In a surprising twist, Rollo has rejoined his former #Vikings family in their mission to raid the Mediterranean. Despite a bit of a rocky start (involving being literally drowned), he was accepted back into their heathen gang and allowed to raid alongside his old crew.
Naturally, the one person who still holds a strong disdain for the traitor is Floki. It's a resentment that started the day Rollo went along with being baptized by a Christian priest, which Floki took as an offence to both their culture and the gods.
But it's more than just religious differences that's got Floki hating on the Duke of Normandy. In Season 4 Episode 17, Floki shared a serious prediction with Björn:
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A Grave Warning
Floki, who is rumored to be the next Seer, wasn't kidding around when he chided Björn for letting his uncle survive:
"You should have killed him when you had the chance... Because I have a bad feeling that he will reach more fame than any of you".
It's interesting that Floki isn't concerned about Rollo posing a threat to them, but becoming more famous. And that's a big call considering Björn just took his people raiding to lands further than they'd ever been.
Don't forget that back in Season 3, the Seer told Rollo that if he knew what the gods had planned for him, he would dance naked on the beach. And we all know how accurate the Seer's predictions have been on Vikings.
But if Rollo's already been granted the title of Caesar by Emperor Charles, then how much more can he achieve?
Once A Viking, Always A Viking
He may be a Frankish noble, but Rollo still holds onto his viking identity — despite what his wife Gisla might think. In fact, he even extended an invitation to his viking brethren, encouraging them to consider a sea change:
"I want to make you all an offer. Anyone from our homelands who wants good, rich lands to farm can come and live in my kingdom. There will always be a part of Frankia which is a part of us."
Despite Floki's objections that he was "no longer a part" of viking culture, Rollo insisted that the concept of "us" (vikings) was "changing". And according to the history books, he couldn't be more right.
First of all, here's an obligatory history disclaimer. Yes, Rollo was an actual historic figure, but he wasn't related to Ragnar Lothbrok. In fact, the two weren't involved whatsoever.
Nonetheless, his exploits from history are still being explored through creator Michael Hirst's interpretation on Vikings. This means that what the real-life Duke Rollo got up to has proven to be an incredibly accurate guide to what's going to happen next on the show. So what do the history books say?
Despite the reactions he got from Björn and Floki, Rollo's offer of farming land is something we haven't heard the last of. Sure, they might be a little reluctant to commit to yet another international settlement (don't forget the horrible massacre in Wessex); But hey, farmers gotta farm. And vikings are, at their very core, farmers.
Rollo's relocation from Scandinavia to Frankia brought an influx of viking settlers eager to farm new lands, and their descendants became known as the Normans. They assimilated into their new culture and even converted to Christianity. It was a new era for viking people, and the beginning of an erasure of their own faith.
Politically speaking, Rollo played a massive part in reshaping viking culture, as well as influencing much of Europe. And genetically, his marriage into French royalty spurned a long line of great rulers, including his great-great-great grandson, William the Conquerer.
Rollo's influence survived not only him but his own viking culture, which was eventually erased by Christianity. Looks like Floki was right after all.
Do you think Rollo will achieve greater fame than the sons of Ragnar Lothbrok?