This season of Vikings has been spent in Wessex, Kattegat and Paris. We've seen the fall of characters like Siggy and Athelstan, main characters. You'd think we'd be used to losing major characters by now, thanks to Game of Thrones, but no.
In the season three finale of Vikings, we saw Ragnar preparing himself for death. We witness Floki, Lagertha, and Rollo all say their goodbyes to his coffin, not knowing that a still-breathing Ragnar was inside, listening to every word.
Lagertha told Ragnar of her love for him, while Rollo spoke of how it he'd never gotten over his jealousy. But when it came to Floki's goodbye, we didn't really know what to expect. Throughout the season, Floki's hatred for Athelstan had grown, as had his detest for Ragnar's relationship with Athelstan. And we watched Floki kill Athelstan.
"I loved you more than anyone. I loved you more than that priest ever loved you, but it made no difference,: Floki said. "I hate you, Ragnar Lothbrok. And I love you with all my heart. Why do you tear me away from myself?"
It was all quite heartfelt and I'll admit that I was sobbing as a result.
But all of this wasn't really even the most shocking part. The most shocking part of the episode, and possibly the entire season, was when the French were sticking to their end of the bargain they'd made with Ragnar through Bjorn by giving Ragnar a Christian burial. But surprise, surprise! Ragnar jumps up out of the coffin, saying, "I win."
He makes it out of the gates, only to collapse in Bjorn's arms. After raiding Paris and taking spoils, they all leave, aside from some warriors who stay back with Rollo.
The king makes a deal with Rollo, offering Princess Gisla's hand in marriage. The only thing Rollo has to do is agree to defend Paris against his brother, Ragnar. Rollo agrees, probably thinking back to the Seer's prophecy of him.
At the end of the episode, we see Floki and Ragnar on the boat, the only two awake besides the guy doing the steering. Ragnar beckons Floki over to whisper the final three words of the season: "You killed Athelstan."
The episode, nay, the season, was full of surprises and ups and downs. We made it through the deaths of two major characters, the sort-of death of the main character, Paris, Wessex, and a ton of betrayal. As always, Michael Hirst and the cast and crew of Vikings have done an impeccable job, leaving me wanting and waiting for season four.
Until next year...