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The Vikings hit Paris with a second assault; Emperor Charles has to make a difficult decision.
The vikings are recovering from their wounds after the failed attack on Paris. Ragnar in particular is suffering badly from his wounds. In his dreams, he sees his old friend Athelstan. Led by Rollo, Lagertha and Bjorn the vikings stage a second attack on the city. This time they focus on gaining access over the bridge but are again repelled. The citizens of Parisians are suffering however. The plague has set in and there is a food shortage. Emperor Charles decides to meet with Ragnar to learn what he wants but is surprised at the viking leader's request. In Kattegat meanwhile, Aslaug has to decide what to do with a wandering Christian missionary.
Rollo brilliantly stops the last Frankish defense engine, the corpses pile up on both sides and the siege starts to exact an even deadlier toll in hunger and disease. Badly wounded, Ragnar keeps aside, concludes all others have failed utterly and decides to negotiate with count Odo, who offers a fortune in precious metals and agrees to let the bishop baptize the Viking king, so he may join Athelstan in heaven. King Ecbert welcomes Aethelwulf home, celebrating Mercia's submission and leading to the uneasy love triangle with crown princess Judith, now the king's mistress provided he protects Alfred above all.
After losing a thousand men, the wounded Ragnar orders another attack to Paris. Rollo, Lagherta and Kalf command the raid and cross the gate of Paris. However they are defeated again and need to retreat. While healing, the Northmen keep Paris under siege and there is a disease killing the inhabitants in Paris. Emperor Charles proposes a deal to the Pagans offering gold and silver to return to their home. Ragnar, who is seriously wounded, accepts a meeting outside the walls with the Franks and sneaks out to meet them alone. He tells that he is dying and surprises the Christians with an unexpected request.
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