The Choice is the ninth episode of the second season of Vikings. It is the eighteenth episode of the series overall. It first aired on April 24, 2014. It was written by creator Michael Hirst and directed by Ken Girotti.


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


While reviewing old Roman texts with Athelstan, Ecbert realizes a way to defeat the Vikings in battle. Horik leads the Viking raiders downhill towards what he thinks is the Wessex army, but Ecbert catches the Vikings between two mounted pincer movements and defeats them. Rollo is badly injured, but is recognized by Athelstan and taken back to Winchester. Ragnar names his son Björn Ironside, as he is unscathed in the battle. Ælle wants to destroy the remaining Vikings, but instead Ecbert decides to offer the Vikings land and employ them as mercenaries to fight against Mercia. Rollo is returned to the Vikings, and a number volunteer as mercenaries for Kwenthrith. Athelstan abandons Ecbert, and returns to Kattegat with the remaining Vikings. In the meantime, Aslaug has made Porunn a free woman.



Guest Starring

Additional Cast (in order of appearance)


  • Unknown Baby Actor as Ivar
  • Unknown Baby Actor as Sigurd
  • Gary Kenneally as Bjarke
  • Robert MacDomhnail as Viking Warrior
  • Celine Nihicidhe as Shield-maiden

Episode Deaths

  • N/A
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