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The most recent episode of Vikings has fans still reeling. There were so many epic fight scenes and shocking moments that episode 6 is worth a rewatch. “Death and the Serpent” held a surprising death that will change the course of the remainder of the show. Read on to find out why fans consider this episode to be the best in years. There are spoilers ahead.

Some fans consider episode 6 the best in years

Katheryn Winnick
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Numerous fans took to social media to share their thoughts on the surprising episode. Many agree that it’s an amazing episode and one of the best in years to hear people tell it.

“I’d argue it’s one of the best episodes in the entire show. Everything was so well done,” a Reddit user wrote.

Other viewers seem to agree and enjoy the momentum of the final season so far. “Totally agree, awesome episode 👍,” another user expressed.

“Best episode I have seen in years,” a Reddit user also said.

A lot of other people seem to echo the same sentiment about episode 6. “I totally agree. The writing and characters were on point,” a user revealed.

The death of Lagertha

The most important event that occurred in episode 6 is the death of Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick). She faces the bandit leader White Hair (Kieran O’Reilly) and almost loses her life in the process, but somehow she comes out on top. With severe wounds, Lagertha makes it back to Kattegat and encounters Hvitserk (Marco Ilsø), who hallucinates that she is Ivar. Hvitserk stabs Lagertha to death fulfilling the prophecy that she would die by a son of Ragnar.

Obviously, the death of Lagertha makes the episode more than a little epic for fans of the series. “Lagertha finally got her chapter ended with the knot tied with the son of Ragnar. Died defending her village, died as a shield-maiden,” a Reddit user observed.

Even the battle leading up to her death was enough to keep fans on the edge of their seats. “I’ve never felt so tense watching this show as I did watching Lagertha in that final battle with White Hair,” a user explained.

King Harald Finehair

All of Harald Finehair’s (Peter Franzen) scheming has paid off and he’s the King of Norway finally just like he’s always wanted. He takes the time to invite Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig) to a party, where he plans to try and kill him. Bjorn escapes at the last possible moment, leaving fans worried about his future since Harald wants him dead.

So why does Harald want to kill Bjorn so badly? It has a lot to do with his father’s legacy. “Because Harald sees Bjorn as a real threat for his kingdom of Norway,” another user explained. “Björn is Ragnar’s eldest son and everyone is respecting Ragnar, Ragnar is like a true legend to everyone in Scandinavia. Björn has a legit claim to this throne.”

People are starting to take more of a liking to Bjorn after this most recent episode’s turn of events. “Björn suddenly feels interesting – now he has some purpose and acts this time very down to earth,” another Reddit user expressed. “He is grateful for the help he got, he offers to row with fellow folks. I really want to see how this King of Norway story ends.”

Things heat up with Prince Oleg

Prince Oleg (Danila Kozlovsky) marries Freydis’ doppelganger, Princess Katya (Alicia Agneson). While they are at dinner with Ivar (Alex Høgh Andersen), Katya asks to take off her dress because she’s feeling overheated. Oleg and Katya have relations right there on the table in front of Ivar who is forced to stay and watch.

“Ivar is at the mercy of Oleg in a foreign country,” a Reddit user explained. “Oleg could have Ivar killed anytime he wants to. The only reason why Oleg still wants Ivar alive is to claim Kattegat, nothing more, nothing less.”

There is definitely a lot going on in season 6 of Vikings. Things seem to be getting better and better in the action-packed final season.