Ecbert has arranged a ship to take Ivar home. Ragnar speaks with Ivar alone and say goodbye, knowing he will be handed over to Aelle and die.
Ragnar tells Ivar to take revenge on Ecbert, and to be ruthless. Ragnar gives Athelstan's cross to his son Alfred, and tells Ecbert that in the end,
Athelstan chose Christ. On the road, Ragnar has visions of his younger days and of a discussion with the Seer, where he denounces his belief in the gods.
Ragnar arrives in Northumbria and is tortured by Aelle. Ecbert travels there in disguise to attend Ragnar's execution.
Ragnar says that he dies without apology and welcomes death, and will await his sons in Valhalla to hear stories of their triumphs.
Ragnar is then dropped into a pit of snakes where he dies. Ivar returns to Kattegat, to discover that his mother has been killed by Lagertha.
Across the fjord, a longship carrying a black cloaked figure, missing his right eye, approaches.