It's six months after the battle of Kattegat and Bjorn is King. But as he struggles with kingly responsibilities, he finds he can't rely on his mother, who has other plans. Ivar falls into the hands of the Kievan Rus and may have met his match.
As Bjorn attempts to do the right thing as ruler of Kattegat, Prince Oleg of Kiev seems untroubled by his conscience. Even Ivar is shocked by Oleg's vicious character as he wrestles for control over the young heir to the throne of the Rus Empire.
Lagertha's newfound community is shattered by shocking events and she is forced to take action. In Kiev, Ivar is well aware of the threat Oleg poses. Meanwhile, Bjorn comes to the aid of an old enemy, but disaster looms for his forces.
Lagertha leads her village's response to the recent attacks. Olaf has a bold plan for the future of Norway. Although Ivar discusses Oleg's ambitions for Scandinavia, he's actually more interested in the plight of Igor, the heir Oleg controls.
As Norway's Kings and Jarls arrive at Harald's territory for the election of the King of all Norway, King Olaf is confident of the result. Lagertha's village prepares for more attacks by bandits. In Kiev, Ivar and Igor engage in risky subterfuge.
Bjorn is forced to act quickly after the election for the King of all Norway. The bandits attack Lagertha's village again, confident of a victory which may not be all that certain. In Kattegat, haunted and paranoid, Hvitserk continues to unravel.
Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) has a vision and returns to Kattegat. Harald (Peter Franzen) gains a measure of revenge on Olaf (Steven Berkoff). In Kiev, interesting news reaches Ivar (Alex Hogh Andersen) & Igor about Prince Dir (Lenn Kudrjawizki).
Bjorn faces a difficult decision. Ubbe and Torvi leave Kattegat, in search of new lands and perhaps old friends. Oleg's plans for the invasion of Scandinavia are taking shape, and King Harald is baffled by the origin of a mysterious raiding party.
In Iceland, Ubbe and Torvi meet a mysterious wanderer. Bjorn re-thinks who his enemies are when Erik returns with worrying information. Bjorn needs allies, but can he convince his old foe, King Harald, to join forces in the face of the new threat?
Ivar and Igor may be plotting against Oleg, but they're still part of the force that departs Kiev to invade Scandinavia. King Harald and King Bjorn begin furious preparations for the invasion. But can enough be done to resist the Rus force?
In Iceland, Ubbe learns the truth about Kjetill and has a difficult decision to make. Back in Norway, the battle against the Rus has had grave consequences. But re-enforcements have arrived, and Bjorn has an idea that may yet save the day.
The mood has changed when the Rus army returns to Kiev and Oleg isolates Ivar. But Dir confirms that he's mustering a force to overthrow Oleg and Ivar is part of the plan. Ubbe and a group of settlers depart Iceland, in search of the Golden Land.
It's Election Day in Kattegat and all eyes are on the voting. But strangers arriving at the harbormay force an unexpected outcome. Meanwhile, Ivar receives the signal from Prince Dir that his forces are ready to challenge Oleg.
Prince Igor receives a hero's welcome in Novgorod but back in Kiev the mood is darker: Prince Oleg will not be giving up the fight. Meanwhile, Ubbe's settlers are overjoyed to find land, but it's not the Golden Land they expected.
Fighting erupts in Greenland and Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith), Torvi (Georgia Hirst) and Othere (Ray Stevenson) barely escape with their lives...in a leaking boat with no supplies. And in Kattegat, Gunnhild (Ragga Ragnars) makes a bold move.
Out in the open sea, Ubbe and the settlers are at the mercy of the elements. Tension mounts between Ubbe and Othere and when baby Ragnar begins to weaken, it's the final straw for Ubbe. Meanwhile, Ivar and Hvitserk return to Kattegat.
When King Alfred of Wessex hears about the arrival of the sons of Ragnar, with an army, he knows he must take drastic action. So as the Viking army makes camp and lies in wait, Alfred and his army abandon the Royal Villa and march to meet them.
Ubbe and the settlers find land, but soon realize they're not alone. In Wessex, King Alfred has mustered a large force to meet the Vikings. Meanwhile, in Kattegat, Erik realizes that Ingrid has been using her powers against him.
In the new land, Ubbe and the settlers engage in careful diplomacy when they are surrounded by the locals. In Wessex, the Vikings ambush the Saxon army, but Alfred is convinced the Lord is with his army and refuses to retreat.
The epic saga which began with Ragnar Lothbrok, the first Viking hero to emerge from the mists of myth and legend, comes to an end in a spectacular and shocking series finale which finds tragedy striking in the new land and in England.
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