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TV Episodes The Best Episodes of Vikings  

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There are so many good episodes of Vikings, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "All His Angels" the best, or is "To the Gates!" your favorite episode of Vikings? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Vikings are, let's rank every Vikings episode from best to worst.

Airing on the History channel, Vikings centers on the 9th-century exploits of Ragnar Lothbrok, a legendary Danish and Swedish Viking hero who would become king and whose tales are known from sagas and poetry. Created by Michael Hirst, Vikings stars Travis Fimmel and Lothbrok, Katheryn Winnick as Lagertha, and Clive Standen as Rollo. Vikings is an Irish-Canadian co-production and is filmed in Ireland.

Vote up your favorite episodes of Vikings, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one Vikings episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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The Lord's Prayer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 2 Episode 10: Ragnar and King Horik return to Kattegat and the final showdown between two Viking leaders is at hand. Ragnar has placed his trust in those who have stood by him and now the time has come for new alliances to be made.

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To the Gates! is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 3 Episode 8: The Viking army embarks and Paris goes into lockdown as the army prepares the defence, overseen by Odo.

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The Dead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 3 Episode 10: With one last chance to take Paris, Ragnar and his Vikings troops take a daring chance.

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All His Angels is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 402 Episode 5: Ragnar and Ivar plot against the Saxons and reach a new level of understanding.

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The Last Ship is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 401 Episode 10: A ferocious battle between the Vikings and the French eventually comes down to Ragnar against Rollo and the outcome seals the fates of the two brothers.

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In the Uncertain Hour Before t... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 402 Episode 4: Lagertha attempts to fulfill a long-held ambition. Ragnar negotiates an unexpected concession from King Ecbert.

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Blood Eagle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 2 Episode 7: Ragnar and King Horik clash over how to dispense justice to Jarl Borg. In Wessex, King Aelle arrives and Ecbert has an eye on a new alliance.

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Breaking Point is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 3 Episode 9: The Vikings go all out for a second assault on Paris. Recognizing the desperate state of affairs for his city, Emperor Charles must make a difficult decision.

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Brother's War is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 2 Episode 1: The battle begins between Ragnar and King Horik's forces against Jarl Borg. Borg is joined by Rollo, and this Viking clash pits brother against brother. There can only be one victor. Meanwhile, Princess Aslaug makes her way to Kattegat and brings with her a surprise that leaves Ragnar in a difficult predicament.

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The Outsider is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 402 Episode 1: Ragnar has returned to Kattegat where he devises a plan to return to Wessex to right past wrongs.

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Revenge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 402 Episode 8: Ragnar's plan comes to fruition, the Viking Army lands on the coast of Northumbria.

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The Reckoning is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 402 Episode 10: Prince Aethelwulf finds himself subject to the Vikings' battle master plan. Ecbert remains behind with a plan of his own.

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Rites of Passage is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 1 Episode 1: Farmer, family man and rebel Ragnar Lothbrok is determined to sail west to discover new lands and riches despite an intimidating warning from his village's tyrannical leader, Lord Haraldson, who makes it clear in no uncertain terms that doing so could result in severe consequences.

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Unforgiven is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 2 Episode 6: King Horik returns to Kattegat with a surprising proposition for Ragnar. Lagertha runs into a less than enthusiastic homecoming from her new husband. Athelstan, struggling with his own inner demons, becomes confidant to King Ecbert.

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Mercenary is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 3 Episode 1: Ragnar and Lagertha's fleets depart Kattegat once more for Wessex and this time they bring a group to colonize there. King Ecbert hosts the Norsemen and proposes a deal. Despite the misgivings of some of the other leaders, Ragnar leads his forces into battle once more, but this time as allies of Wessex.

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On the Eve is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 402 Episode 9: The Viking Army causes panic in the English Countryside as King Ecbert and Aethelwulf plan the defense of the realm.

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The Departed is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 501 Episode 2: As the Vikings establish their stronghold in York, Ivar is determined to lead the Great Army. In Kattegat, Lagertha misjudges King Harald and pays a heavy price. Floki arrives at a mysterious land.

