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The Greenlanders is the first episode in the first season of Vikings: Valhalla, and first episode overall. It aired on February 25, 2022.

Synopsis[]

Plotting to avenge a massacre in England, Viking armies converge in Kattegat, but siblings Leif and Freydis exact a different kind of retribution.

Recap[]

In the Danelaw Viking Settlement, it is Saint Brice's Day, and Harald Sigurdsson leaves for Norway. Meanwhile, King Aethelred II has his men brutally murder the Viking settlers, including Harald's brother Sten. King Canute sends out a call for Vikings in Kattegat to form an army of revenge. Greenlanders Leif Eriksson and Freydís arrives in Kattegat and hear about the massacre. Freydis finds the person responsible for raping her years earlier: Gunnar Magnusson, a follower of Harald's older brother Olaf. Harald introduces himself to Leif and promises him great glory if he joins him. The Greenlanders create a diversion, allowing Freydis into the great hall were she stabs Gunnar. Then, at the moment that Olaf is about to kill Freydis, Jarl Haakan stops him. Harald tells to everyone Freydis claims revenge and has her reveal her scar to everyone. Haakan says that she will render judgement in the morning, to which King Canute also agrees.

Cast[]

Main Cast[]

Guest Starring[]

Additional Cast[]

Uncredited Cast[]

  • Karin Floengard Jonsson as Woman
  • Séamus Hanly as Servant
  • Lucy Johnson as Shield-maiden
  • Brendan Quinn as Merchant
  • Caroline Simonnet as Shield-maiden

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Trivia[]

  • Harald Sigurdsson could not have been in England at the time of the St. Brice's Day Massacre which occurred in 1002, because he was born in 1014 or 1015.
  • King Æthelred II's motivation for ordering the St. Brice's Day Massacre is simplified by excluding the decades of attacks on England by Viking armies in the late 10th century. Instead, the massacre is rendered as the ultimate evil act of a paranoid yet sympathetic man who lapses into a monster. Also left out is how these attacks were often based from Normandy, with the Normans actually helping the Vikings.

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