Vikings: Valhalla Season 2 Episode 3 Recap – what is Aelfwynn’s secret?

January 12, 2023 (Last updated: 3 weeks ago)
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Season 2 Episode 3 continues to build new worlds. A new journey is set, providing disturbing revelations. The story is brewing well so far.

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Season 2 Episode 3 continues to build new worlds. A new journey is set, providing disturbing revelations. The story is brewing well so far.

We recap the Netflix series Vikings: Valhalla Season 2 Episode 3, “Pieces of the Gods,” which will contain significant spoilers. 

Vikings: Valhalla Season 2 certainly has a way with its story. The writers have done well to separate our lead characters again but make their individual stories equally impactful. There’s an unknown where this story will go, but it’s still enticing. You can also tell that this is the middle installment of three seasons. There’s a feeling that Season 2 will build the groundwork for the third and final Season.

Vikings: Valhalla Season 2 Episode 3 Recap

Season 2 Episode 3 opens with Leif waking up in a haze after taking opium the night before. His new friend, Mariam, has looked after him. She tells him he nearly died outside in the snow. Leif tries to explain himself, but he’s unable to. Leif takes an interest in one of her books — he’s never seen one before. Mariam reveals that she wrote it and was born in Aleppo; it’s been her life’s desire to explore many places. Leif senses that she is sick as she keeps coughing. Mariam tells Leif that she wishes to return to Constantinople for better medicine (the place that Harald is traveling to), but it has not been destined for her.

And so, Leif changes his mind and tells Harald that he plans to join him on his journey to Constantinople. He wants to know his plan. Harald needs to recruit men, so he finds the two men (Kaysan and Batu) who gambled on the fights in the arena.

Harald then heads to the cells to recruit Kurya, a man that knows the dangerous river Dnieper well on the way to Constantinople. Kurya tells Harald that it’s a bold plan and that he cannot avoid a Pecheneg on the journey. Kurya reveals himself to be blind, but he explains he has memories of every sound on the route — he used to be a Pecheneg. Meanwhile, Leif offers to take Mariam to Constantinople, and in return, he wants to be educated by her.

The moment finally arrives — Harald and his crew embark on their journey to Constantinople.

In Jomsborg, Freydis is curious as to why no one is allowed to step inside the temple. Gudrid tells her that only people who speak to the Gods can step inside and that she is not in Uppsala. Scenes flit to the refugees in the forest, in harsh working conditions, building weapons. Afterward, it is announced by Harekr that the Gudija, Freydis, is pregnant. Harekr tells Freydis that Jorundr will protect her from trouble. Freydis is confused as to what he means by “trouble.” The longer she stays at Jomsborg, the warier she is of these people.

Eventually, Freydis questions their ways and allows a young girl to train in combat. They would never usually allow it as she is not an ancestor but a refugee. Gudrid looks on, concerned that Freydis is trying to change things. Later on, while Freydis rests, a woman calls for her — the mother of the young girl (Hrefna) that was training to fight in combat — her daughter has been taken to the boneyard. Freydis is angered, and she confronts Jorundr — she asks him for the way to the boneyard to save her.

In London, Queen Emma of Normandy asks for an update from Godwin regarding security and the people trying to kill her. Emma is growing paranoid and asks her servant Aelfwynn (who is in a secret relationship with Godwin) why she is upset after seeing her cry over a hanged man outside. She asks her to share what’s worrying her.

Ending Explained

In Jomsborg, Freydis enters the forest, wary of threats, sword at the ready, looking for Hrefna. She finds her hiding behind some rocks. Hrefna’s knee is bleeding — the young girl explains she drove a boar away. The boar returns, and Freydis manages to kill the animal.

Freydis brings Hrefna back to her camp in the forest. Her mother is happy to be reunited with her daughter. Afterward, Freydis is guided by All-Father to a place of an old temple in the woods.

Leif is concerned that the cargo to Constantinople is entrapped people. But Harald tells Leif it is not his cargo, and he’s only asked to deliver it. One of the people is dead, so they have to bury them in the ice. The load is human trafficking.

Back in London, Aelfwynn returns to her room to see a man’s head on a plate. The same man she saw hanging outside. Emma appears and asks Aelfwynn to tell her the truth. She knows that Aelfwynn knows this man. Aelfwynn tells Emma that if she tells her, she cannot tell Godwin because he’s proposed to marry her. She doesn’t want Godwin to leave her. Emma is disturbed by this revelation and asks Aelfwynn if the man and Godwin are connected. Aelfwynn denies any connection and explains that the man she hanged is her brother, but she has not seen him in years.

Emma believes Aelfwynn is lying despite her protests. Aelfwynn is scared of being abandoned by Godwin and begs Emma not to tell him.

Season 2 Episode 3 continues to build new worlds. A new journey is set, providing disturbing revelations. The story is brewing well so far.

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