‘Vikings’: How Lagertha Confronts Ragnar Lothbrok After Learning He Cheated on Her

In the hit series Vikings, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) is married to her husband, Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), when we first meet them. But the happiness doesn’t last, and it’s all thanks to Ragnar’s wandering eye. How does Lagertha confront her husband after learning he cheated? We have all the details from season 2, episode 1.

Lagertha and Ragnar Lothbrok in ‘Vikings’

Katheryn Winnick in 'Vikings'
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Both Lagertha and Ragnar are accomplished warriors in season 1. Lagertha herself is a fierce shield-maiden, and she had two children with Ragnar, Bjorn (Nathan O’Toole) and Gyda (Ruby O’Leary), although Gyda dies when a plague hits Kattegat. 

Lagertha and Ragnar are in love, and things seem steady, even after Ragnar becomes the Earl of Kattegat. But the happiness doesn’t last when Lagertha has a miscarriage. Ragnar starts to wonder who will have the many sons he was promised by the Seer (John Kavanagh), a man who can supposedly see things.

Ragnar cheats on his wife

While on business for King Horik (Donal Logue), Ragnar meets Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland), a princess from Götaland. They sleep together, and Aslaug winds up pregnant, although Lagertha doesn’t yet know about that detail. When Ragnar returns home with his son, who accompanied him on the journey, Bjorn spills to his mother about the other woman. But he doesn’t give up a lot of details because he wants to be loyal to his father. He gave enough details for Lagertha to put two and two together. However, Lagertha is smart enough to know what happened without being told.

How Lagertha confronts Ragnar after learning about his infidelity

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In season 2, episode 1, Ragnar returns from fighting his brother, Rollo (Clive Standen), and Jarl Borg (Thorbjørn Harr) while allied with King Horik (Donal Logue). Rollo surrendered, and Ragnar tells his family and others in the great hall what happened. Lagertha is clearly upset already though because she’s heard about the infidelity that occurred.

She asks Ragnar who Aslaug is, but he isn’t trying to answer, throwing a bowl. His wife continues asking despite Ragnar telling her to “stop.” 

“She’s a Götaland princess,” Ragnar admits. “We met her over there.”

Lagertha inquires further asking, “You just met her?”

Although Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig), Lagertha’s friend in her employ tries to get her to stop, Lagertha isn’t going to let this go. Ragnar asks what Bjorn has told her. “What did you tell her, boy?”

But Lagertha continues with the whole thing, which just gets Ragnar upset further. He gets up and Lagertha does as well. “I say…” He begins to turn things around. “We should not wash our dirty clothes in front of others.” He walks back to where they sleep, washing his face. 

Lagertha storms in, throwing things at him. “Did you have sex with her?” she asks him.

“Yes, I had sex with her,” he replies.

She takes something off the counter and throws it at him, asking, “How many times?” And Ragnar says it happened “once.”

Lagertha is pretty mad, and she comes at her husband despite him throwing a rag at her, but she hits him in the face with it. They start struggling, and Ragnar puts Lagertha down on a table, pinning her arms back. But she’s clearly still heated. He says that he doesn’t love the other woman, but that doesn’t help things.

“How can I make you let this go?” Ragnar asks.

“Never see her again,” Lagertha says, to which Ragnar replies, “Done.” She insists, “Never again.” 

Things don’t last

Aslaug, who has already told Ragnar that she’s pregnant, comes calling to Kattegat months later, and she’s heavily pregnant. She acts innocent, not explaining why she has come although it’s obvious. Ragnar tells his wife that he can’t turn her away, and he even brings up the scenario of marrying them both. Aslaug acts like she’s OK with it, but Lagertha isn’t having it. Although she’s mostly quiet about the whole thing, it’s clear she’s trying to figure out what she’s going to do. When Ragnar tells her that she must “accept” Aslaug, Lagertha leaves him, divorcing him and taking their son, Bjorn, with her when he chooses to go.

Ragnar’s wandering eye ruins his marriage with his wife. He goes on to marry Aslaug, and she has four of his sons.