New Beginnings is the first episode in the sixth season of Vikings, and seventieth episode overall. It aired on December 4, 2019. It is directed by Steve Saint Leger.


Bjorn struggles with the responsibilities of kingship and he finds he can't rely on his mother, Lagertha; Ivar falls into the hands of the Kievan Rus, and in their ruthless and unpredictable ruler, Prince Oleg, he may finally have met his match.


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  • When Ivar is brought before Oleg, he is refered to as a "varjag" in dialoge (subtitled as viking). "Varjag" was the name given to Vikings in by Slavs, taken from the Norse væringr which means "mercenary." In modern Russian, "varjag" also means outsider.
  • This is the 70th episode of Vikings.
  • "Buddhist" monks are depicted in the opening scene. Buddhist monks were almost certainly present in even the Western-most regions of the Silk Road in the 9th-10th centuries. In particular, one Sufi saint, Shaqiq al-Balkhi (c. 810 CE), talks about meeting "shaven-headed mendicants" on the Silk Road that seem to have been Buddhist. To be clear, those folks are not Himalayan, and the robes are not what Himalayan Buddhist monastics wear.
  • In real life, Ivar the Boneless died in 873 AD. Oleg came to the throne of Kiev only in 882 AD. They could not have met under the circumstances depicted in the show.
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