The BEST Episodes of Vikings

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 4, 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

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

star 8.43
4,975 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Michael Hirst
The Dead

#2 - The Dead

Season 3 - Episode 10

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 8.28
5,029 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Michael Hirst

#3 - Revenge

Season 4 - Episode 18

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

star 8.23
6,787 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: Michael Hirst
The Last Ship

#4 - The Last Ship

Season 4 - Episode 10

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 8.21
7,368 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: Michael Hirst
On the Eve

#5 - On the Eve

Season 4 - Episode 19

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

star 8.20
7,349 votes
Directors: Ben Bolt
Writers: Michael Hirst
All His Angels

#6 - All His Angels

Season 4 - Episode 15

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

star 8.14
7,446 votes
Writers: Michael Hirst

#7 - Ragnarok

Season 5 - Episode 20

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

star 8.14
2,122 votes
To the Gates!

#8 - To the Gates!

Season 3 - Episode 8

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 8.13
4,871 votes
Directors: Kelly Makin
Writers: Michael Hirst
The Reckoning

#9 - The Reckoning

Season 4 - Episode 20

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

star 8.10
7,058 votes
Directors: Ben Bolt
Writers: Michael Hirst
The Choice

#10 - The Choice

Season 2 - Episode 9

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

star 8.04
4,888 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Michael Hirst
The Joke

#11 - The Joke

Season 5 - Episode 8

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 8.02
3,743 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: Michael Hirst
A King's Ransom

#12 - A King's Ransom

Season 1 - Episode 7

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 8.02
5,345 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Michael Hirst

#13 - Unforgiven

Season 2 - Episode 6

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 8.02
4,934 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: Michael Hirst
Eye for an Eye

#14 - Eye for an Eye

Season 2 - Episode 4

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 8.01
5,027 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Michael Hirst

#15 - Crossings

Season 4 - Episode 16

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

star 8.01
7,082 votes
Writers: Michael Hirst

#16 - Mercenary

Season 3 - Episode 1

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 8.00
4,983 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Michael Hirst
Breaking Point

#17 - Breaking Point

Season 3 - Episode 9

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 8.00
4,876 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Michael Hirst
Born Again

#18 - Born Again

Season 3 - Episode 6

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 7.98
4,930 votes
Directors: Helen Shaver
Writers: Michael Hirst
Blood Eagle

#19 - Blood Eagle

Season 2 - Episode 7

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 7.98
4,938 votes
Directors: Kari Skogland
Writers: Michael Hirst
Answers in Blood

#20 - Answers in Blood

Season 2 - Episode 5

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 7.97
4,938 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: Michael Hirst
A Good Treason

#21 - A Good Treason

Season 4 - Episode 1

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 7.97
6,593 votes
Writers: Michael Hirst
In the Uncertain Hour Before the Morning

#22 - In the Uncertain Hour Before the Morning

Season 4 - Episode 14

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

star 7.96
7,122 votes
Directors: Sarah Harding
Writers: Michael Hirst

#23 - Treachery

Season 2 - Episode 3

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 7.95
5,128 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Michael Hirst

#24 - Raid

Season 1 - Episode 5

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 7.94
5,532 votes
Directors: Ciaran Donnelly
Writers: Michael Hirst
Brother's War

#25 - Brother's War

Season 2 - Episode 1

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 7.94
5,530 votes
Directors: Ciaran Donnelly
Writers: Michael Hirst