Are Ecbert and also Ragnar an excellent men? Vikings continues to check out the moral ramifications of judgment in this week's episode, The Ursurper...

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By Laura Akers | march 23, 2015 | | comment count:0

This review has spoilers.

3.5 The Usurper

When you compose a review, there’s constantly some line, some look, some scene that you regret the you might not give suitable attention come in that review. For me, critical week, it to be scene between Ecbert and also Ragnar at the feast: “Are girlfriend a an excellent man?”

Luckily, this week’s The Usurper was so much about who’s an excellent and who’s bad that I gain to go back to it.

In that scene, Ragnar is in search of a little reassurance, likely, in part, since Floki has actually been undermining his trust by telling him he’s turned his back on the gods, and also because he’s now cheated on his 2nd wife (as that did top top his an initial wife) through a woman of dubious morality and even more dubious sanity.

In the episode, the scene plays for this reason beautifully since it gives us two males who share the experience that normally isolates them: ruling. Every decision lock make has ripple effects which deserve to reach their most remote subjects. And so, for a male of ethics, the question, “Am i a great man?” have to never be much afield. The two kings, sitting quietly amid the revelry, reach the end to each other, asking the question and also then waiting as the other very closely considers and then answers: “Yes.” Qualifying: “I think so.” having each bolstered the other’s confidence, they subtly change positions and also we see them sitting shoulder-to-shoulder in a method that suggests solidarity. The alliance is solid.

Mais non…

Ecbert, it seems, not only is not a good man; the is an unbelievably calculating one. It’s tough to tell to what level he set up his daughter-in-law’s infidelity (the scene a pair of weeks ago in the bathtub becomes suspicious in the extreme) come spur his kid on to such butchery, or just took benefit of it. His entreaties to first Lagertha and also then Athelstan to continue to be in Wessex now look an ext like that trying to check that they had actually no intentionally of continuing to be behind (and thus foiling his murderous plans for the Viking colony). However regardless of just how long a video game he’s to be playing, yes certainly small question that how good a man he is.

Back in Kattegat, top top the other hand, things space not precisely morally pristine with Ragnar (or much of everyone else, really).

The welcome home scene at the dock is the very first indication that trouble, and in more way than one. Once Ragnar catches sight the Aslaug, he automatically demands to recognize where his boy are, coming to be a good deal angrier than seems referred to as for. Aslaug is slow to answer, ostensibly because she has the damaging news the Siggy’s death to deliver.

And because that the an initial time, I have a real trouble with the execution that a step on the show, for two reasons. Together Aslaug starts to tell Rollo the news, she states that Ubbe and also Hvitserk dropped through the ice and we view Ragnar’s anger escalate. Her next line confirms the Siggy rescued the boys however died in the process. We’d mean to check out some relief in Ragnar’s face. After all, if the very idea that his sons space not over there to meet him in ~ the dock is sufficient to gain him mad, climate surely the news the they’ve been saved from what is precisely the sort of accident we’d suppose boys of the age to loss victim come in such an atmosphere should have actually been cause for, if no joy, at least some adjust in expression. That not prefer the ns of Siggy—considering her previous connection—should be particularly meaningful because that Ragnar.

The second inexplicable point in this step is Rollo’s response to the news of Siggy’s death. As soon as she speak him, “And we could not find the body,” that responds, “The gods are mistaken” (giving Floki the possibility to urge that the gods are never wrong). In this context, Rollo’s heat doesn’t do a the majority of sense. Mistaken around what? follow to vikings mythology, the gods, uneven the Christian one, don’t simply know the job on i m sorry you will die; lock actively collection that day. There is no mistake to it is in made because the choice is entirely theirs and also as arbitrary together their whim. You might rail the they room unfair in their decision, but “mistaken” makes tiny sense. The scene reads likes yes sir an editing problem here: miscellaneous vital’s to be left out.

Something else is missing, however I doubt we’ll uncover it on the cut room floor: Ragnar’s sense of loyalty and justice. His anger in ~ Aslaug at not being v the kids every moment seems hypocritical, particularly considering he is all but ignored the existence of his youngest child for that knows how long—as evidenced by Ivar’s reaction when his father lastly picks the up. But that pales in comparison to the hypocrisy in his seething in ~ the news that Aslaug’s been less-than-faithful in his absence considering not only his own infidelity (to both his wives) yet his lack of interest in her as a sexual partner in the first place.

Of course, every this pales in comparison to his larger betrayal of his an initial wife. It’s bad enough that Lagertha has to actually ask that to aid her gain back her place as Jarl. His hesitation should be galling to her, yet nowhere close to as lot as his solution to her reminding him that she sustained his mission come Wessex: “You came to Wessex of your own volition.” She likewise came once he sent out the speak to for allies critical season and led the swarm that was his dream. His prize is disingenuous to say the least. And his additional question—“Is her Jarldom really that crucial to you?”—must be positive infuriating.

None of which holds a candle to what looks choose outright treachery when, quite than assistance her, the looks as though Ragnar is collection to get in an alliance with the male who deposed her. The course, it’s always feasible that this is a ruse. Yet if the is, his attitude toward her when she applied to the hardly renders sense. And it definitely doesn’t help us the Travis Fimmel theatre Ragnar as virtually impossible to review in many situations (the weird smiles do begin to grate at times).

So while Ecbert, that must understand he’s not really a good man, is properly consolidating strength in Wessex, Ragnar—who at the very least aspires to part modicum of honest behaviour—seems to be losing his means both morally and strategically. V his ex-wife supposedly abandoning him again end his lack of loyalty and also Rollo no much longer able to host it together while life in his brother’s shadow, Ragnar may find himself unable to attain either his dream the a nest in England or the occupation of Paris. Machiavelli’s dictums ~ above wielding power, we should remember, no written about rulers in semi-democratic societies prefer Ragnar’s. Unlike Ecbert, he needs the great will of those the rules, and also he needs to be great to obtain that will. Or at least far better than he’s been lately.

Perhaps hanging out v Ecbert’s a negative idea. For much more reasons 보다 one.

Read Laura’s review of the ahead episode, Scarred, here.

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