The BEST Episodes of Vikings

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2021

Network: History (CA)

The brutal and mysterious world of Ragnar Lothbrok, a Viking warrior and farmer who yearns to explore - and raid - the distant shores across the ocean.

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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 8.37
6,917 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 8.21
6,198 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Michael Hirst

#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
7,500 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
8,043 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
8,316 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: Michael Hirst
King of Kings

#6 - King of Kings

Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 1, 2021

In Iceland, Ubbe learns the truth about Kjetill and has a difficult decision to make. Back in Norway, the battle against the Rus has had grave consequences. But re-enforcements have arrived, and Bjorn has an idea that may yet save the day.

star 8.14
1,405 votes
Directors: Daniel Grou
Writers: Michael Hirst

#7 - 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
2,816 votes
Writers: Michael Hirst
All His Angels

#8 - 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 8.12
8,241 votes
Writers: Michael Hirst
The Reckoning

#9 - 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
7,759 votes
Directors: Ben Bolt
Writers: Michael Hirst
To the Gates!

#10 - 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
6,151 votes
Directors: Kelly Makin
Writers: Michael Hirst
The Lord Giveth…

#11 - The Lord Giveth…

Season 6 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 24, 2021

In the new land, Ubbe and the settlers engage in careful diplomacy when they are surrounded by the locals. In Wessex, the Vikings ambush the Saxon army, but Alfred is convinced the Lord is with his army and refuses to retreat.

star 8.00
1,208 votes
Writers: Michael Hirst

#12 - 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 7.99
7,732 votes
Writers: Michael Hirst
The Joke

#13 - 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 7.98
4,406 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: Michael Hirst
The Choice

#14 - 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
7,054 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Michael Hirst
A King's Ransom

#15 - 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 7.97
8,623 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Michael Hirst
The Ice Maiden

#16 - The Ice Maiden

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired Jan 15, 2020

Bjorn returns to Kattegat. Harald gains a measure of revenge on Olaf. In Kiev, interesting news reaches Ivar and Igor about Prince Dir.

star 7.96
2,162 votes
Writers: Michael Hirst

#17 - 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 7.95
6,498 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Michael Hirst
Born Again

#18 - 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 7.95
6,220 votes
Directors: Helen Shaver
Writers: Michael Hirst
Eye for an Eye

#19 - 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
7,238 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Michael Hirst
In the Uncertain Hour Before the Morning

#20 - 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
7,848 votes
Directors: Sarah Harding
Writers: Michael Hirst

#21 - 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 7.93
7,298 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Michael Hirst
A Good Treason

#22 - 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 7.93
7,580 votes
Writers: Michael Hirst
Blood Eagle

#23 - 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
7,187 votes
Directors: Kari Skogland
Writers: Michael Hirst

#24 - 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
7,300 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: Michael Hirst
Breaking Point

#25 - 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
6,090 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Michael Hirst