‘The Last Kingdom’ To End With Upcoming 5th Season On Netflix
‘The Last Kingdom‘ has come to the last season, as Netflix announce Season 5 will bring an end to the adaptation of Bernard Cornwell’s The Saxon Stories novel series.
‘The Last Kingdom’ follows young warrior and outsider, Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon), on a fierce mission to reclaim his birthright. The series combines real historical figures and events with fictional characters before and after the reign of Alfred the Great, who as King of Wessex fought off a Viking invasion.
Based on books nine and ten – The Warriors of the Storm and The Flame Bearer – the fifth and final season will see Uhtred realise his destiny is more than just Bebbanburg: it is tied to the future of England itself. Charged with training King Edward’s first-born son Aethelstan as a warrior, Uhtred’s ambition will have an even higher purpose. But to achieve this destiny, Uhtred will have to face down his greatest enemy and suffer his greatest loss.
The 5th Season adds a few new faces to the cast, with Patrick Robinson (‘Mount Pleasant’, ‘Casualty’) taking the role of Father Benedict, a holy man with a troubled past; Sonya Cassidy (‘Humans’, ‘Lodge 49’) playing Eadgifu, a smart and openhearted Saxon who arrives in Winchester; and young actor Harry Gilby (‘Tolkien’, ‘Casualty’) as Aethelstan, a young man trained by Uhtred to follow in his footsteps.
‘The Last Kingdom’ season five will be written by Martha Hillier and sees star Dreymon makes his directorial debut on an episode. Andy Hay (‘Lucky Man’), Paul Wilmshurst (‘Strike Back’), Anthony Philipson (‘Our Girl’), and Jon East (‘Pennyworth’) also direct. Gareth Neame, Nigel Marchant and Jessica Pope exec produce. The series is produced by Carnival Films and distributed by NBCUniversal Global Distribution.
“With such a loyal fanbase, we’re excited to give viewers a chance to follow Uhtred on the next stage of his epic quest… where not everyone survives…” commented EP Nigel Marchant.
As fans of The Saxon Stories will note, there are actually thirteen novels in the book series, whereas the tv show is going to stop at book ten, which is a little annoying… The drama is currently filming this final 10-part season in Hungary right now, so hopefully, they work out some sort of satisfactory conclusion.
Seasons 1 to 4 of ‘The Last Kingdom‘ can be found on Netflix UK. They have yet to announce a premiere date for Season 5, however, if you want to keep track of this show you can add it via our Never Miss system, and you’ll be notified when it gets a UK premiere date.
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