Episode 3- "Treachery" Well, Athelstan can't turn back now. He's killed an unarmed person. I found it fascinating that he doesn't seem to have a problems raiding and killing any defending soldiers but the death of the young monk who surprised him and the older priest took its emotional toll. Perhaps Athelstan views the former as legitimate combatants, ergo....he can live with that. Not with the old priest being humiliated or the young one's death as Athelstan panicked a bit. I wonder if all the fanboys and fangirls who were whinging after the comic con sneak peak that, "OH MY GODS, NO! DID ROLLO KILL FLOKI??? THEY CAN'T KILL FLOKI!!!!!" feel pretty foolish at the moment. Floki's one cruel, vindictive son of a bitch who doesn't mind a little torture. I liked the directing and writing choices to have Ragnar physically separated from the actual torture of the old priest--and his hiding of the child. The main protagonist can't be seen enjoying violence and cruelty too much or he loses rooting value. Mellowing with age, perchance? Athelstan's influence? The child reminded him of Bjorn? Numerous vikings and Danes did settle in England (Northumbria, I believe) for the farming. It's not out of left field that Ragnar would suggest it and that he would be shrewd enough to realize that making peace is an easier way to accomplish it. Of course King Horik felt the need to have a violent outburst and scuttle the moment. Both he and Jarl Borg need to die immediately. Jarl Borg really doesn't appreciate being left behind, does he? Lagertha is breaking my heart. She's so strong and forceful, even in her acquiescence. Trying to secure a future for Bjorn with some money and land, I suppose, but she is going to end up killing this new husband. She has to. Challenge him like Ragnar challenged Earl Haraldson. That would be awesome. Katheryn Winnick is so athletic with all her martial arts training that I could see it happening. Rollo, Rollo, Rollo...I've almost forgiven you. Siggy's willing to fight and die alongside you. Wake up and smell the coffee, dude. And I'm LOVING King Ecbert. King Ecbert of Wessex was the Anglo Saxon ruler at the start of the 9th century AD. Who is the actor? He's superb. So--Athelstan cutting the priest's throat pretty much was a mercy killing, no? Opinions?