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Vinland Saga Season 2, Episode 4: Live and Do What?

Snake calls his subordinates “idiots,” for their stupidity after attacking slaves. Suddenly, Snake gets serious and attacks Thorfinn with intent to kill. Thorfinn is triggered, instantly reminded of Askeladd, he reacts and delivers a swift kick that Snake blocks. Snake comments that it seems that Thorfinn’s body wants him to live. As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews Thorfinn appears to have given up on life. Regardless, I predicted that Thorfinn will eventually find something that matters to him.

Pater tends to Thorfinn’s wounds which are shallow. According to Pater, Ketil doesn’t “know what to do” with the mercenaries. If the farm is so peaceful, then the mercenaries become restless, looking for danger. Einar continues to be enraged by the dismissive nature that many on the farm has towards the lives of slaves. Einar and Thorfinn come into conflict in this episode, sort of. Thorfinn says that “it can’t be helped as the strong kill the weak.” Thorfinn’s nihilism bothers Einar. Despite being told that he can have the day off, Thorfinn goes to work cutting down trees.

Einar joins him and asks him if he has ever been to war? Thorfinn confirms not only that he’s been to war but he’s killed too many people. To Einar, Thorfinn reminds him of the men that killed his family. While sleeping, Thorfinn has another nightmare. Einar begin chocking him. He eventually stops and wakes Thorfinn from his nightmare. Thorfinn asks him “why he keeps waking him up” ? Einar tells him that they still have something to live for. Einar may turn out to be part of the reason Thorfinn finds something to grant him a new lease on life.

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Vinland Saga Season 2, Episode 1: Carve it into your enemies

It’s been a few years since Vinland Saga‘s first season ended. I forgot how dark this series was. The first episode of Vinland Saga Season 2, opens in a more jovial manner. Einar, his mother, and sister are enjoying lunch. They mock Einar for his lack of fighting ability. He feels a need to protect the village that was once burned to the ground and cost his father his life.

Einar is no super hero he can’t turn his rage into a powerups to save anyone. He simply must watch in horror as his mother then sister are killed. He’s enslaved. The only thing keeping him going is his mothers dying wish for him to “live.” Slavery is brutal. On the journey to be sold a women falls ill and is tossed off the boat and drowns. To the slavers she’s just merchandise, she’s not worth anything dead, and if she get’s the others sick she’ll cost them money.

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“Because you’re outsiders and penniless slaves.”

– enslaver

On land, the slaves are poked, groped, and inspected. They must bathe, have their teeth checked, and are lined next to one another. Einar escapes but he has many problems. He has no money and lacks food, so he must steal. He has no idea where he is and worst no place to return to. This his how to strip the slaves of their identity, dignity, and eventually hope. All they come to know is that they’re slaves and they must accept this limitation or died.

Einar finds a good master

Surprisingly, Leif Ericson appears and is looking for Thorfinn who has been enslaved. Einar responds to Leif searching for Thorfinn, calling Thorfinn lucky for having someone searching for them. Einar is eventually purchased by Ketil and brought to a farm in Jutland, Denmark to “work.” His farm is massive, full of golden wheat fields, and quickly reminds him of his old home. As they head towards a forest the master calls out to Thorfinn, who has grown up since we last saw him.

Vinland Saga is a series that tries to weave together humor with the dreary world the characters find themselves in, all while having bouts of action, and exciting characters. What I love about this series is it’s seamless ability to use mythology, history, and fantasy. It can be a difficult balancing act but this series does it well. Ketil is a slaver owner so he can only be so good, but he seems to be more pleasant than other slavers. Of course, we’ve barely seen much from him so he could be a monster. Vinland Saga Season 2 has started slowly but strongly.

What did you think of the first episode? Too depressing? What do you think happened to Thorfinn between this season and the last one? Opinions on Einar so far? Let me know.

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