Whatever you want to say about Hirst, at least he learns from his mistakes. Like, think about it, he learned from his failure with the Yidu storyline. He patted himself on the back so much about how progressive he was being in pre-s4a interviews and then we actually saw Yidu and it turned into this racist, fetishistic nightmare. He learned from that. That’s why, he prepared us for how offensive astrid/lagertha was gonna be. He fucking told us right from the beginning that this “wasn’t a deep love” and “Lagertha was with Astrid because she couldn’t trust men anymore.” And yup, that’s exactly what happened, we got constant scenes of Lagertha talking about how dickmatized she still was by Ragnar with Astrid right fucking next to her. He had Bjorn "take Lagertha’s woman” as a way of showing his dominance with no thought to Astrid’s agency in the situation. He gave us exactly what he promised.