- For the eponymous episode, see "The Buddha".
|“||Come and see! Come and see the death of humanity, upon a shore of corpses, broken heads, spilled guts, scorched flesh! Come and see the young tearing each other's throats out! Rivers of poison will flow through the halls! Oathbreakers, philanderers, murderers will wade through those rivers! Come and see! Come and see!||”|
In "Baldur", Hvitserk arrives in Ringerike and meets with Olaf. Olaf inquires what sort of a monarch Ivar is, and Hvitserk denounces his brother as a tyrant. Hvitserk requests Olaf's assistance in his plan to attack Kattegat and overthrow Ivar. Amused, Olaf has Hvitserk imprisoned and tortured by his steward Canute. When Hvitserk refuses to maintain loyalty to his brother in the face of death, an impressed Olaf decides to help Hvitserk overthrow him.
In "What Happens in the Cave", Olaf and Hvitserk are on their way to Kattegat with a large army. Olaf expresses his concern that their journey is a deliberate march to their own deaths, but Hvitserk dismisses this concern and states that Ivar's great renown is nothing but false rumors birthed by fame.
In "Ragnarok", Olaf is one of the commanders of the attacking side at the Siege of Kattegat. At first he is reluctant to fight Ivar, instead suggesting to sue for peace. However, Bjorn convinces him otherwise. During the heat of the first assault, he delivers a charismatic speech to the attackers. After Ivar's defeat and escape, he declares Bjorn king of Kattegat.
The historical Olaf
Olaf the Stout was a descendant of Harald Fairhair and member of the Fairhair dynasty (Hårfagreætta). As a petty king, he converted to Christianity and played the leading role in the Christianization and unification of Norway, and would rule as King Olaf II of Norway. He is a universally recognized saint of the Roman Catholic Church, canonized saint of the Eastern Orthodox Church, a commemorated historical figure in the Lutheran and Anglican churches, and a celebrated figure in Norwegian culture. He is remembered in Norway as "Olav den hellige" (Olaf the Holy).
Olaf was born in the year 995 in Ringerike, Norway to King Harald Grenske and Queen Åsta Gudbrandsdatter, and was killed on the 29th of July 1030 at the Battle of Stiklestad by the pagan rebel Thorir the Hound. In 1164 he was declared a saint by Pope Alexander III. He was the half-brother of another famous Norwegian king, Harald Hardrada.
|Season five appearances|
|The Departed Part 1||The Departed Part 2||Homeland||The Plan||The Prisoner|
|The Message||Full Moon||The Joke||A Simple Story||Moments of Vision|
|The Revelation||Murder Most Foul||A New God||The Lost Moment||Hell|
|The Buddha||The Most Terrible Thing||Baldur||What Happens in the Cave||Ragnarok|
|Season six appearances|
|New Beginnings||The Prophet||Ghosts, Gods, and Running Dogs||All The Prisoners||The Key|
|Death and the Serpent||The Ice Maiden||Valhalla Can Wait||Resurrection||The Best Laid Plans|
|King of Kings||All Change||The Signal||Lost Souls||All At Sea|
|The Final Straw||The Raft of the Medusa||It's Only Magic||The Lord Giveth||The Last Act|