Vikings - Episode Guide

Season 1

Rites of Passage

Episode: 1x01 | Airdate: Mar 3, 2013

Rites of Passage

A Viking warrior seeks approval from his community's leader in the opener of this series chronicling the medieval adventures of a band of Norsemen.

Wrath of the Northmen

Episode: 1x02 | Airdate: Mar 10, 2013

Wrath of the Northmen

Ragnar gathers a crew in preparation for an epic journey; the earl is overcome with paranoia.

Dispossessed

Episode: 1x03 | Airdate: Mar 17, 2013

Dispossessed

Ragnar and his crew raid a monastery, securing a bounty of riches that impresses the earl.

Trial

Episode: 1x04 | Airdate: Mar 24, 2013

Trial

The Vikings return to England; the earl plants a spy within Ragnar's crew.

Raid

Episode: 1x05 | Airdate: Mar 31, 2013

Raid

A prophet predicts the earl's future; Ragnar's home and farm are destroyed.

Burial of the Dead

Episode: 1x06 | Airdate: Apr 7, 2013

Burial of the Dead

Ragnar faces off with the Earl after learning of Rollo's torture.

A King's Ransom

Episode: 1x07 | Airdate: Apr 14, 2013

A King's Ransom

Ragnar presents a proposal to King Aelle.

Sacrifice

Episode: 1x08 | Airdate: Apr 21, 2013

Sacrifice

Ragnar attempts to cope with the death of his unborn son; Lagertha seeks answers from the gods.

All Change

Episode: 1x09 | Airdate: Apr 28, 2013

All Change

Ragnar attempts to settle a land dispute; a plague breaks out.

Season 2

Brother's War

Episode: 2x01 | Airdate: Feb 27, 2014

Brother's War

A battle begins, pitting Ragnar and King Horik's forces against Jarl Borg and Rollo in the Season 2 premiere. Meanwhile, Princess Aslaug arrives in Kattegat with a surprise that leaves Ragnar in a difficult predicament.

Invasion

Episode: 2x02 | Airdate: Mar 6, 2014

Invasion

An unlikely alliance plans a raid on England; Ragnar and his men face off against a formidable foe.

Treachery

Episode: 2x03 | Airdate: Mar 13, 2014

Treachery

King Ecbert faces a new foe; Ragnar races to dominate in the West.

Eye for an Eye

Episode: 2x04 | Airdate: Mar 20, 2014

Eye for an Eye

Ragnar and Ecbert meet face-to-face; Rollo is forced to become a leader.

Answers in Blood

Episode: 2x05 | Airdate: Mar 27, 2014

Answers in Blood

Lagertha and Ragnar unite to battle Jarl Borg. Later, Bjorn makes a difficult choice.

Unforgiven

Episode: 2x06 | Airdate: Apr 3, 2014

Unforgiven

King Horik presents a surprising proposition to Ragnar; Athelstan becomes confidant to King Ecbert.

Blood Eagle

Episode: 2x07 | Airdate: Apr 10, 2014

Blood Eagle

Ragnar and King Horik clash over how to punish Jarl Borg. Meanwhile, Ecbert eyes a new alliance.

Boneless

Episode: 2x08 | Airdate: Apr 17, 2014

Boneless

Aslaug prepares to give birth; Ragnar, Horik and Lagertha set sail for Wessex.

The Choice

Episode: 2x09 | Airdate: Apr 24, 2014

The Choice

Ragnar's men are engaged in battle while marching to King Ecbert's villa.

The Lord's Prayer

Episode: 2x10 | Airdate: May 1, 2014

The Lord's Prayer

Ragnar and King Horik return to Kattegat in the Series 2 finale. Meanwhile, new alliances are formed.

Season 3

Mercenary

Episode: 3x01 | Airdate: Feb 19, 2015

Mercenary

King Ecbert proposes a deal to the Vikings in the Season 3 premiere. Later, Ragnar leads his forces into battle.

The Wanderer

Episode: 3x02 | Airdate: Feb 26, 2015

The Wanderer

Lagertha and Athelstan help to establish the Viking settlement in Wessex. Harbard, a mysterious wanderer, arrives in Kattegat, realizing the forewarned dreams of Aslaug, Siggy and Helga.

