The BEST Episodes of Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 6, 2021

Network: ITV

Beowulf is a series about courage, greed, betrayal, revenge, loyalty, power, man versus wilderness and, of course love. It is a series that explores the notion of good and evil, heroes and villains. However, beyond these wider political undercurrents and inner personal turmoils are the excitement, danger and sense of adventure that any great Western has. Epic fights, thrilling chases, raids, celebrations and battles are an essential part of the promise.

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Episode 12

#1 - Episode 12

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 20, 2016

The residents of Herot have to take part in the battle of all battles with Beowulf leading their defence. Slean waits for the troops from the Alliance to arrive, but after only a few, bedraggled Banning warriors show up in Herot for the epic fight, it becomes clear that Slean’s efforts could have been in vain.

star 7.61
409 votes
Directors: Marek Losey
Writers: Guy Bert
Episode 11

#2 - Episode 11

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 13, 2016

After escaping capture in Bregan, Rheda now faces the greatest threat of all. Will a last minute bid from Slean help to save Herot from the brink of death? And can a great personal sacrifice on Rheda's part bring a powerful foe back to her aid?

star 7.58
376 votes
Directors: Marek Losey
Writers: Guy Bert
Episode 8

#3 - Episode 8

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 21, 2016

Herot prepares for Slean and Keta's wedding; when secrets are revealed, the couple must make decisions about loyalties; Abrecan must choose whether to accept his sister's rule or stand against her.

star 7.55
317 votes
Writers: James Dormer, Michael A. Walker
Episode 10

#4 - Episode 10

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 6, 2016

Rheda attempts to discredit Beowulf's accusations as suspicion about her brother increases. She is not ready though for the terrible truth that faces her both at home and in other lands.

star 7.54
329 votes
Directors: Cilla Ware
Writers: James Dormer
Episode 9

#5 - Episode 9

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Feb 28, 2016

Herot's Huskaria patrol takes to the forests to look for signs of the enemy. Elvina decides to enter the forests without a guard, worrying Beowulf who comes after her. The pair enjoy their romance and soon become distracted from the threats surrounding them, they are soon captured by a band of Mudborn creatures. Beowulf learns a dark secret about Elvina as the pair try and escape.

star 7.49
347 votes
Directors: Cilla Ware
Writers: James Dormer
Episode 7

#6 - Episode 7

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 14, 2016

The Wulfing Raiders unleash their wolves to terrorize Herot; Beowulf cannot prevent the capture of an important hostage; Rheda meets an old enemy, Jogan, to negotiate an exchange; Beowulf joins forces with Varr.

star 7.43
365 votes
Directors: Colin Teague
Writers: Guy Burt
Episode 3

#7 - Episode 3

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 17, 2016

With Slean and Thane Scorann missing, Beowulf and Rate, Thane of the Varni, charge out into the forest in search of them. But with the Gathering fast approaching and Rheda’s bid for leadership depending on the hope of ever-loyal Scorann’s vote, Beowulf questions whether their disappearance might be more than a simple coincidence. Beowulf and Rate continue their journey, tracking deep into the forest and are soon reminded that the Shieldlands are a dangerous place when they are set upon by Warig creatures. With their pride firmly at stake, some one-upmanship ensues and the men race after the creature, which leads them to a bigger, more dangerous situation where their steel is put to the test. Having overcome the Mudborn who were baying for their blood, they soon close in on Slean and Scorann’s trail, and an Outcast straggling behind the main group holding the Thane and Rheda’s son Slean captive, leads them one-step closer to uncovering the truth behind the kidnapping. Now, almost in touching distance of their people, Beowulf hatches a plan to secure their release, however their success is not without injury or cost and one of our party pays with their life during the battle for freedom, whilst another realises the shocking truth of Herot’s traitor.

star 7.40
452 votes
Directors: Julian Holmes
Writers: Guy Burt
Episode 5

#8 - Episode 5

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 31, 2016

The warrior travels to visit a rival tribe, accompanied by Elvina, Vishka and Breca, in the hope of establishing peace with them. However, he discovers a terrible secret, and is greeted with suspicion by their powerful leader.

star 7.40
385 votes
Writers: Guy Burt, Jon Cooksey
Episode 4

#9 - Episode 4

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 24, 2016

The future of the Shieldlands is decided, as the various leaders gather in the great hall of Herot to choose their new leader. Rheda faces the possibility of civil war between the tribes tearing the country apart, and may have to fight to preserve her power

star 7.37
455 votes
Directors: Julian Holmes
Writers: Michael A. Walker
Episode 6

#10 - Episode 6

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 7, 2016

Slean's intended bride arrives in Herot, but he has other things on his mind than marriage. He cannot forget the ideas his uncle has placed in his mind, and is torn between his loyalty to his mother in spite of the sacrifices she asks of him and his own ambition to seize power for himself.

star 7.34
393 votes
Directors: Colin Teague
Writers: Guy Burt
Episode 2

#11 - Episode 2

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 10, 2016

Herot is bustling as the town makes preparations for the Gathering at which the next ruler of the Shieldlands will be elected; but the pressure mounts to catch the killer before another victim is claimed. Rheda, Slean and Abrecan ride out to stall the other tribal leaders and prevent a panic, whilst Beowulf begins his search with Koll, the deputy Reeve. Their enquiries lead them from the working heart of Herot, to the smelting pits, to the upper echelons of the Golden Hall. The discoveries they unravel shock them to the core. Meanwhile, a member of Rheda’s riding party fails to return to Herot, signalling further danger may be in their midst.

star 7.24
528 votes
Directors: Jon East
Writers: James Dormer
Episode 1

#12 - Episode 1

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 3, 2016

After twenty years wandering as a mercenary, Beowulf returns home to Herot to pay his respects to the man who raised him: Hrothgar, the recently deceased Thane. However, his gesture of goodwill opens old wounds: Beowulf is met with cold steel leaving him no choice but to fight his way into the Great Hall to be heard by the new Thane Rheda, wife of Hrothgar, whose appointment has caused controversy within Herot and afar. With its defences fast fading, Herot falls under attack by the terrifying monster Grendl and when Rheda’s loyal servant is killed, Beowulf vows to remain until the enemy is routed out, justice is served and Herot is safe once more. It’s a race against time for Beowulf as he seeks to protect the town and catch the killer, be it human or beast…

star 7.20
728 votes
Directors: Jon East
Writers: James Dormer