As Vikings shuns the idea of a winter hiatus, even during this holiday bookended week, “All His Angels” offered up a shocking, sobering chapter that worked to shift the entire series in a new direction. In fact, you can read my interview with showrunner Michael Hirst about the episode here.
Though Vikings has given us its fair share of impressive battle sequences, most notably the two Paris raids, it’s always been the quieter moments of pain that have landed with more of an impact. It’s here where the show excels. Watching Ragnar suffer through his drawn out beatings and burnings this week, while not submitting a blink to King Ælla, reminded me of one of the show’s first standout episodes, “Blood Eagle.”