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Vinland Season 2 ‒ Episodes 1-3


What do you think of Episode 1 of

Vinland Saga (TV 2)?

Community Rating: 4.6

How would you rate
Episode 2
of Vinland Saga (TV 2)?

Community Score: 4.3

How would you rate Episode 3 of The Legend of Vinland (TV 2)?

Community Score: 4.3

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When Einar first woke up the day he lost everything, he had no idea that “Torfin” was What, even if he really saw

A map, of course he can’t point to Iceland on it. exist It’s easy to forget during the first season of was excellent, but a traumatized Danish boy avenging his father’s murder wasn’t actually the story in the grand scheme of life in 11th-century Europe. For thousands of people like Einar and his family, the specter of death and bloody war loomed large, and it was almost impossible to throw a rock without hitting someone or a loved one who had lost a limb to brutal violence. part of the culture of the time. What separates someone like Thorfinn from someone like Einar is how they choose to deal with the worst that happens to them: Thorfinn abandons his future and his humanity in pursuit of revenge that was ultimately stolen from him, while Einar, his mother and his sister do everything they can to stick together, love each other and move on with their lives. However, all this is just a prelude. The real tragedy of Einar and Thorfinn’s story is that no matter what path these men chose in the face of absolute destruction, they ended up in the same place. The endless cycle of war brought the same horror to Einar’s doorstep, only this time it had a Danish face instead of a British one, and besides being forced to watch his mother and sister slaughtered, the poor Man must also endure the indignity of slavery. When he finally meets Thorfinn in the fields of their new master Ketil, it’s clear that the spark of hope that Einar still clings on so desperately is long gone for our future Viking warriors. There was no life in his eyes. He gave up. In the second and third episodes,
went out of her way to demonstrate how Thorfinn Has fallen from his former fiery self. He took the abuse and insults thrown at him by Ketil’s workers without even looking sideways, and he didn’t even flinch when he was mutilated by the mercenary Fox in episode 3. The man who had condemned very much thought that slavery was a fate reserved only for the weak and the unworthy. Now, he candidly admits that he has no desire to maintain a life in which “no good things happen to him.” If he was told to work, he would work. If he was told to die, he would willingly offer his own throat. If Thorfinn is a man with absolutely no purpose in life, Katie Alma’s son, Alma, is just the opposite. Moody, arrogant, yet insecure, Olma is characterized by his anxiety about finding direction in his life when his options seem so limited. He believed he was destined to live more than a “mere” life of landowner and peasant. His problem, though, is exactly the same one Thorfinn had long ago: In this day and age, in this part of the world, the “purpose” of a person’s life is inextricably linked to the violence they can cause. You either live a peaceful pacifist life by farming the land or working for a higher authority as a servant/slave, or you take whatever you can carry by chopping it off from others. When Fox tells the boy that the only way to be a man is to kill another man, there’s no one around to object because probably every soldier out there has been told the exact same thing. Olmar may have come from a very different place than Thorfinn, but he’s on the same path as being sucked into a killer’s life, even if that’s not who he really wants to be.

If suffering and killing is this new status quo is required, then it may be Nothing to get excited about. We’ve seen all of these before. Besides we have Einar, a lieutenant who represents everything that Thorfinn and Olmar are not: he rejects the courage and temptation of war, and his natural inclination is to believe in a world that upholds justice over might. When Einar is told he can “earn his freedom” with enough lucrative work, he devotes himself wholeheartedly to his new career. When Ketil’s haughty squires abused and humiliated slaves, Einar’s first instinct was to report them to their masters, as such injustice would surely be punished accordingly. While he still harbors some understandable fear and anger at the Danes for slaughtering his family and ruining his life, he’s strong enough to say that when they worked together in the fields, “every day Individuals are all the same”, British or Danish (despite the whole “slave/free” dichotomy). In other words, Einar finds a reason to live despite everything he’s been through, and he firmly believes that there is that there is is his way forward.

There may be some fans of the first season who are hesitant about this new thing Undecided, relatively bloodless direction . The little violence we do see is petty, brutal, and a far cry from the heart-pounding fights that took up so much time in season 1. So far, there is no clear revenge or king’s main line that can carry the momentum of the plot forward. Einar’s simple desire to gain independence and even find love is a solid, relatable entry point, but ‘s character should as our protagonist can’t even raise a hand in honest self-defense, let alone fight for his dignity and freedom. However, I totally agree. Thousands of stories have been told of the battle-field glory of the noble and the lowly, and there will be many more to come. We have no shortage of entertainment that chronicles all the ways fighters kill and get killed. season 2 seems determined to explore the ways the fighters can , despite the world will make him bleed. I think it’s a more compelling story. Rating: vinland-saga-s2-eps-1-3.png

James is a writer with a lot of thoughts and feelings about anime and other pop culture, which can also be found on Twitter, his blog and podcast.

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