The BEST Episodes of Vikings

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 23, 2019

Network: History

Vikings follows the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok the greatest hero of his age. The series tells the sagas of Ragnar's band of Viking brothers and his family, as he rises to become King of the Viking tribes. As well as being a fearless warrior, Ragnar embodies the Norse traditions of devotion to the gods, legend has it that he was a direct descendant of Odin, the god of war and warriors.

The Lord's Prayer

#1 - The Lord's Prayer

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired May 1, 2014

Ragnar and King Horik return to Kattegat; Ragnar places his trust in those who have stood by him.

star 8.38
6,578 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Michael Hirst
The Dead

#2 - The Dead

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 23, 2015

Season Finale: With one last chance to take Paris, Ragnar, and his Vikings troops take a daring chance. Ragnar asks Bjorn for a favor that could change the course of Viking history.

star 8.22
5,867 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Michael Hirst
Revenge

#3 - Revenge

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 18, 2017

Ragnar's plan comes to fruition; the Viking army lands on the coast of Northumbria.

star 8.20
7,158 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: Michael Hirst
On the Eve

#4 - On the Eve

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired Jan 25, 2017

The Viking army causes panic in the English countryside as King Ecbert and Aethelwulf plan the defense of the realm.

star 8.18
7,699 votes
Directors: Ben Bolt
Writers: Michael Hirst
The Last Ship

#5 - The Last Ship

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 21, 2016

A ferocious battle between the Vikings and the French eventually comes down to Ragnar against Rollo. The outcome will seal the fate of the two brothers.

star 8.17
7,976 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: Michael Hirst
Ragnarok

#6 - Ragnarok

Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired Jan 30, 2019

A new battle for Kattegat is on and only the gods know who will emerge victorious.

star 8.12
2,322 votes
All His Angels

#7 - All His Angels

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Dec 28, 2016

Ragnar and Ivar plot against the Saxons and reach a new level of understanding.

star 8.11
7,904 votes
Writers: Michael Hirst
The Reckoning

#8 - The Reckoning

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 1, 2017

Prince Aethelwulf finds himself subject to the Vikings' battle master plan; Ecbert remains behind with a plan of his own.

star 8.08
7,426 votes
Directors: Ben Bolt
Writers: Michael Hirst
To the Gates!

#9 - To the Gates!

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 9, 2015

The Viking army embarks and Paris goes into lockdown as the army prepares the defense, overseen by Odo. The Vikings are determined to make it through the gates of Paris and will stop at nothing to succeed.

star 8.05
5,829 votes
Directors: Kelly Makin
Writers: Michael Hirst
Crossings

#10 - Crossings

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 4, 2017

Bjorn's fleet sails onward and launches a surprise attack; back in Kattegat, Lagertha continues in her quest for power.

star 8.00
7,403 votes
Writers: Michael Hirst
The Joke

#11 - The Joke

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 10, 2018

The battle for Kattegat begins and the Great Heathen Army must decide between a final plea for peace or all-out war. Floki faces discord among the settlers.

star 8.00
4,033 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: Michael Hirst
The Choice

#12 - The Choice

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 24, 2014

Ragnar's warriors march on to King Ecbert's villa and are met with a surprisingly vicious welcome party.

star 7.98
6,717 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Michael Hirst
A King's Ransom

#13 - A King's Ransom

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 14, 2013

Three Viking ships sail upriver towards the very heart of power in eastern England: the Royal Villa of King Aelle. Ragnar Lothbrok has come looking for ransom in exchange for peace. However, King Aelle has a different plan in mind for these northern heathens.

star 7.98
8,226 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Michael Hirst
Mercenary

#14 - Mercenary

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 19, 2015

Ragnar and Lagertha's fleets depart Kattegat once more for Wessex but this time they bring settlers. King Ecbert hosts the Vikings and proposes a deal. Despite the misgivings of some of the other leaders, Ragnar leads his forces into battle once more, but this time as allies of Wessex.

star 7.96
6,135 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Michael Hirst
Born Again

