Tonight on the History Channel Vikings returns with an all new Wednesday, January 4, 2017 season 4 episode 16 called “Crossing” and we have your weekly Viking recap below. On tonight’s Viking season 4 episode 16 episode as per the History synopsis, “Bjorn’s (Alexander Ludwig) fleet launches a surprise attack, while Lagertha’s (Katheryn Winnick) quest for power continues in Kattegat.”
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Vikings begins tonight with Astrid (Joesfin Asplund) asking Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) about if Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) is truly dead. Lagertha refuses to believe that Ragnar is dead because Ivar (Alex Hogh Anderson) didn’t see him physically die. She stands and cries, “poor Ragnar, my love.”
Astrid apologizes but asks her if Ragnar is dead, what will she do. Lagertha says she must pick up the burden of ruling and Ragnar hated it and weighed him down perhaps even killed him. Astrid then asks her why she would do it herself. Lagertha feels Ragnar is watching her and she cannot disappoint him nor can she disappoint herself or any of the Shield maidens who have died at her side and if she walked away now what would they say about her in Valhalla.
King Ecbert (Linus Roache) is in mourning but his son Aethelwulf (Moe Dunford) tells him they must prepare for Ragnar’s sons who will come to claim vengeance. Ecbert tells him he had an agreement with Ragnar that his sons would not come after him. Aethelwulf scoffs. Ecbert admits that he trusted Ragnar and vice versa.
Aethelwulf says he is not talking about Ragnar, he is talking about his son Ivar. Ecbert says he is a cripple and Aethelwulf says he is a VIKING and he made a huge mistake releasing him. Judith (Jennie Jacques) tells Aethelwulf not to say that. He says it is true and she tells him to not contradict his father. She leans over and rubs Ecbert’s hand saying she cares about him and believes in him. Ecbert says he knows this but could never fully express his gratitude to her but his son is right.
Ecbert says that Aethelwulf is the best man for the job and to prepare their defense against Ragnar’s sons. Aethelwulf asks his father what he will be doing and he smiles telling him he will continue his lessons with Alfred (Conor O’Hanlon). He praises Alfred for being responsible and that his lessons are coming along nicely.
Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith) and Sigurd (David Lindstrom) are bathing in the river when Sigurd asks what they are going to do about father. Ubbe says if they can trust Lagertha will keep them alive they can avenge him. Ubbe tells him they must bide their time even if it is true about their father and they would be fools to give themselves away too quickly. Sigurd asks how they will control Ivar as Ivar stares at them.
Ivar sits on the hill and cries over his parents watching the water below, he screams in anguish. Queen Lagertha enters the great hall and everyone applauds her except for Ubbe and Sigurd. She addresses her people by saying it is a new dawn for Kattegat and they do not know the fate of King Ragnar or whether he will ever return.
She says they have not been ruled properly in a very long time but they have the largest, richest trading center in Norway and others will be envious of their success and their lack of protection needs to change. She plans to fortify Kattegat and everyone must contribute to this.
Ivar crawls across the floor to stand before Lagertha. He asks for justice, saying Lagertha killed his mother Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) for no reason and he demands justice. Ubbe puts his hand on his shoulder and Ivar brushes him off. Lagertha comes down to Ivar and tells him that Ubbe is not a coward but he might understand some things Ivar doesn’t. He denies it saying she murdered his mother in cold blood and he wants revenge, challenging her to single combat. She refuses and he says she can’t. She reiterates her stance and he asks why, she tells him she doesn’t want to kill him. He asks who says she will kill him, she says she does. He says it doesn’t matter because one day he will kill her and her fate is fixed. He leaves the great hall/
Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) and his fleet continue to travel the waters. Rollo (Clive Standen) asks Bjorn where they are, he shows him the map. Helga (Maude Hirst) ask Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) if they are lost and he says they are lost and so is he. He tells her he no longer knows who he is and why he is there or what his purpose is.
She tells him he builds boats and he says that is not enough, and he feels like an empty vessel and hollow and he needs something to fill him up. Helga says she needs more from life and wants a baby, he protests asking her if she remembers their daughter. She says of course she does and he says he doesn’t want another child.
King Harald Finehair (Peter Franzen) believes Bjorn is cursed like his father and the gods are surely displeased. He says one day they must overcome the Lothbroks, and its the only way he can become the King of Norway. He asks why wait and is told the gods will give him a sign.
Back in Kattegat, Astrid asks Lagertha if they will try to kill her again, she says its possible. Astrid assures her she will stop them and protect her. They kiss and Lagertha thanks her but says if they are going to kill her, she will not be able to stop them; no one can. She says as she lays in the same bed she shared with Ragnar, everything comes back to her and she is home again.
