Vinland Saga Season 2, Episode 10: Ambition to rule

Vinland Saga Season 2 Episode 10 opens on the Ketil farm. It’s been three years and Einar and Thorfinn have finally knocked down the last tree. They talk about their plans for the future. Master Ketil arrives and congratulates them, they will be free after they harvest the soil. He tells them unfortunately they’ll have to wait until he returns from meeting with King Harald. I think this will potential be a problem for the farm and eventually Einar and Thorfinn. War is likely going to have economic costs.

I suspect King Harald will demand some of the harvest from the farm either by threat or cooperation. Canute arrives at Jelling to meet with King Harald, however, according to Wulf, his brother isn’t feeling well. It appears that King Harald doesn’t have long to live. While watching kids playing Canute recalls his childhood, remembering Harald fondly. When their father died, Canute and Harald inherited England and Denmark respective.

You could’ve ruled the world together

They supported each other. Harald doesn’t have any heirs and Canute will likely inherit it all. Suddenly, Canute sees his father Sweyn who accuses Canute of poisoning his brother. It’s hard to know what is true but why would he envision his father if not because he’s guilty. If so, Canute has become a monster of sorts.

If he’s capable of killing a brother he has a good opinion of then he has no limit in what he will do to his enemies. Canute could potentially become a tyrant. In his room, Canute talks to his father head. He claims that eventually he and his brother would have come to conflict. Canute seeing and talking to his father’s head suggest some mental issues but also how lonely he is. I don’t think this ends well but I’m interested in how it turns out.

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