The sixth and the final season of Vikings, the exciting series that follows the adventures of a group of Vikings people during their battles and daily life. The opening of this season is with Bjorn finds difficulties at his new role as the king of Kattegat. Meanwhile, Ivar's fate leads him to a cruel ruler, Prince Oleg.
Which, again, fun. But for a show struggling to recapture the sense of sweep and character it initially promised, Ivar's new pal is leading him, and us, down a well-trod path to the same bloodied ground.
All told, a strong return for Vikings, blessedly absent of all the preposterous nonsense that made last season so unbearable. On the other hand, it was largely setup for a conflict that I think has already worn out its welcome.
Vikings' subplot game has been hit or miss throughout its run... Still, the prospect of Ubbe on a Floki quest, while Bjorn faces his first real adversity as king could have the makings of character-defining arcs.
We can never be certain about how well a series will nail the ending, but at least with "Vikings," the fandom's faith can lean on a firmer foundation based in history and demonstrated skill as opposed to spectacle and whim