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The Best Episodes of 'Vikings' 

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Updated May 12, 2020 879 votes 207 voters 7.3k views 82 items

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. When you're done with that, you can also check out our list of shows like Vikings for something new to watch.

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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All His Angels is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'

Original Airing: December 28, 2016

Season 4 Episode 15 

Ragnar and Ivar plot against the Saxons and reach a new level of understanding.

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The Dead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'

Original Airing: April 23, 2015

Season 3 Episode 10

With one last chance to take Paris, Ragnar, and his Vikings troops take a daring chance. Ragnar asks Bjorn for a favor that could change the course of Viking history.

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The Lord's Prayer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'

Original Airing: May 1, 2014

Season 2 Episode 10

Ragnar and King Horik return to Kattegat; Ragnar places his trust in those who have stood by him.

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To the Gates! is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'

Original Airing: April 9, 2015

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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Revenge is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'

Original Airing: January 18, 2017

Season 4 Episode 18 

Ragnar's plan comes to fruition, the Viking Army lands on the coast of Northumbria.

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The Last Ship is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'

Original Airing: April 21, 2016

Season 4 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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Blood Eagle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'

Original Airing: April 10, 2014

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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The Reckoning is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'

Original Airing: February 1, 2017

Season 4 Episode 20

Prince Aethelwulf finds himself subject to the Vikings' battle master plan. Ecbert remains behind with a plan of his own.

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Kill the Queen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'

Original Airing: February 25, 2016

Season 4 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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Rites of Passage is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'

Original Airing: March 3, 2013

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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In the Uncertain Hour Be... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'

Original Airing: December 21, 2016

Season 4 Episode 14

Lagertha attempts to fulfill a long-held ambition. Ragnar negotiates an unexpected concession from King Ecbert.

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Burial of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'

Original Airing: April 7, 2013

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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The Outsider is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'

Original Airing: November 30, 2016

Season 4 Episode 11

Ragnar has returned to Kattegat where he devises a plan to return to Wessex to right past wrongs.

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Brother's War is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'

Original Airing: February 27, 2014

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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Breaking Point is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'

Original Airing: April 16, 2015

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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Dispossessed is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'

Original Airing: March 17, 2013

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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Ragnarok is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'
Ragnarok

Original Airing: January 30, 2019

Season 5, Episode 20

A new battle for Kattegat is on and only the gods know who will emerge victorious.

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Trial is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'

Original Airing: March 24, 2013

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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Born Again is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'

Original Airing: March 26, 2015

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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Treachery is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'

Original Airing: March 13, 2014

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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On the Eve is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'

Original Airing: January 25, 2017

Season 4 Episode 19

The Viking Army causes panic in the English Countryside as King Ecbert and Aethelwulf plan the defense of the realm.

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Unforgiven is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'

Original Airing: April 3, 2014

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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The Departed is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'

Original Airing: November 29, 2017

Season 5 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) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'

Original Airing: March 12, 2015

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 Good Treason is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'

Original Airing: February 18, 2016

Season 4 Episode 1

Entry to Valhalla eludes Ragnar but as he lies in his sick bed in Kattegat events unfold beyond his control.