Fans of Netflix’s historical drama The Last Kingdom are already screaming for Uhtred of Bebbanburg (Alexander Dreymon) and the West Saxon army to return to work, despite the fact that he and the West Saxon army are still dusting themselves down from the season 4 shield wall.
When the BBC canceled The Last Kingdom after season 2, Netflix stepped in to save the show, renewing it for a third and fourth season, with the latter premiering on April 26, 2020. Of course, fans had to wait two years between seasons three and four, but it’s a little price to pay to keep the vivacious series alive and streaming.
The Saxon Stories is based on Bernard Cornwell’s long-running historical fiction book series. Cornwell’s epic series has spanned 12 volumes so far, with the thirteenth – and last – book due to be released later this year. The first four seasons of The Last Kingdom sped through the source material, adapting two books every season. The Netflix series has reached around the same point in time as the eighth Saxon Stories part, 2014’s The Empty Throne, at the conclusion of season four.
Cornwell is a true worker, fortunately for Netflix. Even if the showrunners continue to adapt at their current rate, they will likely have two to three more seasons of material to work with.
Cornwell has stated that the Conflict of Brunanburh, a pivotal 10th-century battle that signaled the end of substantial Danish occupation in England, will be the final installment in his book series. With the addition of key characters such as Edward’s (Timothy Innes) son Aethelstan (Caspar Griffiths), the Danish Jarl Sigtryggr (Eysteinn Sigurarson), and Uhtred’s brazen daughter Stiorra (Ruby Hartley) to the Netflix series’ fourth season, it appears likely that the TV series will follow the books’ lead. Uhtred, on the other hand, has a long way to go before he can get there. Here’s what we know about the rest of his voyage thus far.
Season 5 of The Last Kingdom will be released on what date?
Netflix has yet to order season 5 of The Last Kingdom, but considering the show’s popularity and all of season 4’s creative high points, it would be surprising if it didn’t. Uhtred’s personal journey to reclaim his inheritance, as well as the wider story of England’s union under Aethelstan, the first historical King of England, are both left unfinished in the season 4 finale. All of the evidence suggests that Uhtred must ride for the Saxons at least once more.
By crunching the figures, we might be able to make an informed prediction as to when Netflix will reveal season 5’s premiere date. Season 3, the first season produced exclusively by Netflix, premiered on November 19, 2018, on the streaming service. Netflix confirmed the series’ fourth season renewal just over a month after it premiered.
Who will appear in season 5 of The Last Kingdom?
The Last Kingdom introduces and kills individuals at an alarming rate, yet the program is anchored by a core ensemble of characters, many of whom will undoubtedly return in season 5. Alexander Dreymon, who plays Saxon warlord Uhtred Ragnarsson in the series, is the first of them. Uhtred’s two right-hand troops, Finan (Mark Rowley) and Sihtric are also expected to return (Arnas Fedaravicius).
Expect the action to shift to the youthful Jarl Sigtryggr, portrayed by Eysteinn Sigurarson, and Uhtred’s kids, Ruby Hartley and Finn Elliot, as Uhtred grows older and the tale moves closer to Brunanburh. Stefanie Martini’s Lady Eadith will play a major role in the Netflix series if the books are followed closely.
Aethelstan, King Edward’s unrecognized oldest son and future King of England, is one figure who will most likely have to be replaced. Although Caspar Griffiths, the young and brilliant actor who played Aethelstan in season 4, did an excellent job in the part, Aethelstan will have to mature considerably between seasons if he is to stand alongside Uhtred in the shield wall.
Season 5 of The Last Kingdom follows the story of The Last Kingdom.
The Last Kingdom has strayed more from its original material as it progressed through the seasons. Several significant events and people have been altered or removed entirely, making it more impossible to predict where the showrunners are headed. Season 5 is set to adapt Bernard Cornwell’s ninth and tenth books, Warriors of the Storm (2015) and The Flamebearer (2016), respectively.
This duology concludes with Uhtred’s triumphant invasion of Bebbanburg (the second time is a charm) and the destruction of his evil cousin in the book world. The Flamebearer’s conclusion provides some closure if the series is not renewed beyond season 5. It’ll be lovely to see Uhtred warming his feet by the fire in Bebbanburg, even if we never get to the Battle of Brunanburh and the realization of Alfred’s idea of a unified English kingdom.