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Vikings: Valhalla Season 2 Episode 1 Recap – why is Freydis leaving Harald?

January 12, 2023

Vikings: Valhalla season 2 episode 1 recap – why is Freydis leaving Harald? first appeared on Ready Steady Cut.

We recap the Netflix series Vikings: Valhalla Season 2 Episode 1, “The Web of Fate”, which will contain major spoilers.

Vikings: Walhalla Season 2 has a lot to do. After the explosive end of season 1, the production and writers behind this series have to top it somehow. However, there is a lot of trust in this series, and the Season 2 premiere proves that there is still a lot of life in this story. Let’s recap the Season 2 opener.

Vikings: Valhalla Season 2 Episode 1 Recap

Season 2 episode 1 opens with leif enter Olaf’s camp. He asks a dying man where Olaf is. The dying man tells him that Forkbeard took Olaf. The episode then cuts to Olaf imprisoned in a cage in a traveling army. As Leif continues to follow Olaf, it is revealed that he sees the ghost of book.

Harald and Freydis are 200 miles from Kattegat. They play with each other as they hunt; their romance did not diminish but intensified. Harald wants to go to Kattegat and ask Forkbeard for the throne, but Freydis is skeptical, believing he should be afraid of Forkbeard. Freydis intends to stay in the desert and raise a family, but Harald wants his children to be the rulers of Norway. Harald softens the conversation and tells Freydis he wants her to come with him.

While in the desert, Freydis encounters a seer; she’s tired of the vagueness of their prophecies, but then she has a feeling. She returns to Harald and tells him that she is going to Kattegat with him.

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Back in London, Godwin recount Emma of Normandy that King Canut won two battles in Denmark – Canute worries about Emma’s safety. Emma tells Godwin that the security is “great” despite his concerns. Later, Godwin discovers that a man is trying to poison Emma while a priest blesses her. The man manages to escape at first, but Godwin captures him and sends him to the prison cells.

In Kattegat, Forkbeard visits Olaf in his prison cell. He tells Olaf that he is a traitor and that Norway was never his. Olaf insists that Canute went behind his back and tells Forkbeard to kill him. Forkbeard tells Olaf he has no intention of killing him and that he joins Canute in battle in Denmark, and in his absence, his grandson Svein will be in charge. Olaf’s son then enters – Forkbeard tells Olaf to protect Svein and train him for the throne, and in return he will make sure his son is protected. Subsequently, Forkbeard furiously recounts Queen Aelfgifu that she will stay in Kattegat.

Forkbeard then announces to his people that his grandson Svein will be on the throne while he goes into battle. He then introduces Olaf as his protector. Olaf gives a speech and warns his brother Harald (along with Freydis) raising an army against Kattegat to kill all Christians. He offers money to whoever brings him Harald’s head. Leif watches Olaf in the crowd.

Meanwhile, Freydis and Harald find a clan of people who use weak boats to cross the sea to find a new home in Kattegat after its destruction. A child recognizes Freydis as the Guardian of the Faith. One of the men from this clan informs another man from Kattegat that he has met Freydis and Harald. Leif overhears the conversation.

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Leif attacks a group of Kattegat people who are tracking Harald and Freydis in the desert. He kills them all. Leif finds Freydis and Harald and warns them that they are in danger. He informs them that Canute’s son, Svein has the throne of Kattegat, with Olaf as his protector. Nearby, Olaf and his soldiers search for Harald and Freydis.

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Once settled in, Fredyis tells Leif he’s changed – she sees a coldness in his eyes that she’s seen in their father’s eyes before. Harald tells them that they should go to Novgorod to meet his uncle, who rules there. He wants to tell his uncle that Forkbeard broke the oath. And then a man from Kattegat called Jorundr confronts them and explains that he wants to help them. Freydis sees a mark on him representing “The Web of Fate”. She thinks Jorundr is with them for a reason and asks the man to lead them.

They reach the beach and find people stranded. Freydis is committed to helping these people. She then talks to Leif again; he knows he’s talking to Liv and wonders why she’s not in Valhalla. Leif tells Freydis that he promised to meet Liv in Valhalla, but he didn’t. He no longer believes, he has lost faith. Freydis shares with Leif that she is pregnant with Harald’s child. She tells Leif not to tell Harald because she doesn’t want her child to be the leader of a Christian nation.

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Freydis then sits down with Harald, and she tells him that it is his destiny to be a ruler one day, but it is not his destiny. They both look at each other with acceptance and emotion. Harald tells Freydis that she is already a great queen as he sees in other people’s eyes. He calls it a gift.

Season 2 Episode 1 brings a dramatic ending as Olaf and his men descend on the beach. They surround them and Olaf orders his people to kill them. But then fireballs hit the beach and the fire separates the two groups. It seems that Freydis’ influence is powerful as a group of people who support her come to their aid.

Freydis joins her people for their fate, leaving Leif and Harald on their way to Novgorod.

The first episode of Season 2 is a firm opener, paving the way for the main characters.

Additional track points

  • Godwin tells his lover that he dreams of his children sitting on the throne one day.
  • Freydis feels guilty for not confirming that she is the Keeper of the Faith and for not offering advice to the children.

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