Ragnar: “What kind of father abandons his sons?”
We’ve seen Vikings hit the fast-forward button before as in season two following the Ragnar/Largetha break up. Historically little is known of Ragnar but traces of his existence are sprinkled throughout a wide range of historical material leading historians to persistently believe he could not have been a fictitious character. A majority of what is covered on the history of the Vikings people swarms around the infamous sons of Ragnar. This show is truly his tale. The tale of Ragnar Lothbrok and his struggles as a man trying to fulfill his destined legacy, even if it brings him to the brinks of madness. With so many character development happening they all ultimately orbit around our main protagonist, Ragnar Lothbrok. So let us adventure into a recap reviewing a few of the interesting new revelations in some of our beloved characters this season.
Following the suspenseful battle of Paris, we were left midway through the fourth season where the fallen King Ragnar returns to the immensely diversified mecca that is now Kattegat. It looks more like the Mediterranean with market places full of diversity, trades and exports undoubtedly the result of the Viking raids throughout the different lands pillaged and traveled over time.
We find ourselves with a new generation of Vikings as the Seer prophesized. Sons of Ragnar that we’ve heard so much about in prior seasons are finally all grown and standing face to face with their long lost father. Ragnar’s eyes are heavily worn like the years of distress from the burdens of being king and having the sole responsibility to guard and protect the well-being of those within his kingdom have taken its toll. Wanting to lead future generations to a better life. Feeling the weight of every life lost without a win. Ragnar is back and having to face the shame of deserting his Kingdom, his people and his family for those years he spent wandering following the defeat in Paris.
Ragnar has seen betrayal yet again this season: from brother Rollo, his wife Aslaug, his best friend Floki and Yidu the last person he had confided in. Is it any wonder the man was pushed to the acts of addiction, disassociating his perception of reality? Even with his sudden outbursts and hallucinations he still seems to have the broken fragments of the once great Viking King he aspired to be when we first began this journey.
We saw Ragnar face great lengths of defeat this season, will the second half of season 4 bring forth any wins for Ragnar Lothbrok and his Viking Kingdom?