Following on from the popular channel ‘History Vikings, ‘Vikings: Valhalla’ is a historical tv series of entertaining action set in the crucial period of Scandinavian and British history. One hundred years after the days of Lagertha, Ragnar Lothbrok, and Bjorn Ironside, the old pagan faith is slowly dying out and is replaced by Christianity.
The program follows the adventures of Freydis Eriksdotter as Frida Gustavsson, Leif Eriksson as Sam Corlett, Harald Hardrada as Leo Suter, and others in the twilight of the Viking Age. Historically, most of the characters in the show do not really meet, and the timing of certain things seems to be non-existent, but that is an untrue aspect of the Vikings: Valhalla series.
Vikings: Valhalla Season 1: Synopsis
“Vikings: Valhalla.” By the 11th century, many Northern Europeans had left their native lands to settle in other regions throughout the continent. Many places have sprung up in England, including Danelaw, not far from London. The existence of these settlements made the Saxon natives feel uncomfortable, and King Aethelred II of England convinced his nobles to deal with this “Viking crisis.”
Saxons killed Danelaw residents on Saint Brice Day. Harald, who had been visiting his brother, could not escape with his life. You go back and help King Canute of Denmark assemble a large army to attack England.
Meanwhile, Leif, his sister Freydis, and their friends dared to storm Kattegat from Greenland. Like the army around them, they too are seeking revenge, but it is a different kind. Some time ago, a Christian man raped Freydis and left a cross on his back. Initially, the show suggests that the man responsible is Olaf Haraldsson as Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Harald’s half-brother. As Olaf helps Aethelred build a defense in London, he is determined to play a key role in Canute’s attack. Finally, Olaf’s close aide, Gunnar Magnusson, is portrayed as a rapist.
Freydis kills Gunnar in the main hall of Jarl Haakon as Caroline Henderson, an African-born Viking hero. Harald, who creates romantic feelings for Freydis, convinces Jarl Haakon and Canute to get Leif to fight for the cause of the Vikings so that his sister can live, and successfully save Freydis from some assassination. Harald knows that Leif successfully steered his ship through a storm and is a masterpiece. His addition to the Viking army would only be a good thing. And he has proved to be right.
By the time the Vikings reached the English coast, Aethelred was on his deathbed and would be followed by his inexperienced young son, Edmund. Aethelred’s Queen, Emma of Normandy as Laura Berlin, is in charge of English defense. His assistant is Godwin, a trusted and ambitious Aethelred mentor. Leif almost died during the argument. You have the idea of a young girl placing a cross in her hands as he stands on the edge of his death. Harald comes and saves his life. But after that incident, a change in Leif’s faith began to take root.
Shortly after Aethelred’s death, London fell to the Vikings. Leif plays a key role in the victory of his people and is hailed as a hero. This is where Canute reveals his real plans. He calls himself the King of England. He tells his people that he will rule next to Edmund and start a relationship with Emma.
Meanwhile, Olaf returns to the North and informs Ælfgifu as Pollyanna McIntosh, Canute’s first wife, of what happened. This encourages Canute to marry Emma and sail back to Denmark. In his absence, his father, Sweyn Forkbeard, takes over England. While her brother was busy fighting in England, Freydis was visiting the famous temple in Uppsala. There he meets a mysterious seer, who tells him that she will be “the last,” possibly meaning to be the last of the Vikings.
At the end of Vikings: Valhalla season 1, entitled ‘The First End,’ Leif and Freydis, reunited, faced Kattegat’s attack by Olaf and his troops. In England, Ælfgifu gets a big hand in Forkbeard and Emma, who seems to be forcing the latter to return to Normandy.
Vikings: Valhalla Season 1: Ending, Explained
Olaf wants to be king of the whole of Norway, but the presence of a powerful Kattegat under Jarl Haakon proves to be an obstacle. He meets the zealous Jarl Kåre, who destroys the Uppsala temple and has a vendetta against Freydis, and attacks Kattegat. Harald also wants to be king of Norway. After returning from England, he resumes his relationship with Freydis and agrees to fight Kattegat.
However, in the first episode of the season, he leaves Kattegat and meets Olaf. As revealed at the end of the season, it was all a strategy. He did not intend to betray Leif and Freydis. During the speech, he conveys his brother-in-law’s plans to the Kattegat defenders. However, Olaf recognized this and gave him false information.
Kattegat falls. Olaf tells Harald, Kåre, and others that he is going to attack Kattegat at sea during the wolf month when high tide will take ships over city defenses. At that point, Kåre will attack the country. Together, they will crush Kattegat between two major armies. During the war, however, Harald discovers that this was not the real plan. Olaf discovered that Harald had not changed his mind and was now in a position to apply what he had learned from Leif and Freydis. In addition, he had to remove Kåre, who was completely insane.
Kattegat divides its troops to fight the war on both sides. Kåre and his forces attacked the walls of Kattegat. The zealous warlord is eventually assassinated by Freydis. Olaf goes after him and controls an important city, fulfilling his dream and becoming king of Norway. However, this was not intended to last long. In England, Emma and Forkbeard worked together and pressed to control the Danish navy from Ælfgifu.
Forkbeard then seized ships and headed for Kattegat to punish the rebels. He arrives shortly after Olaf and his troops take control of the city. Observing what happened, Olaf’s soldiers abandoned him. Suddenly, he had no choice but to leave. His attack on Kattegat eventually made things worse for him. With Canute and his family now in control of Kattegat, their desire to innovate
Liv is dead. The relationship between Liv and Leif is similar to that between Harald and Freydis. She is the only Greenlander to return to England living without Leif. She knows his latest interest in Christianity and seems to have no idea how he will respond. Liv is badly injured while defending Kattegat. She asks Leif to promise him that he will meet him in Valhalla, hoping that he will not abandon his gods. However, she dies before he can respond.
Liv’s death and the subsequent tragic attack made Leif a victim. He kills many enemy soldiers who are trying to rape two women. Forkbeard also brought his two grandchildren. One of them, Svein, sees a woman come out of the shed and check on him, meeting Leif. As the episode ends, it looks as if Leif is going to kill Canute’s son.
Leif has never met Svein, so he doesn’t know who he is. However, that does not mean that he will kill a harmless little boy. The Cliffhangers usually act as a hook to keep the audience interested in the next installment or season. The first season of ‘Vikings: Valhalla is no different. In Vikings: Valhalla Season 2, Svein is likely to survive the reunion, and Leif may be looking for his sister, who has left Kattegat and Harald.