Stiorra confronts Brida for the lives of the townsfolk, and demands trial by combat with her. As the Danes make the square and the two face off, Uhtred, Sigtryggr and his men enter the city and free the captive locals, then launch an assault on the invaders, aided by the soldiers of Wessex. In the attack, Vibike dies while falling from a bell tower but a grief stricken Brida manages to escape with the shattered remains of her forces, although she manages to capture Father Pyrlig during her escape. Rǫgnvaldr, seeing the tide of battle turn, attempts to gain favour with his brother by joining Sigtryggr, but he is captured and imprisoned. The battle won, Sigtryggr believes Mercia has abandoned their truce by not helping retake the town, and urges Uhtred to swear loyalty to him and abandon the Saxon kingdoms. Uhtred however is intent on tracking down Brida until Finan reveals Aethelflaed's sickness. Uhtred and his men make haste to return to Aylesbury to see her before she dies. At a loss with how to deal with Rǫgnvaldr, Stiorra decides to offer him either a quick death, or trial under Dane law; Rǫgnvaldr chooses the trial, and must gain the gods' blessing by lifting a bar of metal from a boiling cauldron with his bare hands and carrying it nine steps without dropping it.
As Uhtred searches for Aelfwynn within the castle, Edward's attack falters when the gates remain intact. Learning that his army is close, Constantin orders a general retreat from the walls, allowing dozens of defenders and civilians to escape by the sea gate, including Hild and Aelfwynn. Wihtgar objects, but the plan is a ruse; he orders most of the defenders to the courtyard, planning to sally out against Edward while the Scots take them unawares in the rear. The plan succeeds, and Edward's forces are slowly pushed back to the cliff edge.From the now-abandoned fortress, Uhtred spots Stiorra and rides out to meet her. Stiorra, although she wishes to help, considers the battle lost and prepares to retreat but Uhtred appeals to her and her forces, promising that if they succeed Northumbria will become a new Danish homeland just as their ancestors intended, a place where Saxon and Dane can live together in peace. He states that he, a Saxon raised as a Dane, is proof that they can coexist. As Edward and his army are slowly pushed over the cliff edge, Uhtred and Stiorra lead the Danish reinforcements to take the Scots in the rear. The Saxons rally, and together they drive Constanin from the field.Seeing Wihtgar still in Bebbanburg, Uhtred rushes into the fortress intent on facing his cousin and reclaiming his rightful home. Æthelstan follows him, but finds Aethelhelm and Aelfweard attempting to flee. When Æthelstan challenges Aethelhelm to tell the truth about Ælfflæd's death, he tries to justify the ambush, saying he did not know she would be there. Aelfweard leaves in disgust as Aethelhelm kills himself.After a brief fight with Wihtgar, Uhtred throws him from a balcony to be impaled on a candlestick below. Uhtred's victory is short-lived however, as he exits the hall to find the walls and gatehouse burning. Resigned to his fate, Uhtred is astonished when a sudden downpour dampens the blaze.In the aftermath, Edward declares a great victory and thanks Uhtred for his many services stating they shall feast before Uhtred, newly proclaimed Lord of Northumbria, pledges to his rule. Uhtred, however, reluctantly reveals he has come to an agreement with Constantin: in return for an exchange of hostages including Aldhelm, the Scots king will give up his claims to Northumbria. In return, Uhtred agrees that the region will remain independent, a bolster between Scotia and England, and ruled by neither. Uhtred will acknowledge Edward as their overlord and pay him homage, but Northumbria will not become part of England. Edward is outraged, seeing it as betrayal, but Uthred reassures him that it was the only way to prevent constant Scottish attacks. Northumbria will remain an ally of Wessex, and will eventually become part of England, but not until the time is right; Edward has caused too much turmoil, but eventually a king who can unite all the kingdoms will take the throne. Edward, although still furious, accepts.
Season 3, Episode 10: The Kansas City Chiefs travel to Texas in Week 15 to take on the Houston Texans for a chance to win seven straight AFC West titles. The game goes into overtime but the Chiefs are able to pull out a win 30-24 thanks to a fumble recovery by Willie Gay Jr. and a long touchdown run by Jerick McKinnon. Rookie cornerback Trent McDuffie utilizes his day off to watch film and take notes on the upcoming opponent, the Seattle Seahawks. He reflects on his rookie year and prepares for the Chiefs Rookie Graduation. The graduation is also attended by the whole rookie class including George Karlaftis, Skyy Moore, Isiah Pacheco, and Bryan Cook. Winter weather strikes Kansas City as Christmas Eve falls on the Chiefs Kingdom. The Seattle Seahawks roll into GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium as the teams face-off in week 16. The Chiefs are victorious 24-10 due in part to incredible play by Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs defense who keep quarterback Geno Smith in check. Following the game Andy Reid is gifted a Christmas present of a double cheeseburger by Travis Kelce and the team. Trey Smith takes time this holiday season with his sister following the game and go to lunch at Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue. This episode features music by GRIZ.
