Vikings Season 5 Episode 13 Review: A New God

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So, what happens if/when Ivar eventually realizes that kid is not his?

His ego got the better of his brain on Vikings Season 5 Episode 13 thanks to Freydis planting the idea in his head that he's a god. 

How can someone as smart as him be that stupid?

Baptized - Vikings Season 5 Episode 13

One thing I love about Vikings is that no matter how smart and cunning the men are, there's always an even smarter woman right beside him. The series does an excellent job at portraying female characters who can be just as brilliant or ruthless as their male counterparts. 

I'm not even exactly sure of Freydis' end game. Does she just want to be Ivar's queen and orchestrate everything to gain his trust and be his bride? Or, does she have bigger ambitions in mind? 

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I have to assume it was her idea to sacrifice Hvitserk. If so, perhaps she plans to take out the sons of Ragnar and claim the throne of Kattegat for herself. Crazier things have happened. 

If that is indeed her goal, she has some competition. King Harald is coming for that very throne, unbeknownst to Ivar and the rest of Kattegat, though pretty obvious to the rest of us. 

Hvitserk: Just remember, I am also a son of Ragnar Lothbrok. The people of Kattegat don't love you, Ivar. What do you think they would do if you even touched a hair on my head?
Ivar: Well, just a thought, why don't you go back to England with King Harald?
Hvitserk: I belong here with you, Ivar. You know that. I chose your side, and now, for good or ill, you're stuck with me.

No one is shocked that Harald has his sights set on overthrowing Ivar, right? 

Maybe Hvitserk should have gone with him. He might be safer in England. Just because he chose Ivar's side once doesn't mean he's stuck with him forever. 

We don't know for sure that Hvitserk is the one wearing that hood, but it was heavily implied that he was the one Ivar intended to sacrifice. Do we really believe that might happen?

Bjorn and Lagertha - Vikings Season 5 Episode 13

It's possible. We know Ivar has no qualms over killing his brothers, but it's hard to believe that the rest of the kingdom would be okay with it. Hvitserk said himself that he's also a son of Ragnar, and that means something. Would they really support a sacrifice of that nature?

Unless they're about to pull the rug out from under us, I think Hvitserk dies. His character has come to a natural end, and there's not much more story left for him, but the ramifications of it are much harder to predict. 

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Unless Ivar can convince an entire city that he is a god, it could be the biggest mistake of his very short tenure as king. 

Well, if we're about to lose one son of Ragnar, it's a good thing Bjorn just stumbled upon a replacement. 

Bjorn and Magnus - Vikings Season 5 Episode 13

Magnus was back in Wessex after disappearing for several years, and Bjorn instantly accepted that he is his brother without question. Bjorn already knew the rumors that Ragnar had another son there, so I guess it's not completely out of the realm of possibility for him to believe him outright. 

Still, I'd like him to be a bit more wary of a complete stranger.

Perhaps he's quick to accept his story because he needs a new ally. Now that Ubbe and Torvi have gotten Baptized and converted to Christianity, the two brothers are not exactly on the same page. 

Magnus: You have no idea how happy this makes me, after years of being lost.
Bjorn: Well now my brother, you are found.

No good can come from the new partnership. 

Bjorn accepted, at least for the time being, that they were at Alfred's mercy. Now Magnus is putting other ideas into his head, and that can't lead anywhere good. Bjorn is supposed to be there to protect Alfred, but it's looking less and less likely that he will follow through with that promise. 

We may see another Viking civil war sooner than later. 

Heahmund killed Cuthred, but even he knows the threat to Alfred is not over. Someone else will lead the uprising. Is it crazy to assume that might be Magnus? 

The reason for the uprising is due to Alfred's acceptance of the Vikings, so it seems unlikely that Bjorn would fall into an alliance with those against him, but who knows? Bjorn doesn't believe Alfred is ever going to give them the land that's promised, so he doesn't have much motivation to fight for him other than his will to live. 

Angry Alfred - Vikings Season 5 Episode 13

So, now that Bjorn and Torvi are different religions, how will they raise their kids? Is it wrong that I don't even know where their kids are? I assume they fled Kattegat with them, but we haven't seen them in Wessex at all. 

Ivar's wedding was insanely creepy. I know Ivar is always creepy, but that hit a new level. That's an image that will be hard to get out of our heads for a while. 

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I'm sorry guys, I know I should mention Floki and Iceland, but I just can't bring myself to care. His scenes are completely unnecessary, and they detract from the rest of the action. 

If anyone out there has anything to say about Floki, please feel free to do so in the comments. 

Watching - Vikings Season 5 Episode 13

Your turn! 

Do you think Ivar will actually sacrifice Hvitserk, and if so, what consequences will he face? 

Do you think Harald will succeed in overthrowing Ivar? 

Are you excited for Magnus' return?

Hit the comments and don't forget to watch Vikings online!

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Vikings Season 5 Episode 13 Quotes

Hvitserk: Just remember, I am also a son of Ragnar Lothbrok. The people of Kattegat don't love you, Ivar. What do you think they would do if you even touched a hair on my head?
Ivar: Well, just a thought, why don't you go back to England with King Harald?
Hvitserk: I belong here with you, Ivar. You know that. I chose your side, and now, for good or ill, you're stuck with me.

Magnus: You have no idea how happy this makes me, after years of being lost.
Bjorn: Well now my brother, you are found.