Vikings Season 3 Episode 9 (Breaking Point) Review

Vikings Season 3 Episode 9: Breaking Point
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Synopsis: The Vikings go all out for a second assault on Paris. Recognizing the desperate state of affairs for his city, Emperor Charles must make a difficult decision. In Wessex, Judith is compelled to make a difficult decision of her own.

Recap

How about a round of applause for that covert mission by Lagertha and her crew? Serious woman power on display, but you’ve got to admire the ingenuity of those darn Franks too. *Gritting teeth thinking about all the unlucky Vikings impaled on the spiky wheel of death*

I really love the tension that continues to build as we near the season finale. There are way too many plot threads to be tied up in just one wek and I have a hard time deciding which ones I need resolved the most. When is Ragnar going to play out his long con against Floki? Can the king keep his kingship, even though he’s pissing everyone off? Will Lagertha get her revenge on Kalf? What does King Ecbert have up his sleeve in merry old England? Where is Porunn going? (More importantly, does anyone really care where she’s going?)

After that gigantic, climatic battle last week, it was kind of a bummer for Count Odo to run to the king and say “well, guess what, a couple hundred Vikings are about to sack the city after all that hard work we did repelling them the other day.” I did enjoy the tension between Odo and Emperor Charles, especially when the count called out the Emperor and compared him to his grandfather, Charlemagne. I suppose after last week’s bloody showdown, we needed to get back to some of the more intricate aspects of Vikings.

I know I talk about this every week, but, once again, I’m going to go off on a tangent about how much I love the opposition between paganism and Christianity. This week, the battle of faith played out as Ragnar lay on his deathbed: Athelstan, representing a Christ figure, was driven away by Odin and his two ravens Hugin and Munin. It looks like he’s starting to associate his old ways with Hell, but who will claim Ragnar’s soul in the end, I wonder?

In the north, Christianity threatens Kattegat even without Athelstan around to stir things up. I admit, I was fooled when that poor missionary carried the iron bar to Aslaug and a little disappointed when it was all a fantasy. Aslaug’s character has kind of been left out to dry since her affair with the Wanderer, but it’s understandable considering everything that’s going on elsewhere. She’s going to be awful ticked off to hear her husband’s gone and baptized himself again.

Showing what barbarians Vikings has made of us all, I couldn’t help but chuckle when Earl Siegfried’s little trick cost the poor executioner’s assistant his hand. (On a side note, way to trick us in the previews into thinking it was Rollo, History Channel) It’s too bad that Earl Siegfried didn’t get more camera time. Just when he started to grow on me, Princess Gisla — that sweet little pious thing — had his head chopped off.

While history tells me everything being set up with King Ecbert and co. in Wessex will lead to plenty of awesome action, the dialog-heavy scenes didn’t do much for me this week. Yes, we know Ecbert has a thing for Judith and that he wants to rule all of England, but it looks like we’ll be waiting until season four to see how that plays out.

Breaking Point has set the stage wonderfully for the season three finale. Although Ragnar is king (and made sure everyone knew it in a pretty awesome pep talk) he’s not doing a very good job of holding his people together. Now, it’s not just Floki who feels betrayed. He’s turned his back on Lagertha and Rollo as well.

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