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Season 5 of Vikings premiered on November 29, 2017 on History in Canada and the United States and concluded on January 30, 2019. This season, consisting of 20 episodes, was split into two ten-episode parts, with the first part airing from November 29, 2017 to January 24, 2018, and the second part airing from November 28, 2018 to January 30, 2019. Below is a brief review of what happened in the fifth season of Vikings.


Part I:

In Norway, in the wake of the death of King Ragnar and his son Sigurd, the sons of Ragnar are in a civil war. Ivar claims the title of king over the Kingdom of Kattegat, supported by Hvitserk and King Harald. Ubbe sides with Lagertha against their alliance. In England, King Aethelwulf and Bishop Heahmund wage war against the Nordic invaders. In the Mediterranean, Bjorn follows his destiny as he and Halfdan explore northern Africa. On the Atlantic, Floki makes a discovery that will change the world of the Norsemen forever.

Part II:

In Norway, Lagertha's army is on the brink of being routed from Kattegat, with Ivar prepared to captured the city and claim his revenge. In England, after the passing of King Aethelwulf, Aethelred rallied the Lords behind his half-brother Alfred and proclaims him King of Wessex. In Iceland, the feud between the families of Kjetill and Eyvind escalate to the point where each of their sons are killed. Determined to prevent further bloodshed, Floki offers himself as a sacrifice.

Season 5 returns with the arrival of a legendary Viking, the famous Duke Rollo, who causes further upheaval in a Kattegat still reeling from Ivar becoming its king. As Bjorn and Lagertha flee Ivar’s murderous forces with Bishop Heahmund, Ivar’s tyrannical reign over Scandinavia ushers in a new Dark Age, the likes of which have never been seen. Ultimately, Ivar’s reign will not go unchallenged by the sons of Ragnar and old enemies will become allies to defeat the despot who has declared himself a God on earth. Meanwhile in Iceland, Floki battles the elements, and his own settlers’ desire for revenge, to forge a Viking colony on the beautiful and desolate landscape.


Main Cast

Special Appearance By

Recurring Cast



Executive Producers

  • Morgan O'Sullivan
  • Sheila Hockin
  • Sherry Marsh
  • Alan Gasmer
  • James Flynn
  • John Weber
  • Michael Hirst


  • Keith Thompson
  • Liz Gill
  • Arni Hansson
  • Bill Goddard: Co-producer
  • Séamus McInerney: Co-producer

Production Team

  • Frank Moiselle: Casting Director
  • Nuala Moiselle: Casting Director
  • Susan O'Connor Cave: Costume Designer
  • Dominic Remane: Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Richard Ryan: Stunt Action Designer
  • Trevor Morris: Composer
  • Mark Geraghty: Production Designner
  • Aaron Marshall: Film Editor
  • Tad Seaborn: Film Editor
  • Michele Conroy: Film Editor
  • Dan Briceno: Film Editor
  • Don Cassidy: Film Editor
  • PJ Dillon: Cinematographer
  • Peter Robertson: Cinematographer
  • Suzie Lavelle: Cinematographer
  • Owen McPolin: Cinematographer
  • Raymond Kirk: First Assistant Director
  • Lucy van Lonkhuyzen: Assistant Set Director
  • Yigit Isik: Poster Art Concept
  • Justin Pollard: Historical Consultant
  • Irene O'Brien: Art Director
  • Ida Eriksson: Hair Stylist



