8.2
3,308 votes
The Last Kingdom

The Last Kingdom

BBC Two 2015

A show of heroic deeds and epic battles with a thematic depth that embraces politics, religion, warfare, courage, love, loyalty and our universal search for identity. Combining real historical figures and events with fictional characters, it is the story of how a people combined their strength under one of the most iconic kings of history in order to reclaim their land for themselves and build a place they call home.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Last Kingdom

The Last Kingdom - S3E10

#1 - Episode 10

8.32

Season 3 - Episode 10

As a climactic battle with the Danes draws near, untested Edward faces dire decisions about the fates of Uhtred, Wessex -- and England.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The Last Kingdom from 913 votes.

The Last Kingdom - S4E10

#2 - Episode 10

8.24

Season 4 - Episode 10

Edward besieges Winchester as he awaits Aethelflaed's reinforcements, but Uhtred isn't convinced that conquest is really Sigtryggr's ultimate aim.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The Last Kingdom from 656 votes.

The Last Kingdom - S2E8

#3 - Episode 8

8.18

Season 2 - Episode 8

When King Alfred is told the great sum of Aethelflaed's ransom - and the horror that will likely befall his daughter if Wessex does not pay - he feels there can be only one way forward.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The Last Kingdom from 2137 votes.

The Last Kingdom - S1E8

#4 - Episode 8

8.15

Season 1 - Episode 8

A united King Alfred and Uhtred leave the cover of the marshes and make a rallying call to all Saxon armies.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The Last Kingdom from 2314 votes.

The Last Kingdom - S3E9

#5 - Episode 9

8.03

Season 3 - Episode 9

At the end of his days, Alfred takes Uhtred into his confidence about his plans for Edward's uncertain future, but Aelswith charts a different course.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The Last Kingdom from 871 votes.

The Last Kingdom - S2E4
#6 - Episode 4
8.00
Season 2 - Episode 4

Guthred’s lack of judgement has divided Northumbria. Having sworn his allegiance to Alfred once again, Uhtred must travel North to defeat the brothers Erik and Sigefrid, take back Eoferwic and reassert Guthred’s authority. Alfred spots an opportunity to remind Guthred of his duty to Wessex and sends Aethelwold to join Uhred’s riding party. But with the responsibility of ensuring Eoferwic’s future as a Christian region thrust upon him, Aethelwold’s judgement becomes clouded. Joining Brida and Ragnar’s men in Loidis, Uhtred and the others discuss a plan of attack and turn their attention to Dunholm. Ragnar is intent on avenging Kjartan: can Uhtred come to his aid without defying Alfred? Meanwhile, a confrontation with the Northmen brings a shocking turn of events and elsewhere, hostility is rife when Sven attempts to reason with Thyra. But will she want to hear what her captive has to say?

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The Last Kingdom from 2242 votes.

The Last Kingdom - S2E7
#7 - Episode 7
7.98
Season 2 - Episode 7

Aethelflaed is missing and Aethelred and the Saxons return to Winchester to break the news to King Alfred, while Uhtred goes home to Gisela with plans to uncover the truth by his own means

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The Last Kingdom from 2120 votes.

The Last Kingdom - S2E6
#8 - Episode 6
7.96
Season 2 - Episode 6

Winchester celebrates Aethelred and Aethelflaed's wedding, but the festivities are short-lived as the clouds of war gather and Alfred runs out of options to keep the peace. When rumours swirl, Alfred's mistrust of Uhtred reaches a new low and Uhtred is relegated in his duties as the warlord of Wessex. Aethelred is called to step up to the plate, but a fatal mistake allows Erik and Sigefrid to outwit the Saxons and terror reigns.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The Last Kingdom from 2143 votes.

The Last Kingdom - S4E4
#9 - Episode 4
7.96
Season 4 - Episode 4

Hoping to be joined by Edward's troops, Aethelflaed and Uhtred ally with the Welsh to face Cnut's thousand-warrior army at the Battle of Tettenhall.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The Last Kingdom from 690 votes.

The Last Kingdom - S3E5
#10 - Episode 5
7.94
Season 3 - Episode 5

A deadly betrayal threatens to splinter Ragnar's army. Uhtred forms a cunning battle plan and finds an unexpected ally in young Edward.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The Last Kingdom from 907 votes.

Last updated: may 05, 2021

Comments

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I am on ep 6 at the moment and one could compare this with Vikings, while Vikings has better characters in general (the main character here is very likeable too), this show has a much better pace. Especially because the pace is fast you dont get bored at any scene and can stay engaged. The show has a lot of unexpected turns and twists, which are unpredictable. I highly recommend this show edit: after finishing this gem of a show, I have to say I almost was not going to give it a chance, but thank god I did, because this show has such an amazing pace and really well developing and talented actors. A show filled with great twists and turns and unlike in some other shows you actually get to see a lot of events happen during a single episode. Other shows should take an example here 9/10 for Season 1

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Really enjoying this. Avid fan of the Cornwell novels and this series does a pretty decent job of televising them. So don't be an "Arsling" and add it to your watch list :D

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This series does a great job in telling it's own story, one advice I would give to anyone who wants to watch it, is to separate it completely from the vikings series's story, and just don't compare them to each other. One very very commendable thing about this series is that there are so many things happening in every single episode which make the story advance in a fast pace and doesn't let you get bored. I also need to give props to Alexander Dreymon for his good performance throughout the whole show. Of course he's not the only good actor, but he is still the MC.. 9,5/10

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Go for season 2, BBC!

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season 4 finally coming to Netflix on Sunday 26th April 2020

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The next season can't come soon enough for me, love the writing...

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Underrated and far better than Vikings, for example. I love the pacing of this show, there is always something happening and time goes so fast. It has also been improving from season to season. I hope season 3 was not the last one, but if it was at least it had a fair and satisfying ending.

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"I am Uhtred (pronounced 'Oooooo-Tred'), son of Uhtred..." I can't stop laughingly mocking the opening of each episode when he gives the synopsis of the prior episode. That said, this is a great show, well written, great story, great acting, and constant movement without many (if any) lulls in the storylines... Oh, and 'putrid' rhymes with Uhtred....

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The show had a good start, potential everywhere the eyes could see. it's nice to pass the time but it lacks a lot to engage spectators. A banal example would be that the start of uthred relashionships were rushed and no deep elements have been introduced. They basically just smile at each other, then flirt and fuck, and sometimes there's a marriage. it's the main default of the show I believe. I didn't have enough elements to make feel anything when people supposed to be important died. There's no feeling of maturation, uthred stays childishly hotheaded and keep creating useless problems to dive into. All his fights are unrelated to his so-called goal. He has no drive on his own, always serving somebody. They claim he's Danish but beside being unruly and godless he's as docile as any soldier would be, no special ritual from the Vikings, no part of him as a Viking, he's supposed to be split between his origins and yet always fights for Wessex. Always put aside the main objective and wander around. One season is understandable but two seasons and he still has yet to go home, be it just to look or spy is utterly disappointing. In the end everything seems and feel too shallow to me.

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The obvious comparisons with Vikings aside. No actually, let's just make the comparisons. Vikings in Ragnar times..a fantastic show. Losing 2 stars per season since then until the latest season. The Last Kingdom? Yeah, it started for me as an 8* and improves season by season. As for the characters, Aelswith irritated (bored) me even more than Jon Snow in GoT. But take a bow Eliza Butterworth, your role has grown on me to the extent that right now you are amongst the favourite characters in any show I have ever watched. Credit to both your acting and to the script.

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