The Vikings Podcast #209: The Choice

Vikings Medieval ArchivesThis episode is full of choices. Does Rollo choose Siggy? Does Bjorn Choose Thorunn? Does Ecbert choose to battle the Vikings? Does Ragnar choose to follow Horic? Does King Horic choose to negotiate with King Ecbert? Does Athelstan choose the Vikings or the English? Everyone has a choice to make, will it be the right one? Find out those answers and more on another great episode of Vikings.

On this episode of The Vikings Podcast we’ll review and recap episode 9, The Choice. Then we’ll look at the history presented in the show and see how it compares to actual history.

The Choice

Ragnar’s Viking warriors march on to King Ecbert’s villa and are met with a surprisingly vicious welcome party along the way. After a bloody battle both sides must come to new terms.

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  1. Shastapopsicle says:

    Waiting not-so-patiently for the podcast about the season finale!  Come on, Archivist!  You’re killing me!  

    Also just a general commentary about your take on Lagertha’s progression as she leaves Ragnar.  I think that she was vulnerable when she left.  She is ambitious, so a lateral move in rank would be good for her and would provide position for her son if she played her cards right.  Shield maiden or not, she needs a certain amount of protection.  She can’t just cast about in the wild with her son.  A woman with a child is always vulnerable no matter how badass she is, because a child can be threatened.   She just needed to maneuver for long enough so that Bjorn could become strong.  I don’t think it was an accident that she chose a weak Earl in command of an important city in need of a queen.  She was biding her time with her eye on the long game.

  2. ropadi says:

    I love this podcast!  I started on the MAP a few months ago and I am loving it.  I normally listen to comedy / pop culture podcasts and need to take a break now and then.  After finishing the History of Rome and Revolutions (both great podcasts by the way), I started on the MAP.    I really enjoyed this and Pillars of the Earth was alot of fun to revisit even though it has been several years since I watched that show.  By the time I learned that you were doing a Vikings podcast the season 2 finale had already aired!
    Where is the finale dude?  I need it bad! This will be my first episode to listen in real time! Get on it! STAT!

    I’ve listened straight through and find this podcast to be very well done and professional.  I like how you have a structure for each episode: recap, review, history…  My only gripe, other than the fact that I listened to this after seeing all of the episodes and need to point out that you were wrong on nearly every prediction you made about what to expect in the future episodes, is that you are a bit of an English King / Athelstan Fanboy.  This show is about the ‘effing VIKINGS! 
    Rape, pillage, conquer, plunder and rape! (insert Blazing Saddles joke here).  
    You REALLY NEED to find a way to play a “fair use” amount of the Immigrant Song in this podcast!  For the first 15 seconds or whatever of the show. Led Zeppelin really nailed the Viking aura  and captured  the whole Viking mystique as they themselves conquered America as modern day Vikings back when I was a kid in the ’70’s!

    I think the actress who plays Siggy started out as almost the exact  same scheming biatch she played in Glee although she looks much hotter as a Viking. In the end I think she developed from a schemer into a great strong  woman character who truly cares about Ragnar, Rollo and the rest of the crew.

    I love how Floki and Ragnar were buddies all the way and totally played King Horik. Floki Rules!
    The dude who plays Ragnar says so much without saying anything.  He should be on the Emmy list but I’m not getting my hopes up!  Maybe he can be in the next Expendibles movie, standing between Stallone and Schwartzenegger flinging hatchets at and giving side-eyes to the villans!  Hail Earl Ragnar!

    My question on the finale is: Siggy is ordered to kill the children, I don’t think she does, but at the very end, Bjorn walks into a room that seems to be full of dead girls and children.  What’s up with that?  Did kids get killed?

    Thanks for a great podcast and look forward to more next season!  Keep up the great work!