Vikings: Valhalla Season 2 Episode 7 Recap – how does Olaf find Jomsborg?

January 12, 2023 (Last updated: 3 weeks ago)
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Season 2 Episode 7 ups the pace as our lead characters face a critical juncture before the finale.

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Season 2 Episode 7 ups the pace as our lead characters face a critical juncture before the finale.

We recap the Netflix series Vikings: Valhalla Season 2 Episode 7, “Pecheneg,” which will contain significant spoilers. 

Some penultimate episodes are hit and miss, and while some may not enjoy the direction Vikings: Valhalla Season 2 has taken, Episode 7 proves that quality storytelling is beneath all of this. As we reach the finale, the characters are reaching the end of their journeys, and anything could happen. Let’s recap the penultimate chapter.

Vikings: Valhalla Season 2 Episode 7 Recap

Season 2 Episode 7 opens up with Leif struggling in the water after heading down the waterfall in the boat. He reaches the surface. Harald searches for everyone and finds Mariam. As Harald checks out his boat, he sees Pechenegs approaching. He tells Mariam to hide while he introduces himself. They ask about his cargo and then search the ship. Luckily, Mariam’s hiding place is good, as they do not find her. The Pechenegs capture Harald to see how valuable he is.

The rest of the travelers find each other, and they search for Harald and Mariam. Mariam is found, and she tells them that Harald has been captured. Leif asks them to get the boat back in the water while he finds Harald. However, a few of them insist they will help, including Kurya. Unfortunately, there is a death amongst the group after the waterfall — Cadlin is dead after drowning.

The leader of the Pechenegs interrogates Harald — he tells them he is a Viking, and he challenges him. Meanwhile, Leif and others reach the settlement, and they spruce up a plan to save Harald.

The leader of the Pechenegs decides to test Harald and gets his men to pierce through the skin on his chest on both sides with sharp blades. It looks harrowing. They then attach ropes to the blades and hoist him up by his skin. It’s torture for Harald, but he manages the pain. And then, the Pechenegs holster him higher.

Leif enters the tent with Kurya and asks for a trade — the brother of the Khan and two horses. They seem to accept the deal, but it’s clear they have no intention of negotiating. Meanwhile, the women are nearby, watching the situation unfold. Leif, Kurya, and Harald are tied up outside. The women infiltrate the camp and set it on fire while Leif is tortured by a knife on his back. The women, led by Elena, enter on horseback, arrowing down as many Pechenegs as possible.

Kurya asks Leif to leave him, but he refuses. They all flee on horseback back to the boat. Kurya walks away, knowing he has to sacrifice himself to help them escape. He heads into the forest, and Khan, his brother, captures him. Kurya calls Khan a coward who is scared of the Pecheneg and then blows poison in his face. Khan suddenly cannot see, just like his brother. Khan tells his men to kill Kurya as he dies.

In Novgorod, Olaf wants to find out where Jomsborg is. He looks at a map and is desperate to locate a place no one has ever found.

Ending Explained

Khan’s men drag Kurya to the river bank to kill him as Harald, and his travelers sail off. Kurya is tortured slowly. Leif decides to end his suffering and arrows Kurya down from a distance to kill him. The travelers escape, but it comes at a cost.

In Jomsborg, Freydis welcomes everyone into the town, allowing them to enter the temple. There’s excitement amongst the people. Freydis then speaks to Gudrid. Gudrid has no problem with the changes, but she regrets her mistakes as a mother and wishes she could do things better for Jorundr. Freydis tells her that Jorundr saved her, and it should be celebrated.

As the episode ends, the exiled Jorundr is found by Olaf and his men out at sea. Olaf now has a chance to find Jomsborg. He smiles. He knows he is within a distance of finding Freydis.

Season 2 Episode 7 ups the pace as our lead characters face a critical juncture before the finale.

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