Originally Posted by archiguy
Okay, fine, but how was the audience supposed to know any of that? The way the show was edited, it was made to appear that the boinking and the drowning were happening simultaneously, and that the reason for the drowning was the boinking. There was no hint that Siggy's vision was of her lost daughter. I doubt any of us would have arrived at that conclusion had there not been the post-show write-ups. To me, that's not good writing, and this show has made few obvious missteps so far.
There was no indication of why all three women had the same vision of Harbard before his arrival, either. This show has always had an element of mysticism with the presence of The Seer and his cryptic visions, but they seem to be doubling down on it this year with the introduction of Hargard and the mysterious death of Siggy.
Arch...first, I twigged that it was a mystical experience from the get go...and it was confirmed when her daughter was waiting for the first child. Yes, I didn't recall the actress's face, but assumed that's who she was from Siggy's expression. Second, the whole Harbard storyline was based on Norse myth. You are looking for practical explanations. There aren't any. The 3 women dreamed of the Wanderer, the Seer was hanged and tied, dripping with blood (and thus no help). Harbard took Ivar's pain at the cost of the life of 2 boys and perhaps permanently (somewhat) healed Ivar with Siggy's sacrifice. While Helga and Aslaug were entralled, Siggy twigged that something wasn't right, but while saving the 2nd child she acknowledged her sacrifice after handing him to Harbard. She looked at him and knew...then let go. Harbard exits stage left and disappears. Floki explains this in the next episode. Harbard was Odin.
We viewers are not prepared to believe this, but Floki and Norse culture certainly would. The gods took on human shape and wandered through their lives, influencing events, dropping kids, perhaps changing fates. Ragnar was mentioned as a son of Odin and folks believed it. Aslaug's next child will be thought to be a son or daughter of Odin.
I think the whole storyline was a nod to the Viking belief system and will remain more or less unexplained to us...but well understood to the characters (at least the Norse). Not sloppy writing, but a deliberate slice of what it might have been like for them.
For oink...Rollo might go berserk, but from the Seer's remarks about the bear and princess and him dancing. I think wedding bells and a great future are in store in "ol Francay".