Clash of the Many Gods from VIKINGS ‘The Prisoner’
“God works in mysterious ways.”Yes, but Ivar is more creative!
This week’s Vikings highlighted one singular fact. There are few things more dangerous than a true believer.
Heathmond (Jonathan Rhyes Meyers) and Athelwulf (Moe Dunford) each fought valiantly in the defense of their faith and culture. They both suffered greatly for their efforts. Athelwulf’s life was spared in the battle however, it seems his faith in in turn was a casualty. Bishop Heathmond, in spite of his preaching and divine Viking intervention still managed to get captured. It appears, in this episode at least, both men’s prayers are currently falling on deaf ears.
Upon entering the world, Vikings were taught from infancy to prepare for the glories of the next in Valhalla. Immediately upon his capture Bishop Heathmond rightly accused Ivar with one word. “Heathen!” Ivar to his credit, responded in kind with “Christian.” No argument needed. Each drew a line in the sand with a single word.
Ivar recognized a true opponent worthy of his time in Heathmond. The very fact H wasn’t killed offhand is a testament to Ivar’s wisdom and foresight. Once again, we see Ragnar’s curiosity and “big picture” thinking being channeled through the son. Ivar showed restraint in obtaining quick satisfaction via crucifixion. This observer is beginning to think Ivar seeks to utterly destroy Heathmond by converting him to their Heathen beliefs much the way Athelstan changed Ragnars way of thinking.
Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) and Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) in turn reflect the many facets of Odin with their disagreement. Each has consistently followed what they believed the gods were telling them in life. Each has made great sacrifices in their steadfast faith. Lagertha reveals her devotion for Odin through her people, Floki does the same by seeking out the promised land. Where this leads remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure. There will be blood.
Ziyadat Allah (Khaled Abol Naga) honored Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) by greeting his arrival in Norse. Bjorn and Halfdan were clearly impressed and the welcome seemed to place them tentatively at ease. Ziyadat’s words along with his talk of tolerance however, soon appeared to wear exceedingly thin when Commander Euphemeus was served up as a main course.
The Northmen sadly, recognized the true threat in the form of Kassia (Karima McAdams) a little too late. The holy woman was the one pulling the strings of power all along with Ziyadat which resulted in Euphemeus culinary demise. Here’s to hoping the holy woman arranges a divine intervention for the duo!
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