'The Last Kingdom' is coming back for a fifth season. Here's what to expect from Uhtred of Bebbanburg.
The Last Kingdom' continues to draw enormous support from fans since its move from BBC to Netflix.
The production of the British historical drama fiction has been handled solely by Netflix since season 3.
The show has currently four seasons in total, and fans have been waiting for season 5 for around a year now.
'The Last Kingdom' is based on Bernard Cornwell's The Saxon Stories series of novels, and there are still plenty of source materials left to cover for a new season.
Here is everything we know about 'The Last Kingdom' Season 5.
Renewal Status: Renewed
Yes, it is! History continues as 'The Last Kingdom' officially gets renewed for season 5 on Netflix!
The news was announced through a short video released on the show's official Twitter account.
There is no release date yet as of the moment, but judging on the lengthy production process, the second season won't likely air until late 2021 or early 2022.
Netflix has added two extra episodes to the series since they have taken over the show from BBC. That means that it will take even longer to produce a new season.
There was a 17 months gap between the release of seasons 3 and 4. The third season was released on Netflix on 19 November 2018, while season 4 came out on 26 April 2020.
With the Coronavirus pandemic, the production for season 5 could even take longer.
What Is The Plot Of 'The Last Kingdom'?
Just like the previous seasons, we are expecting season 5 to have a significant time jump, but not before we get closure from season 4's key events.
In season 4, we saw Uhtred finally connect with his children more than he did in the previous seasons. Uhtred the Young and Stiorra have clearly inherited some of their father's characteristics. They are both stubborn and wanted to follow their own path.
Uhtred the Young has decided to pursue his studies and stick with the church.
Meanwhile, his sister Stiorra was more than happy to join Sigtrygger and go to Eoferwic as a way to mediate peace between the Danes and Saxons.
Northumbria is now the only remaining kingdom controlled by the Danes after East Anglia fell into the hands of Wessex and Mercia. The truce will not stop Edward and Aethelflaed from achieving their father's dream of unifying England.
Now that Stiorra will be in Eoferwic (which is a Dane territory), her life will be in danger once Mercia and Wessex get into battle.
When that happens, whose side will Uhtred take? Will he fight for his daughter Stiorra and the Danes? Or will he support Aetheflaed, the woman he loves?
Meanwhile, the Scots are now eyeing the lands in the south. The Danes might be willing to give up some of their lands if that means they can regain control of East Anglia and, perhaps, eventually conquer Mercia and Wessex. The Danes have lost most of their territories to the Saxons, so it won't be surprising if they will try to reclaim their fallen lands.
Aside from this, Uhtred may have another impending battle that he will have to face in season 5.
Uhtred failed to reclaim his ancestral home of Bebbanburg. His cousin is now the lord of Bebbanburg after killing his father and Father Beocca in the process. Uhtred will want revenge for Father Beocca's death, giving him more reasons to return to his ancestral abode. If that is not enough threats, there is also Whitgar. He made it clear that he will kill anyone who wants to lay claim to Bebbanburg. He will likely go after Uhtred’s family to bring him out into the open.
Meanwhile, Brida still wants revenge on Uhtred and the Saxons. She'll likely come out again after giving birth to Ragnar’s baby in the wild and will possibly have another army behind her.
The series covers several years in the timeline, which means that some of the central characters will now have to look older.
Speaking about this dilemma, Alexander Dreymon, who plays Uhtred, told Radio Times:
"We’re faced with that problem now, getting into season five where Uhtred is technically… I think he starts at 54 and ends up at 60 in the books. That’s a problem right now because how do we make it look like Uhtred has aged without it looking comical? We’re working on it."
There are no new casting details released so far, but we are expecting the following cast members to return:
Alexander Dreymon as Uhtred,
Emily Cox as Brida,
Millie Brady as Aethelflaed,
Eliza Butterworth as Aelswith,
Timothy Innes as King Edward,
Finn Elliot as Young Uhtred,
Ruby Hartley as Stiorra,
Arnas Fedaravicius as Sihtric,
Mark Rowley as Finan,
Ewan Mitchell as Osforth,
Stefanie Martini as Eadith
Jeppe Beck Laursen as Haesten
Cavan Clerkin as Father Pyrlig
Adrian Schiller as Æthelhelm the Elder
Eysteinn Sigurðarson as Sigtryggr
Ossian Perret as Whitgar
We may have to wait until late 2021 before we could see the official trailer for 'The Last Kingdom' Season 5. We will leave this space blank for now, but we'll update this article once we get the official trailer. Make sure to check back on this link from time to time.