This episode is by far the best I've seen yet and the hallucinations/visions by Ragnar and his baptism (later something that became a ritual among those of the Northmen that made deals with the Saxon kings) in a way symbolize the whole struggle of the Viking Age and the end of it were certainly that the Vikings became Christians in the end, specially the Normans who even took part in the 1st Crusade. The last Viking or "pirate" of Norway, Alv Erlingson, were hanged, drawn and quartered. It wasn't bands of thugs just raping and plundering and murdering for the sake of it, suddenly, like as in an accident like the series show, or as if some goldfever suddenly took hold of Scandinavia as if it were some American goldrush, as it's commonly mistaken. That the British Isles were some unknown place to them is not very likely at all, because of the clear knowledge they had about geography and they probably did trade with the picts before something enraged them so much that war was declared, a masse wave of hatred and murder. The first recorded attack, from my home county of Hordaland, came far south in England. King Charlemagne had been massacring scores of Saxons just south of the border of Denmark, cut down the most holy site of the pagan saxons: Irminsul. He made it a capital punishment for those being forced into baptism to return to their pagan ways. One of the Saxons resisted though, and together with the King of Denmark, Sigurd Ring, Danish forces did hit-and-run attacks already in Charles the "Great" "Saxon Wars" And after this, still in the lifetime of Charlemagne, he got the news that the Holy Island, Lindisfarne had been attacked, on the west side. Then another highly symbolic center for Christianity: Iona, west of Scotland were targets of several attacks until the inhabitant left it for good to Kells in Ireland. And also in Ireland just a few decades after Lindisfarne, viking attacks became common among the Irish coast. So the vikings knew about the whole of the British Isles, from north to south, west to east, and also Shetland, the Faroese Island (and in the end both Iceland, Greenland and North-America, and showed this clearly by their coordinated attacks on the famous holy sites of the Christians. They had clear knowledge were to attack. But back to the series: When Ragnar attacked Paris (obviously not the same person that attacked Lindisfarne, since the king in Paris then was the grandson of Charlemagne). I think the death of Ragnar is certain to happen in Northumbria, in the famous snakepit of King Ælla. Because the series has placed a great amount of attention on Ingvar the Boneless (who himself became a greater historical character then his fater), and in the sagas it is the death of Ragnar (with the parting words, laughing about what his little pigs (sons) would do when they heard how the boar (himself) had grunting. And Ælla was the one, historically, that are famous for the ritual of the bloodeagle. That's because Ingvar the boneless caught up with him, along with his brothers, Sigurd Snake-In-The-Eye, Hvitserk and Bjørn Ironside (not sure of the last one), in order to avenge their fathers death. So I can't see how else the series are going to continue without the death of Ragnar and the Rise of the equally intelligent, but horribly cruel, Ingvar the Boneless and his major attack on England: The Great Heathen Army; something that will be far mor spectacular then anything that have happened in the show so far. The same thing with Rollo in Normandie. Everything that have happened this far have pointed in this direction: The great attention given Ingvar and the envy and disapointment of Rollo. I'm willing to bet on that. Both Rollo (Walking-Rolf, because he were to big to ride a horseI) and Laghertha were Norwegians by the way, for those below talking about Denmark, as if the small island is the navel of the world. It's a common misunderstanding during the period to refer to every pagan entering England as Danes. It's how Danes are like. They stole Greenland from us through some cunning form of politics. But it's proven now that Rollo/Rolf/Walking-Rollo/Gange-Rolf; the first Duke of Normandy, the great-great-greatfather of William the Bastard, were Norwegian, because of a certain plant growing in Norway with "ground nuts", not peanuts, but still edible and tasty, and is growing only in Norway and Normandie. Even the modern name for a Norwegian is Normann. That debate still rages on. Even the Swedes had some ridiculos claim. But it seems settled now. Rollo were from Møre, in the inner part of a fjord, back in Norway. Lagherta were from Sogn og Fjordane. Ragnar are said to be the son of a king, but obviously fell in love with a Norwegian Shieldmaiden. Sorrry for the long post.
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I felt like I waited an eternity for this season!! One of my favorite parts was the very opening scene: Helena's hallucination. That scene was all from Helena's POV and I found it very amusing. She really knows all her sestras! I loved all of Allison's scenes (as usual).Delphine's scenes with Rachel and Cosima were very odd. The only letdown for me was that we didn't see Marion or Paul in this episode. Both of them played a key part in last season's finale.Im so pumped for the coming episodes. Tatiana Maslany continues to amaze me!
