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The relationship between Ragnar and Yidu in Vikings has to be explored. It can't have existed simply to kill time, especially as its timing is so close to Ragnar's "wilderness years."

Yidu is written as if she matters, but as more than Ragnar's drug dealer. I wonder why he doesn't flash on her at the end.

  • It honestly feels like the original intent was to do more with the Yidu character and at some point that arc was aborted for whatever reason and so they killed off the character. With that in mind, it seems they're dealing with the aborted arc by drawing as little attention as possible to Yidu's existence. Frankly, the writing seems to have gotten a bit lazy for the latest season, with characters making decisions based on an apparent insight of "this is what legend/history states happens". – faintsignal Mar 6 '17 at 2:13
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Ragnar was infatuated with Yidu for only a short time before he became addicted to the drug she was supplying him with. After that, I don't think he had feelings for her beyond her being the source of the drugs. Given Yidu's own end, it's clear that Ragnar blamed her for his withdrawal symptoms, and probably later blames her for his greatest failure. It makes sense to me that he wouldn't flash on memories of her at the end.

  • You make plenty of sense. Maybe her story is a loose end to me because it's a writing problem. Hope Season 5 drops some breadcrumbs. – Mahlert Feb 24 '17 at 7:30
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    @Mahlert It was a little bit confusing. I don't know why they built her character up as a Chinese princess. That detail about her back story made it seem like she was going to be a lot more important than she turned out to be. I don't know if that was intentional on the part of the writers or not. Maybe they were trying to give her eventual end a little more impact, but it made that scene at the river seem anti-climactic to me. – Bill the Lizard Feb 24 '17 at 14:02

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