Bjorn struggles with the responsibilities of kingship and finds he can't rely on his mother, Lagertha; she has other plans. Ivar falls into the hands of Kievan Rus, and in their ruthless and unpredictable ruler, Prince Oleg, he may finally have met his match.
Did You Know?
"Buddhist" monks are depicted in the opening scene. Buddhist monks were almost certainly present in even the Western-most regions of the Silk Road in the 9th-10th centuries. In particular, one Sufi saint-Shaqiq al-Balkhi (d. c. 810 CE)-talks about meeting "shaven-headed mendicants" on the Silk Road that seem to have been Buddhist. To be clear, those folks are *not* Himalayan, and the robes are not what Himalayan Buddhist monastics wear. I say this as a professor of Himalayan Buddhism. Regardless, in my opinion this an excellent approximation of the silk road circa 800 CE. See more
Ivar the Boneless died in 873. Oleg came to the throne of Kiev only in 882. They could not have met under the circumstances depicted in the show. See more
Lagertha: I've seen enough of war. I have seen enough of death. I have lost so many. I don't want to be a A public person anymore. I don't want to be responsible. I desire to live a totally different kind of life.
If I Had A Heart
Written by Karin Dreijer
(as Karin Dreijer Andersson)
Performed by Karin Dreijer
(as Fever Ray)
Courtesy of Mute and Rabid Records See more