I'm worried about the dragons, But a Friend of mine told me that the little stark maybe will become the dragon!?!? That would be interesting! Let's see!
Come on I am dieing without it coming on
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I have a horrible feeling that Derek's gonna die.. This whole season is full of MerDer flashbacks, the past couple of episodes Derek keeps going on about how happy he is with his family.Mer saying she can live without him and not loosing any patients while Derek was in DC, the whole wait for me speech, Amelia's random "You have never lost the love of your life" rant to Meredith and Shonda herself is writing the next episode... Maybe Dempsey wants out now that he is divorced and can completely concentrate on racing. I will stop watching Grey's if he dies :(
What a show ! What a beautiful episode !! I absolutely cried my eyes out lol.I was mad at Gellis and at Claire. I knew Claire would survive. Gellis, I wasn't too sure, and the reason for that was she'd been accused of witchcraft longer whereas Claire's stories could be turned around. The witnesses that talked about her could be discredited easily.What I didn't see coming was Gellis being from the future ! MY MIND WAS BLOWN AWAY ! True when she was disappointed for coming by accident and not to change things, I thought she'd always suspected Claire wasn't from that time. She always tried to make Claire admit but she never did. When she said the f word, it didn't click ! I had to rewatch to realize. OMG, she came from 1968 ?! I think she had a purpose, maybe for the Jacobites to win this time around... That was heartbreaking as both tried to save the other... Ned helping them was so awesome. He had me crackin up a few times. And what's more heroic is that he did it without Colum's approval ! I so cried when Gellis "confessed" and when she showed the "devil' s mark" it all clicked. And finally Claire realized they were both from another time. I suspect that being from 1968 compared to Claire's 1945, Gellis had way more knowledge than Claire about things. And she may have been from Scotland originally as well. I was not too happy about Jamie showing up at first as I hoped this would make Claire FINALLY understand. But him showing was soooo cool, like wow, the man IS the man lol.She told him everything and poor him realizing that he beat her up for trying to go back to her own time was sad. But that wasn't the only reason. And boy that love scene was steamy ! Phew !Once again I cried when he left her by the stones. The feels were too much for me. I couldn't ! You could tell she wasn't ready/didn't want to. But she tried anyway.Though she made the choice to saty with him, when she goes back to her time, she won't have a choice I suspect. I still haven't read the books (very annoyed about that lol), but she will go back. Frank and her tried to reconnect but it honestly didn't work. So when she goes back, what will happen ? Next week ! She'll finally meet Jamie's sister ! I remember the preview for that episode when the show came back ! I cannot wait !
Seeing Eric Bogosian made me miss Law and Order CI all over again. But it made it easy to pick the villain.An interesting move to make Hannah so manipulative. I believe we will see her again soon.One of the things that stops Sherlock's character from being unbearable is his delivery of witty lines that are witty because they are generally true observations which expose some ridiculous yet accepted side of human behaviour. So clever.I really enjoy this show. I hope it is renewed.
i loved the episode .... ya it was late but still it had to be synced with Skyes Mother's arrival
Yup, Luke was actually the Cool Dude on the show this week! Avery too to an extent that he can be as frustrated as he is with things. Layla was great, loved the song, Jeff tries but is it enough? Juliette? Can we PLEEAASSEEE see some happiness and a lull in the drama for her, at least until the kid is 3 mo old? She was acting out as her worst enemy again, and I thought we had seen the last of that, HA, oh well. Will is such a talent, the song that he and Keven sang was top notch, hope to see more, but get the heck outta the closet already. I am NOT a fan of the gay kissing, but I am a fan of the cast and the music. Rayna and Maddie, Maddie needs to be seriously grounded for a couple of weeks or two dates with Colt at the very least! What a brat scene she made, but she IS a teen so to be expected. Teddy, OMG, did sorta-kinds see that something was coming in that type of situation, did not see it being the hooker though with a wire. Teddy has been a dead weight on the show for months now, when his marriage ended in death, it should have been an indication that he was not long for the series. Deacon, still hoping the sis comes back but it will probably be Maddie although I can see Teddy pitching a fit about that unless he is dead or behind bars, that is. I LOVE Scarlett with the Doc, please do not mess with that, Gunnar : Move ON! We need another hottie (or maybe a girl next door intsead) writing partner for him please. Christina, OK and passable job, but ANY young female COUNTRY artist could have filled the bill too, there are kind of a lot of them in Nashville ya know - writers!
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