Season 1, Episode 17: Servant
Thorkell finally gets his duel with Thorfinn
When we last left Vinland Saga, the traitors surrounded Askeladd, Thorfinn, Bjorn and Canute, while Thorkell and his men approach. Askeladd tells the traitors that “all they need to do is line up in the river to join Thorkell.” However, Torgrim counters that they need the Prince. He tells Askeladd that he doesn’t want to kill him. Considering that Askeladd has survive battle with both Thors and Thorfinn, Torgrim is in over his head. Meanwhile, Thorkell and his men continue to scale down the mountain. Askeladd tells his men that despite spending so much time together, he “hated them.” He calls them “worthless Danes,” that are “worse than pigs.”
Askeladd decapitates several men with one swing. Torgrim panics, telling the men to get the Prince. Thorfinn attacks them with daggers, while, Askeladd cuts down the others. Bjorn rides off with Thorfinn, the priest and Prince Canute. Torgrim orders his men to follow. Thorkell watching, notices that they’re fighting. Thorkell is outrage. He doesn’t understand why they would start fighting without him. He begins to run down the mountain. Elsewhere, the men on horses gain on Bjorn and the others. Thorfinn is out of daggers. Atli tries to reason with Bjorn. However, the only way to stop Bjorn is to kill him. One of the men hits a horse in the head with an ax, causing Bjorn to crash.
Askeladd verses 50 traitors
Thorfinn grabs a horse and runs in the opposite direction. Meanwhile, Bjorn and Prince Canute survive the crash. He eats a mushroom, telling the remaining men to prepare to die. Thorfinn rushes to “save” Askeladd. Meanwhile, Askeladd is struggling to defeat all the traitors. He frantically tries to find an opening to escape as Thorkell is coming. When he’s struck in the back by an ax he becomes enraged a cuts the man in half. Seeing how Askeladd cut through the helmet of that man reminds the men of what there up against. Weirdly, Askeladd apologizes for getting mad and losing his temper. The men begin to use their arrows. Seeing the unlikely hood that he would survive, Askeladd tell Torgrim that he “needs him” if he wants to get the Prince from Thorfinn and Bjorn. Torgrim orders his men to “aim for his legs.”
Askeladd is hit with several arrows in his legs. The traitors surround him. Thorfinn arrives and charges to save Askeladd. At the same time Thorkell and his men arrive, killing several of the traitors. Torgrim tries to gravel to Thorkell, but he quickly deduces that Askeladd was the leader. When he learns that Thorfinn is alive and not involved in the rebellion, he orders his men to kill them. One of Thorkell’s men tell them to pick up their weapons and fight like warriors. As the traitors are being slaughtered, Torgrim faces off against Thorkell. We’ll kinda. In the face of such a powerful foe, Torgrim loses conscience. Meanwhile, Thorfinn pushes through the fighting to reach Thorkell and Askeladd. Excited, Thorkell kills Thorfinn’s horse with one punch. Of course, Thorfinn only cares about saving Askeladd so that he can kill him. Thorkell and Thorfinn will duel for him.
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