Warrior's Fate

Episode: 3x03 | Airdate: Mar 5, 2015

Warrior's Fate

King Ecbert visits the developing Viking settlement as the first harvest is sown and rebuffs criticism from his leading nobles. In Mercia, the Wessex/Viking forces charge at the battle at the Hill of the Ash. In Kattegat, Harbard arrives in to the Great Hall and his mysterious aura fascinates Aslaug and Helga but Siggy remains suspicious. There are strange and tragic happenings in Kattegat, and Siggy suspects Harbard is the cause.

Scarred

Episode: 3x04 | Airdate: Mar 12, 2015

Scarred

The victorious Wessex/Viking forces return to Wessex but there is rancour in the Viking camp–Floki is angry over the alliance with Ecbert and resentful the influence that he feels Athelstan has over Ragnar. Princess Kwenthrith makes some calculating political moves following the battle at the Hill of the Ash in Mercia. Visitors from the past arrive in Hederby, at Kalf's invitation.

The Usurper

Episode: 3x05 | Airdate: Mar 19, 2015

The Usurper

The fleet returns to Kattegat to find tragic circumstances await. Lagertha learns that her Earldom has been usurped and convinces Ragnar to travel to Hederby with her in an effort to reclaim her title. Ragnar causes great surprise when he announces the next raid. The Seer has interesting prophecies for Rollo.

Born Again

Episode: 3x06 | Airdate: Mar 26, 2015

Born Again

Preparations for the Paris raid pick up pace, and Rollo ponders the Seer's prophecy about his destiny. Kalf arrives in Kattegat to join the raid and the Viking fleet sails up the Seine and catches sight of Paris for the first time. Porunn and Judith both deliver children, and with new life there is also death.

Paris

Episode: 3x07 | Airdate: Apr 2, 2015

Paris

The appearance of the Viking fleet causes panic among the population of Paris. The Emperor Charles, urged by his daughter Gisla, announces in Court he will remain in the city. The defense of Paris is in the hands of its Commander, Count Odo, who hopes that a heroic victory against the Vikings will gain him Gisla's hand in marriage. The Vikings establish camp downriver from the city and plan their attack.

To the Gates!

Episode: 3x08 | Airdate: Apr 9, 2015

To the Gates!

The Viking army embarks and Paris goes into lockdown as the army prepares the defense, overseen by Odo. The Vikings are determined to make it through the gates of Paris and will stop at nothing to succeed.

Breaking Point

Episode: 3x09 | Airdate: Apr 16, 2015

Breaking Point

The Vikings go all out for a second assault on Paris. Recognizing the desperate state of affairs for his city, Emperor Charles must make a difficult decision. In Wessex, Judith is compelled to make a difficult decision of her own.

The Dead

Episode: 3x10 | Airdate: Apr 23, 2015

The Dead

With one last chance to take Paris, Ragnar and his Viking troops take a daring chance. Ragnar asks Bjorn for a favor that could change the course of Viking history.

Season 4

A Good Treason

Episode: 4x01 | Airdate: Feb 18, 2016

A Good Treason

Entry to Valhalla eludes Ragnar but as he lies in his sick bed in Kattegat events unfold beyond his control. Bjorn orders the arrest of Floki for Athelstan's murder and in Paris, Rollo betrays his allies to strengthen his position. Meanwhile, in Hedeby, Kalf announces joint Earldom with Lagertha, but is Lagertha actually willing to share what once was hers?

Kill the Queen

Episode: 4x02 | Airdate: Feb 25, 2016

Kill the Queen

Floki hopes to escape from Ragnar and Kattegat. Rollo makes great efforts in Paris to win over his new bride, Princess Gisla. King Ecbert orders his son Aethelwulf to rescue Queen Kwenthrith from opposing forces in Mercia.

Mercy

Episode: 4x03 | Airdate: Mar 3, 2016

Mercy

Floki faces the wrath of Ragnar. Intrigue prevails in the French Court as Rollo finds an unlikely ally. Kalf and Erlendur plot their ascent. Bjorn must fight a fierce opponent in the wilderness.

