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Vinland Saga Season 2 Episode 1 Recap – “Slave”

January 10, 2023

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We recap the Netflix and Crunchyroll Vinland Saga Season 2 Episode 1 animated series, “Slave,” which contains spoilers.

After a stellar first season, it’s not hard to see why Vinland Saga is one of the most anticipated anime returns of Winter 2023. Thorfinn (Y?at Uemura) blind passion and the need for revenge, while admirable, often got him into trouble. In the end, however, it was almost as if it was all for nothing when Thorfinn was denied the revenge that had fueled his motivation to live for so long. Seeing how much he would overcome, especially after attacking Canute (Kensho Ono), this is what fans have been waiting for. However, the latest episode throws viewers on a loop, introducing them to a whole new character named Einar. How he fits into the story and what he has to do with Thorfinn remains to be seen, but knowing Vinland Sagait will definitely be worth the detour.

Vinland Saga Season 2 Episode 1 Recap

A young man named Einar chops down a tree in the forest, claiming he is training for war. His mother and his sister, A lot, find the idea a bit far-fetched, teasing him slightly about it. He reveals that his village had only recently been rebuilt after the last invasion. He feels compelled to help protect people and avenge his father, who died protecting them in the last fight. He asks his mother if she isn’t tired of losing, but she explains that they haven’t lost everything yet, which changes Einar’s perspective a bit.

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In the next scene, their village is attacked again. Houses and fields burn as Einar and his family hide in the nearby forest. As they try to run away, his mother is shot in the back with an arrow. Although she tried to save her, she encourages Einar and Lotta to leave her behind, especially as nearby raiders notice their position. Instead of running, the two linger, giving the other men time to catch up. They attempt to take Lotta, but she is killed after stabbing one of the men in the shoulder. Too devastated to fight, Einar is dragged off the stage, as the men intend to sell him for cash.

The next time we see Einar is on a ship traveling the sea, after being sold into slavery. He watches in fear as a woman as the men throw a young woman on the brink of death overboard to make more space. Protesting the mistreatment only gets him punches, and he slowly realizes the reality of the situation. Yet he refuses to die.

Once on land, the slaves are groomed for sale. When no one is looking, Einar runs off into the nearby woods and eventually stumbles upon a cabin where he steals food. In the end, however, his efforts prove futile, as he is captured and sets an example before the other slaves. Slave traders encourage slaves to find a good master instead of trying to run away and fend for themselves. Even when whipped, Einar holds his ground remembering his pledge to live.

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As Einar seems resigned to being a decent one-man slave, who viewers will recognize as Leiff, comes to the slave market looking for a boy named Thorfinn. The slave traders initially confuse Einar with Thorfinn, but Leif knows it’s not him, as the two are nothing alike. They try to sell Einar anyway, but Leif has no interest in buying a slave. Still, he apologizes to Einar for wasting his time before leaving.

The ending explained

As Einar watches Leif leave, a tall blond man approaches, asking to inspect him. After discovering that he was a farmer before, the man asks Einar if he would like to join him on his farm. Einar agrees and is appalled at how much his new owner’s farm reminds him of home.

As they walk through the farm, its new owner calls Thorfinn, and we get our first look at the protagonist since the end of season 1. Immediately, Einar seems to recognize the name of the person Leif was looking for in the slave. market, as Einar informs us, is the story of his first encounter with Thorfinn.

I wasn’t sure where this episode was going at first, but after a few minutes I was immediately invested in battling this new character. Vinland Saga always knows how to craft an engaging story no matter who the episode focuses on, and honestly, the build-up to Thorfinn’s appearance was well worth the wait.

Studio MAPPA the animation is always top notch when it comes to this series, especially when it comes to character designs. It’s easy to tell that they put a lot of effort into Vinland Sagaand it pays off, making the episode all the more memorable.

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Much of Thorfinn’s motivation in Season 1 revolved around getting revenge on his father. Now that he can’t achieve that desire, it will be interesting to see where he ends up and what his new Goals. The pleasure of Vinland Saga right now is that he has the freedom to take Thorfinn’s story in just about any direction right now. Depending on where it ends up, this already has the potential to be one of the best shows this season.

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