History Channel has been on a roll lately. Not only did they deliver this spring's must-watch TV event, The Bible, but they have another ratings giant in Vikings that follows immediately after. Though the Vikings premiere came in second to The Bible, it still posted a healthy 6.2 million viewers, with 2.5 million in the adults 18-49 demographic (not counting encore airings).
Vikings episode 4, "Trial" aired Sunday night at 10/9c.
Episode 4 was not short on raids or wrath. In "Trial" the Vikings decide to return to England to find new treasures of the West. What makes this raid special for Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) and company is they have governmental consent from Earl Haraldson (Gabreil Byrne) to raid the coastal town of Hexam. The only condition is Ragnar must take one of Haraldson's men to keep an eye on the subversive Viking.
Not espousing his plan to the rest of his crew, Ragnar arrives to Hexam on Saturday. They wait to attack until Sunday, a time in which the entire town is under one roof, the Church.
Though I will say I'm starting to warm up to Vikings, I still don't feel connected to all of the characters. Ragnar is obviously recognizable, but I found myself detached when Ragnar's wife killed the king's spy after he attempted to rape the shield maiden. I couldn't remember which longhaired warrior was which. Maybe as more Vikings die, the characters will become a little more recognizable.
Upon returning home, Earl Haraldson places Ragnar under arrest for a "convenient" excuse to murder his spy.
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Earl Haraldon then tries to bribe Ragnar's brother into testifying, thus giving Haraldson lawful authority to execute Ragnar. Luckily Ragnar's brother comes to his rescue and Ragnar is released and given half of the loot from the raid.
Find out what happens next on Vikings episode 5, "Raid" which airs Sunday nights after The Bible on History Channel at 10/9c.