Yol

Episode: 4x04 | Airdate: Mar 10, 2016

Yol

The Yule Log burns in the Great Hall in Kattegat and mysterious visitors are welcomed, among them a Norwegian King. King Aelle visits Wessex for Christmas and is concerned with how family relations are developing. In Paris, Rollo's future hangs in the balance - can he win over his new bride, Gisla, as a Papal Delegation arrives to arrange a divorce?

Promised

Episode: 4x05 | Airdate: Mar 17, 2016

Promised

There's an air of betrayal at Court in Paris and in Wessex. Ecbert agrees to support Kwenthrith in Mercia, but is Ecbert a true ally? Ragnar confides in Yidu his darkest secret. Happiness comes to Lagertha and Kalf and a marriage is arranged.

What Might Have Been

Episode: 4x06 | Airdate: Mar 24, 2016

What Might Have Been

Ragnar announces a raid on Paris at the Thing in Kattegat. The fleet is battered by a storm after it sets sail, but the greatest challenge for the Vikings lies ahead in Paris, where Rollo awaits. Meanwhile, Ecbert dispatches Aethelwulf and Alfred on a pilgrimage to Rome.

The Profit and the Loss

Episode: 4x07 | Airdate: Mar 31, 2016

The Profit and the Loss

On the Seine, the Vikings attack with considerable force but can they breach Rollo's defenses? Meanwhile, Harbard, the mysterious wanderer, returns and causes a stir amongst the women of Kattegat.

Portage

Episode: 4x08 | Airdate: Apr 7, 2016

Portage

The Vikings call Ragnar's leadership into question. Ragnar himself remains inscrutable and orders the fleet to beach at a cliff face where he unveils an ingenious plan. Rollo and Gisla have news that strengthens Rollo's position at the French Court.

Death All 'Round

Episode: 4x09 | Airdate: Apr 14, 2016

Death All 'Round

The labours of the Vikings bear fruit as, within sight of Paris, they re-launch their fleet but this time with some formidable new structures that Floki has engineered. Aethelwulf and Alfred arrive in Rome and honours are conferred by Pope Leo. Relations are not so cordial in Wessex.

The Last Ship

Episode: 4x10 | Airdate: Apr 21, 2016

The Last Ship

A fierce battle between the Vikings and the French eventually comes down to Ragnar against Rollo and the outcome seals the fates of the two brothers.

The Outsider

Episode: 4x11 | Airdate: Nov 30, 2016

The Outsider

Ragnar has returned to Kattegat and there are secrets to be revealed. He makes plans to return to Wessex to right past wrongs but finds that those who were once his closest allies now have plans of their own. Even the Lothbrok sons refuse to join their father's mission – except one.

The Vision

Episode: 4x12 | Airdate: Dec 7, 2016

The Vision

The Kattegat locals chide Ragnar that the gods have deserted him as he struggles to crew his voyage to Wessex. It's Bjorn who has charisma now as he prepares to fulfill his long-held dream to explore the Mediterranean in a sleek new boat built for him by Floki. By contrast, Ragnar must accept weathered boats and a crew he has bribed but when Aslaug foresees that the fleet will be lost in a vicious storm her warnings go un-heeded by Ragnar and her precious son, Ivar.

Two Journeys

Episode: 4x13 | Airdate: Dec 14, 2016

Two Journeys

Ragnar's fleet is shipwrecked and washes up on the Wessex coast, but without enough survivors to form a credible force, Ragnar and Ivar have a difficult decision to make. Rollo meets his Viking comrades again and can't resist the urge to join Bjorn's voyage, risking his marriage and his new Frankish identity. Ragnar too is taking a risk as he carries Ivar towards the Royal Villa in Wessex – throwing himself and his son upon the mercy of King Ecbert.

All His Angels

Episode: 4x15 | Airdate: Dec 28, 2016

All His Angels

Ragnar and Ivar plot against the Saxons and reach a new level of understanding.

Crossings

Episode: 4x16 | Airdate: Jan 4, 2017

Crossings

Bjorn's fleet sails onward and launches a surprise attack; back in Kattegat, Lagertha continues in her quest for power.

