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Review: ‘Vikings,’ Season 2, Episode 9, ‘The Choice’

Hello, fellow Vikings fans. It’s been an entire week since we last sat around this Viking-themed bonfire to discuss the oft-bizarre and oft-confounding actions that our beloved cast deem acceptable despite possible dire implications for them, their families, and their everlasting Valhalla-or-Hel-bound souls. Can you believe it? I swear, as this year goes on, weeks are slipping by faster. Or, maybe, I’m just so jazzed about this season that I can’t believe it’s almost over. After last week’s plot-building episode, we have had a lot to think about; there’s the crippled Ivar the Boneless, the possible Floki deception, the ongoing Lagertha badassery, Bjorn’s horrible pickup lines, and Athelstan’s never ending moral crisis.

 

Also worth mentioning? You’re incredible support through comments and shares this entire season. I’m so, so sorry I couldn’t get around to answering your comments from last week (though, as ever, they were insightful, hilarious, and fabulous), time ran away from me like an Olympic sprinter – just know that I deeply appreciate all of the support you guys always provide me.

 

Now, before I get overly sappy, let’s get down to some brutal Viking business!

 

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We start this episode in Merry England, where Athelstan (George Blagden) is making great progress in the translation of manuscripts. It’s about Caesar because referencing Caesar’s war tactics in a show about pillaging and war is as original and mandatory as it gets. Then again, it wouldn’t be an Athelstan scene if clichés weren’t involved (enter: the chess board that King Ecbert plays with while Athelstan recites battle tactics). King Ecbert (Linus Roache) declares to Athelstan that they must wage war against Ragnar and these strategies will aid in said battle. Athelstan, naturally, tells Ecbert that he knows Ragnar better than to ambush his men when he was looking for land for his people to improve their livelihood. However, that’s pretty much beside the point when you take into consideration that Ecbert’s envoys were murdered with only his son being spared by the ambushers. He views it as a clear message.

 

From roughly half the Viking encampment, it’s a pretty true one.

 

Still, Athelstan asks Ecbert to allow him to speak to Ragnar. King Ecbert denies him the request, claiming that he is too important and dear to him to risk his death.
Meanwhile, at camp Viking, Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) is spitting vinegar at King Horik and his charming peacekeeping antics. King Horik (Donal Logue) tells him that he never had any intention of making a truce, signing it, growing a garden filled with wheat, and living in peace with King Ecbert.

 

Honestly, he’s made that very clear since the second his son died. There has been absolutely nothing shocking and/or original about his revenge arc and the fact that Ragnar didn’t see this coming from an ocean away is troubling and completely unbelievable.

 

Be that as it may, Ragnar is shocked – shocked! – that Horik doesn’t blindly follow his lead. Lagertha asserts that if they could beat King Ecbert in battle, there’s a very good possibility that he would offer them more gold and land in their terms of agreement. Ragnar, still, is not hearing it – he views the gift of Athelstan’s bracelet as an action of good faith and peace was just around the corner. Except, you know, for the fact that it was episode 8 in a 10 episode season and there’s no way that peace can ever exist in this universe.

 

To hammer his point home, Horik calls on Floki’s opinion on the matter. Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) says that the Christians worship a false god so why should they be trying to be friends with them anyway? When Ragnar tells them that he will be going without them to talk to King Ecbert, Horik tells them that they won’t be dividing their resources and – since he’s king – he calls the shots; they’ll be striking Ecbert as soon as possible. The camp divides into different huffy smaller camps and the Vikings descend into sulking for various reasons.

 

Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) approaches his father and tells him that he can’t sleep. He’s thinking about death, about the battle, his pretty lady back home (just a guess), and his father (swaddled in a blanket and looking decidedly put out) tells him not to worry about death. Additionally, he tells Bjorn about part of the Seer’s prophecy for him. He will marry the daughter of a king – so, not Porunn? – which means that he will live through their next battle. At least.

 

Watching this exchange, Horik tells Floki that Bjorn reminds him of Baldr, the son of Odin and Frigg. The Gods had sworn to an oath that proclaimed no harm would come to the favorite son of Odin. Time and time again, they tried to injure Baldr, yet he was always protected. They were thrilled at this, all except for Loki, who grew jealous of the preferential treatment of Baldr (at least according to the show’s retelling) and vowed to find a way to kill him. Floki grins at the tale and how it so relates to their current situation.

