TV Club: Vikings: “Breaking Point”
In the first scene of this third season, Ragnar attempted to teach his son Bjorn about what it means to be a leader, saying:
Power is always dangerous. It attracts the worst and corrupts the best. I never asked for power. Power is only given to those who are prepared to lower themselves to pick it up.
Tonight, as Bjorn, Lagertha, Rollo, Floki, and the remainder of his massive raiding army bicker over the best course of action now that the desperate Frankish forces are suing for peace—it’s revealed tonight that the Vikings have lost over a thousand warriors—Ragnar restates:
I did not become earl because I aspired to be one. It came about because of other people’s actions. And I did not become king out of ambition, but once again I had no choice, as a result of other people’s actions. But nonetheless I …