Tonight on the History Channel Vikings returns with an all new Thursday, December 28 season 4 episode 15 called “All His Angels” and we have your weekly Viking recap below. On tonight’s Viking season 4 episode 15 episode as per the History synopsis, “Ragnar [Travis Fimmel] and Ivar establish a new level of understanding while plotting against the Saxons.”
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Vikings begins tonight with Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) locked in a room. He is leaning over a bowl of water staring at his reflection. King Ecbert (Linus Roache) comes to inform him that he has a ship ready to take Ivar (Alex Hogh) back to his kingdom. Ragnar tells Ecbert he needs to say goodbye to him, Ecbert agrees and Ragnar wants to speak to him alone.
Ivar is playing chess with Alfred (Isaac O’Sullivan) when they are interrupted by guards who were ordered to bring Ivar to see his father. Ragnar tells Ivar he is going him and he insists that he won’t leave without him; Ragnar tells him that they won’t release him and he has to die. Ivar stubbornly tells him that he will die then too.
Ragnar tells him not to be stupid and that people are wrong about him being no threat, that it is Ivar who is very important for the future of the Vikings. Ragnar says the way he thinks is a gift and his unpredictability will serve him well. He tells him to use his anger intelligently and promises that one day the whole world will know and fear Ivar the Boneless!
Ivar wishes that he wasn’t angry all the time. Ragnar tells him without his anger he is nothing; Ivar wishes he was happy and Ragnar responds by telling him being happy is nothing. Ivar says he was just joking and Ragnar playfully slaps him.
Ragnar informs Ivar that King Ecbert is handing him over to be killed. Ivar says that if he does that him and his brothers will seek revenge, Ragnar is counting on it and tells him that revenge must be on Ecbert though. He smiles as Ivar nods. Ragnar says everyone will underestimate Ivar and he must make them pay for that. Ragnar hands his bracelet over to Ivar who promises that he will. Ragnar hugs him and tells him to be ruthless. The guards take him away.
Aethelwulf (Moe Dunford) has his men put Ivar in a cart, and Alfred hands him one of the pawns from their game of chess. Ivar and Alfred just look at each other and the horse pulls away to bring him to the ship. Ragnar watches from his room.
King Ecbert wishes things were different but he has no power to change them. Amnesty is not something he would wish on anyone, he struggles with having to destroy something/someone truly great. He continues to tell Judith (Jennie Jacques) that he has to commit a friend to death. She tells him that he has no choice. He protests asking if that is really true. He questions if he is just supposed to wash him hands of him like Pontius Pilate.
Ecbert visits Ragnar saying that King Aelle (Ivan Kaye) will make his death a big spectacle. Ragnar says that he will be able to speak about his joy of entering Valhalla; Ecbert tells him that he doesn’t believe it. Ragnar says he doesn’t but his sons and people do. Ecbert nods his head and Ragnar walks down the path of soldiers shackles on his legs and hands.
As Ragnar is about to enter the cage it begins to rain. Ecbert brings Alfred over to him where Ragnar gives Alfred the chain and cross Athelstan (George Blagden) gave him. Ragnar turns to Ecbert and tells him that he might find comfort in the fact that in the end Athelstan chose their God. Ragnar climbs into the cage and the horses take him away.
As the horses travel, the blind man guiding them tells Ragnar that he has heard a lot about him, that he is 8 feet tall and has killed thousand of their countrymen and ate children. Ragnar smiles and says the last one was not true. The driver bets that none of it is true, but everyone around them is terrified that he is going to kill them. He asks Ragnar how he is going to escape, Ragnar straightens him out by saying he has no intentions of escaping.
When night arrives, Ragnar is sleeping in the cage and all the soldiers are standing wide awake around the cage. One soldier is goaded into touching Ragnar. Ragnar lunges pretending to bite his finger. The soldier cried out and Ragnar releases him. He repositions himself and after he looks at the moon, he goes back to sleep.
Ecbert is unable to sleep, he kisses Judith on the lips and when she calls his name, he turns to face her, says nothing than continues to leave the room. He goes and finds the executioner’s robe and hood.
Ragnar asks the driver where they are going, he then notices that the man is blind, he tells Ragnar not to worry that the horses know the way and he can definitely see him. As Ragnar continues to talk the man guiding the horses is now the Seer (John Kavanagh).
Ragnar tells him that it will be at least another day before he is put to death; and that them and their gods are wrong. He insists that he guided his fate, and he fashioned the course of his life and his death. Him, not the gods. He says this was his idea to come there to die. He continues to say that he doesn’t believe in the gods, that men are in control of their own fate, not them. The gods are men’s creation to give answers in things they are too afraid to give themselves.
The Seer tells him that he may be right, he has walked among the lowest of the dead and has groped for meaning but he may have been wrong. When Ragnar demands to know what he said, the driver tells him he didn’t say anything. Ragnar sits back in the cage and closes his eyes.
