Vikings (2013–…): Season 2, Episode 3 - Treachery - full transcript

The Wessex Viking raid is in full swing and King Ecbert finds himself facing an entirely new kind of foe. While Ragnar races to dominate in the West, Jarl Borg has his own plans in store for the future of Kattegat.

It is no surprise to me

that these Northmen
have arrived in Wessex.

After I heard about their
raids into Northumbria,

I realized it was only a matter of time

before they came ashore here.

When I lived at the court
of the Emperor Charlemagne,

of long and blessed memory,

these Northmen had already
emerged from their lairs

to attack parts of his empire.

And I remember an incident
from this period very well.

I was with Charlemagne's party

at a harbor town in southern Gaul.

As we sat eating supper,

a fleet of pirates attacked the harbor.

There was some confusion
about their identity,

but from the build of their ships
and their speed through the water,

the Emperor recognized them
at once as Northmen.

After a lightning attack...

They made their escape.

The Emperor's men took up the chase,
but they were soon out-sailed.

Charlemagne rose from the table and
stood at the window, facing east.

I remember it as clearly
as if it were yesterday.

For a long time, he stood

while the tears poured down his face.

In the end, he said, "Do you
know why I weep so bitterly?

"It's not because I'm afraid these
ruffians will do me any harm.

"I am sick at heart

"to think that even in my lifetime,

"they have dared to attack this coast.

"And I am horror-stricken when I
foresee what evil they will do

"to my descendants
and their subjects."

And now, it is our turn
to deal with these ruffians.

These pagans.

But deal with them we shall.

And must.


Yes, Father.

I put it in your hands to work with
our ealdormen to raise an army.

In the meantime,
we shall send spies and others

to observe the size of the raiding
party and their intentions.

These Northmen never like to
venture far from their ships,

and they prefer not to be
drawn into pitched battle.

Let us not be afraid, but rather watchful.

And ultimately, decisive.

As the Emperor was.

What is that place?

It's a Christian church, a minster.

A large one.
It may be Winchester.

Is it important?

If it is Winchester, Saint
Birinus is buried there.

It's a place of great pilgrimage.

And will there be treasure there?

Yes. A lot
of treasure.


Why must I follow you up the fields?

You're my wife.

You should be at my side, especially
when we have important guests.

I will not stay to hear my son insulted.

Your son should know his place.

He continues to be resentful.

He refuses to accept or
acknowledge my love for him.

You don't love my son.

You don't love anyone, Sigvard.

You don't know how to.

Forgive me, Lagertha.
I'm an intemperate man.

I find it difficult to control myself.

But I have loved and desired
you after my fashion,

and if your son will only meet me halfway,

I will make sure he has a good future.

The alarm!


Inside, now!



- Ready?
- Weapons!


Could be a trap.



Where have they all gone?

There should be treasure.

He said there would be treasure.

Why do you always listen to him?

Where is it?

It's over there.

This? This is
not treasure.

This is an empty wooden table.

You are mistaken, King Horik.

The treasure is here.
You're standing on it.


You were right!

Look, it's treasure!

How did you know?

It is a Christian habit

to bury the bones of the revered
dead beneath the altar.


Let me see that.

- Who was this?
- It must be Saint Birinus.

You keep talking to me like
I know what a saint is.

A saint is a man who has lived
a particularly holy life,

performed some miracle,

or been martyred,
killed, for their beliefs.

It's all gold!

But I am dead.
What use can I be?

Christians believe that the bones
can still exert benediction.

Can perform miracles.

What is a miracle?

Miracles are things
which are impossible to do.

Take it all.

It's heavy.


What do they want?

No! Stop!




You speak
our language. How?

It doesn't matter.
Just do as I say. Hide.

- Hide, or they will kill you.
- You're one of us.

- Once.
- Then, I will tell you this.

One day, you will be caught.

We will catch you and crucify you,

for an apostate is the lowest
and the vilest of all creatures

in the eyes of God.








- What will happen to him?
- You just wait and see, Priest.




More treasure!








Is he still talking?
Tough old goat.

Erlendur, quiet him.
Right in his mouth.



Suffer no more, but
trust in thy salvation.

Mother, why would you allow
him to do that to you?

- What are you talking about?
- Your husband, Earl Sigvard.

I saw him.

Bjorn, please.

Please what?

Has he hit you before?

- Will you let him hit you again?
- It will never happen again.

If it does, I'll kill him.

I said it won't.

What would Ragnar say?

What has it to do with your father?

Sometimes I think of him.

I miss him.
I can't help it.


Of course not.
You're his son.

You must always be proud.

As should you, for being his wife.

- Another son?
- Yes.

- What is his name?
- Sigurd, after my father.

Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye.

Close the gate!

Your Majesty, you have
heard of the attack on Winchester?

Of course.

I grieve..

The martyrdom of my fellow bishop,
Bishop Swithern. A fine Christian.

Praise be to God.

There are those who ask
why we did not do more

to protect our brothers and sisters
at such an important site.

Are there?

What answer did you give them,
My Lord Eadric?

Perhaps he did not have an answer.

I've never found Lord Eadric
to be at a loss for words.

I confess, Sire, that
in this case, it's true.

I had no ready answer.

No, because it's always easier to
be wise after the fact, is it not?

My kingdom is very large.

There are many important sites.

Could I protect
all of them? No.

Did I want to discover where
the pagans would strike?


For now I know where they are.

So Bishop Swithern was
a necessary sacrifice.

