Vikings Valhalla Season 2 was here, and it’s safe to say that it was an interesting one for sure. Within this Season, we saw most of the main characters split up and venture on their own paths compared to the first Season. However, that didn’t mean that the show was any worse or had any less action.
Jump over a cliff, don’t tell your baby daddy you’re with child, and whatever you do… don’t develop feelings for the next Empress. In this Vikings Valhalla Season 2 Ending Explained, we’ll be taking a deep dive into its ending and what it could mean for Season 3.
Following the life of Eriksson and Harald Sigurdsson on their journey to Constantinople and Freydis as the keeper of the Faith in Johnsburg, the ending of this Season showed that there’s definitely more to come in Vikings Valhalla Season 3. So with that, I thought I’d recap, break down and explain all that there was to take away from this Season.
Here is the Vikings Valhalla Season 2 Ending Explained:
Vikings Valhalla Season 2 Ending Explained
The end of season 2 has brought us to the coast of Pomerania, located on the Baltic Sea bordering Modern Day Poland and Germany. Olaf Haraldsson continues his quest to crush the Pagan Vikings who have hidden away in a small town called Jomsborg.
The only problem is he isn’t exactly sure where this place is but believes God has a plan and will show him the way. And as luck would have it, his Fleet stumbles upon a ship belonging to Jorundr.
After the events of season 1, Freydis flees to Jomsborg, fearing for the safety of her unborn child, when she finds out Olaf survived the battle of Kataggat and will stop at nothing to have her killed.
Sweyn Forkbeard, the father of king Canute of Denmark, appoints Olaf as protector to his grandson Prince Svein, while Fort beard will look after Olaf’s own son at Magnus. This exchange keeps Olaf in line, for if Olaf proves to be insubordinate, it could result in the death of his son.
Freydis hasn’t told her baby daddy Harold Sigurdsson, the prince of Norway, that she is with a child. She fears that Harold would raise him to be a Christian. So the two end up going their separate ways. Harold and Leif Eriksson to Novgorod in search of an army to take back Kattegat and Freydis to Jomsborg, where she believes she can peacefully have her child.
It’s in Jomsburg that Freydis meets Jorundr and his uncle Harekr. Harekr is based on a real historical figure who led a successful peasant revolt against Olof Haroldson. Harekr is the leader of this small town made up of many refugees facing Christian persecution, and he asked Freydis if she’d be the town’s Goodyear or Spiritual leader.
In season one, Freydis traveled to Uppsala, the holiest site for the Pagan Vikings, and received a special blade from their Goodyear, which she’ll later use in her battle against Olaf. Uppsala and its people were butchered by Jarl Kare at the end of season 1, and now it’s up to Freydis to continue her people’s holy traditions.
Harekr soon grows jealous of Freydis’ growing influence and devises a plot to kill her, asking his nephew Jorundr to poison her food. Instead, Jorundr aid in her Escape but is caught doing so. And his uncle even puts him on trial for the death of Freydis, even though she wasn’t found.
The Three Storylines
This Season of the show focused on three different main stories unfolding. We had Freydis in Jomsborg, where she was the keeper of the faith and fought for herself, her child, the people of Jomsburg, and peace. We have Leif Eriksson and Harald Sigurdsson setting off to Constantinople to build an army so Harald could fight to claim his “Title of the King of Norway.”
And we also had the mystery that was going on surrounding Queen Emma and Earl Godwin, around if he was behind the attempted taking out of her, something we never properly got to find out. Let’s bring this article down by the three main arcs.
Freydis & Jomsborg
Let’s start this Vikings Valhalla Season 2 Ending Explained by talking about Freydis & Jomsborg. As we embarked on the final episode, we saw that Jorundr had been found by Olaf, who was heading for Jomsborg, a place he had never been before, but he wanted to go there in order to take out the ruler and essentially wipe it off the map.
Jorundr believed that Freydis was dead and that Harekr was still the ruler. However, that wasn’t the case anymore, as we saw when the people turned on him due to him lying to them after Freydis’ returned. We saw that once Olaf confronted Freydis at sea, Jorundr’s mother gave him a note, leading him to deceive Olaf and the people alongside him.
This led to the group being outnumbered and being taken out once they hit banned. It also saw Jorundr get killed. However, he died alongside his own people and not as a traitor as he was previously looked upon.
Freydis Finding Peace
Away from the battle that was taking place, we saw that Olaf and Freydis met at the port, where we saw that the water had oil poured into it, which meant that it was extremely flammable. And as we saw the entirety of the ships, crew and water burst into flames, leaving just Olaf and Freydis to battle it out, where we saw that Freydis became victorious.
Olaf met his demise at the hands of Freydis, something that should have happened at the end of Vikings Valhalla Season 1 in the final battle, but it was a satisfying ending for the character for sure.
This then left one survivor, and that was Svein, who was the current King of Norway, King Canute’s son. However, we saw that Freydis, instead of killing him, returned him to his mother in Kattegat. Where she asked for in return was peace, and this was something that was agreed upon by both parties.