See also: Episodes

Episode Image Title Airdate
Volume 1
5.01 50 TheDeparted The Departed Part 1 November 29, 2017
Tensions mount between the sons of Ragnar Lothbrok; with King Aethelwulf and his family still in hiding, Heahmund, the warrior bishop, rallies the Saxons to defend the Realm, as the Great Army moves to take York.
5.02 51 TheDepartedII The Departed Part 2 November 29, 2017
Ivar is determined to lead the Great Army as the Vikings establish their stronghold in York; in Kattegat, Lagertha misjudges King Harald and pays a heavy price; Floki arrives at a mysterious land.
5.03 52 TheHomeland Homeland December 6, 2017
Celebrations are cut short in the aftermath of the battle at York; Ragnar Lothbrok's sons are pitted against each other as tensions reach an all-time high, and each one is forced to choose a side.
5.04 53 The Plan The Plan December 13, 2017
Guided by Bishop Heahmund's visions, the Saxons devise a battle plan; Ivar the Boneless strategizes as the Vikings undergo increasing pressure; Bjorn Ironside finds himself in a new territory and must convince the local commander he is a trader.
5.05 54 ThePrisoner The Prisoner December 20, 2017
Ivar meets his match in Bishop Heahmund; Floki returns to Kattegat; Bjorn receives a lavish welcome in North Africa.
5.06 55 TheMessage The Message December 27, 2017
Lagertha is betrayed, and Bjorn must find a way to support the distraught queen; Floki and his settlers arrive in a new land, but it is far from what they expected.
5.07 56 FullMoon Full Moon January 3, 2018
Bjorn returns to Kattegat to learn that an attack will take place during the next full moon; Ivar must decide if he can place his trust in a former enemy on the battlefield.
5.08 57 TheJoke The Joke January 10, 2018
The battle for Kattegat begins; as the two armies line up to fight, the Great Heathen Army must decide between a final plea for peace or all-out war; Floki faces discord among the settlers.
5.09 58 ASimpleStory A Simple Story January 17, 2018
The army leaders consider their options in the aftermath of the battle; in Floki's camp, all hopes of binding the community together are dashed as tragedy unfolds.
5.10 59 MomentsofVision Moments of Vision January 24, 2018
A sense of doom looms over Kattegat as bloodshed ensues; the defeated army flees in the face of the victors, and a legendary warrior makes his way home.
Volume 2
5.11 60 TheRevelation The Revelation November 28, 2018
Legendary Viking Duke Rollo arrives, causing further upheaval in a Kattegat still reeling from Ivar the Boneless becoming its king; Floki battles the elements in Iceland, and his own settlers' desire for revenge, to forge a colony.
5.12 61 MurderMostFoul Murder Most Foul December 5, 2018
Bjorn, Lagertha and Ubbe face an uncertain fate as Heahmund's loyalty is tested; Floki fights to understand the will of the gods in Iceland; Ivar may have met his match in Kattegat.
5.13 62 ANewGod A New God December 12, 2018
Heahmund must convince King Alfred that his actions are in defense of the crown; Ubbe and Torvi strengthen the position of the Vikings, but not all in the Viking camp support their strategy; another settler disappears in Iceland.
5.14 63 TheLostMoment The Lost Moment December 19, 2018
As the celebrations for Ivar continue in Kattegat, grief hits Iceland and Floki must now make a fated decision; Harald's army approaches Wessex; a conspiracy grows against King Alfred.
5.15 64 Hell Hell December 26, 2018
Bishop Heahmund is wracked with guilt as he fights to renounce his passions; Viking clashes with Saxon on the battlefield, leaving a key figure lost in the balance.
5.16 65 TheBuddha The Buddha January 2, 2019
Bjorn achieves one of Ragnar's dreams; Ivar hatches a new plan in Kattegat, while preparing for a divine arrival; a settler in Iceland returns in a terrible state; King Alfred faces his greatest threat yet
5.17 66 TheMostTerribleThing The Most Terrible Thing January 9, 2019
An unexpected turn amongst the settlers leaves Floki powerless. King Alfred confronts Judith. In York, Bjorn must strike a deal with Harald. Wessex is once again threatened by a Viking force, but who will lead the Saxon army to defend the Realm?
5.18 67 Baldur Baldur January 16, 2019
Hvitserk is severely tested; Floki makes an amazing discovery; Freydis gives Ivar a surprise; Ubbe negotiates with the three Danish kings who have massed their armies in Reading, but the negotiations may have a perilous outcome.
5.19 68 WhatHappensintheCave What Happens in the Cave January 23, 2019
Ubbe is forced into hand-to-hand combat. Floki reaches new depths and is met by a shocking sight. Bjorn sets off for Scandinavia with an old rival.
5.20 69 Ragnarok Ragnarok January 30, 2019
A new battle for Kattegat is on and only the gods know who will emerge victorious.


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