The death continues, and even though no essential characters died on Vikings Season 5 Episode 17, Floki will still be affected by the most recent one.
I'm still not entirely sure where the Iceland story is going, but I do feel bad for Floki. He envisioned so much for that settlement, and it's not going at all the way he hoped.
He expected to be living among the gods, but so far there's only been violence and despair.
Maybe it will get better for him soon. He's already suffered so much. Every time we think he's reached rock bottom, there seems to be another layer underneath.
Alfred is awake, and surprisingly, Judith was honest with him about Aethelred. I expected she would be content to let him go on believing he died of natural causes, but she told him the truth.
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I have to give some props to Jennie Jacques for an incredible performance. That was indeed some fantastic acting.
Judith let Alfred have his moment of anger and allowed his tantrum, but then she laid down the law. Alfred may be the king, but Judith is the one with the real power and influence over him.
I poisoned him. I killed one of my sons to save the other. May God forgive me.
Judith Permalink: I poisoned him. I killed one of my sons to save the other. May God forgive me. Added: January 07, 2019 She wasted no time cleaning up her mess and kicking Aethelred's wife to the curb. She made her choice, and she's not letting anyone stand a chance of usurping Alfred.
Alfred is about to face a new challenge, and Ubbe has asked to lead the army. It's unclear if the kingdom still has a problem with him, but after he helped them win the last battle, he should be accepted enough to lead the army.
There will probably still be doubters who don't trust him, but if they're going to win, he's their best hope.
The Ivar/Hvitserk dynamic continues to evolve, and I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for it to come to a head.
The anger and resentment have to be building up inside of Hvitserk with every insane speech and empty threat Ivar makes (or with him, maybe not so empty).
Ivar keeps rallying the troops, and most of them are drinking it all up, but Hvitserk is biding his time. Now that he's been sent away from Kattegat, we'll have to wait for his eventual return for his explosion to take place.
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Maybe he'll wind up joining Harald and Bjorn and return with their army. I said before he would make a good spy; now is the perfect time for Bjorn to recruit him.
Ivar: If I can order the death of my own brother, then no one else will dare stand against me.
Freydis: I think that would be a mistake.
Freydis: Ivar, you are a god, and a merciful god will always be more popular among the common people than a vengeful go..