Set in the 9th century AD, the series is based on Bernard Cornwell’s The Saxon Stories novel series, with each season following the events of two books. Our hero is Uhtred son of Uhtred, a Saxon boy who’s brought up by Danes, after they capture him and decide to raise him as their own.
However, Uhtred later betrayed and the Danes come to believe that he killed his adoptive father, the Danish warlord Ragnar the Elder. Uhtred is forced to travel to Wessex, the only one of the seven kingdoms (which make up what we now think of as England) that isn’t in Danish control.
Once arrived, he offers his assistance — including knowledge of the Danes’ battle strategies — to the Wessex king, Alfred.
Who’s in the cast of The Last Kingdom series four?
The Pagan Lord, published in 2013 and the next book to be adapted for the series, jumps ahead a decade — which, if Netflix adheres to the timeline, will mean a fresh batch of young actors, including Uhtred’s children by Gisela, who in the books are all grown-up.
Meanwhile Alexander Dreymon as Uhtred of Bebbanburg is set to return (looking perhaps a little greyer) — and it seems likely that most of the regular cast members will also return, including: Eliza Butterworth (Aelswith), Ian Hart (Beocca), Emily Cox (Brida) and Toby Regbo (Aethelred).
Is there a trailer for The Last Kingdom series four?
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