As Freydis walked out, we heard the voices inside of her head of the wars and battles that had taken place throughout the two Seasons, and then silence, meaning that she believed that peace was now found and that she, alongside her son Harold, would be able to live in peace in Jomsborg.
However, I can’t see that being the case for long. All the time that her son is alive, he will one day be in line for the throne, which is something that I imagine Canute and Forkbeard will not do once at all. So I feel sure she most likely face more threats coming her way.
With the resident asking for her name as she boarded the boat, Freydis identified something that she didn’t do in the first episode when she was asked. Showing that, for now, she can live peacefully and without threat, something that she hasn’t been able to do for a very long time. So it was a nice ending for her.
Harold Sigurdsson & The Quest to Constantinople
Now let’s talk about The Quest to Constantinople in this Vikings Valhalla Season 2 Ending Explained. This was a quest that was mainly led by Harold Sigurdsson. He is the rightful heir to the throne of Norway. However, it’s currently held by Svein, who was appointed by Forkbeard.
With Sigurdsson just about making it out alive at the end of Season one, this Season saw him spending his time heading to Constantinople in order to build an army to take on Canute, Svein, and Forkbeard in the future, which is something that I feel the entirety of the show is building towards Harold Sigurdsson looking to secure the throne.
We saw him recruit a group of people to go alongside him, which did mean that some sadly lost their lives along the way. Most of the casualties were met when they faced the Peagonox and managed to escape from them. During this quest, we saw that Harold grew close to an individual called Eleana, so much so that they even shared a kiss in the final episode.
Eleana was carrying out her father’s quest of returning to Constantinople in order to repay the debt that was served to them long ago to protect the people.
However, to their surprise, we saw that the Emperor of Constantinople went on a journey to meet with Harold following the rumors of him getting past the Peagonox. It was revealed to us that the debt was that Eleana was to become Empress of Constantinople, which was a surprise to everyone.
As a reward for her safely arriving there, this meant that the emperor gave Sigurdsson a favor to be redeemed. I imagine we’ll see this in the new Vikings Valhalla Season 3, which I imagine is going to be him requesting an army.
However, him stating that as he got closer to the destination, he felt as though he was drifting from the purpose of why he was doing it. We could see him instead, maybe wanting to stay put in Constantinople, where a life of riches could be his, o it will be interesting to see.
Leif Eriksson had an interesting journey this Season too. Whilst on this quest, he started as the lost individual as he didn’t really know what to do following the death of Liv in Season one. He only saw anger and rage. However, he turned out to be more level-headed as he grew closer to a scholar who ordered the ship called Mariam.
She taught him a lot and set him up on a journey to discover more and more knowledge as she went through life. However, she was ill and was deteriorating as the Season went on. So much so that we saw her die in the final episode, meaning Leif lost another person that he loved.
Before she died, she gave Leif a key to her house in Constantinople, where she said that he could stay and use anything in there to develop his knowledge. For this set of characters (Leif and Harold), Vikings Valhalla Season 2 finished for them by sailing into Constantinople and being amazed by the view that was in front of them.
They’ve come a long way, but they’ve still got a long way to go. They’re fighting ability is unparalleled, and even though we didn’t see much of it in this Season, I feel we’ll see more in the next Season as the fight for Norway will likely commence.
Queen Emma & Earl Godwin
Now let’s talk about Queen Emma and Earl Godwin in this Ending of Vikings Valhalla Season 2 Explained. The final main plot we saw in this Season was focused in England, which was around the attempt at taking out of Queen Emma. Earl Godwin most certainly seemed like he had something to do with it, and the Queen had her suspicions too. Godwin was in a secret relationship with Aelfwynn, whose brother was the person who tried to take out the Queen.
Early on in the Season, we saw that Godwin dreamt of having a son that was king, something which, by the end of the Season, we saw was now a possibility, and I think it was part of his master plan. Godwin seemed like a Little Finger (Game Of Thrones) type of character where he devised a plan to woo Aelfwynn and got her brother involved so he’d be taken out.
Then due to the association Aelwynn had with him, it would mean that she would likely be questioned and then killed for information. This would then mean that Godwin would get a hand in marriage to Canute’s niece out of sympathy, Princess Gytha. Now, if they have a child, it will be somewhat in line with the throne. So I feel we will see him devise another plan in order to get closer to that lineage.
Emma is still suspicious of Godwin. So much so that the ring that you took from Godwin’s Guardian when he was younger, John Fletcher, was given to Princess Geetha as a gift to wear around her neck at all times. A symbol to show him that even in his most intimate moments with her, he won’t be able to escape the presence of the Queen and the fact that she knows about his past and information.
I thought this was a very good Season of the show. Focusing on the future of all of the characters, we saw them taking steps to better themselves and take back what was rightfully theirs. I’ll be intrigued to see if Harold will stay put in Constantinople, where he would be the richest he would have ever been, thanks to the Emperor. Or if he’ll return to Freydis, his child, and the throne that he so desires.
Peace is present, but I don’t think it will last for long, so I’m looking forward to seeing what will happen next. So there you have it, Vikings Valhalla Season 2 Ending Explained.