 

Are you saying that Horik wants Floki to kill Bjorn?

 

Yeah, that’s pretty much what I got from that scene.

 

Bjorn. Bjorn, the one that has loved and adored Floki his whole life? Bjorn, who looks at Floki as a member of their family? Seriously?

 

Well, they’ve been keeping Rollo’s character (relatively) consistent the past couple of episodes, so it falls on Floki’s shoulders to be completely inconsistent in terms of characterization, personality, backstory, and current plot. Obviously.

 

Excuse me, I’m going to sacrifice a friend of mine in hopes for a long con situation.

 

Athelstan is troubled (what’s new?) and turns to his new-old-old Christian deity for some help and guidance. He knows that under Christianity, he’s only supposed to worship one god, but he also believes in the gods of the Vikings. He’s seen Thor, he’s seen Freya – he can’t not believe in them with some part of his soul just because he’s wearing different vestments. He then prays for Ragnar’s safety, because slash fanfiction needs more canonical fuel.

 

The next morning, they start the war march. Ragnar looks pleased as Odin’s minions watch on. They gather in a large open field, because that’s always the best place to wage war and not become surrounded. The English have also gathered and are ready to get the party started. Before we know it, it’s fight time!

 

And what happens?

 

The Vikings get their asses handed to them in a crocheted handbasket.

 

The battle is arduous, gorgeously filmed (note: I love how they always give the main Vikings distinctive styles through battle; Bjorn’s incessant need to impress his father, King Horik’s creepy son’s growing brutality, Lagertha’s fabulous hair flowing through the wind as she impressively leads, Rollo doing what he does best – viciously kick ass, etc) and understandably weighty. Seriously, the Vikings get destroyed for the first time in the entire series. The remaining Vikings retreat, but not without leaving a direly wounded Rollo on the battlefield.

 

Instead of being killed by the roaming Christian soldiers in the aftermath, once Rollo’s identity is discovered, King Ecbert proclaims him an important man and orders that all actions are taken to keep him alive. Overhead, ravens circle the battlefield.

 

Also, can we mention how phenomenal the choice in music was during the battle?

 

I think you mean, “can we mention how phenomenal the choice in music is,” because if there is one thing this show is genius at, it’s using music to create a mood.

 

While I believe that this loss is an important one and it was without a doubt one of the most intense of the series so far, the sting is sort of taken out of it when you remember that they can’t have a show called Vikings without Vikings, so this setback is just that – a setback before reaching the ultimate endgoal. With that nagging in the back of my head, it was hard for me to really feel the gloomy consequences of the casualties (even if I could have sworn Rollo was actually dead for at least a minute).

 

Still, you feel the tense air of the Vikings as the head back to their camp totally demoralized. Ragnar puts on his sassy pants, belts them, and begins picking at the scab before the blood’s even dry. Oh, right, we totally shouldn’t have talked to them beforehand, right? Oh, right, using words to work out our feelings is totally ridiculous, huh? “Well…King. What are we fated to do?”

 

Some give King Horik some ice for all those ICU-level burns.

 

Ragnar has no concept of too soon.

 

Bjorn openly and angrily mourns the loss of his uncle, even though Ragnar tells him not to worry about Rollo because he’s basically the human equivalent of a sexually deviant cockroach and won’t die so easily (oh, those are my words). He goes on to announce that, because his son dodged all weapons and did not fall prey to even one stabby motion, he will forever be known as Bjorn Ironside.

 

Is it weird that in my head the Circle of Life started playing as I connected the dots between this fictional rendition and the historical Bjorn?

 

 

By this time, Lagertha has had enough of this backstabbing bullshittery and tells both Horik and Ragnar that they need to make decisions quickly, as they don’t have many options left.

 

Our Viking crew burns some ships in homage to their fallen brethren.

 

Those options can wait, because back at Ecbert’s kingdom King Aelle (Ivan Kaye) leading the charge on a drunken happy festival celebrating their win over the pagan northmen. Athelstan finds it entirely distasteful and finds Rollo in the infirmary, bloody, bruised, and not exactly happy to see Athelstan.

 

“If I had enough strength to kill you now, I would.” Yeah, I’d say the reunion wasn’t pleasant.

 

Without knowing what Athelstan has been up to and seeing him in his monk garb, his first inclination is that King Horik is right – he betrayed them all.

