It is time for another TV series review! 😀 this time I have chosen to review both seasons 1 & 2 of The Last Kingdom. Here goes!!!
The Last Kingdom series’ are both set in the 9th century AD. This was when England was divided into 7 separate kingdoms and the Kingdom of Wessex remains the last major stronghold to go up against the Danes.
In season 1 we are introduced to the main character, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, who is the son of the saxon nobleman of Northumbria. Having been left orphaned after his brother and father are killed by their enemy clang the Danes Uhtred has only his uncle and step-mother to live and survive with. Season 1 contains 8 episodes which tell Uhtred’s story of going from a boy to a man and becoming another type of man for Saxon girl Brida who was also orphaned. At a young age both are taken as slaves by the Earl Ragnar who settled in Danish Northumbria, which eventually becomes Uhtred and Brida’s adopted home until they’re older. However, on the night of the wedding of Ragnar’s daughter, Thyra, a fire breaks out in their home. Ragnar is burnt alive and Thyra is taken a slave to later be treated in such a awful way by her captives. Uhtred and Brida survive.
Uhtred vows to avenge his adoptive father’s death, while hoping to reclaim Bebbanburg from his uncle who also seeks to kill him. Season 1 overall introduces all the main characters you need to know. Season 2 for me was the season that I felt went in depth into the 9th century AD historical side. This is of course a dramatisation of historical fact and events, but, I do feel this is the first historical tv series I have loved watching about this particular time period.
Season 2 introduces the kingdom of wessex, for Uhtred had no choice but to bow and start working with them rather them against them. Until the kings daughter is married to an awful man, but then kidnapped by an enemy clang. Meaning, he had to 100% cooperate with the king and his men as he could see the truth beneath the kings daughters new husbands lies. Uhtred’s sister is found! And marries a priest and becomes somewhat normal again, making her an amazing woman. The series ends with a battle, hearts were broken and there was some joy. But, Uthred is still on the move. Series 3 SHOULD be on the cards.
Throughout both seasons you see Uthred fall in love and then lose love, but, this is just an extra to the show. I feel you learn very well how brutal and deadly these saxon and danish clangs were. It was a dog eat dog world. And they all knew it! Over all I give the seasons 8.5/10! I did really enjoy them!
With love, Charlotte x