Vikings (2013–…): Season 3, Episode 5 - The Usurper - full transcript

The fleet returns to Kattegat to discover tragic circumstances await.

Tell me about Paris.

- Again?
- Please.

I only went there once.


I was visiting a monastery
in Frankia, outside of Paris.

And one day, the monks took me to see it.

It was amazing.

It just appears as if it
rises out of the water.

I've never in my whole life seen
anything like it. It was like a dream.

It has these huge walls,
and inside the walls

are these buildings made
of marble and stone,

and churches, such churches.

I remember the clamor of their bells,
calling the faithful to prayer.

But what I remember more
is the beautiful women.

You never told me that part before.

I almost

questioned my vows of celibacy.

What are they talking about?


Ragnar and that priest.

Look at them,

huddled together.

It sickens me!

Don't worry about it.

Someone has to worry about it, Rollo,

even if it's only me.

You are lucky.


Because you have never been married.

I would not come back here
if it weren't for my children.

At least you have children.


What is it, Bjorn?

Are you thirsty?


I am not thirsty,

or hungry,

or really alive.

Who were you hoping to see?


Both of you?

Torstein is in Valhalla.

She will be all right.

Take her.

Where are my sons?


I have something to tell you.

Siggy! Siggy!

I said, where are my sons?


Rollo. Rollo...

- Where is Siggy? I can't find her.
- Rollo! Rollo...

Siggy is dead.


Ubbe and Hvitserk fell through
the ice into a frozen lake.

Siggy saved their lives, but she drowned.

And we could not find the body.

The gods are mistaken.

No, the gods are never mistaken.

This is my fault.

I did not treat her well.

It's the truth.

You all know it.

This is my fault.



Why was Siggy taking care of our children?

We were taking it in turns.
That day it just happened to be Siggy.

- On another day, it could have been me.
- I wasn't asking you, Helga.

I was asking you.

Helga is right.

We three women took it in turn
to care for all our children.

See, I find that funny
considering that Siggy's children are dead.

I must go see Porunn.

What are you hiding, Helga?


What do you mean?

I can see it in your eyes.

- Porunn?
- No! Don't come near.

- Porunn...
- No!

What is it?

How can I help?

I don't want any help.


How can you help me with this?

Would you like another to drink?

Why not?

Give him another drink.
He hasn't drowned his sorrows yet!

What did you say?

Listen to me.

I lost one of my sons
fighting for the Christians.

We have all lost someone!

Brothers, cousins, friends.

What is so special about you?

You should know better
than to mess with me!

Look at him!
Look at yourself!

Now if you were Ragnar, no problem!

Uncle, stop!

- What're you doing?
- Stop! Don't be stupid!

- They'll kill you.
- They can try.

Get back!

- I can't let you do this.
- Get out of my way, Bjorn!

I do not want to kill you.

If it's what the gods wish,
then so be it, huh?

I'll fight you all!

Finish him!

Finish him!

- Get up!
- Get up!

Hit me!

Hit me!

Why did you leave Siggy
to look after my sons?

I told you.

Why did the boys walk over a frozen lake?

What do you think made them do it?

They are curious.
Just like their father.

Is that all?

What else can I tell you?

Don't you want to have sex?

What is it?

You had so much sex in
England you don't need it?

Perhaps more of our people can
go and join the settlement.


They can go and work for a Christian king,

in a Christian country.

Perhaps they can also become Christians.
Why not?

Whatever they choose
to do will be up to them.

Who asked you, priest?

- Floki!
- What?

He is a Christian.

He's always been a Christian.

I don't know why Ragnar listens to him.

It's true.

I don't know why Ragnar listens to me.

Not when he can listen to you, Floki.

Good night.
May the gods keep you.



What do you mean "what"?
What happened to you?

I got into a fight with my uncle.

You fought with Rollo?

I wanted to stop them killing him.

I don't understand.

It doesn't matter.

Are you going to see Porunn?

No. She does not want to see me.

If she needs me, she will tell me.

She is a woman, not a child.

Good night.

What are you hiding?

I'm not a fool, Helga.

Something happened here when we were away.

Something happened that
led to the death of Siggy.

Even Ragnar knows that.

But he doesn't know what happened.

And you do,

don't you, Helga?

A wanderer came here.

We had all dreamed of him.
Aslaug, Siggy and me.

He said his name was Harbard.
And he possessed some gifts.

He told stories, and he could cure people.

He cured Ivar of his pains.

- His name was Harbard?
- Yes.

That is what he said.

And what else did he do, this Harbard?

He seduced Aslaug.
She slept with him.

It was because of him that she was
not looking after the children.

And this... He said
his name was Harbard?

- Are you sure he said that?
- Yes, he said that.

But what does it matter?

He took Aslaug away from the children.