 

King Aelle, happy as a clam, tipsy, and with a towel slung low on his hips, feels like an unstoppable man. He storms into the public bath and gives some man hugs to those also in the water, voicing his desire to raid again and really eviscerate them while they’re down. Ecbert politely declines, saying that the decimation of one of their armies will probably not annihilate the northmen like they assume, but make them unite and grow stronger, sending back more men to take on the English.

 

I feel like Ecbert is vastly overestimating the amount of men the Vikings had at their disposal.

 

I can’t say whether or not that innate feeling is right or wrong, considering I have no idea what the Viking warrior population was in relation to the English armies at the time, but I’m viewing this more as a way for Ecbert to talk down Aelle so he can get back into the Vikings’ good graces, leading to an endgame of him using their manpower for his own devices. Aelle agrees to this tentative deal. After all, wooo! Let’s conquer Mercier!

 

So, Ecbert sends Athelstan to the Viking camp to work out the kinks.

 

Horik, his derpy son, and Floki look stoked that he’s back (not). Bjorn sees Athelstan and the monk asks him if he remembers dear old Monklestan, only for the always eloquent Bjorn to say back, “Of course I do. I wanted to kill you as a child, but then I loved you.” It’s actually really sweet. He informs the camp that Rollo is alive. Sure, he’s severely wounded, but he’s alive and being tended to – many of those in the camp are visibly relieved. Lagertha asks him why he has come and Horik declares that Athelstan does Ecbert’s bidding because “he is one of them,” which starts riling the crowd in a fairly negative way.

 

I’m so done with Horik’s weaksauce brand of villainy. And his homophobic jabs. Seriously, can we fucking not?

 

Lagertha tells Athelstan that they accept the terms to meet with Ecbert, knowing that Ragnar agrees to go and outnumbering Horik 2-1.

 

Ragnar walks with Athelstan away from the camp for some bromantic bonding (and protecting Athelstan from possible arrow-slung harm). He tells Athelstan that it’s good to see him and you believe it, because it’s moments like this that Travis Fimmel is at his best, the little hints of tenderness. “In the gentle fall of rain I still hear my God. In the thunder I still hear Thor,” Athelstan notes, his eyes looking up to the sky. Ragnar, limping alongside Athelstan, solemly says “Perhaps someday our gods can become friends.” When he gives Athelstan the bracelet back in that wooded area, you can’t help but feel of Athelstan – torn completely between two facets of himself, he’s really shining in this episode. In a sad, depressed, conflicted way. I missed Ragnelstan.

 

When word reaches Ecbert that they will be exchanging hostages while working out the kinks of the deal, he informs King Aelle that he will be serving as the hostage this time. Initially, he refuses, yet ultimately agrees to the terms.

 

As the core Viking group ride up to the keep, Floki voices his opinions about the situation – why should they save Rollo when he’s been so flippy floppy in the past? Why should they trust the priest when he could be luring them to their death? Ragnar scoffs as his mention of trust, openly doubting his reliability before the other riders. It’s in this motion that I feel a tiny glimmer of hope that this is all a farce to get into King Horik’s good graces before turning on him with a knife in his back and a cackle that would make Harley Quinn excited. Then again, Ragnar isn’t known for his foresight and subtlety, so I could be wrong. I’m just hoping I’m not.

 

 

Ecbert invites the crew to sit down at his table where Princess Kwenthrith sits with bated libido. Athelstan lays out the terms of the prospective treaty – King Ecbert is willing to provide money, treasure, and 5000 acres of land to the Vikings in exchange for the assurance that he will not have to worry about the possible disruption of his territory in the future. Princess Kwenthrith is also willing to pay any amount of sum to have northmen by her side (and, you know, probably bed). Oh, also, if they accept they’ll give them Rollo back. Lagertha and Ragnar accept the offer. Begrudgingly, King Horik also accepts the terms.

 

Rollo is wheeled to the camp and a few Vikings offer themselves as mercenaries for Kwenthrith.

 

Ragnar approaches Athelstan and tells him that they are taking Rollo back to Kattegat, extending the offer to Athelstan. “I want you to come back.”

 

Back in Kattegat, Porunn (Gaia Weiss) is training to be a shieldmaiden because duh everyone looks up to Lagertha. I don’t quite buy her as a fighter (that modelesque physique wears clothes well, but is a willowy frame preferable for combat? I have my reservations), however, I respect her decision to want to be a strong, independent woman (insert z-snap). Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) approaches her and asks why everyone wants to be like Lagertha –

 

I can’t imagine how awkward it must be for Aslaug. Living in a city where everyone prefers the ex? Yikes.

