New BBC2 drama The Last Kingdom delivers major shock in opening half hour

SPOILERS: Viewers were left reeling halfway through the first episode of the historical drama series

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***SPOILER ALERT! DO NOT READ ON IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED THE FIRST EPISODE OF THE LAST KINGDOM***

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Yes, that did just happen! BBC1 did just launch a major new drama series fronted by Matthew Macfadyen – and then kill him off about 20 minutes in! In your face Game of Thrones! It took you nine weeks to get rid of Ned Stark!

But could Macfadyen somehow be back in another shock twist? Afraid not. The Last Kingdom is set in real-world Northumbria, not the magic-laced land of Westeros, and the death of Macfadyen’s Lord Uhtred is a key plot point on which the series hinges.

The question now is, what does that mean for the fate of the other inhabitants of The Last Kingdom? Only time will tell…

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The Last Kingdom continues next Thursday at 9pm on BBC1