#15 - Born Again

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 26, 2015

Preparations for the Paris raid pick up pace. Porunn and Judith both deliver children, and with new life there is also death. Athelstan tells Ragnar of his re-connection to his Christian faith. Floki interprets a sign from the gods that a sacrifice should be made.

star 7.96
5,888 votes
Directors: Helen Shaver
Writers: Michael Hirst
Eye for an Eye

#16 - Eye for an Eye

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 20, 2014

A meeting between two great men may pave the way for future compromise as Ragnar and Ecbert come face to face. Jarl Borg now rules Kattegat and with an iron fist and Rollo must now become the leader his people need in Ragnar's absence.

star 7.95
6,905 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Michael Hirst
In the Uncertain Hour Before the Morning

#17 - In the Uncertain Hour Before the Morning

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 21, 2016

Lagertha attempts to fulfill a long-held ambition; Ragnar negotiates an unexpected concession from King Ecbert.

star 7.94
7,524 votes
Directors: Sarah Harding
Writers: Michael Hirst
A Good Treason

#18 - A Good Treason

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 18, 2016

Entry to Valhalla eludes Ragnar, but as he lies in his sick bed in Kattegat events unfold beyond his control. Bjorn orders the arrest of Floki for Athelstan's murder while in Paris, Rollo betrays the last of his Viking supporters to strengthen his position in the French court. In Hedeby, Kalf announces joint earldom with Lagertha, but is power sharing Kalf's true intention and is Lagertha actually willing to share what once was hers?

star 7.94
7,237 votes
Writers: Michael Hirst
Treachery

#19 - Treachery

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 13, 2014

The Wessex Viking raid is in full swing and King Ecbert finds himself facing an entirely new kind of foe. While Ragnar races to dominate in the West, Jarl Borg has his own plans in store for the future of Kattegat.

star 7.94
6,956 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Michael Hirst
Blood Eagle

#20 - Blood Eagle

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 10, 2014

Ragnar and King Horik clash over how to dispense justice to Jarl Borg. In Wessex, King Aelle arrives and Ecbert has an eye on a new alliance.

star 7.93
6,869 votes
Directors: Kari Skogland
Writers: Michael Hirst
Unforgiven

#21 - Unforgiven

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 3, 2014

King Horik returns to Kattegat with a surprising proposition for Ragnar. Lagertha runs into a less than enthusiastic homecoming from her new husband. Athelstan, struggling with his own inner demons, becomes confidant to King Ecbert.

star 7.93
6,966 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: Michael Hirst
Answers in Blood

#22 - Answers in Blood

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 27, 2014

Lagertha and Ragnar unite once again and together fight to win Kattegat back from Jarl Borg. Aslaug must face the truth of her prophecies. Athelstan struggles to define his faith. Bjorn must once again make a choice.

star 7.92
6,917 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: Michael Hirst
Breaking Point

#23 - Breaking Point

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 16, 2015

The Vikings go all out for a second assault on Paris. Recognizing the desperate state of affairs for his city, Emperor Charles must make a difficult decision. In Wessex, Judith is compelled to make a difficult decision of her own.

star 7.92
5,786 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Michael Hirst
Raid

#24 - Raid

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 31, 2013

In the Great Hall of Kattegat, a seer reads Earl Haraldson’s future and tells him that Ragnar Lothbrok searches for his death. The unanswerable question is whom do the gods favor more? As a man willing to defend his power and status to the death, Haraldson intends to take precautionary measures. Ragnar, his home and farm burned by the Earl is hurt but hidden safely away. He must now choose the path that will lead him back to his freedom.

star 7.89
8,393 votes
Directors: Ciaran Donnelly
Writers: Michael Hirst
Brother's War

#25 - Brother's War

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 27, 2014

The battle begins between Ragnar and King Horik's forces against Jarl Borg. Borg is joined by Rollo, and this Viking clash pits brother against brother. There can only be one victor. Meanwhile, Princess Aslaug makes her way to Kattegat and brings with her a surprise that leaves Ragnar in a difficult predicament.

star 7.87
7,636 votes
Directors: Ciaran Donnelly
Writers: Michael Hirst