Season 3, Episode 6: In this episode of the Franchise presented by GEHA, Chiefs Kingdom prepares to enjoy a two-game home stand as the Chiefs prepare to square off against the Raiders and the Bills. Chiefs fans share a little bit about what makes tailgating at Arrowhead so special. Then, the Chiefs take on Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders in a stunning showdown. Down 17-0 early, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs fight back, throwing four touchdowns to tight end Travis Kelce. The Chiefs rally and win the game. Defensive Backs coach Dave Merritt talks about his young group of DBs as the Chiefs prepare to take on Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills. The Bills come to town in the latest entries of one of the NFL's greatest quarterback match-ups. Despite a great performance from Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs defense, the Bills come out victorious. The Chiefs prepare to take on the San Francisco 49ers in a re-match of Super Bowl 54.
Season 2, Episode 14: On this episode of The Franchise presented by GEHA, our playoff campaign continues. Coordinators Steve Spagnuolo and Eric Bieniemy reflect on the last time the Bills and Chiefs met. Then, we follow the legendary voice of the Chiefs, Mitch Holthus, through his pre-game routine as he prepares to call one of the most important games of his career. Finally, the Chiefs meet the Bills in an instant-classic Divisional playoff game. Down by three points with thirteen seconds (:13) left in the fourth quarter, Patrick Mahomes connected with Travis Kelce to put the Chiefs in field goal range. After Harrison Butker sent the game to overtime, Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce connected for the game winning score that keep the Chiefs' Super Bowl dreams alive.
Season 2, Episode 12: On this episode of The Franchise, we fight to secure seeding in the 2021 NFL Playoffs as the regular season comes to a close. We wrap up our home campaign against the Pittsburgh Steelers, then compete in two tough road trips against the Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos. Tyrann Mathieu, Travis Kelce, Mecole Hardman, and Frank Clark reflect on the end of the season and The Athletic's Nate Taylor breaks down end-of-season seeding scenarios.
Season 2, Episode 11: On this episode of The Franchise, we go to battle with two division foes in back to back weeks. As the team looks to host the Las Vegas Raiders and head on the road for Thursday Night Football against the Los Angeles Chargers. But before all of that, we catch up with the Head Coach of the Head Coach, Andy Reid's wife Tammy, as she gives us a lesson in Christmas baking. And finally, planning a trip for an NFL team is no easy task, and we can a behind the scenes look at how it all goes down.
Season 2, Episode 7: In this episode of The Franchise, we move on from a toss loss against the Buffalo Bills and prepare for a matchup with the Washington Football Team. We meet up with rookie offensive lineman Trey Smith at the YMCA Challenger Fantasy Camp and catch up with running back Darrel Williams after being thrust into a starting role. Finally, we take a tour of defensive lineman Alex Okafor's closet as he packs for the trip to Washington.
Season 2, Episode 5: On this episode of The Franchise, we relive the exciting return of fans to GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in the thrilling victory over the Cleveland Browns. Then, we take a look at the week of work leading up to the game in Baltimore as we sit down with Offensive Coordinator Eric Bieniemy and Special Teams Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach Dave Toub. Finally, we head to Baltimore for a matchup with the Ravens.
Season 2, Episode 4: On this episode of The Franchise presented by GEHA, we sit down with Head Coach Andy Reid as we end the preseason at the newly christened GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, with the Chiefs squaring off against the Minnesota Vikings. We take a tour of Juan Thornhill's jersey collection and recap how his long road to recovery is finally coming to an end. And we catch up with the newest addition to the 53 man roster, Jody Fortson as he details his journey to make the 2021 Kansas City Chiefs.
Season 2, Episode 3: On this episode of The Franchise presented by GEHA, we go on the field with Head Coach Andy Reid as the team concludes training camp in St. Joseph, we attempt to catch some fish with 2nd year punter Tommy Townsend, get up close with newly acquired running back Jerick McKinnon, and see what long snapper James Winchester has in store for the last days of Chiefs camp. Finally, we step into the booth with defensive lineman Khalen Saunders also known as Sir Bink$. And as the preseason kicks off we relive the best sights and sounds from the first two weeks of the preseason. 781b155fdc