bjorn’s character look as well as give confidence to fans in the future of the show. As Reddit user, istigk3it stated, “I’m excited to see more, which is great considering the odds that he will play such an increasingly big role.”
What fans also liked about the show was how well it tributed to Viking culture as well. This episode also supplied character development, which can be seen as filler by some, but still paid off in the long run.
Although one of the arguably less fan-favorite episodes, fans were mostly shocked and heartbroken at the episode’s ending. Leif did not live long into the show but still gained a bit of a following. “I thought I didn’t want Athelstan to die but realized I wanted Leif to live more,” Reddit user ndnOUTLAW said.
The episode did pose a lot of questions such as the goals of Ragnar and Lagertha having another child and how the show would wrap up a lot of the storylines in the season. Still, it is amongst the stronger episodes.
As Reddit user, russmcruss52 stated, “It’s the first time we see Ragnar lose, (and) Bjorn gets his moniker.” However, this episode also sets up a lot of important story arcs. For one, it did give Bjorn his famous name of Ironside and showcases how smart of a character King Ecbert is in a fight. Not only did this show how intelligent the character of Ecbert is, but the humanity of Ragnar after he has been winning almost two seasons of the show.
The episode is also strong on the character of Rollo, and how capable he is during a fight. While a more action-packed episode, it does lead to many important things in the future. It also still supplies fans of the show with the action that is craved from watching a Vikings show.
In The Uncertain Hour Before The Morning
The majority of the episode that fans enjoyed stems from the relationship Ragnar and Ecbert have. As Reddit user maybe_a_sloth stated, “Ecbert and Ragnar reunion exceeded expectations.” The episode also plays strongly into their friendship with great dialogue. Along with this, fans again enjoyed Travis Fimmel’s performance and his ability to really carry a scene, especially with a great actor in Linus Roache.
Besides the parts with Ragnar, fans also liked the moments with Aslaug and Lagertha, even though Aslaug is killed off. What’s good about these scenes that were discussed at the time is the potential buildup for Lagertha’s character.
What made this episode great for fans was the number of twists in it. From Ragnar seeming to be dead to jumping out of the coffin in Paris to Ragnar knowing Floki is who killed Athelstan. “I honestly thought Ragnar was dead, especially after the scenes with Rollo, Floki, and especially Lagertha saying goodbye,” Reddit user iNSANEw0w said.
What the show also did well was play off all of the character’s strengths including Lagertha, through the use of confession scenes when everyone thinks Ragnar is dead. This episode showed just how much she loved Ragnar in a single line despite the issues they have gone through.