 

and though she asks the question, she smiles when Porunn is too embarrassed to answer. It’s weird how Aslaug is the most human when she’s self-effacing. Aslaug tells Porunn that she has made her a free woman and she is no longer bound to their family, she need only serve under them if she chooses. The former slave calls it impossible, but Aslaug smiles as she tells her “it has happened.” Later that evening, Porunn swims into the (probably fucking freezing) water and smiles. She’s taking sudden freedom way better than I would; there’s not an existential crisis in sight.

 

In England, Ecbert finds a manuscript half-written and a Christian cross left behind – wordlessly, Athelstan has made his decision.

 

Still, he puts on a sporting face and meets with the Princess and her new northmen. She seems bummed that she won’t be able to get her paws on Ragnar as a mercenary, but settles for some second-base grope action with some of her new soldiers. Though Ragnar isn’t included, she seems pleased as punch.

 

And then there’s Rollo.

 

I sincerely doubt the verisimilitude of him surviving that sort of wound in real life.

 

Shh. We don’t talk about realities here.

 

Rollo is gingerly loaded onto the dock of Kattegat and Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig) wears a look on her face that plainly says “I gave you one fucking job and you come back half dead and looking like Hel.” He’s placed in her care after a brutal surgery that involves re-breaking his bones to reset them and sealing wounds with fire. On a different emotional note, Athelstan is bright eyed and bushytailed now that he’s back in furs with his feet firmly planted in Scandinavia. He tells Aslaug that he came back because they all are his family – again, where it would seem contrived and wooden from anyone else, in this moment is just feels so sweet. Almost too confectionary, but I can dig it.

 

Oh, and then Bjorn is informed that Porunn is no longer a slave and she has a fancy dress and combed hair to prove it. The look on both Aslaug and Lagertha’s face when Bjorn reacts to the news is touching and sort of hilarious. Then again, Lagertha is the queen of sly grins.

 

Elsewhere in Kattegat, Horik approaches a distracted Floki with an ominous proposition, ending the episode on that note.

 

I have so many feelings. Some positive (Athelstan! I missed him more than I knew and he didn’t even go anywhere!), some nauseous (Rollo’s leg snap brought chills down my spine in only a way Joe Theismann’s leg snap could rival), and some blasé (have I mentioned I’m over the trivial conniving mentality of Horik? He could have been such a good bad guy and yet we’re given second-rate menacing). What would you give this episode?

 

Save for the massive five minute fight at the start of the episode, The Choice was sort of a subdued episode with a lot of plot building towards the finale. Some parts of the episode were spot on while others left me scratching my head, leading me to give this 21 makeshift splints out of 27. Overall, gold claps all around and it should be an excellent finale.

 

What about you guys? What did you think of this episode?

 

(Oh, and I promise I’ll try to answer you this time!)

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28 thoughts on “Review: ‘Vikings,’ Season 2, Episode 9, ‘The Choice’

  1. I did watch last night- yay! Thought the episode was brilliant! We tied up some loose ends, got Athelstan back, now have Bjorn’s real nickname bestowed upon him, Lagertha still rocks (girl crush) and we know Rollo is hard to kill.
    The battle scene was beautifully choreographed.
    I’m loving King Ecbert/ He handled Athelstan’ decision about as well as I’d expect a king to handle something like that. He genuinely appreciated Athelstan’s knowledge. The Princess Kwenthrith is a hoot. What libido! Can’t wait for her to breed giants!
    Now, Floki better be putting us on because if he’s really planning on betraying Ragnar, well, I’ll never believe a Skarsgard again. Same goes for Siggy. But since we know Ragnar will eventually be king I’m guessing Horik is in for a proper ass kicking.
    I am wondering, though, how the writers will handle all eventualities. Four years from now will we be following the exploits of Ragnar’s sons?

    • Yeah, I’m willing to bet that the writers will take suuuuper liberties with the ages/plots of Ragnar’s sons. They’ve already altered and skewed history for our entertainment, so I assume that a toddler aged Ivar will not be raiding in Season 3 (though I would watch the hell out of that!)

