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Does Freydis die in Vikings: Vahalla season 2?


*WARNING: Spoilers ahead for Vikings: Valhalla season 2*

Death lurks around every corner in the Netflix series Vikings: Valhalla as the show’s characters face dangers such as vengeful rival warriors, perilous journeys across frozen terrain and deadly bands of raiders.

Freydis Eiriksdottir faces an especially challenging time during season 2 of the historical drama as she finds herself on the wrong side of Lord Harekr and Lady Gudrid of the settlement, Jomsborg.

But what happens to Freydis in Vikings: Valhalla and does she die by the end of season 2?

Freydis finds herself in danger in Vikings: Valhalla season 2

In the opening episode of the new season, Freydis, Harald and Leif are forced to flee from Kattegat as the vengeful Olaf looks to hunt them down.

While Harald and Leif travel to Novgorod, Freydis sails for Jomsborg, a Viking stronghold on the south coast of the Baltic Sea after learning that she has become a revered figure among the pagans for her exploits in Uppsala.

Freydis, who is pregnant with Harald’s child, arrives in Jomsborg to a warm reception as Lord Harekr and Lady Gudrid want to turn the settlement into a new Uppsala.

However, as the season progresses, Harekr and Gudrid start to grow suspicious of Freydis and the pagan refugees who support her.

Matters take a dramatic turn when Freydis and the Jomsviking Jorundr are imprisoned and while she is being held captive, Freydis finally gives birth to her son, whom she names Harald.

Harekr has sinister intentions for Freydis, however, as he takes her baby for his own while telling the townsfolk of Jomsborg that Freydis has fallen ill after a difficult birth, hinting that she doesn’t have long to live.

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Does Freydis die in Vikings: Valhalla season 2?

Well, Freydis doesn’t die by the end of Vikings: Valhalla season 2.

But the scheming Harekr certainly has plans to have her killed.

In an effort to allow Jorundr to show his loyalty to him, Harekr orders the Jomsviking to kill Freydis and make her pagan followers believe that she died of natural causes due to childbirth.

However, Jorundr doesn’t go through with the deed and warns Freydis that the food he brings her is poisoned and they instead create a plan to fake Freydis’s death in order to get her son back.

But Harekr is wise enough to see through the plan and Jorundr is taken prisoner while Freydis manages to avoid capture, although she does fall ill and needs help from a young girl named Hrefna whom she helped in an earlier episode.

For his treachery, Jorundr has his right hand chopped off and is exiled from Jomsborg while Freydis, once she recovers, challenges Harekr.

He easily defeats her but Freydis’s pagan followers rise up and stone the tyrannical lord to death, thus reuniting Freydis and her son while also allowing the Jomsvikings and pagans to live peacefully side-by-side.

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What do we know of the real Freydis?

The only records of Freydis Eiriksdottir are from two Norse sagas, Erik the Red’s Saga and The Saga of the Greenlanders.

Each of the stories portrays Freydís very differently as one makes her out to be a heroine while the other shows her off to be an evil villain.

In Erik the Red’s Saga, according to World History, she accompanies a party to Vinland (Newfoundland in North America) where she single-handedly defends and saves her comrades after they are attacked by natives.

Meanwhile, The Saga of the Greenlanders suggests Freydís was an evil and scheming woman. In the tale, she and her brother Leif accompany two men, Thorvald and Thorfinn, to Vinland.

However, during the expedition, she begins to dislike the men and frames them by claiming to Leif that they abused and beat her.

In response, Leif and his followers kill the pair and members of their party but refuse to harm the women in the group. Freydís takes no issue with this, however, and picks up an ax and kills the women herself.

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Vikings: Valhalla season 2 is available to stream now on Netflix after releasing on Thursday, January 12, 2023.

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