The Saxons charge into the Norse shieldwall, and suffer heavy losses. Aethelwulf orders a retreat, and flees to Ecbert's capital to ready its evacuation.
Ecbert refuses to leave, and cedes the crown of Wessex to his son. The bishop Edmund refuses to abandon Ecbert.
The Vikings arrive and in the ensuing sack, Hvitserk kills Edmund, Ecbert is captured and Tanaruz stabs Helga and then commits suicide.
Ivar demands the blood eagle for Ecbert, but Bjorn reminds his brothers of Ragnar's dream of settlement,
and agrees to allow Ecbert to choose his own death in exchange for signing over East Anglia.
Ecbert then kills himself in his Roman bath. After burying Helga, Floki takes to the sea.
Bjorn shares his wish to raid the Mediterranean, while Ivar proposes continued raids in England.
In an argument over what action to take next, Sigurd starts to insult Ivar and mock his impotence, and Ivar then kills Sigurd by throwing an axe.
In Sherborne, Bishop Heahmund oversees a funeral, and then "comforts" the widow of the deceased.