  2. Love your review and your writing style.
    I expect Floki will not betray Ragnar and this spells doom for Horik, Siggy is another matter but since the sons of Ragnar go on into history, I expect she will also pick the best (winning) side. Glad to see Rollo survived, to me he acts more as a true Viking warrior than most. I thought for sure he was a goner. King Eckbert shows you can be more dangerous with cunning and alliances than with brutality. Gret episode\Great show – can’t wait until next week to see it and discuss the finale of our attractive reviewer.

  3. Ok, is it me or this Horik has got to go to the Underworld. Can’t stand his stupid, whinyy ass. Since the actor for Horik is staring in Gotham next season. I sure hope he dies next week. Just read today, that History has budged $40 million for season 3 and our favorite Vikings will be attacking Paris!!!!!!! Yeaaaa

  4. Aw, don’t feel too bad about not replying last week if you’ve been a busy blogmommy.

    Another amazing episode, with only one ep left, what am I going to get my beards and braids fix.while they film season 3…

    The Seers prophecy was actually “One will marry the daughter of a king ANOTHER will sail around the sea that has no tide”, so Bjorn and Thorunn are good to go since the son who marries the daughter of a king is baby Sigurd Snake-In-the-Eye (Historically he married a daughter of King Aella. Thanks to his elder brothers he didn’t have to worry about a father-in-law either) and there is absolute no record regarding Bjorn Ironside’s wife.

    And I can’t belive the editors cut one of the best scenes. After Floki and Horik compare Bjorn to Baldr there’s a small scene with Lagertha saying to Ragnar that she prayed to the gods that the Seer was right and that their son will not die in the battle tomorrow, and not Ragnar either. Ragnar says that they don’t know the will of the gods and then asks if Lagertha wants to have some adult naked carnal time with him. She just gives him one of her trademark sly grins (but damn it feels flirty) and says “Good night Ragnar”

    The ass-whoping our braided heroes got at the hand of Ecbert and his Roman military tactics was great. This of course will be a key factor in Ragnar & co looking for new easier places to pillage next season (Michael Hirst said in a recent interview that they’re definatly going to France next season)

    I wonder about Horik, will he make his move next week or is he going to be the main antagonist next year as his relationship with Ragnar crumbles. And Floki’s intention is completly impossible to read. I’m actually worried he will turn traitor and that his animosity towards Ragnar for the Athelstan-bromance and forgiving Rollo is real.

    Thorunn’s night time skinny dip was interesting, it was almost like a baptism in that she was washing away her life as a slave and coming out of the water a free woman. But I agree that water can’t have been warm. She and Bjorn are cute together. Nice gesture by Aslaug to set her free.

    Princess Kwentrith and her libido are hillarious. Looked like she approved of the “handfull” of Northmen she got. I really hope she’s around next season too.

    Is it going to be a yearly thing with Rollo grieviously injured. Last year he got the smiley face. Now he must have broken I don’t know how many bones. AND survived the trip back to Kategat.

    • Ahhh, but I don’t want my new job to get in the way of all my Vikings fun! Honestly, the budgeting of time with a full time job has become a task in and of itself! I have to wonder, too, what I’m going to do without our beloved Vikings spouting their bad accents and fabulous hairdos…

      Noo! I can’t believe I missed such a wonderful Lagertha scene! I feel like we over here have been totally robbed. I guess I’m surprised, too…she’s really popular here in the states, you’d think they’d milk the Ragnar/Lagertha scenes for all they’re worth.

      UGH I’d much rather have a French antagonist than Horik. He’s so dull! I can’t believe any sort of play for power from him because he’s shown us time and time again that he’s as interesting as a piece of lint with the strategic skills to match. Neeext. Ecbert, on the other hand, is endlessly interesting to me. I really hope he returns as a constant character next season.

      Aslaug is actually growing on me. I never hated her, really (I mean, you can’t blame her for the breakup of Ragnar/Lagertha…he was just as culpable), but now that she’s having some personality outside of “baby carrier,” I’m liking her more. Her freeing Bjorn’s boo was cute.

  5. Tbh I think it would have been better if Rollo died. He’s kind of a static character at this point who happens to be ripped and really good at fighting. Killing off a main character would help the show move forward a little – which may happen in the next episode depending on what happens.

    That being said, decent episode. I feel like next season is going to get spent on King Horik which kind of sucks because King Horik is kind of running in place. But it will still be fun anyways.

