"Trial" is the fourth episode of the first season of Vikings. It is the fourth episode of the series overall. It first aired on March 24, 2013. It was written by creator Michael Hirst and directed by Ciarán Donnelly.


The Vikings head back to England to see what other treasures this new world has to offer. This go round Ragnar and his crew sail out with Earl Haraldson’s permission… and also with Earl Haraldson’s spy. After bloodshed on the beach, the Vikings choose the Sabbath to invade the town of Hexam and unleash a flood of violence and panic. In the midst of the terror, Ragnar and Lagertha discover that there are consequences for every action and Earl Haraldson is always watching.


Vikings Episode 4 Recap

Vikings Episode 4 Recap




Guest Starring

Additional Cast (in order of appearance)

  • Tadhg Murphy as Arne
  • Diarmaid Murtagh as Leif
  • Jefferson Hall as Torstein
  • Jouko Ahola as Kauko
  • Eric Higgind as Knut
  • Sam Doyle as Saxon 1
  • Sam Smith as Saxon 2 (Edwin)
  • Jonathon Kemp as Lord Wigea
  • Peter Gaynor as Lord Edgar
  • Simon Coury as Saxon Priest
  • Elinor Crawley as Thyri
  • Carrie Crowley as Elisef


  • Ruby O'Leary as Gyda

Episode Deaths


  • The English town of Hexham is 27 miles from the North Sea coast and would have taken more than a day's journey on foot to get to and from the coast to Hexham.
  • Alyssa Sutherland and Donal Logue are not credited and do not appear in this episode.


  • Earl: [to Ragnar] "You are the man people say you are a great adventurer and I am proud to salute your achievement, and to share in the profit of your raid."