Is ‘The Last Kingdom’ coming back with its fifth season? If yes, then when? Let us find out about ‘The Last Kingdom’ Season 5: Release Date and More Updates!
The Last Kingdom is a British historical fiction television series based on Bernard Cornwell’s The Saxon Stories series of novels. The first series of eight episodes. A second series of eight episodes. Netflix was the sole distributor of the third series of ten episodes, produced by Carnival Films. On 26 December 2018, Netflix renewed the show for a fourth series, once again produced by Carnival Films.
What is the series ‘The Last Kingdom’ about?
In 866, England is divided into the Heptarchy. The Vikings conquer York, and other Anglo-Saxon lands are gradually attacked, plundered and ruled by Viking Danes. The Kingdom of Wessex is left. The story covers about 40–45 years by the end of season 4. Season 1 covers the years 866–878. Season 2 from 878 to 886. Further, season 3 from 893 to 900. Season 4 takes place about 901 to 910.
The fictional protagonist is Uhtred of Bebbanburg. An earl of that name lived and ruled Bebbanburg and Northumbria during the reign of Æthelred II, though about a century after the setting of The Last Kingdom. When Æthelred had the ealdorman of Southern Northumbria, Ælfhelm of York, murdered in 1006, Uhtred the Bold was made earl of a united Northumbria, his seat at Bebbanburg. He spent much of his time defending the northern border from the Scots. He fought loyally beside the Anglo-Saxons against the Danes and with Edmund Ironside. In 1016 after Cnut came to power, Cnut had Earl Uhtred killed, along with 40 other Saxon nobles, probably on Christmas Day. In Bernard Cornwell’s series he adds a ‘historical note’ at the end, in which he mentions that Uhtred the Bold was his ancestor. He took the liberty of installing Uhtred earlier in history.
The protagonist is re-baptised as Uhtred after his elder brother Uhtred is killed by the Danes, along with other Saxon noblemen of Northumbria. Only his uncle and step-mother survive. Uhtred and a Saxon girl named Brida are taken as slaves by Earl Ragnar, now settled in Danish Northumbria, which becomes their adopted home. Time passes, and Ragnar’s daughter Thyra is about to be married, but fellow Danes attack the night before the wedding and set fire to the hall in which the family is sleeping. Ragnar is burned alive, and Thyra taken as a slave. Only Uhtred and Brida escape, as they were away in the woods all night making charcoal. The attackers are led by Kjartan, a disgruntled Viking who had been banished by Ragnar from his lands years earlier for an offence committed by Kjartan’s son Sven. Uhtred vows to avenge his adoptive father’s death, while simultaneously hoping to reclaim Bebbanburg from his uncle—who seeks to kill Uhtred to keep Bebbanburg for himself. Uhtred is forced to choose between the kingdom of his ancestors and the people who have raised him, and his loyalties are constantly tested.
Is ‘The Last Kingdom’ coming back with its Season 5?
The answer is ‘Yes!’ On 7 July 2020, Netflix renewed the series for a fifth season. Stay tuned for latest updates!
Official Release Date of ‘The Last Kingdom’ Season 5
There is no official release date of ‘The Last Kingdom’ Season 5 yet. But we can anticipate that the season will come out by the end of 2021.
Cast and Characters of ‘The Last Kingdom’ Season 5
We know that the main cast will be returning for the fifth season as well. We might even see some new faces in the upcoming season. Here are some of the cast members we will be having for fifth season.
- Alexander Dreymon as Uhtred
- Emily Cox as Brida
- Joseph Millson as Aelfric
- Ian Hart as Father Beocca
- Eliza Butterworth as Aelswith
- Eva Birthistle as Hild
- Mark Rowley as Finan
- Jamie Blackley as Eardwulf
- Stefanie Martini as Eadith
- Finn Elliot as Young Uhtred
- Ruby Hartley as Stiorra
- Richard Dillane as Ludeca
- Dorian Lough as Burgred
- Steffan Rhodri as King Hywel Dda
- Nigel Lindsay as Rhodri
- Amelia Clarkson as Ælflæd
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