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Scarred is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 3 Episode 4: The victorious Wessex/Viking forces return to Wessex but there is rancour in the Viking camp - Floki is angry over the alliance with Ecbert and is resentful the influence that he feels Athelstan has over Ragnar. Princess Kwenthrith makes some calculating political moves following the battle at the Hill of the Ash in Mercia. Visitors from the past arrive in Hederby, at Kalf's invitation.

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A King's Ransom is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 1 Episode 7: The Vikings take on the Saxons in a blood splattering battle that causes the Saxons' king to declare eternal war and retribution on Ragnar.

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Dispossessed is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 1 Episode 3: Ragnar and his men look for and discover many riches on the Northeast coast of England, while causing tremendous bloodshed in the process. When the men return home, an incensed Lord Haraldson lays down a harsh punishment for their defiance.

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Treachery is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 2 Episode 3: The Wessex Viking raid is in full swing and King Ecbert finds himself facing an entirely new kind of foe. While Ragnar races to dominate in the West, Jarl Borg has his own plans in store for the future of Kattegat.

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Kill the Queen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 401 Episode 2: As Ragnar and Floki remain at odds in Kattegat, Rollo makes great efforts in Paris to win over his new bride, Princess Gisla. Bjorn's survival skills are put to the test in the wilderness, while King Ecbert sets the task for his son Aethelwulf to rescue Queen Kwenthrith from opposing forces in Mercia.

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Crossing is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 402 Episode 6: Bjorn's fleet sails onward and launches a surprise attack. Back in Kattegat, Lagertha continues in her quest for power.

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The Usurper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 3 Episode 5: The fleet returns to Kattegat to find tragic circumstances await. Lagertha learns that her Earldom has been usurped and convinces Ragnar to travel to Hederby with her in an effort to reclaim her title. Ragnar causes great surprise when he announces the next raid. The Seer has interesting prophecies for Rollo.

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The Great Army is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 402 Episode 7: The Viking Army begins to gather in Kattegat. Lagertha must remain vigilant in the absence of her son Bjorn.

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Eye for an Eye is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 2 Episode 4: A meeting between two great men may pave the way for future compromise as Ragnar and Ecbert come face to face. Jarl Borg now rules Kattegat and with an iron fist and Rollo must now become the leader his people need in Ragnar's absence.

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Invasion is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 2 Episode 2: Four peaceful years have since passed with Ragnar as Earl. The time has come for an unlikely alliance to band together in pursuit of a common goal - a new raid on England. A storm pushes the Viking fleet to a new destination, and on the beaches of Wessex, Ragnar and his men may have met their match.

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Burial of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 1 Episode 6: A battered Ragnar vows revenge on Earl Haraldson and challenges him to a one-on-one duel which will dictate the town's future as well as who will be the next Earl.

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Raid is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 1 Episode 5: Haraldson's men show up at Ragnar's home and terrorize his family, which sets up a battle to the death when Ragnar returns.

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Paris is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 3 Episode 7: The appearance of the Viking fleet causes panic among the population of Paris. The Emperor Charles, urged by his daughter Gisla, announces in Court he will remain in the city.

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Death All 'Round is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 401 Episode 9: The labors of the Vikings eventually bear fruit as, within sight of Paris, they re-launch their boats but this time along with some interesting structures that Floki has made. Aethelwulf and Alfred eventually arrive in Rome and honors are conferred by Pope Leo but relations are not so cordial in Wessex between King Ecbert and the disgruntled King Aelle.

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Trial is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 1 Episode 4: The Vikings head back to England to seek new treasures, and in the midst of the terror they bring, Ragnar and Lagertha discover that there are consequences for every action and Earl Haraldson is always watching.

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Wrath of the Northmen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 1 Episode 2: Ragnar and his men decide to sail west behind Lord Haraldson's back. Unbeknownst to them, one of Haraldson's spies sees them depart on their journey, which sets in motion a plan for Haraldson to make them pay for their disobedience if they return alive.

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Sacrifice is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 1 Episode 8: After the death of his unborn son, Ragnar goes to Uppsala to thank the gods and reflect on his present and future. Athestan learns he's going to be sacrificed to the gods.

