With only three episodes of “Vikings” left, fans can assume that the remainder of Season 3 will overflow with bloody drama. And the synopsis for episode 8, titled “To the Gates,” promises viewers all the intensity they expect from Thursday night’s installment.
The synopsis for episode 8 teases that the Viking army will embark, causing Paris to go into a complete lockdown as the French prepare for the pagans' vicious attack. Count Odo (Owen Roe) will oversee the army as Ragnar (Travis Fimmel), Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) and the rest of the Lothbrok gang inch closer and closer to the city.
“They are coming,” Count Odo shouts in the promo video for “To the Gates.” “Whatever happens, they must not get into the city!”
But Count Odo is clearly unaware just how desperate Ragnar is to see the metropolis he’s heard so much about. “The Vikings are determined to make it through the gates of Paris and conquer the city,” the summary states, and "they'll stop at nothing to succeed."
And according to the trailer, it's pretty safe to assume they will. “Paris is everything you told me it would be,” Ragnar says to a mysterious character, confirming that he's gotten into the city. Could he be talking to the spirit of Athelstan (George Blagden), who was killed off by Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) in episode 6 following his religious epiphany? It wouldn’t surprise us; after all, Ragnar has been quite clear that he misses the one loyal friend he knew he could count on.
But the attack on Paris won’t leave everyone feeling giddy. In fact, it looks like some of our Nordic favorites will end up literally falling on their backs during the battle. In the promo, fans can catch a glimpse of Rollo (Clive Standen) crashing into the water with his battle ax in tow. Could this be a nod to Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig), who also met her demise due to drowning?
Floki will also have a bleak experience in Paris when an event occurs that leads him to believe he’s being chastised by his beloved deities. “The gods have decided to punish me,” Floki says with a rather traumatized expression. Could the shipbuilder be regretting his decision to slay the priest?
Sound off in the comments section below with your thoughts on the coming episode. Don’t forget to tune in to episode 8 of “Vikings” when “To the Gates” airs Thursday, April 9, at 10 p.m. EDT.