Ever since debuting in 2015, The Last Kingdom has been one of the most popular Netflix series in history.
Ever since debuting in 2015, The Last Kingdom has been one of the most popular Netflix series in history. The show has gotten better in quality with each season as evidenced by the aggregated scores of season 1 with 87% on Rotten Tomatoes, followed by an 86% and 100% score for seasons 2 and 3 respectively. Not only that but the fan base has grown exponentially as well, with many going as far as to compare it to HBO’s Game of Thrones.
The series was previously produced collectively by BBC America and on BBC Two but the former departed after season 2 and was then co-produced by Netflix along with BBC Two. But now since season 3, all production is handled by Netflix, evidently making it a Netflix Original series.
This section is specifically for new viewers to the show.
The protagonist Uhtred of Bebbanburg, was previously known as Osbert, who was betrayed by his uncle and taken from his ancestral home and was then raised by the Danes as the son of Earl Ragnar. When Ragnar’s shipmaster who had been banished, returned to seek revenge against Ragnar, Uhtred was given the blame. As such, he and his lover Brida retreated to the Kingdom of Wessex. Upon arriving there, Uhtred was forced to serve under King Alfred and was tasked with training his armies to fend and fight against the Danes. Above all this, Uhtred yearns to return to his ancestral home and ultimately reclaim his birthright.
After killing a holy man in the presence of King Alfred, Uhtred was forced to flee Wessex. Heading north, he was reunited with his adoptive brother Ragnar. At that time, the Danish were collating to lead a powerful force to invade the south and conquer areas of Mercia and then Wessex.
Elsewhere, Aethelwold, who was King Alfred’s nephew was plotting to take the crown from his uncle for most of the season. This scheme leads Aethelwold to kill Ragnar in his sleep. The Danish forces were split up while Brida went to look for her lover’s assassin. Uhtred joined her in this search as well as coming up with a way to guide Ragnar’s soul to Valhalla considering he died without his sword in his hand.
In the first fight against the Danes, Edward was leading his father’s forces, which lead to a victory in Wessex against the forces of Heasten. Upon Heasten’s defeat, the Danish army had weakened and must now wait out the rest of winter before resuming their attack.
The Danish forces then sent Aethelwold to infiltrate Wessex as a spy and upon being discovered loses an eye for his crime. Even still, Aethelwold persisted in scheming as his uncle’s condition had worsened. Before the King passed away, Uhtred was able to reconcile with him. This resulted in Uhtred being pardoned by the King on the condition that he would swear loyalty to his son Edward. When Uhtred had learned that Ragnar’s assassin was Aethelwold, the latter fled to rejoin the Danes.
Later, Edward was crowned as the new king of Wessex, whereas Brida and Uhtred caught up with Aethelwold to kill him and ensure that Ragnar’s soul departed to Valhalla.
Here’s the complete list of actors reprising their roles in season 4:
Alexander Dreymon as Uhtred Ragnarsson
Ian Hart as Father Beocca
Toby Regbo as Aethelred
Emily Cox as Brida
Timothy Innes as King Edward
Millie Brady as Aethelflaed
Magnus Brunn as Cnut
Jeppe Beck Laursen as Haesten
Joseph Milson as Aelfric
So far, a couple of new actors have been cast for the fourth season of The Last Kingdom:
Stefanie Martini (Doctor Thorne, Crooked House, Hurricane) as Eadith.
Jamie Blackley (If I Stay, The Halcyon, Snow White, and the Huntsman) as Eardwulf.
Ossion Perret (Grantchester) has been cast, but his role hasn’t been confirmed yet.
Here’s the official synopsis provided by Carnival Films for the fourth season:
After the death of Alfred, the alliances between the kingdoms are fractured. Uhtred believes the timing is right to challenge his uncle Aelfric, played by Joseph Millson (Casino Royale, Banished), and take back his ancestral home, Bebbanburg. However fate shifts in a different direction, leading Uhtred to realize that his destiny is tied to Alfred’s dream of a united land. This and Uhtred’s feelings for Aethelflaed drive him back into the politics that threaten to break out into war.
According to the official The Last Kingdom Twitter account, it is said that filming for the set at Budapest is at an end:
We went back to the beginning. Back to #Bebbanburg. This was the last set up of our season 4 #Bamburgh shoot, with the most awe-inspiring view – it’s easy to see why #Uhtred wants to reclaim his ancestral lands! 📷 by Tim Palmer, Director of Photography #thelastkingdom #tlk #bts pic.twitter.com/nY7Q2FwL9W— The Last Kingdom (@TheLastKingdom) May 15, 2019
But as for the rest of the seasons, that is still in the air, as production just got underway recently.
Since production just started, fans of the series may have to wait until late 2019 for the fourth season to drop. Otherwise, we can always expect it to drop in the first quarter of 2020.