27.1.19

WHO HID THE HOLY GRAIL IN THE HALL OF THE MOUNTAIN KING?

The latest half-season of Vikings on The History Channel is about to wrap up, perhaps with a coalition of several chieftains about to march into Kattegat and topple Ivar the Boneless.  It's got the makings of a civil war, with Ivar's brother Hvitserk and half-brother Bjorn making common cause with Harald Fairhair and assorted others on the invasion, while Ivar's other surviving brother Ubbe has bested yet another anonymous warlord in single combat, perhaps losing an eye and gaining wisdom in the bargain.

Somewhere to the west, Floki thought he had found his way here.


To his great shock, he winds up in a different opera.


I exaggerate, but only slightly. Here I thought it was Bishop Heahmund who was going to connect with the Templars and spirit the Grail off to Oak Island, but he's finding out whether St. Peter or the Valkyries are in charge.

Meanwhile, Ivar has gone completely around the bend, declaring himself divine, having a totem pole carved in his own image, and taking his revenge on people who desecrated the idol or otherwise displeased him.

Perhaps I'm finding too many contemporary sensibilities in Vikings, but look at the banners in Ivar's great hall.


Once you see what I see, you'll have trouble unseeing it.

Let's see if there's a "Who Shot J.R?" moment to stimulate interest until the final season airs.

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