"The Profit and the Loss" is the seventh episode of the fourth season of Vikings. It is the thirty-sixth episode of the series overall. It first aired on March 31, 2016. It was written by creator Michael Hirst and directed by Ken Girotti.

Synopsis Edit

In England, King Ecbert schemes to secure the crown of Mercia, while outside Paris, a considerable force of Vikings attack Rollo's defenses. Also, the mysterious wanderer Harbard returns to Kattegat and causes a stir among the women.


Ragnar suggests attacks from the river and the land. Rollo notices Lagertha's attack as her warriors stuck in the marsh, and fires upon them and the Viking ships. As the ships approach the forts, Rollo orders the Franks to raise a large metal chain between the forts, which capsizes Harald's ship. Lagertha's ground attack retreats, and the Franks begin to light the Viking ships on fire. Harald and Halfdan are rescued by Bjorn, and Ragnar saves Floki from drowning. As the Viking ships retreat, Ragnar angrily yells to Rollo that he saved his life when everyone wanted him dead. In Kattegat, Sigurd watches from a distance as Harbard and Aslaug kiss. In Wessex, Ecbert leaves for Mercia. He arrives to meet with Prince Wicksten of Mercia. He tells Ecbert that he will hand over Mercia to him. In Paris, the Vikings arrive back at camp, which the Franks have ambushed. Helga is alive but severely wounded, while Ragnar's sons and Yidu are unharmed. Ragnar demands more "medicine" from Yidu. Floki has a vision of Harbard having sex with Aslaug. Bjorn demands a plan of attack from Ragnar. Ragnar responds they will retreat tomorrow, while mumbling to a severed head.

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