Bjorn’s fleet arrives at land and Hvitserk (Marco Ilso) says they are almost out of fresh water and Bjorn says they don’t have much provisions either. Rollo tells Bjorn about the land in front of them and the people there worship a god named Allah.
Ivar is determined on his revenge and is working with the blacksmiths to make a weapon. Ubbe runs into Margrethe (Ida Nielsen) on the beach saying he hasn’t seen her in a while. She stiffens when she doesn’t know where Ivar is. Ubbe tells her not to worry about him because he is busy with other things. Margrethe apologizes for tricking them and he says he doesn’t blame her and has bigger betrayals to worry about. She grabs her basket and begins to walk and he tells her he needs to see her.
The Vikings have reached Spain, crushing fishing boats upon their arrival. They come with weapons drawn to the village market, chasing the villagers away. Floki stands still taking in the scene and the music drowns out the screaming. Bjorn comes to his brother Hvitserk’s rescue helping him kill a man who attacked him.
King Harald holds a sword to a woman’s throat and kills her in front of her daughter. Helga is horrified and chases after the little girl who goes into a sealed building. Helga knocks on the door while Floki follows where the music is coming from. He picks the lock, draws his axe and enters the room where everyone is praying. Floki walks along the wall to the front mesmerized by what he sees. The rest of the Vikings arrive and King Harald asks Floki what he is doing.
Lagertha lies in bed when she hears a sound, she asks who it is and who are you. She gets up and smiles, beginning to cry she says Ragnar, she knew he would come and to enjoy Valhalla because he deserves it but to not forget her; to haunt her and not leave her. The person disappears and she calls for Ragnar with no response.
Rollo, Bjorn and the men find Helga staring at the door. Rollo smashes through the door and they find a place shielded by a curtain, Bjorn opens the curtain and they see a man standing in the middle of the room with a knife, he attempts to attack Bjorn who kills him with one fast swipe of his sword. Helga goes ahead looking for the girl.
The Vikings step over the men praying in the temple and King Harald asks Floki what this is. Floki explains they are praying to their god, and even though he can’t see them, they are praying with such passion. Harald says he hates the noise and kills the man praying out loud. Floki tells them no more killing, especially not in this place; he forbids it telling Harald if he wants to kill these people he has to kill him first. Harald laughs at him but tells his men to listen to Floki and they are not to kill these people and orders them to leave.
Helga finds the little girl, who runs when she sees her. Bjorn, Rollo and Hvitserk are in a room filled with mirrors. Bjorn is looking through a screen when Rollo calls him over, when they open the curtain they find a man who is already dead. Rollo says he killed himself. Bjorn tries to open the door behind him and Rollo grabs the key from the dead man saying what do you think he was guarding?
When they open the door the room is filled with women. They all run away and Rollo smiles at Hvitserk. The Vikings laugh and approach the women. Helga continues to search for the little girl, telling her no to be afraid and she won’t hurt her, promising her she is safe. Harald and his men walk past Helga comforting her, not killing the little girl.
Some of the Vikings are singing as they take the captive women onto their ships. Floki questions Helga about taking the girl as their own. Floki tries to stop her to no avail.
Lagertha goes to see the Seer (John Kavanagh) who hails her as Queen. She tells him about seeing Ragnar, he says he saw him too on his way to Valhalla and he was very happy. Lagertha sits and says she only has one question, will the sons of Ragnar kill her? She asks the Wise One for an answer and asks again. He tells her she will. Ivar sits in front of Lagertha and twists his sharp blade into her eye, slashing it in his vision.
Bjorn stands with some of his men telling them they are in the Mediterranean, further than their people have ever been and further than his father Ragnar ever dreamed. Harald says it is beautiful as Bjorn turns to see ravens flying and cawing, Hvitserk and Bjorn hear Ragnar’s voice.
In Kattegat, Ivar is again working hard on his weapon, along with Sigurd and Ubbe who also hear the birds. Ivar is greeted and told that his father is dead, killed by serpents and tells him in the cold earth Ragnar lies. Ivar screams and Ubbe turns to see the one-eyed stranger and snaps his arrow. He then visits Hvitserk and without words he knows.
Bjorn and Hvitserk watch the ravens circle a man and Bjorn announces that their father is dead. Ragnar is heard saying it gladdens him that Odin prepares for a feast and soon he will be drinking ale from curved horns. I shall not enter Odin’s hall with fear. I shall wait for my sons to join me and when they do I will bask in their tales of lorn. My death comes without apology and I welcome the Valkyries to summon me home.