What Might Have Been is the sixth episode of the fourth season of Vikings. It is the thirty-fifth episode of the series overall. It first aired on March 24, 2016. It was written by creator Michael Hirst and directed by Ken Girotti.


At the Thing in Kattegat, Ragnar reveals his plan to raid Paris again, and although the fleet is storm-tossed as it sets out, the challenge lies in France, where Rollo awaits. Meanwhile, Ecbert dispatches Aethelwulf and Alfred on a pilgrimage to Rome.


Ragnar announces the Paris raids, and gives his sons Ubbe and Hvitserk their arm rings, so they can travel with him to Paris. Before they leave, Ragnar asks the Seer how he will die. He replies that Ragnar will die when "the blind man sees him." In Wessex, Ecbert sends his son Aethelwulf and Alfred on a pilgrimage to Rome leaving behind an tearful Judith and disillusioned Kwenthrith. In Paris, Charles begs Rollo to not return to Ragnar, and Rollo assures him that he will not betray Paris or his wife. Odo reveals to Therese that he will have Charles killed and overthrown so he can become the new emperor as he lashes her, this time while wearing clothing. Meanwhile in Kattegat, after the warriors have set sail, Harbard arrives. While sailing for Paris, a storm throws the Viking ships off course. Ragnar, Lagertha, and Harald arrive first in France, where they set up camp. Ragnar asks Lagertha why she would risk her unborn child in battle and she disdainfully replies, "Who are you to ask? I am not your wife." Harald and Halfdan take their French prisoners and burn them alive while Bjorn watches from a distance. Once the rest of the ships arrive, the Vikings sail up river towards France, and notice there's no sign of Rollo's camp. Ragnar takes more "medicine," and hallucinates of his days as a farmer. As the ships approach closer to Paris, they see Rollo waiting with his new French allies.



Guest Starring

Additional Cast (in order of appearance)


  • Einar Selvik as Singing Shaman
  • Unknown Baby Actor as Guthrum
  • Finn and Luca Ryan as Magnus
  • Unknown Baby Actor as Aethelred
  • Unknown Baby Actress as Siggy

Episode Deaths

  • N/A


  • Einar Selvik makes an uncredited appearance in this episode as the shaman who is singing and playing the drum as the boats sail away. He is also the lead drummer for the Norwegian music group Wardruna which contributes several music tracks to the show.
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