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What Might Have Been is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 401 Episode 6: Ragnar announces another raid on Paris at the Thing in Kattegat and although the fleet is battered by a storm after it sets-out, the greatest challenge for the Vikings lies ahead in Paris, where Rollo awaits. Ecbert also has a journey in mind as he dispatches Aethelwulf and Alfred on a pilgrimage to Rome.

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Yol is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 401 Episode 4: The Yule Log burns in the Great Hall in Kattegat and, though Floki must remain out in the cold, other visitors are welcomed, among them a Norwegian King and Bjorn, with a new partner we've met before.

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All Change is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 1 Episode 9: Ragnar is pitted against Rollo over a land dispute he's trying to settle on behalf of King Horik. A deadly fever hits Kattegat putting Ragnar's wife and daughter's lives in grave danger.

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The Choice is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 2 Episode 9: Ragnar's Viking warriors march on to King Ecbert's villa and are met with a surprisingly vicious welcome party along the way. After a bloody battle both sides must come to new terms.

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Portage is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 401 Episode 8: Defeat for the Vikings calls Ragnar's leadership into question as they evacuate their camp and move back down-river. Ragnar himself remains inscrutable until he orders the fleet to beach at a cliff face and unveils an ingenious plan. Rollo and Gisla have news that strengthens Rollo's position at the French Court whilst Count Odo fails to identify his true enemies, with fatal consequences.

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The Vision is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 402 Episode 2: The Kattegat locals chide Ragnar that the gods have deserted him as he struggles to crew his voyage to Wessex. Bjorn prepares to fulfill his dream of exploring the Mediterranean.

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Warrior's Fate is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 3 Episode 3: King Ecbert visits the developing Viking settlement as the first harvest is sown and rebuffs criticism from his leading nobles. The Wessex/Viking forces charge into battle with Mercia.

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Answers in Blood is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 2 Episode 5: Lagertha and Ragnar unite once again and together fight to win Kattegat back from Jarl Borg. Aslaug must face the truth of her prophecies. Athelstan struggles to define his faith. Bjorn must once again make a choice.

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Born Again is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 3 Episode 6: Preparations for the Paris raid pick up pace, and Rollo ponders the Seer's prophecy about his destiny. Kalf arrives in Kattegat to join the raid and the Viking fleet sails up the Seine and catches sight of Paris for the first time. Porunn and Judith both deliver children, and with new life there is also death.

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A Good Treason is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 401 Episode 1: Entry to Valhalla eludes Ragnar but as he lies in his sick bed in Kattegat events unfold beyond his control.

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Two Journeys is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 402 Episode 3: Ragnar and Ivar face a difficult decision in regard to their crew. Bjorn has an unexpected reunion.

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The Profit and the Loss is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 401 Episode 7: In England, King Ecbert's ambitions are revealed as he schemes to gain the crown of Mercia while outside Paris, the Vikings attack with considerable force but can they breach Rollo's defenses? Meanwhile, Harbard, the mysterious wanderer, returns and causes a stir amongst the women of Kattegat.

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Mercy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 401 Episode 3: Ragnar tells Floki of a heavy price he has paid for his actions but as Floki remains a prisoner, a mysterious visitor to Ragnar counsels mercy.

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Promised is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 401 Episode 5: There's an air of betrayal at Court in Paris and Wessex as those whom Odo trusts plot against him and Ecbert agrees to support Kwenthrith in Mercia, but is Ecbert a true ally? Ragnar confides in Yidu his darkest secret. Pregnancy brings happiness to Lagertha and Kalf and a marriage is arranged, but events on the wedding day take an unexpected turn.

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The Wanderer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 3 Episode 2: Lagertha & Athelstan help to establish the Viking settlement in Wessex. Harbard, a mysterious wanderer, arrives in Kattegat, realizing the forewarned dreams of Aslaug, Siggy and Helga.

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Boneless is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Episodes of Vikings
Season 2 Episode 8: Princess Aslaug's latest prophecy comes to fruition as she readies to give birth once more. Ragnar, Horik and their new ally Lagertha set sail for Wessex - Ragnar and Horik have very different ideas about the true purpose of this trip.