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Blood fallsinto the water as Princess Aslaug prepares to bear yet another baby. Shestruggles with the birth, Ragnar watches in horror. Siggy and Ragnar worry overher. Siggy whispers to her, trying to convince to push the baby out and choselife. Aslaug bears down, and pushes the baby out. It lives, but she doesn’tlook happy to see him. The midwifes look concerned as well.
King Horikwants to go west soon, but Lagertha tells him that she must return to herlands, to prepare her ships when Porunn comes and tells them that Aslaug hashad another son. Bjorn thinks that he should go congradulate his father, andLagertha wonders who Porunn is to her son. Bjorn says that she is a servant,slave and that he is in love with her.
Aslaug andRagnar look at their new child. Something is wrong with him, his intestineslook to be on the outside. Another prophecy has come to pass.
Lagertha preparesto leave. King Horik tells her to not be too long, and reminds her that theyare equals, and that Ragnar must come to understand that they are all equals.Lagertha agrees. Siggy comes with a cloak to keep Lagertha warn, and shequestions what is wrong with Ragnar’s child. Siggy claims nothing, but itraises questions in King Horik.
Rollo trainsintensely with Bjorn. He warns him not to die stupidly, and with youthful zealhe pounces. Rollo reminds him that he could if he wished. He slashes Bjornacross the stomach, and arm, advising him to always finish his opponents. Rolloremarks that Lagertha is a remarkable woman, and Bjorn remembers that his unclewas once in love with her. Rollo knows that it was a futile emotion, and Bjorntells him that the Gods love man too, and it is not futile. So philosophical allof a sudden.
Ragnarponders killing the child, reasoning that he will die soon anyways. He doesn’tsee the point of pretending. Animals would discard a weak child, but Aslaugtells him that they are not animals. Ragnar knows that a baby such as him wouldnot live a good life, and although she knows that, she doesn’t care.
In theKingdom of Wessex, Athelstan and the others await Princess Kwenthrith, the leaderof Mercia. She killed her brother, the rightful heir for a chance at thethrone. The kingdom is beset by the nasty squabble. Athelstan hopes that KingEcbert plans to avoid the kingdom, but being that it’s the largest and richestkingdom, Aethelwulf doesn’t see that happening. Athelstan looks upon themurderess as King Ecbert welcomes her to the kingdom.
Ragnar sitsin a small boat alone with his thoughts. In the dead of night he creeps backinto his home and takes his new babe. Ragnar thinks that there is no other way,his heart breaking as he holds the child. Ragnar places the baby upon theground, and axe in hand prepares to do his duty. He walks away, leaving thechild behind. Aslaug finds the baby unharmed.
Lagertharides through the woods and returns home. She is welcomed by her people, happyto see her return. She tells them that they will have to do without herpresence longer. She tells her people to be ready by the next full moon to raidwith King Horik and Ragnar.
There is acelebration for the arrival of Princess Kwenthrith, who remarks that she doesnot eat meat, that it’ll kill you. She notices Athelstan, and asks who he is.King Ecbert tells her that he was once held captive by the Northmen, and she isfascinated by him, and the Vikings. She asks about the human sacrifices. Hetells her that they do, every nine years. She asks about their ideas offidelity. He thinks it to be different than their own, she asks if it is morenatural. He has naughty visions of the princess, but repeats that it isdifferent than their own. King Ecbert brings up the princess’ brother, and shetells him that her less than virtuous brother has already been sainted. Shecuts to the chase, she knows why King Ecbert has invited her here, and she’ssure that her faction will win the throne in the end. Ecbert would like to sendhis son as an advisor to her, which she is keen on for more than just advice,and he’d like to hire some Northmen muscle. The mention of the Vikings againgets a rise out of the Princess, she would very much like to meet a few ofthem.
Lagerthasoaks in her bath. She’s being watched, and she knows it. She invites herpeeper to come in. He’d like to speak to her, but she makes him wait until sheis out of the tub. He thought that they had an agreement, he’d help her becomeearl, and then they would wed. She did not make any such arrangements with himor anyone else. He wanted to be rid of Sigvard because he was crazy, and shekilled him. He seizes her, pulling out her blade. He tells her that if hecannot enjoy her then he will open up her pretty face, but he doesn’t freightenher. If he was as powerful as he thought then his family would have made himEarl rather than her. He cannot and will not hurt her.
