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Vikings plot hole: Ragnar and Jarl Haraldson historical inaccuracy exposed

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Episode six, Burial of the Dead, features a deadly display of combat and solidified Ragnar as an iconic character and a courageous Viking warrior.

When Ragnar’s older brother Rollo (Clive Standen) is tortured under Haraldson’s orders, Ragnar comes face-to-face with the sadistic Jarl in a duel to determine who will rule over their land. 

Ragnar comes out on top, sending the Jarl to Valhalla by cutting his wrists, but this studious blogger reveals the outcome in the episode was vastly different to how Viking skirmishes of this nature actually occurred.

They said: “Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for! This is the episode with the duel between Ragnar and Jarl Haraldson, with the implication that whoever wins will be the new Jarl.”

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