What Happened in ‘Vikings’ Season 6, Episode 8?

The first half of the final season of Vikings keeps leaving viewers shocked and this latest episode was no different. Read on to learn what happened in episode 8 of Vikings. There are major spoilers ahead, so read on only if you are caught up with the latest season.

‘Valhalla Can Wait’

Alexander Ludwig
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Episode 8 left many people shocked. The one major takeaway from this episode is that Hvitserk (Marco Ilsø) survived what seemed like an inevitable fate. He killed Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) and things will never be the same. Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) now knows the truth and he was set to have his brother burned alive.

Hvitserk is put on the pyre and tied up. As the flames surround him, he looks up to the sky, ready to die. Bjorn then motions to Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith) to throw an ax and cut Hvitserk free. He allows him to live, but he’s banished. Bjorn finds death too easy for Hvitserk.

Gunnhild surprises everyone

Bjorn is still doing whatever he wants, including cheating on his wife Gunnhild (Ragga Ragnars) with Ingrid (Lucy Martin). This week, Gunnhild surprises everyone when she catches them together and she doesn’t immediately object. She actually offers Ingrid her own freedom and she seems cool with the idea of Bjorn having two wives. Gunnhild even recalls that Ragnar gave Lagertha the same option years ago. It’s a strange situation, but one that Bjorn can certainly get behind.

Fans don’t seem to be on board for Bjorn’s three-way marriage prospects. “I wanted Bjorn to reject Gunnhild’s offer, especially after the way she raised people up for him during his failing popularity poll,” a Reddit user explained. “But of course, he would take that option.”

Ubbe makes some moves

Ubbe follows his dreams and decides to leave and travel to Iceland. He goes with his wife and their daughter, along with Kjetill Flatnose (Adam Copeland) as well. They arrive in Iceland, but Flatnose doesn’t seem happy about his new companions and he seems to be hiding something.

Ivar is still with Prince Oleg

Ivar the Boneless (Alex Høgh Andersen) is still with Prince Oleg (Danila Kozlovsky). This week, he eats with Oleg, Igor, and Oleg’s wife, Princess Katya (Alicia Agneson). Of course, Igor brings his puppet with him to the event. Oleg explains to Ivar that he’s going to send raiding parties out into Norway. Ivar wants to lead one of these parties and he asks Igor If he might want to go as well.

The boy asks his puppet king, which angers Oleg, who smashes the puppet on the floor. He also tells Igor if he mocks him ever again, he’ll have his tongue cut out. Ivar is definitely playing both sides here, and he’s seen later on holding Igor in comfort. He’s definitely making an ally of Igor for future plans.

This episode also showed some of Oleg’s raiding parties attacking unsuspecting people. There will definitely be more fighting and raiding to come before it’s all really over. This is only the beginning of Oleg’s grand plan to take over.

Some viewers think that Ivar will encounter Hvitserk now that he’s been banished. “My guess is that Ivar goes to scout in Scandinavia and finds Hvitserk in the woods,” a Reddit user said.

Vikings season 6 is definitely heating up and fans can’t wait to see how things will play out.