Siggy comesto see what is wrong with Aslaug’s baby. She tells her that everyone talks, butno one knows, that sooner or later she will have to present the baby, that shecannot keep him covered up forever. Aslaug shows Siggy the baby’s legs, theyare twisted. The baby will never walk. Siggy agrees with Ragnar, she must leavethe baby to die, but Aslaug would rather die herself than to do that to herbaby.
King Ecbertbeds Princess Kwenthrith and she thinks that she nearly killed him. He’s merelyspent, but she is clearly not. He cannot play anymore though, and she inquiresafter the priest. Sure he’s a priest, but he spent time with the Pagans, andsurely knows how to please a woman. King Ecbert thinks him to be a man of God.She has never met a man of God who didn’t like to rut like animals. King Ecbertasks if she would like to sleep, but sleep is the last thing on her mind. KingEcbert leaves her chambers with the promise of sending in some warriors tofulfill her needs.
Lagertha hasreturned with her ships, and she’s welcomed back by her son. She somberlyembraces him before heading in. Ragna sits with Aslaug as she looks upon herson. He tells her that the child should have a name, and she tells her that hisname Ivard. He calls him Ivard the Boneless. The people prepare for theupcoming raid. Bjorn goes to Porunn. He tells her that he should not talk toher, many wishes that he does not, but that it does not matter as he believesthat he will die in battle. He kisses her, and he returns the kisses. Siggywatches the preparations. Floki tells Helga that there is something wrong withhim, that he plans to travel with King Horik, because he understands the darkgods that haunt him. Siggy goes to Rollo, assuring him that she will be therefor him when he returns if that is what he wishes. Goodbyes are made allaround, some more saddening than others. The horn sounds, it is time. The shipsset out while the women and children watch from above.
Dolphinsswim among the Viking ships. Something is bothering Ragnar. He was told by theseer that Athelstan is alive, though King Horik told him otherwise. This raisesLagertha’s concern, and moreso when he tells her that King Horik said thatAthelstan betrayed them. King Horik continues to spin his webs with Loki,asking how Ragnar is treating him. He tries to entice him to come build boatsfor him. He tells him that he needs his ideas, that they come from the Gods.Rollo asks Bjorn where his thoughts are. His thoughts are on battle, but Rolloassures him that he has nothing to fear,that he will be by his side the whole time. Land is spotted.
Athelstancontinues his writing. King Ecbert tells him that his friends have returned,that one of the ships bears the flag of Ragnar. He hopes that he can strike abargain with Ragnar, and Athelstan tells him that he will listen to reason.King Ecbert makes it clear that if Ragnar will not play nice he will wipe himout. Athelstan goes back to his text, but cannot concentrate.
Ragnar andhis people set up their camp. Ragnar paces, and King Horik watches him. Ragnartries to look nonchalant, but he’s watching everyone. King Horik asks where Torsteinis headed, Ragnar tells him that he is headed to King Ecbert, to tell him thatthey are there to speak, not fight. King Horik is upset that Ragnar took itupon himself to do that without consulting with the rest of them, and evenLagertha admits that it was a bad move. King Horik knows that King Ecbert willresort to trickery. Ragnar knows that the meeting didn’t go well, and Rollokeeps an eye on Floki who’s acting odder than usual.
King Ecbertprays. The Northmen prepare for attack as a group of riders approach. King Ecberthas sent his own son to meet with them. King Ecbert scatters sand. The Vikingswait to see what the envoy has to say. Aethelwulf tells him that his fatherwishes to speak with him, and Ragnar is ready to do so if they do a hostageexchange. Aethelwulf agrees, and gives Ragnar’s Athelstan’s bracelet. It was agift that Ragnar gave to him personally, proving that he still leaves.Aethelwulf tells him that Athelstan is awaiting at King Ecbert’s villa, andRagnar informs him that all of them will come to the Villa. The Riders headback when they’re ambushed. They’re slaughtered by a group of Northmen, lead byKing Horik’s son. Only Aethelwulf survives the slaughter. He goes after theboy, but he’s far ahead.
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