    Porunn is gonna have to lift, bro.

    • The problem is that they can’t kill off the historical characters nilly-willy. Half of the core-cast is protected by history, not just because we know how they really died, but also because we know they still have a job to do. In Bjorn’s case, it’s even acknowledged in the show that he won’t die until the prophecy has become true.

  6. I liked it. But the Floki subplot still has me scratching my head- it feels as rushed as the Ragner/Lagertha trouble at the end of Series One. I wish they would give a little backstory on Floki’s sudden jealousy, though I still hope Floki and Ragnar are playing a long con.

    Princess Kwenthrith is an… interesting character. I think I would like to see a one-on-one meeting between her and Lagertha.

    I’ve liked Aslaug a bit more these past episodes, and continue to appreciate the lack of cattiness between her and Lagertha.

    I’m hoping Horik will exit the stage soon. He’s such a bad villain.

    I’m really, really happy to see Athelstan back in Kattegat. He seems happier there, And speaking of Kattegat… having had the experience of having a broken bone set and splinted, that scene with Rollo made me wince. Ouch.

    • Right. If they’re going to run with Floki being flaky, they need to have more context/build up for it, rather than doing EXACTLY what they did last season. It definitely feels rushed if he’s not fooling around with Horik, you know? Like, if he does turn traitor, they did a horrible job constructing the plot.

      Also, I agree with everything you said! From Kwenthrith being “interesting” to slowly growing to like Aslaug (now that she’s being a little self conscious and actually growing into a character instead of an incubator, she’s a far better addition to the cast). I’m also glad to see Athelstan in Kattegat, even if I like Ecbert and the relationship he had with our dear monk.

  7. Hi I’m from the Philippines and we love so much this show.You’re review of this episode (9) is so fantastic..I cant wait for the finale and yet I’m partly sad that this season will soon to end..

    Im just curious if Porunn is the prophesied daughter of a king whom Bjorn will really marry or sort of twice marriage like Ragnar’s history. Lol

  8. It was brilliant, but it frizzled out towards the end. I think they should have left out all the Kattegat stuff and instead ended the episode with Athelstan having a last look at England before turning to his “family”. As it was, the last ten minutes or so felt rushed. A little bit more negotiation would have been appreciated.

    • I agree. The negotiation scene was set up to be really powerful, and even though I thought it was well done, you could tell that the writers were looking at their wristwatches and speeding things up. Unfortunately, that’s sort of a theme in this show – it has so much to say, but perhaps it’s a bit longwinded for a 43 minute weekly show.

      • I think it is more that they focus on the wrong stuff. Was there really a need to rush them all back to Kattegat this episode? Did we really need the “inspection of the soldiers” (in fact, did we even need the Princess to begin with? I guess they wanted a parallel to Lagertha on the English side, but let’s be honest here, Ecbert could have hired the northmen just as well to conquer Mercia)?

      • I doubt that she will turn up again…in fact, I have the feeling that we won’t see much of England at all next season. Time to explore new lands.

  9. I think Athelstan gets slain by Floki in the last episode of the season. Floki then probably gets banished and then discovers Iceland.

  10. I’ve been enjoying the series thus far, and the characters are well thought out as they also represent actual historical figures. However, I have a problem with Princess Kwenthrith, a woman of that time period would not have asserted that much power, or shown that much vulgarity in public. Even though she is a woman of wealth and comes from a powerful family, she herself is not a fighter nor a commander of armies, she has no business in the meeting rooms, concerning alliance and agreements with the Vikings. Also, it is likely that a woman of her status would’ve been under the influence of a male relative, or quickly married off, and certainly no woman of nobility would publicly grope men and act as vulgar as she does. The Viking men who’ve agreed to act as mercenaries are all “Free Men” not slaves, and I doubt any of them would allow a woman such liberties while inspecting them. This whole scenario was completely out of line with actual historical context.

    • I don’t know. They established pretty fast that Kwentrith has a habit of killing of any male relative that tries to control her (such as her brother)

      Guess I saw the groping scene somewhat differently than you did. They mercenary men didn’t look particularly sexually harassed or uncomfortable but more “Like what you found down there Princess?” leering. Why wouldn’t they allow that? It might get them some action later…

    • While I agree that the sexual liberties go way to far, the character is actually based on a historical person – the part with luring her brother to his dead is based on history. She spend her life fighting the church though, over land her father gave her.

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