'Vikings': How Lagertha Confronts Ragnar Lothbrok After Learning He Cheated on Her

In the hit series Vikings, Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) is married to his wife Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) when we first meet him. But the happiness doesn’t last, and it’s all thanks to Ragnar’s wandering eye. How does Lagertha confront her husband after learning he cheated? We have all the details from season 2, episode 1.

Ragnar Lothbrok and Lagertha in ‘Vikings’

Both Lagertha and Ragnar are warriors, and they’re known for their skills. Lagertha herself is a fierce shield-maiden, and she had two children with Ragnar, Bjorn (Nathan O’Toole) and Gyda (Ruby O’Leary), although Gyda dies when a plague hits Kattegat. 

Lagertha and Ragnar are in love, and things seem steady, even after Ragnar becomes the Earl of Kattegat. But the happiness doesn’t last when Lagertha has a miscarriage. Ragnar starts to wonder who will have the many sons he was promised by the Seer (John Kavanagh), a man who can supposedly see things.

Ragnar cheats on his wife

While on business for King Horik (Donal Logue), Ragnar meets Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland), a princess from Götaland. They sleep together, and Aslaug winds up pregnant, although Lagertha doesn’t yet know about that detail. When Ragnar returns with his son, who accompanied him on the journey, he spills to his mother about the other woman, not giving up a lot of details because he wants to be loyal to his father. But Lagertha is smart enough to know what happened without being told.

How Lagertha confronts Ragnar after learning he cheated on her

In season 2, episode 1, after Ragnar returns from fighting his brother with King Horik (Donal Logue), Rollo (Clive Standen), and Jarl Borg (Thorbjørn Harr) and Rollo surrenders, Ragnar tells his family and others what happened in the great hall. Lagertha is clearly upset already though because she’s already heard about his infidelity that occurred. Their son, Bjorn, gave enough details for Lagertha to put two and two together.

She asks him who Aslaug is, but Ragnar isn’t trying to answer, throwing a bowl. But his wife continues asking despite Ragnar telling her to “stop.” 

“She’s a Götaland princess,” Ragnar admits. “We met her over there.”

Lagertha inquires further asking, “You just met her?”

Although Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig), her friend in her employ tries to get her to stop, Lagertha isn’t going to let this go. Ragnar asks what Bjorn has told her. “What did you tell her boy?”

But Lagertha continues with the whole thing, which just gets Ragnar upset further. He gets up and Lagertha does as well. “I say…” He begins to turn things around. “We should not wash our dirty clothes in front of others.” He walks back to where they sleep, washing his face. 

Lagertha storms in, throwing things at him. “Did you have sex with her?” she asks him.

“Yes, I had sex with her,” he replies.

She takes something off the counter and throws it at him, asking, “How many times?” And Ragnar says it happened “once.”

Lagertha is pretty mad, and she comes at her husband despite him throwing a rag at her, but she hits him in the face with it, and they start struggling. Ragnar puts Lagertha down on a table, pinning her arms back. But she’s clearly still heated. He says that he doesn’t love the other woman, but that doesn’t help things.

“How can I make you let this go?” Ragnar asks.

“Never see her again,” Lagertha says, to which Ragnar replies, “Done.” She insists, “Never again.” 

Things don’t last

Aslaug, who has already told Ragnar that she’s pregnant, comes calling to Kattegat months later, and she’s heavily pregnant. She acts innocent, not explaining why she has come although it’s obvious. Ragnar tells his wife that he can’t turn her away, and he even brings up the scenario of marrying them both. Aslaug acts like she’s OK with it, but Lagertha isn’t having it. Although she’s mostly quiet about the whole thing, it’s clear she’s trying to figure out what she’s going to do. When Ragnar tells her that she must “accept” Aslaug, Lagertha leaves him, divorcing him and taking their son, Bjorn, with her.

Ragnar’s wandering eye ruins his marriage with his wife. He goes on to marry Aslaug, and she has four of his sons.

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