Vikings (2013– )
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Breaking Point 

The Vikings hit Paris with a second assault; Emperor Charles has to make a difficult decision.

Director:

Ken Girotti

Writers:

Michael Hirst (created by), Michael Hirst
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Travis Fimmel ... Ragnar Lothbrok
Katheryn Winnick ... Lagertha
Clive Standen ... Rollo
Gustaf Skarsgård ... Floki
George Blagden ... Athelstan
Alexander Ludwig ... Bjorn Lothbrok
Alyssa Sutherland ... Princess Aslaug
Ben Robson ... Kalf
Lothaire Bluteau ... Emperor Charles
Linus Roache ... King Ecbert
Moe Dunford ... Aethelwulf
Maude Hirst ... Helga
Owen Roe ... Count Odo
Jennie Jacques ... Judith
Morgane Polanski ... Princess Gisla
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Storyline

The vikings are recovering from their wounds after the failed attack on Paris. Ragnar in particular is suffering badly from his wounds. In his dreams, he sees his old friend Athelstan. Led by Rollo, Lagertha and Bjorn the vikings stage a second attack on the city. This time they focus on gaining access over the bridge but are again repelled. The citizens of Parisians are suffering however. The plague has set in and there is a food shortage. Emperor Charles decides to meet with Ragnar to learn what he wants but is surprised at the viking leader's request. In Kattegat meanwhile, Aslaug has to decide what to do with a wandering Christian missionary. Written by garykmcd

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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English | French | Norse, Old

Release Date:

16 April 2015 (USA) See more »

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History Canada See more »
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Color
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Trivia

The missionary called Ansgar is a real historic person. In fact his is in danish history described as the person who brought christianity to Denmark. He lived almost at the same time as Charlemagne. He is here seen carrying "jernbyrd" (danish for ordeal), but it was in fact not him who did it, but a bishop later in history during king Harald Bluetooth, named Poppo, who did that to prove his christian faith to the danish king (who was not yet christian, but became that later). See more »

Goofs

The Viking women under Lagertha attacking the bridge by swimming under cover of darkness and then producing bows to kill the defenders makes great TV but is complete nonsense. Throughout Dark Ages and medieval history, the bow was notorious as being a poor weapon when wet, even by light rain. The gut, sinew and wood used in their construction were prone to damp, while the glue which held it all together would quickly disintegrate in the presence of water. The historical records are full of stories where this sort of problem changed the course of battles. Even in light rain, archers would unstring their bows and wrap them in oiled leather to keep them dry, and archers would often be all but useless on the battlefield in adverse weather. See more »

Soundtracks

Vikings End Credits Theme
(uncredited)
Written by Trevor Morris
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Kings' decisions for the weary
17 April 2015 | by quincytheodoreSee all my reviews

The siege of Paris proves to be costly for both parties, a clear indication of this is when the king of invading force coughs and pisses blood while the episode is still fresh. Nevertheless, after recovering enough men and resources the Vikings begin another attempt to conquer the city. While the episode primarily hinges on Ragnar, ironically as he's fading, it also features the other warriors generously.

Ragnar and Bjorn were pretty banged up from the last episode mishap. Part of the story is given to Lagertha and Rollo who are in much better condition. They try to overtake the city, with more stealthy approach this time. The nocturnal siege might just prove to be more effective, and the battle choreography in night time is equally splendid. It utilizes fire and shadow for great contrasting look, as well as a particularly unique gimmick for the battle.

As the body count starts to mount and resources dwindle, it's clear that compromise might be needed. Ragnar is perplexed not only by the situation of his army, but also the condition of his debilitation. Travis Fimmel gives a good acting performance, it's not often to see Ragnar in a fragile state. Unlike the times when characters are injured before, Ragnar is still weighed down by the role of a king even in his weakened state.

A bit of runtime is dedicated to Kattegat and Wessex. The event in Kattegat is particularly strange, almost mythical of sort, while the scheming in Wessex resumes. The ruling father and son are deceptively plain, though inside they are layered with vices and intrigues. As for royalties go, the Parisians seem weak. This effect isn't just because of the characters' natures, but also the execution. Aside from Count Odo, the princess and king lack any daunting charisma.

As the series is nearing its end, the consequences of the siege will be paramount to their physical and mental fortitude, for better or worse.


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