The Last Kingdom is set in the 9th century A.D. and because it's based on Cornwell's The Saxon Stories novels, the events of each season take place after two of his books.
Ever since it made its debut on BBC on 10 October 2015, The Kingdom – based on Bernard Cornwell's The Saxon Stories series of novels – has become one of Netflix’s most popular titles since moving over to the globally renowned streaming platform in 2018. It has crossed over three seasons with each one being better than the last. And now Season 4 is almost upon us.
But some of the questions fans have been asking concerns the progress of the fourth season, what the plot is going to be like, what new cast members we can expect, and whether there's been a trailer released as of yet. It just so happens that this extensive piece of content holds the answer to all of those questions.
So strap yourselves in, because we've got a number of grounds to cover.
The Last Kingdom is set in the 9th century A.D. and because it's based on Cornwell's The Saxon Stories novels, the events of each season take place after two of his books. The protagonist of the story is Uhtred of Bebbanburg, a Saxon boy brought up by the Danes but not before killing his elder brother. Harboring that hatred deep within them for so many years, Uhtred eventually betrays the Danes and travels to the kingdom of Wessex, which was the only kingdom not under Danish control. Upon arriving there, Uhtred offers to share information regarding battle strategies of the Danish to the Wessex King, Alfred.
In Season 3, Uhtred had to flee Wessex after accidentally killing a holy man in front of King Alfred. While heading north, he eventually reunites with his adoptive sibling Ragnar. Uhtred had learned that the Danish were marching south to conquer the areas of Mercia, as well as Wessex eventually.
Elsewhere, Aethelwold, King Alfred's nephew, was plotting to usurp his uncle and also take his crown. Ultimately, Aethelwold kills Ragnar in his sleep which divided the Danish forces and Brida being infuriated by the demise of her lover, seeking to bring the killer to justice by any means at that point. Uhtred, equally disdained by this event, accompanied Brida in her quest to find the murderer as well as a path for Ragnar's spirit to make it to Valhalla due to him passing away without his sword by his side.
In his first battle against the Danish forces, Edward had his father's forces under his command, which resulted in the Wessex overwhelming the Haesten forces. Following their defeat, the Danish army had weakened and had to wait out for the rest of winter before they could resume their attacks.
The Danish army sent Aethelwold to spy on the Wessex. Although his life may have been spared, Aethelwold loses an eye for his crimes. As King Alfred's condition continued to deteriorate, Aethelwold continued to scheme behind the kingdom's back. And before the king passed away, Uhtred was able to mend whatever broken ties he may have had with him. King Alfred would pardon Uhtred under the condition that the latter would swear fealty to his son Edward. After that, Uhtred came to the realization that it was Aethelwold who killed Ragnar and the former had fled Wessex to link up with the Danish army once again.
The announcement for Season Four of The Last Kingdom was announced over a year ago on 21 December 2018 per the show's official Twitter page.
It's been over a year since The Last Kingdom was renewed for a fourth season. And even despite production being concluded into October 2019, we're still no closer to figuring out when the next season is going to drop on Netflix. In fact, if we've learned anything from the premiere of the previous seasons, it's that they're not the same. Season 1 debuted in October 2015, whereas season 2 came in March 2017 and the third one premiered at the closing of 2018. If there's anything to take away from these releases, it's that there are at least a year and a half gap between them.
Production for the fourth season started back in April 2019 where it was announced that the brand-new chapter will have 10 episodes to it. An Instagram update of this was shared on April 11, 2019, as shown below.
There was a bit of a delay in the filming in July but it then continued and eventually wrapped up on October 5, 2019.
The show had then gone into postproduction on up to verse seven 2019 as shown below:
Some of the returning cast members for the show include:
● Alexander Dreymon as Uhtred
● Toby Regbo as Aethelred
● Ian Hart as Father Beocca
● Timothy Innes as King Edward
● Emily Cox as Brida
● Mark Rowley as Finan
● Eliza Butterworth as Aelswith
● Magnus Bruun as Cnut
● Millie Brady as Aethelflaed
● Jeppe Beck Laursen as Haesten
The regulars will be joined by several new cast members in which some of them include:
● Stefanie Martini (Prime Suspects 1973, Doctor Thorne) who will play Aethelred’s new love interest, Eadith.
● Jamie Blackley (If I Stay, the Halcyon) will play Eardwulf, Aethelred’s new right-hand man.
● Ruby Hartley – making her television debut – will play Uthred’s daughter Stiorra.
Ossian Perret (Grantchester) has also been cast for the new season, although his role is yet to be determined. The actor has also been seen in the recent Netflix original series The Witcher starring Henry Cavill.
Sadly no. But for a top-quality series like The Last Kingdom, we shouldn't expect anything less than excellent, it's understandable why the team behind the show wants to take their time to polish just about every little detail as they want to before adding the finishing touches.
But even though we don’t have a trailer, here’s a little image of the cast working together with the production team on a night shoot.
It might not be much, but it leads is something to hang our hats on to before we get a taste of some actual appetizing teaser later on.