Season 5 trailer analysis
So, I could not find any real analysis of the new trailer so I thought I could do one myself.
02:25 VIKINGS Season 5 TRAILER Comic Con (2017) History Series-2
So we open with a narration about Ivar and see images of Sigurd's funeral. So we all know Ivar has made quite a name for himself, so I think this is just to cement that Ivar really is one of the central characters now. I think this season (atleast part 1) will be about how Ivar really makes a name for himself. Ivar has been given some traits from Eirik Bloodaxe (who I really hope will show up in the series) and Harald Wartooth, two viking kings know for how crazy and bloodthirsty they where. The Eirik Bloodaxe is probably the most important influence because he was so violent and crazy that it led to him being deposed. So Ivar's reputation could be both an asset and a obsticle.
We then see flashes of a battle in some sort of city, riders with crusader-like crosses on heathersheilds and Heahmund arriving in a ruined settlement. It's worth noting that we get very few glimses of the English plot and the focus is the family drama. I guess the ruined settlment is Ecbert's capital and Heahmund arriving their upon hearing the news of the defeate. There will be clashes between the English and the Norse, but we only get's hints about it. We see Aethelwulf with Wessex soliders and Heahmund's crusader-esque soldiers but we don't see any real evidence of their relationship.
Then we go into the family drama. The trailer is cut so Ivar and Hvitserk appear standoffish to Ubbe. It would seem the death of Sigurd has ruined the relationship between Ivar and Ubbe. It's possible Ubbe and Hvitserk are scared of him. Hvitserk mayby joins Ivar's side out of fear rather than lust for vengence? Ivar states that there will be a war between brothers and that he wants to be king of Kattegat. Then we see some bearded man manhandle Astrid. Astrid is hardly seen in the trailer. Mayby she get's killed, but Vikings has used the same trick with Floki in season 2. I think there is a possibility of whatever Astrid does will have an important or suprising part of the story and that is why she is left out.
Lagertha then states that "Ivar and Harald are coming". We see Ivar and Harald togheter. It seems Harald supports Ivar as king of Kattegat. We also see a new, seaside settlement. Is this the seat of Harald? Harald talks about how Lagertha's years are numbered. He's talking to a young man. Is it Ivar? Has Harlad planted the seed in Ivar to make himself king and not just seek vengence. Is this the cause of the split among Ivar and Ubbe? His royal ambitions?
Lagertha and Ubbe seem to form some sort of mutual alliance against Ivar and Harald. Björn states that a civil war only can bring tragedy. Is it possible that Björn actually has no ambitions to be king but tries to talk sense into his younger brothers because they are fighting over the crown? What speaks against this is the argument between Ivar and Björn, which makes it all out to be about revenge. Or mayby this is just Ivar's rationalisation.
At several points, Halfdan is seen with Björn and Lagertha. Has he suddenly switched sides? I will return to that. We see Ivar and Hvitserk leading a force with many of Harald's warriors among them, but no Harald. On the other side is Lagertha, Torvi, Björn, Halfdan, Ubbe and a new character. Later we see these forces charge each other. But where is Harald? This is my theory: they are all being played. I can't really see any reason why Halfdan would go against his brother. If he wanted to be king he could have just let Ellisif kill Harald. But he did not. Why did he join Björn's new Mediterranean expedition? To get close to Björn and Lagertha. Harald has manipulated Ivar to further the conflict to weaken Kattegat. He hopes that Lagetha and Ragnar's sons will kill each other so he and Halfdan can conquer Kattegat and complete their Pokédex. Halfdan is fighting to take out Ivar and Hvitserk.
We then see some shoot of the new Mediterranean adventures, shots of Floki that looks straight out of The Raven Flies, a swamp settlement which possibly could be the swampy East Anglia of the viking age and a close up of Judith. What we don't see is any Rollo. A earlier trailer showed us some frankish soldiers but we have no indication that Rollo will play a large role from now on. Or mayby he will be a joker in the deck. The last shot shows Floki seeing a vulcanic eruption while Lagertha states that the end of their world is here. This a clear nod to Surtr, who is stongly connected on Iceland. But what end is Lagertha talking about? Since Iceland has been discovered and Harald Finehair is a character it's possible it refers to the end of the de-centralized and anarchic society in Norway before the unification. The people who prefered freedom from the king or needed to escape set up camp in Iceland: the first wild west. This gives the Icelandic images a new meaning. A new chapter in the viking age has begun.