Vikings is setting itself up for a stonker of a fifth season. I have to admit it – I’ve been so wary of committing to the belief that the show is actually back on track, but this episode, Homeland, proved that Vikings still has a firm grip on so many of the things that make it great, while at the same time striking out into some enticing new territory. And I like it. Well, most of it, but we’ll get to that.
And we’re back! Yep, Vikings is broadcast on the same night as Riverdale so it’s taking pride of place for the time being (since I’m not the only one reviewing it in our house) and Riverdale recaps are going to be shifting to Friday instead (and hey, in case you want something to fill the gap between recaps, I published a super fun, meta-commentary lesbian romance earlier this week!). And, well, frankly I’m glad to have had the extra day to give this episode some thought because it was…a lot.
What does a post-Ragnar world look like for Vikings? It’s a question I’ve been asking since his death three-quarters of the way into last season, and one that the show hasn’t really offered a definitive answer to until the double-header that opens it’s latest season.