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Vikings: Valhalla Season 2 Episode 4 Recap – why is Queen Emma torturing Aelfwynn?

January 12, 2023

Vikings: Valhalla season 2 episode 4 recap – why is Queen Emma torturing Aelfwynn? first appeared on Ready Steady Cut.

We recap the Netflix series Vikings: Valhalla Season 2 Episode 4, “The Thaw”, which will contain major spoilers.

This is an attractive halfway point for Vikings: Walhalla Season 2. There’s paranoia, grief, logistical complications, and a test of faith. There are a lot of stories to focus on, but it still feels balanced. The writers did an amazing job sequencing all the stories together.

Vikings: Valhalla Season 2 Episode 4 Recap

Season 2 episode 4 opens with Harald and his travelers on their way to deliver the cargo to Constantinople. A faint rumble is heard in the distance. The ice cracks, then it stops. Kurya tells them they don’t have time to escape the melting ice. He thinks they should leave the river until the thaw passes, but Harald knows they are only a day away from completing their journey and insists they continue.

As they continue to toboggan on the ice with the boat, they get stuck in the ice. Harald tells everyone to lighten the load to help move the boat. However, horses need rest, and leif insists they take a break. Then the travelers continue to push the boat, which takes a lot of effort. They manage to get it going again.

However, the thaw begins to catch up with the boat. The ice dam broke. The travelers release the horses, and everyone must board. Lord Vitomir does not. Ice water kills him.

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Queen Emma of Normandy recount Godwin that she knows about her relationship with Aelfwynn. Godwin tells Emma that he was waiting for her husband’s marriage blessing, which he received. Emma presses him with more questions and mentions Aelfwynn’s brother. She believes Godwin is behind the plot to assassinate her. Godwin is appalled by her accusation, but Emma reveals that Aelfwynn has been imprisoned in her quarters. Godwin insists Aelfwynn is innocent and wants time to prove it.

Godwin tells Aelfwynn about their situation. He tells her that Emma wants to prove that he was behind the assassination attempt. Godwin tells him to lie and tell the queen he is behind the plot.

Afterwards, Aelfwynn is bound in chains and Emma confronts her. Aelfwynn insists she told him the truth. The Queen continues to press her with questions and asks about “Bear.” One of Emma’s men cuts off one of Aelfwynn’s fingers. Aelfwynn insists she knows nothing as she continues to be tortured and mutilated. The queen’s paranoia continues unabated.

In Kattegat, Olaf learns of Harald’s recent location and that Freydis was not with him. Olaf asks his men to prepare the ships. He believes that Harald is raising an army against Kattegat. Queen Aelfgifu tells Olaf that he will miss him. They developed a romance with each other.

The ending explained

Aelfwynn is weak from the torture and Emma gently asks him more questions. Aelfwynn tells Emma that she and Godwin have talked “about love, and the future, and children, and one of them being on the throne.” Aelfwynn dies from horrible torture.

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Queen Emma tells Godwin that Aelfwynn is dead. Godwin tells Emma that she took everything from him and that he will never forgive her. It’s a painful time for Godwin, who wanted everything with Aelfwynn. Princess Gytha returns a ring to Godwin and tells him that Aelfwynn wanted him to have it. Gytha explains to Godwin that Aelfwynn was the happiest she had ever been because of him. What a heartbreaking moment.

Other refugees arrive in Jomsborg. Ships were broken up at sea. Harekr and his fleet did not return. Freydis announces that they must offer a sacrifice for their safe return. She asks the sea god of the old temple in the woods to allow their friends to return safely. She asks everyone to worship together as she slices a goat’s neck.

Harekr returns and learns that the refugees are worshiping in the forest. He is angry and asks where Jorundr is. Harekr tracks him down and accuses Jorundr of betraying him by allowing the refugees to mingle with the superior people.

Harekr’s men massacre the refugees and Freydis is captured. Freydis is furious. Harekr tells his men to take Freydis to the temple and lock him up.

Episode 4 of Season 2 marks an entertaining halfway point, as our characters have many struggles to overcome, including betrayal and heartbreak.

Additional track points

  • In Jomsborg, Gudrid worries that Freydis is spending time with the refugees, but Jorundr implies that it’s time for a change.
  • One of Lord Vitomir’s daughters is on the boat, distraught that her father is dead. Harald promises to deliver his father’s treasure.
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