The Last Kingdom
The Last Kingdom follows the story of Uhtred of Bebbanburg. The journey of Uhtred, originally known as Osbert, begins after his elder brother is killed by invading Danes. Uhtred is the name traditionally given to the oldest son, so after his brother dies, Osbert inherits his new title. His father, amongst many other Saxon noblemen are also killed in battle with these same Danes, and Uhtred and a Saxon girl called Brida are held captive by warlord Earl Ragnar.
Ragnar grows fond of the two and raises them like a father and Uhtred becomes a brother to Ragnar’s children; Ragnar the younger and Thyra. Several years later, Uhtred trains to become a fearless warrior and is faced with another tragic circumstance after his new Danish family are killed in a fire caused by Kjartan; the vengeful Viking who had been banished by Ragnar. The disgruntled attackers take over and Uhtred swears revenge for the death of his family and promises to reclaim his land.
During his journey, Uhtred faces countless trials and tribulations, including betrayal, loss and hardship. He is forced to choose between a kingdom that shares his ancestry and the people of his upbringing. Uhtred is a likeable character and proves himself repeatedly to be a courageous lionhearted warrior. His ability to overcome adversity allows a deeper connection with his character, immersing the audience in a whirlwind of emotions.
The Last Kingdom is full of well-acted and bloody war scenes. This thrilling series reinvents the genre of historical fiction with its accurate and effective depiction of the Middle Ages, coupled with a compelling story. The cinematography of this series is extremely impressive, and the acting is outstanding in every role, especially lead actor, Alexander Draymon.
The Last Kingdom is available to watch on Netflix and is arguably one of the best series added to Netflix this year. If you are a fan of Vikings or Game of Thrones, this series is most definitely for you. Regardless of the Last Kingdom being three seasons long, I almost guarantee you’ll manage to finish it within two weeks -happy binging!
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