TV Equals: "This week’s Vikings was really about laying the foundation for things to come. King Ecbert continues his seduction of Lagertha. Lady Judith takes an aggressive step in her pursuit of Athelstan. Kalf makes his move to take unseat Lagertha as Earl. The women of Kattegat meet a mysterious stranger whose arrival is foretold in their dreams. We may not have to wait too long for resolution of some of these conflicts, because the Vikings travel to Paris this season, which will take the story in a new direction."