[info]aldiara wrote
on April 25th, 2014 at 08:06 pm

Vikings flail re: "The Choice"

So I meant to do a proper OMG YOU GUYS I'M INTO VIKINGS NOW post complete with picspam and articulate rec talk for those who aren't watching it yet, but turns out I'm too impatient and just want to flail about S02E09, so let's keep the intro brief, shall we?

I'm into Vikings now! I know some of you have been into it way longer than me - lol, you guys should've shoved this at me much harder! I also know some of you are not into it yet. To you I say, GET ON THAT, STAT. It is lovely and gritty and beautifully shot and has awesome characters and doesn't do that annoying "let's be super-anachronistic and pretend that's cool" thing that every historical show's been doing since at least Merlin.

It also has plenty to offer to active fandom.

Here's what convinced me:

1. This is Ragnar Lothbrok:



He is a Viking, doing Vikingy things. He's smirky and reckless and funny and okay, more than a little psycho at times. And sometimes he's a douche. But you root for him anyway. Because it's impossible not to.

2. This is Lagertha, his wife:



She is a shieldmaiden (hence gets to participate in all the badass Viking stuff in her own right and takes shit from no one) and is basically made of awesomesauce. If the entire show was shit, I'd still watch just for her. Girl is FIERCE.

3. This is Athelstan:



You may also know him as Grantaire from Les Miserables. Athelstan is a priest whom Ragnar takes prisoner on one of his raids and brings back home. He has an awesome character arc full of religious conflict and oodles of UST with Ragnar (Robin Hobb readers, there are lots of shades of Wintrow/Kennit here!). Which brings me to:

4. My shiny OT3:



It's fairly rare that a show offers up a convincing premise for a good threesome, so naturally I'm all over that! Sadly fandom seems to either not know how to actually do proper threesomes (all the fic I've seen so far was "Lagertha basically watches the boys get off and fiddles with herself a bit" which... no) and/or be mostly into the boys alone. Which is a compelling ship, absolutely! I just want my girl in there too *pouts*

5. Many awesome other characters, including Cato-from-Hunger-Games as Bjorn, Ragnar's son:



Perfect casting is perfect!

6. There's also Siggy, the Earl's morally ambiguous wife with the awesome eye make-up. I mostly ship her with meeeeeeeeeeeee.



Mroooooow.

I am aware that this mostly looks like "hey, watch for the pretty" but it is actually a pretty damn awesome show, trust me. I marathoned both seasons in 2 days because I couldn't stop. It is pretty grim at times (because duh, Vikings!) but never gratuitous, which I greatly appreciate after some of the crap that's been going on lately on other shows, like, OH I DON'T KNOW WHICH ONES, POSSIBLY GAME OF THRONES A LITTLE BIT YOU ASSHOLE CLUELESS DIRECTORS/WRITERS WHO DON'T SEEM TO KNOW WHAT RAPE IS. Ahem.


Anyway! Intro over! Let's flail about season two ep nine, ok???


SPOILERS FROM HERE ON OUT


Aaaaaaaaaaaaaah. You guys!!! I've been kind of disappointed in the middle bit of season 2 because let's face it, some of that crap came out of nowhere (Floki WTF?) or was boring (anything to do with Aslaug and her babies, ever) or disturbing (Ragnar! look at your life, look at your choices! if your bf and/or your wife was with you, you wouldn't be such a pouty brat or nearly so much into torture!).

But tonight was just lovely. Can we just all acknowledge that these things happened???

1. Possessive Ecbert being possessive. Linus Roache is so damn good at being benevolently sinister! I just want to drag Athelstan away from him whenever they're in the same scene, but I'm also hypnotised by him. He's so compelling.

2. LOLOLOL @ Floki being all "Nice clothes, Athelstan!" and "I like your hair, Athelstan!" and Horik all, "You've been rimming Ecbert, haven't you, Athelstan." Oh show.

3. My screeenshots are super-crappy, but I JUST WANT TO MAKE VERY SURE THAT EVERYONE IS APPRECIATIVE OF RAGNAR WRAPPING HIMSELF ALL OVER ATHELSTAN TO PROTECT HIM FROM THE ARCHER IN THE BUSHES.



4. Also, all the eye-fucking with the "have your engagement ring back, BB" moment:



5. That moment when Athelstan acknowledged that he basically believes in both religions now. That was so lovely. I generally don't want to be spoonfed but tbh there were times throughout Athelstan's arc where I wasn't entirely sure if he was faking religious affiliation with either god(s) to save his own skin and/or where he was actually standing right now, and apparently people in fic love to just dismiss that entirely or have him go full pagan with no regrets, neither of which works for me. So I thought it was a really nice touch to have him acknowledge that he's not sure how to believe in one or the other and doesn't want to choose. And Ragnar's comment about hoping their gods can be friends one day was lovely too; brought it round nicely to a similar moment in season one when he said their gods didn't sound that different. Basically I like Athelstan continuing to struggle with his faith(s) and I don't like it when either is dismissed.

6. Also, despite how shivery gorgeous Ragnar's steely-eyed-yet-subtly-pleading "I want you to come with us" performance was, can we all agree on how Athelstan wasn't actually persuaded to come back to Vikingland until Ragnar CLUTCHED AT HIS THIGH AND WOULDN'T LET GO?

PROOF:













Yeah, you KNOW you can't resist!

7. I was actually sure that wouldn't go anywhere until Ecbert found the abandoned cross. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! ...although, can Athelstan please get a token of some sort every time he switches outfits/affiliations? lol.

8. BUT. THIS "OMG I'M HOME" FACE!



9. I am ignoring Aslaug, but "you guys are my family"? NGL, I melted. Such a good moment.



Yeah so basically, it's nice to be into a show so much that you feel you could live there. And fix canon. Maybe. If you weren't so lazy. IDK how long this obsession is going to last but right now I'm just enjoying the hell out of it! :D

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