King Ecbert walks the path in the robe and hood, hiding his face as he goes. The villagers passing him sign the cross and continue to walk.
The soldiers and Ragnar continue along the road, and when Ragnar sees the water, he is hit with flashbacks of when they first raided England and he met Athelstan. He smiles as he remembers Athelstan talking about his God.
Ecbert is walking barefoot in the sand along the water, his face is severely worn and he looks horrible. He is panting and out of breath.
King Aelle is on a hill with some of his men watching as Ragnar arrives with his soldiers. Ragnar looks up to see him with a devilish look in his eyes. Aelle comes down to see Ragnar telling him it took him a long time to return but at last he is there. Aelle thanks God and all his angels that he has kept his promise and he is still alive to witness this day. He leans in and tells Ragnar that before he dies he will atone for his sins against his countrymen.
He backs away and has the cage hoisted into the air. The soldiers all cheer. Throughout the night the soldiers continue to jab at the cage with their swords and spikes. King Aelle tells them to burn the dog as he laughs.
The next morning they remove Ragnar from the cage with ropes around his neck. Aelle says today is a good day because today the souls of all the innocent, Christian men, women and child that Ragnar and his pagans slaughtered shall escape from their Purgatory and sing Hallelujah. He says he is about God’s work and that the Lord chose him as his instrument of judgment. Ragnar smiles just before someone hits him in the back of the head knocking him down. The soldiers begin to beat Ragnar but before they kill him King Aelle orders them to leave him.
Aelle has Ragnar brought up to him and he said that was for absolution and he punches him in the face. Ragnar is bloody and swollen but continues to have flashbacks about Athelstan and their raid. Ragnar looks to the sky but says nothing. Aelle tells Ragnar to ask for absolution and when he remains silent he punches him in the stomach.
Aelle returns with a red-hot spike and burns it into Ragnar’s stomach, telling him again to ask for absolution. When Ragnar stares at him in defiance, he pulls out a blade and carves a cross into Ragnar’s forehead. It appears that Ragnar is about to speak and Aelle orders his men to remove the ropes around his neck.
Ragnar says they will all hear how the old boy suffered. Aelle steps back and lets his soldiers beat Ragnar some more. Ragnar makes his way back to the cage and closes the door. He stares back at Aelle, both too stubborn to say any more.
During the night all the men continue to watch Ragnar as his cage sways. Ragnar flashes back to when he was young and kissing Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), the memories jolt him and he remembers when he was teaching a young Bjorn how to fight. He watches as Lagertha left him and when they returned. He has a moment flash before him of Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) smiling, when he had Floki captive and even his battles with his brother Rollo (Clive Standen).
His flashes to his time with Athelstan and the good times he shared with King Ecbert ending with him carrying his son, Ivar on his back. His last moments he recalls Athelstan teaching him how to pray the Lord’s Prayer and he is awoken to hearing the villagers reciting the prayer and he notices Ecbert in the crowd.
When the prayer is done, the men open a pit in the ground under the cage. King Aelle is praying to the Lord in his chapel as the men are dropping snakes into the pit and the crowd is cheering. King Aelle returns to the forest and as the winds pick up and it gets bitterly cold. Ragnar finally speaks.
He says that it gladdens him that Odin is preparing for a feast and soon he will be drinking ale from curved horns. He says that he will not enter Odin’s hall with fear, and there he shall wait for his sons to join him and when they do, he will bask in their triumphs. Ecbert smiles at him while Ragnar tells them the Seer will welcome him and his death goes without apology and he welcomes the Valkyries to summon him home.
King Aelle shouts, “Deliver me oh Lord from my enemies!” the cage opens and Ragnar falls into the pit of snakes below. King Ecbert is shaken and moves with the soldiers to look down in the pit. Ragnar is being repeatedly bitten by the snakes. He looks up to see King Ecbert smiling at him and then he dies. Ecbert begins to cry while Aelle smirks and the pit is closed up. King Ecbert stays behind after all the villagers have left. The empty cage creaks in the wind.
Back in Kattegat, Ivar is taken off the ship and reunited with his brothers Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith) and Sigurd (David Lindstrom). Lagertha and Astrid (Josefin Asplund) look at Ivar with concern and curiosity. When the brother return home, Sigurd asks where their father is. Ivar takes a drink and when Ubbe asks him where Ragnar is. Ivar tells them that King Ecbert handed their father over to King Aelle to kill him.
Ivar says that their father is probably dead by now and they need to avenge him, that is all that matters. Ubbe nods to Sigurd who tells him that their mother, Queen Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) is also dead. He looks to Ubbe who tells him that it is true that Lagertha killed her and she is now Queen of Kattegat. Ivar remains silent. Ivar grabs the pawn Alfred had given him and squeezes it in his fist causing his hand to bleed. Unaware that they are not alone.