I don't like Ivar's leadership. Bishop Heahmund seeks power over the Vikings but resists submitting to King Aethelwulf 's leadership. Both Ivar and Bishop Heahmund crave power at any cost. I MISS Ragnar!!! But I realize that the story now focuses on Ragnar's sons and their journeys that will usher them into Valhalla.
Time will tell if the victor garners respect and admiration like Ragnar.
Chronicling hundreds of years of Viking history into each season is undeniably difficult. Season 5 of Vikings has the untenable job of bringing in Ragnar's rich family history. It was unfortunate that they glossed over important historical elements like Bjorn going to Valhalla to bring back the forgotten shipbuilders of yesteryear to complete his fleet on his raid of France. Or Ubba time traveling to Texas in the early 1960s and masterminding the Kennedy assassination. The producers' decision to not make Ivar a cyborg as the Viking myths have classically stated is also puzzling. All that said, a bunch of people get killed so it was a fun thrill ride of a season.
After watching all of the previous seasons of Vikings you have to wonder if they can keep the magic going, especially after lead Ragnar was killed off. Let me assure you that they can will no drop in quality. The acting and writing on this show is top notch. While not a documentary, I like that the writers use some actual historical events to determine the plot points of the series. The actor playing handicapped son Ivar is amazing with his dynamic emotion. Volume 1 is so good that I can't wait to see Volume 2 and future episodes to come.