'Vikings' Season 2 premiere recap: Ragnar and Rollo battle, but Lagertha is the real victim

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After those video clips were released, you know how Season 2 of "Vikings" would begin. It's a battle between Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) and Rollo (Clive Standen), each with their armies, that starts the episode.

Blood is spilled and lives are lost. One of those lives, sadly, is One Eye. He was viciously speared by Rollo, who didn't seem to show any remorse until after the fact. That's when Ragnar steps up to challenge his brother.

Though he had no trouble joining up with Jarl Borg, Rollo threw down his weapon in the face of Ragnar. He couldn't attack his own brother. King Horik and Borg were able to reach a compromise, with a plan to raid the west together, building a better life for both sides. Rollo was taken into custody.

Once back home, the townspeople expected Rollo to be killed for his betrayal, but he was spared. Ragnar wasn't so lucky, as his family was left in shambles by episode's end.

Ragnar's son Bjorn informs Lagertha of his indiscretions with Princess Aslaug at the end of Season 1, leaving her far less than happy. She makes Ragnar promise to never see his mistress again, which he readily accepts. That changes when Aslaug appears at his home pregnant, though.

The craziest thing is, Ragnar actually tries to sell Lagertha on letting him have then both as wives, with a smile on his face. That was never, ever going to be an option. Lagertha just isn't that kind of girl.

Naturally, he's pretty surprised when he learns Lagertha has left him. After chasing her down, he realizes he's lost his chance. Unfortunately that also gives Bjorn a chance to reconsider leaving with his mom, which he chooses to do.

Now, Ragnar's family has left him. With a pregnant Aslaug waiting for him at home though, he isn't truly alone. Don't count Lagertha out, though. It wouldn't be the biggest surprise if she returned sooner or later.

What did you think about the "Vikings" Season 2 premiere?
Photo/Video credit: History