As a man of God, I assumed he welcomed
the opportunity for martyrdom.

- Or do you disagree?
- Oh, no, Sire.

All of the cloth would welcome
martyrdom in the cause of our faith,

service of our lord Jesus Christ.


Because I'm going to offer you
precisely that same opportunity,

My Lord Bishop.

And, I trust, very soon.

It's times like this
I miss our friend Arne.

He could always make us laugh.

Even in the darkest moments.

Now, he's making the gods laugh.

That's why they took him from
us, 'cause they were jealous.

Speaking of gods...

I have something for you, Athelstan.

Don't you want it?

Are these not the images of your god?

I told you before,
and I will tell you again.

My god is Odin, the Allfather.

I know you've told me.

Only, I don't believe you.

And this?
Ragnar gave me this.

Wearing a dog turd doesn't make you a dog.

I have something else for you.

The hand of your holy man, I believe.

So tell me, how do you find England?

It is a pleasant land, rich with treasure.

You are right.
This land is rich.

But here, here is the real treasure.


Have you not seen? Everywhere
we go, there are crops.

There is food growing.

I am a farmer and the son of a farmer,

and this is what I understand.

Compared to our poor countries
where it is hard to farm,

hard to live,

here, it is easy.

If we lived here, we could feed everybody.
There would be no hunger.

I like your thinking,
but here is my question.

Will the Saxons simply invite
us to live among them?





Friends, family, what's left of it,

so, I am married for the second time.

As most of you know, my first
marriage lasted less than an hour,

because my own brother
poisoned the drinks that day.

Of course, the same thing
can never happen twice,

so let the wine be poured.


Now, who will be the first
to drink in celebration?

I will.

No. No, I could not bear it.
Not a second time.

Let me taste the wine.

That's good enough.


I have something else important to say.

I don't wish to dampen the celebrations,

but you all know that the
agreement between myself,

King Horik and Ragnar
Lothbrok has been broken.

They have gone raiding west
without me, without us,

which is an insult not only
to myself, but to all of you.

And now, also to my wife
and to my wife's family.

I have to do something about this insult.

Frankly, I blame King Horik
more for what has happened,

but at the same time consider what
is happening to Earl Ragnar's lands.

He has abandoned them

to the care of his wife
and his drunken brother.

In order to punish those who
have insulted me and my family,

I declare today that I will seek
vengeance against Ragnar Lothbrok.

By all our gods, I swear that
we will seize all his lands,

and that I will repay his
brother's treachery with the ax.

Who can speak to us?

I can.

I have been sent here by
Ecbert, King of Wessex.

The King regrets your attack on
the holy church at Winchester.

He wonders how much longer you
intend to remain in his kingdom.

Well, that depends.

Upon what?

Upon what he'll offer us to leave.

Or what he'll offer us to stay.


Yes, we want to make peace with the King.


So we don't have to kill any more of you.

I will relay your message to the King.


- Not hungry, Bjorn?
- No.

- Any reason?
- No reason.

Are you unhappy?

What can I do to make you happy?

Shall I raid one of my
unsuspecting neighbors,

so you can show off your fighting skills?

And maybe slaughter them all?

Show that you are truly the
son of Ragnar Lothbrok?

No, believe me,

I do not like to see you so solemn.

So tell me, what can I do?

You can let me go live in
a cabin in the mountains.

- By yourself? In the mountains?
- Yes. I'd like to test myself.

Get away from all this.

All these servants. All these
people doing everything for us.

I want to know what is essential to life.

What is really important.

Will you let me?

No. Of course not.

I am the earl here.

What would folk think if I let
my beloved stepson starve

or freeze to death
in some mountain pigsty?

You understand that, don't you, my boy?

In any case,

I have solemnly sworn to Lagertha
that I shall take care of you.

And I will.


- Rollo, wake up.
- What?

- What is it?
- There are boats.

Who are they?

I think I can guess.

Go back to the town.

Find anyone who can fight.
Anyone who can hold a weapon.

We're under attack.

Rollo, what is it?
What is happening?

Jarl Borg. He has come
back to attack us.

- Jarl Borg?
- I'm sure it is him.

Ragnar and King Horik broke
their agreement with him.

He has returned to gain his revenge.

What are we going to do?

What do you think we're going to do?

We're going to fight.

Come. Go! Go!

Torfin! Olaf!
One of you on each flank.

Help with the barricades.

Ragnar has taken all of
the best fighting men.

Look what we have left.

What are you doing?

- What does it look like?
- Not you. You are not a shield-maiden.

- You're not...
- Lagertha.

Siggy, I need you to go
back to the Great Hall.

Find Princess Aslaug and her children,
and take them up into the mountains.

- And then what?
- Wait.

For what?

For whatever the gods have
decided is about to happen.

Now go.


Come on.

This way.
To the mountains.

This way. Go, Hvitserk.
Run. Quickly.

Sail down!

Row! Row!

Stay strong!

Don't make it easy for them!

Light the fires!




Hold your places!

Jump ship!


- As fast as you can!
- Shields!


Fall back!

Fall back!

Back to the marketplace.


That's right, Rollo, run!

Run, like you always do.





You can't win, Rollo!

There is no disgrace in the eyes
of the gods to save yourself

for another day, Rollo.

Your first duty is to try and
save the sons of Ragnar.



let me speak for the gods,

for I will shortly join them
in their bright halls.

But you, you have other work to do here.


I will tell the gods what you have done.

Now do you surrender?