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On the Eve 

The Viking army causes panic in the English countryside as King Ecbert and Aethelwulf plan the defense of the Kingdom of Wessex.

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The Viking army causes panic in the English countryside as King Ecbert and Aethelwulf plan the defense of the Kingdom of Wessex.

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25 January 2017 (USA)  »

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It seems King Ecbert is loosely quoting from the song Turn! Turn! Turn! written by Pete Seeger and made famous by The Byrds when prince Aethelwulf is leaving for battle. But infact he is quoting the Bible - the lines come from the book of Ecclesiastes, as found in the King James version of the Bible. See more »

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If I Had a Heart
Written by Karin Dreijer Andersson
Performed by Karin Dreijer Andersson (as Fever Ray)
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If you have to do battle it is wise to have a better strategy than your adversary
25 January 2017 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

In this episode we see that Lagertha was wise to build a wall with barriers around her village while most of the men had sailed to do battle in England. When the Vikings lead by the five (5) Lothbrook brothers land in the county of Essex the brothers are all vying for superiority and when it is time to do battle Ivar convinces his brothers that maybe this time the Vikings should change their battle strategy and rather face Aethelwulf and his army head on, they should spread out since they have more men and corner Aethelwulf's army by leading them to the Vikings preferred battle location.

So in this episode we see how Queen Lagertha's barricades will help defend her village against any attackers. We don't have to wait very long to see a great battle ensue and that Lagertha's tactics work. She then spares the attackers leader Egil, hog ties him on a spit above a bed of hot coals and tells him that if he does not want to be barbecued alive he will tell her who was behind the plan to attack her village while the Vikings were away abroad.

Meanwhile as Aethelwulf's army appears to be running around in circles, the Vikings led by Ivar's plan to defeat them may or may not be working. Ivar does remind his brothers that their father Ragnar, had told Ivar that he will be a great leader because he has a superior mind, and in the heat of battle it will be Ivar who will strategize how to defeat their opponents.

I was not let down by either Queen Lagertha's strategy, nor by Ivar's strategy. Their opponents are both left bewildered and the episode leaves us hungry for more of what will happen next. Included in this episode we see how the three way relationship between Princess Ellisif, her husband Vik, and the power hungry Viking King Harald Finehair plays out. Each has ambitions and this is an interesting side story to the battles on the field that are taking place.

This episode was much better than the previous episode 18 as there did not appear to be any strategy in the way that the Vikings defeated their opponent King Aelle's army in episode 18. Mrs. Shullivan and I both really enjoyed this episode 19 and we will be sure to be watching next weeks final episode of season 4. It is still a great series with many interesting characters and Vikings who want to challenge each other for their leadership.


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