The Great Army

Episode: 4x17 | Airdate: Jan 11, 2017

The Great Army

The Viking army begins to gather in Kattegat; Lagertha must remain vigilant in the absence of her son, Bjorn.

Revenge

Episode: 4x18 | Airdate: Jan 18, 2017

Revenge

Ragnar's plan comes to fruition; the Viking army lands on the coast of Northumbria.

On the Eve

Episode: 4x19 | Airdate: Jan 25, 2017

On the Eve

The Viking army causes panic in the English countryside as King Ecbert and Aethelwulf plan the defense of the realm.

The Reckoning

Episode: 4x20 | Airdate: Feb 1, 2017

The Reckoning

Prince Aethelwulf finds himself subject to the Vikings' battle master plan; Ecbert remains behind with a plan of his own.

Season 5

The Departed Part One

Episode: 5x01 | Airdate: Nov 29, 2017

The Departed Part One

Tensions mount between the sons of Ragnar Lothbrok as the Vikings continue to threaten the very heart of England. As the Great Army moves to take York, with King Aethelwulf and his family still in hiding, Heahmund, the warrior bishop, must rally the Saxons to defend the Realm.

The Departed Part Two

Episode: 5x02 | Airdate: Nov 29, 2017

The Departed Part Two

As the Vikings establish their stronghold in York, Ivar is determined to lead the Great Army. In Kattegat, Lagertha misjudges King Harald and pays a heavy price. Floki arrives at a mysterious land.

Homeland

Episode: 5x03 | Airdate: Dec 6, 2017

Homeland

Celebrations are cut short in the aftermath of the battle at York. Ragnar Lothbrok's sons are pitted against each other as tensions reach an all-time high and each is forced to choose a side.

The Plan

Episode: 5x04 | Airdate: Dec 13, 2017

The Plan

Guided by Bishop Heahmund's visions, the Saxons devise a battle plan. Ivar the Boneless strategizes on his own as the Vikings undergo increasing pressure. Bjorn Ironside finds himself in a new territory and must convince the local commander he is a trader and not a raider.

The Prisoner

Episode: 5x05 | Airdate: Dec 20, 2017

The Prisoner

Ivar meets his match in Bishop Heahmund, while Floki returns to Kattegat and Bjorn receives a lavish welcome in North Africa.

The Message

Episode: 5x06 | Airdate: Dec 27, 2017

The Message

Lagertha is betrayed and Bjorn must find a way to support the distraught queen. Floki and his settlers arrive in a new land but it is far from what they expected.

Full Moon

Episode: 5x07 | Airdate: Jan 3, 2018

Full Moon

Bjorn returns to Kattegat to learn that an attack is to take place during the next full moon. Ivar must decide if he can place his trust in a former enemy on the battlefield.

The Joke

Episode: 5x08 | Airdate: Jan 10, 2018

The Joke

The battle for Kattegat begins; as the two armies line up to fight, the Great Heathen Army must decide between a final plea for peace or all-out war; Floki faces discord among the settlers.

A Simple Story

Episode: 5x09 | Airdate: Jan 17, 2018

A Simple Story

The army leaders consider their options in the aftermath of the battle; in Floki's camp, all hopes of binding the community together are dashed as tragedy unfolds.

Moments of Vision

Episode: 5x10 | Airdate: Jan 24, 2018

Moments of Vision

A sense of doom looms over Kattegat as bloodshed ensues; the defeated army flees in the face of the victors, and a legendary warrior makes his way home.

Specials

The Saga of Ragnar Lothbrok

Episode: S04 Special | Airdate: Nov 30, 2016

The Saga of Ragnar Lothbrok

A recap special that looks back on past seasons 1-4A of History's Vikings.

A New World

Episode: S05 Special | Airdate: Nov 28, 2017

The Saga of Lagertha

Episode: S05 Special | Airdate: Nov 29, 2017

The Saga of Lagertha

In this one-hour recap special, Ivar the Boneless summons the Seer to tell him about his greatest enemy, Lagertha. The Seer takes us through Lagertha's epic story in the previous 4 seasons, telling everything there is to know about the formidable warrior, fearless leader, and legendary shieldmaiden.