In Vikings s06e02, messengers arrive in Kattegat with news that presents Bjorn with a dilemma. As Bjorn attempts to do the right thing as ruler of Kattegat, Prince Oleg of Kiev seems untroubled by his conscience.
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It seems someone forgot to relay Michael Hirst’s message for the History network to change the name of its famous series from Vikings to “Russians.” And even as that sentiment might be a chunk unfair, “The Prophet” focuses as an awful lot on the devious machinations of Prince Oleg and his brothers because it does on the sons of Ragnar Lothbrok. Convenient parallels apart, Vikings enters uncharted and narratively risky waters as it keeps to installation its 6th and final season. There’s no doubt that the burgeoning courting among Ivar and Oleg drives the Russing tale arc, and it’s not possible to disregard the familial parallels as the Russian prince proves even more ruthless than Ragnar’s youngest. Borrowing from the “play inside the play” device employed to splendid effect in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, our first glimpse of these takes place as they watch an Eastern puppet play that appears to mirror the story of Oleg’s unfaithful spouse and her next homicide at his hand. Perhaps he’s preparing Ivar for the savage events about to unfold, but he additionally tells the Norseman that he absolutely intends to raise an army and build a fleet for their enterprise to reclaim Ivar’s throne. It’s still too early to recognize Oleg’s authentic intentions associated with Kattegat, but we must bear in mind his announcement that he too has Viking blood running through his veins. Steeped in Norse mythology and the role of the seer of their subculture, it’s natural that Ivar asks approximately the occasions that led to Oleg gaining the moniker “the prophet.” While we apprehend there’s probably not anything supernatural worried, Ivar is astute sufficient to well known a couple of possibilities for his new friend’s talents. His tale of the poison win leads neatly into the later scene wherein he kills his brother and takes charge of the one genuine inheritor to the Russian throne, the young boy Igor.