- It was his fault that Siggy died.
- No. Not his fault.

Her fault, your fault, everyone's fault.

What do you mean?

You frighten me.

Harbard is not a human being.

Harbard is a god.

He came to visit.

And such a visit must always be celebrated.

Even if it leads to death?

If it leads to death,
it also leads to life.

That is the way with the gods.

That is what Ragnar must understand.

But I don't want to tell Ragnar.

- It is not my business to tell Ragnar.
- No, no, no.

No, you're right.

It is my business.

I must speak to Earl Ingstad!

I must speak to Earl Ingstad!

- I must speak to Earl Ingstad!
- Inside.

Earl Ingstad, we just heard of your return.

There is some news.

Your properties, your lands, your earldom,

all have been usurped.

- Say again.
- It's the truth.

You have been removed from power.

- Forgive me. I am only the messenger.
- Who has done this? Who has usurped me?



- That's impossible.
- And yet it has happened.

Kalf has made himself
the new Earl of Hedeby.

I supported you in Wessex,
now you must support me.

Together we can overthrow this usurper.

Firstly, you came to Wessex
of your own volition.

Secondly, if there is a civil war,

many of our own people will die.

Is your earldom really
that important to you?

- Yes.
- Why?

Because it is rightfully mine!

Well, there is never much use
in arguing with you, Lagertha.

We shall go and talk to him.

Who is Harbard?

Who is Harbard?

Who is Harbard?

You want to know?

I'll tell you about Harbard.

I'll tell you about who he was to your son.

The son you leave behind.

When you went away, Harbard helped him.

He took away Ivar's pain.

Look how peaceful he is.

He's sleeping.

He never slept before.

And it was Harbard
who stopped his suffering.

Was he good?

This Harbard?

Yes, he was a good man.



What's the matter with you, Judith, hmm?

You have been like this for many days now.
Are you ill?

- Do you want me to call the physician monk?
- No.

There is nothing he can
do for my condition.


What condition?

Answer me!

I am your husband.

- I am with child.
- What?

I am with child.

Well, that's impossible.

We have not slept together as man and wife
since our son was born.

- You told me...
- It is true.

Whose child is it?

Whose child is it?

Oh, my God.

Oh, my God.

Oh, God!


- What is it?
- Nothing.

Then come with me.

So, this man has just come to me.

He's a farmer. He's been helping the
Northmen to establish their settlement.

Tell my son what has happened.

There has been some trouble.

Some conflict between the Northmen
and some of the landowners.

Nothing much at first. Boundary disputes.
The usual stuff between us farmers.

But then it got serious. There were
threats. I tried to stay out of it.

"Drink the wine, praise the Lord of all, "and
let the world be the world." That's what I say!

Yes, never mind about all that.
What happened next?

One of the farms of the Northmen
was attacked and burned down.

Some people died.

And what did the attackers
say to the Northmen?

They said it was just the beginning.

That they would come back
and kill them all.

Now you know that this settlement,

and my agreement with Ragnar Lothbrok,

mean a great deal to me.

So I want someone, someone I can trust,

to go out to the settlement
with a large force,

and bring these disputes to an end.

But you have just returned to Wessex
and to your wife and child.

So, I would understand if you did not
want to leave them again so soon.

I'll go.

- If you're sure?
- I said I'll go.

Once again, Ragnar.

I know, never as king.
Never as King Ragnar.

What does a king require
from a simple seer?

There is a city called Paris.

Paris. Yes.
I have seen its gates.

And I see that its gates are
already here, to my eyes.

What does that mean?

It means exactly as I have said.

I do not lie about what I see, King Ragnar,

only sometimes I withhold things,

for human beings cannot
bear too much reality.

Then if you can see,

tell me if I will conquer Paris.

I can see that not the living,

but the dead, will conquer Paris.

Not the living but the dead?

And I also see that the bear
will be crowned by a princess.

Which does not bode too
well for you, King Ragnar.

Stop. I don't want
to fight you.

Quiet. Quiet.

I have made up my mind.

And this year, we shall attack Paris.


What is Paris?

That is a good question, brother.

Paris is a city in the country of Frankia.


Why haven't you told us
all about this before?

Because I'm telling you now.

I understand that this,
this will not be easy.

By all accounts, Paris is a huge,

walled, well-protected city.

This is something that our people

have never attempted or dreamt of before.

But I have begun to think

and dream of it.


Come. Come.

Athelstan has been to Paris.

And the wanderer who first
told me about England,

he too told me about this city.

We must find him!


For it is good to travel
with hope and with courage.

But it is still better
to travel with knowledge!

We will take this place!

- What about your promise?
- What promise?

To visit my earldom.
To go to Hedeby.

To speak to the usurper.


You know why we've come.

You have usurped my rights and my lands,

to whom you were sworn in fealty and trust.

