“Vikings: Valhalla” Season 3 Episode 2 Takeaway: Syracuse massacre to change one character’s path

Contains spoilers for “Vikings: Valhalla” Season 3

DUBLIN, IRELAND: The last season of Netflix’s ‘Vikings: Valhalla’, set in the early 11th century, will follow Leif Eriksson (Sam Corlett) on an ambitious expedition, as the trailer indicated.

Jeb Stuart’s historical series focuses on the war between the Vikings and the English, as well as the conflict between the pagan and Christian Viking factions.

Season 2 of the show ended with Leif and Harald Sigurdsson (Leo Suter) eventually arriving in Constantinople, and the season begins with the two fighting for The Roman King.

The trailer for Season 3 revealed that Leif will go on his most significant expedition, which is also historically accurate, and the second episode of the show accurately created a plot that might lead Leif to start a new journey that would make him the historical figure. we know today.

Why did Leif Erikson feel guilty after the Syracuse massacre?

Viking Valhalla may see Leif Erikson's pivotal journey to the New World, setting the stage for Viking exploration (@netflix)
Sam Corlett in a still from “Vikings: Valhalla” (@netflix)

The most recent season included a tragic massacre that would ultimately lead Leif down his new path.

In a tense confrontation over Syracuse, emperor Romanos III (Nikolai Kinski) demands the emir (Christian Vit) and Saracens surrender, but they resist, waiting for reinforcements.

Leif also warns them about running out of supplies, especially water, after he has dried up five of the six wells.

Eventually, a single combat agreement is reached between Harald and the emir, with the city awarded to the winner.

Harald wins and a peace treaty is proposed. However, George Maniakes (Florian Munteanu), motivated by hatred and fear, raids Leif’s tent and discovers scientific research to make a deadly weapon.

Leif enters the Syracuse library when it is destroyed and tells the soldiers to stop, seeing the importance of preserving history. He hunts down the librarian and collects “The Book of the Unknown”, which hints at his future research.

On the other hand, Maniakes deceives the inhabitants of Syracuse with assurances of food, only to douse them with combustible yellow powder and burn them alive, while Harald and Leif watch helplessly.

Leif’s sadness is apparent when he realizes that his military methods have been used on innocent people.

Did the Syracuse massacre mark a turning point for Leif Erikson?

Sam Corlett as Leif Erikson in
Sam Corlett as Leif Erikson in “Vikings: Valhalla” (Netflix/@bernardwalsh)

As previously suspected, the upcoming season would focus on Leif’s metamorphosis from Viking warrior to traveler.

So, the horrific mass killing will undoubtedly be a watershed event for our warrior, allowing him to focus entirely on his journey.

This traumatic tragedy shapes Leif’s character, providing insight into his moral compass.

Additionally, this encounter may enhance Leif’s character journey as he grapples with shame and a newfound sense of moral duty, perhaps pushing him to reconsider his path.

That is stated, the stage is set, and after this terrible massacre, we will witness the transformation of Leif.

‘Vikings: Valhalla’ Season 3 trailer



‘Vikings: Valhalla’ Season 3 is now available to stream on Netflix.

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