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The Best Episodes of 'Vikings' 

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Updated February 6, 2020 746 votes 169 voters 6.2k 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.

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'
December 28, 2016

Season 4 Episode 15 

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

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

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

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

5
The Last Ship is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'
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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Revenge is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'
January 18, 2017

Season 4 Episode 18 

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

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

8
Hell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'
Hell
December 26, 2018

Season 5, Episode 15

Bishop Heahmund is wracked with guilt as he fights to renounce his passions. Viking will clash with Saxon on the battlefield leaving a key figure lost in the balance.

9
Death All 'Round is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'
April 14, 2016

Season 4 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.

10
The Reckoning is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'
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.

11
Valhalla Can Wait is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'
Valhalla Can Wait
January 22, 2020

Season 6, Episode 8

Bjorn faces a difficult decision; Ubbe and Torvi leave Kattegat in search of new lands and perhaps old friends; Oleg's plans for the invasion of Scandinavia take shape; King Harald is baffled by the origin of a mysterious raiding party.

12
Kill the Queen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'
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.

13
In the Uncertain Hour Be... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'
December 21, 2016

Season 4 Episode 14

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

14
The Outsider is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'
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.

15
Ragnarok is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'
Ragnarok
January 30, 2019

Season 5, Episode 20

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

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

17
A Simple Story is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'
A Simple Story
January 17, 2018

Season 5, Episode 9

The army leaders consider their options in the aftermath of the battle. In Floki's camp, all hopes of binding the community together are dashed as tragedy unfolds.

18
The Joke is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'
The Joke
January 10, 2018

Season 5, Episode 8

The battle for Kattegat begins and, as the two armies line up to fight, the Great Heathen Army must decide between a final plea for peace or all-out war. Floki faces discord among the settlers.

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Full Moon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'
Full Moon
January 3, 2018

Season 5, Episode 7

Bjorn returns to Kattegat to learn that an attack will take place during the next full moon. Ivar must decide if he can place his trust in a former enemy on the battlefield.

20
Baldur is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'
Baldur
January 16, 2019

Season 5, Episode 18

Hvitserk is severely tested. Floki makes an amazing discovery. Freydis gives Ivar a surprise. Ubbe negotiates with the three Danish Kings that have massed their armies in Reading, but the negotiations may have a perilous outcome.

21
New Beginnings is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'
New Beginnings
December 4, 2019

Season 6, Episode 1

It’s six months after the battle of Kattegat and Bjorn is now King. As he struggles with the responsibilities of kingship, he finds he can’t rely on his mother. Ivar falls into the hands of the Kievan Rus, and in their ruthless and unpredictable ruler, Prince Oleg, he may finally have met his match.

22
The Most Terrible Thing ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'
The Most Terrible Thing
January 9, 2019

Season 5, Episode 17

An unexpected turn amongst the settlers leaves Floki powerless. King Alfred confronts Judith. In York, Bjorn must strike a deal with Harald. Wessex is once again threatened by a Viking force, but who will lead the Saxon army to defend the Realm?

23
The Buddha is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'
The Buddha
January 2, 2019

Season 5, Episode 16

Bjorn achieves one of Ragnar's dreams. Ivar hatches a new plan while preparing for a divine arrival. In Iceland, a settler returns in a terrible state. King Alfred faces his greatest threat yet.

24
The Lost Moment is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'
The Lost Moment
December 19, 2018

Season 5, Episode 14

As the celebrations for Ivar continue in Kattegat, grief hits Iceland and Floki must now make a fated decision. Harald's army approaches Wessex. A conspiracy grows against King Alfred.

25
A New God is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Vikings'
A New God
December 12, 2018

Season 5, Episode 13

Heahmund must try to convince King Alfred that his actions are in defense of the Crown. Ubbe and Torvi strengthen the position of the Vikings but not all in the Viking camp support their strategy. Another settler disappears in Iceland.