I expect you to hand
both land and title back.

Hello, Kalf.

Perhaps we might, uh, discuss
these matters privately.

As you wish, King Ragnar.

Please, sit.

I would prefer to avoid the
unnecessary loss of lives

fighting a civil war with you.

Do you mind if I call you earl, Kalf?

Come the spring,

I will be invading
a country called Frankia.

And I would like to invite
you, your men and your ships,

to join me on this expedition.

And if I refuse?

- You will lose everything.
- Even my earldom?

You mean my earldom.

That is between you
and my ex-wife.

And good luck with that.

Won't you sit down, Lagertha?

I know you must hate me.

Just let me say that
I was born here in Hedeby.

I belong here and I have a
fierce pride in being its earl.

I have a better claim than you do

even though I share the
world's admiration for you.

I'm not sure I believe so much in titles.

A title is only an opportunity to
do good things for the folk here.

I want to do that.

You betrayed me.

And the fact is, you planned to betray me.

And you must have
planned it for a long time.

I did, yes.

Despite the fact that I desired you.

- You desired me?
- Yes.

All the time that I was planning on
overthrowing you, I desired you.

I never stopped desiring you.

What am I supposed to do
with that knowledge?

What do you want to do?

Ragnar was always chosen over me.

By my father.
And my mother.

Then by Lagertha.

Why would I not want to betray him?

Why would I not want to scream at him,

"You see, I am alive too!"

Being alive is nothing.
It doesn't matter what I do.

Ragnar is my father, he is my mother,

he is Lagertha.
He is Siggy.

He is everything I cannot
do, everything I cannot be.

I love him.

He is my brother.

He has taken me back.

But I am so angry!

Why am I still so angry?

You tell me, wise one.

Or I will tell you.

It is because I am useless, feckless,
hollowed out by failed ambitions,

by failed loves.

Nothing good can ever come of my life now.

What is there to laugh about?

Rollo, if you truly knew what
the gods have in store for you,

you would go down now and
dance naked on the beach.

I don't understand.

I tell you, as I told Ragnar,

a bear will marry a princess.

And I can tell you that you will
be present at the ceremony.

Now go and leave me.


Good. Good.


Kill the pagans.

My Lord.

Come! Come!

Friends, it was all for this.

It was all for our Lord!

"Our Father, "Who art in heaven,

"Hallowed by thy name..."

- Where are you going?
- I have no idea.

But your father won't fight
for my honor or my property.

I cannot stay here.

It seems we have been here before.

Don't try to stop me.

You can leave if you like.
You are a free woman.

But Ragnar has many other sons.

What are you trying to say, Bjorn?

I'm saying, if you leave

and you show you do not care,
what is to stop him

from favoring his other sons?

Her sons above me?

Ragnar loves you.

And I love him too.

But I know him.

So I am asking you to stay. Not
for your sake, but for mine.

But don't pretend to me that
you don't want to go to Paris.

I know you want to go to Paris.

I've dreamed of the three
of us going together.

Do you understand?

Do you understand?
You're not leaving.

You're a man now, Bjorn.

Act like one.

There are things you do not
know about this Harbard.

About this Harbard, and your wife.

Helga told me everything.

She told me Harbard would take Aslaug away

from her children, away from your sons.

They would go off together.

And they would sneak
into the fish huts and...

Many times.

Helga said she smelled like fish.

That's how it was.

That's what happened when you were away.

There's more, Ragnar.

There's much more.

Do you not know who Harbard is?

Harbard is another name for Odin.

It was Odin who slept with your wife.
The god, Odin, who came to Kattegat.

I am ashamed

that my word as king meant
nothing to some of you!

That you organized this...

This catastrophe among yourselves.

That you took it upon
yourselves to violate a treaty

that I had signed in good faith!

God knows what the Northmen will
make of these terrible events.

My name and my word as King of
Wessex will mean nothing to them!

But it cannot be, it cannot be.
It cannot be.

I cannot allow and I
cannot tolerate treason.


Arrest this man! This man!
And this! And him!

All for treason!

And my Lord Radolf.
Arrest him also.

Wait, Sire...

For I showed him nothing, nothing but love,

and this...
This treachery is my reward?

Out of my sight!

And Aethelwulf, you think
you will escape so lightly?

All of you! Leave!

I need to speak alone with my son!

Thank you.

Thank you, my son.

You did the business so well.

How could we ever have allowed these
Northmen to establish themselves here?

It's unthinkable.

And I played my part well, did I not?

Yes, Father.
Very well.

By this ruse,

we have now caught out all of
those nobles who question my rule

and we have reason now to rid
ourselves of them permanently.

It worked out well.


It worked out beautifully, my son.

Even Charlemagne would have approved.

Don't you think so?