I love this show from time to time, but I’ll be very brief, because I love it more for pure action than the show itself, and I’m loosing interest with the last season.
Ragnar - I love him, covered in blood, yelling at everyone, or when he’s treating Aslaug like shit (I don’t like her).
I was so sad he wasn’t with Lagertha so early in the show. She was amazing, he shouldn’t have traded her for a poor excuse for a wife he now has. Their marriage is an absolute joke to me, and I don’t even find her pretty at all (which, for Ragnar, seemed to be like an important thing).
Moreover, she doesn’t really care about Ragnar, as she does about power. We can see it in the last season, when she believes Ragnar will die and she will be able to seize his place.
What I loved most about him was his relationship with Athelstan. It was the most beautiful and surprisingly profound for a show like Vikings. I was pleasantly surprised, until the show writers decided to chicken out before the death of Athelstan.
The fact both were that open-minded, and that they both kinda loved the two religions, was really interested. You could see the conflict between their gods inside of them. And you could see a deep connection, even stronger than love, between the two, until after he died.
The fact he’s the one to convince Ragnar to spare Floki, not really for him but for Helga, by appearing to him after his death, made my heart ache. It was a knife into the wound again.
I will forever cry over that lost ultimate relationship. And if you don’t trust me, I’ll just say this : Athelstan is the only person Ragnar told “I love you” to. Not to mention the many times he showed more than concerned interest for a friend. But meditate on that, because no wife of his had the privilege of him saying “I love you”. Only Athelstan.
Athelstan - Of course, I would mention just after Ragnar, this cinnamon roll of a monk turned Viking (I would have been down for a threesome with Lagertha btw, but this ship has sailed on so many levels now).
His conflict was genuine and wonderful. I loved also how he taugh Ragnar about his religion, and how he was willing to learn from him too. One of their most beautiful scenes together would be when he taught him how to pray to God, imo. (and I’m not religious whatsoever, just sayin’)
But I will be forever bitter over the fact they ruined everything minutes before he was murdered by Floki.
I loved every inch of this character and his evolution, even though I didn’t care for him and Judith. But now that he has a child, I would give anything for Ragnar to find out and take him to raise him as his own (or Judith giving him to him, acknowledging his huge history with Athelstan).
But the fact they made him re-discover his religion made everything before like it doesn’t matter at all. And I felt sad about it, because it was THE plot I loved so much. I felt they diminished the importance and purpose of the character doing it that way.
So when Floki killed him afterwards, even though I saw it coming, it was the last straw.
Floki - I always loved the way he was. His little madness “seduced” me sometimes.
He was my favorite at some point, but I couldn’t stand behind his hatred for Athelstan. I was so sad they didn’t get along, because they were the best, imo. But well…
It made me very conflicted when he killed him, because I knew Floki was loosing his mind, but still pretty much loved him. So, this was hard to condemn him as well as praise him.
He suffered a great amount in the last season, and I found it sad it was all about him loving Ragnar and Ragnar not seeing or really care for it.
But ultimately, I grew tired of him and his principles, so I don’t know for now what I think about all this. But this is probably the “season 4″ effect.
I’ll remember always, however, how he was with Ragnar against King Horick, and the scene where he reveals he has not stop being faithful to Ragnar, was amazing. I cheered like a little girl at the candy store that day.
Lagertha - I always loved that one because, not only she was beautiful, but also strong and she deserved what she took from others.
Ragnar treated her like shit, but she constructed herself as a queen, and took power from her old Earl (who initially “took” it from her but well). I kinda knew she was gonna kill him.
I just didn’t find it useful that we got again the storyline with the loss of a child. I though we already established she couldn’t have children, so why make her go through it again ? Seeing her in all that blood made me so sad. She wants them, but no matter what, she knows fate won’t do her the favor.
I hope she gets respected as an Earl very soon. We’ll see in 4B.
Rollo - Well, I have trouble to “care” for him. Not that I don’t like him, he even makes me laugh sometimes. But he’s always ending up betraying Ragnar, so in the end, he’s not even a surprise anymore.
But I kinda loved his story with his now wife, how he gained her trust and learned french for her was kinda cute. Especially coming for a mountain of muscles with not much of a brain as Rollo is.
Because, let’s face it, he’s not as smart as Ragnar.
Other characters - I liked Bjorn from time to time, but he sometimes can be so much of a dick, just like his father.
His whole storyline with Porrun made me so sad for him, though. Because he was willing to stay with her and support her, and didn’t care about her looks. But she couldn’t see right past it, and became so selfish towards him and their daughter.
Ultimately, she abandoned everyone, so it was only logical he would be a little lost after that.
I’m just sad he was not really able to snap out of it and take care of his daughter himself. He could have been a great father, but he never seem to care anymore about anything but proving his father wrong.
That’s a shame.
I hate Aslaug as much as I hate Karen in Shameless (well, Karen is a little on top, I have to admit, but not by far).
I, however, absolutely loved Kwenthrith too. She’s an absolute but amazing and necessary lunatic. I love her style and I’m willing to see more (but I’m not convinced she had Ragnar’s child, I know he’s amazingly fertile, but I’m sensing it’s just a ruse, I don’t know why).
I do not care about others.
Season 4 - I didn’t love season 4, part A. I was told there were 10 more episodes to come, so we’ll see.
But I felt they were more “filler” episodes, like the one where he spend the entire episode in the house with his asian slave, bathing her. I’m sorry but I think I almost fell asleep at least 3 times in a row that night. It was BORING as hell !
It might be the fact that Vikings is a bloody action show. Most of the time, you’re in front of the screen, watching Vikings kill people and battle the shit out of everything.
So yeah, when it’s slow, you notice. Moreover, they didn’t manage to make the “slow parts” interesting. It doesn’t work for me anyway.
I’ll end my verdict on the last episode of the season, even though I don’t know (and fail to care) when it’s coming back. But for now, I’m feeling they shouldn’t have take the 20 episodes, and stick to a pure 10 without the useless parts. It would have been better.
But they started to disappoint me since their treatment of Athelstan’s death, so… At this point, any bold move could bring me back, but I don’t know. I hope they surprise me.
I’ve loved this show before, but no more “filler” episodes, and more like the battle between the two brothers please !