The Last Kingdom

Yeah I know so it’s a day late… (as I previously mentioned there were alot of shows this year and I have been working feverishly on the reviews I still have to finish the one for Heroes~!

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The 8-part series is based on Bernard Cornwell’s 8 Book saga ‘The Saxon Stories’ and takes place in 872 AD on the North East coast of England. The Fictional adventures of Lord Utread, however are inspired by one of the author’s forebears. Most of the show though is rooted in reality.

This is just one of many new alternative series to the gritty and grueling barbarous cable entities Vikings and on a lesser realistic note Game of Thrones. For those that find it hard to watch the 9th century Wessex dour head trip of the Bastard Executioner and it’s cartoonish villains, the Last Kingdom maybe more appealing.

The lusty romance and earthy humor of this sprawling saga of Uhtred, a cocky hero born a Northumbrian Saxon then captured and raised by Pagan Vikings is torn between two worlds. The show regularly tests his loyalties.  He has a defiant and feisty love interest (which for once I actually like) in Brida who is as well a former slave and childhood companion considers herself a Dane, is played by Emily Fox . Brida perceives Christian civility as weakness and would rather fight than convert back. Father Berocca the priest and royal adviser  who knew Uhtred as a child continually vouches for him to the skeptic King Edward  telling him that

Uhtred cannot be tamed, but can be trusted

In this the vikings face a the ruler that came known to be Alfred the Great (who is in essence that of America’s George Washington). The show is told through the eyes of Uhtred of Bebbanburg, played by Alexander Dreymon (in American Horror Story:Coven he played  Patti Lupone’s Sheltered Son). Uhtred an Early English Saxon  nobleman captured and raised by the Danes, integrated into a family headed by Earl Ragnar Played by Peter Gantzler in this) and his elderly father Ravn (Rutger Hauer of True Blood).

Despite being implicated in some tragic event (Ragnar’s death) that befalls one of the viking clans, he is loyal, trustworthy and honest. He is bent on taking back from his uncle, (who is allied with the Danes)  what is rightfully his.

“The Vikings were the Rockstars of the time. It’s more fun to be pagan, where you satisfy the gods by entertaining them, being a fearless warrior, a passionate lover and grabbing life by the balls; rather than the Christians where god is kept content through self flagellation and every carnal thought you might let slip” 

-Alexander Dreymon (too bad it’s not a first name, there is something about that name I just Love)

This war epic is smart satisfying entertainment that brings new life to ancient history  with emotional stakes that remain high throughout.

It’s a worthy watch on a Saturday night or to save up on the DVR when there’s nothing better on~

The 9th book of which is titled ‘Warriors’ of the Storm (ahem. very Game of Thrones sounding ya think?) is due out Early 2016.

Here’s a more on the pilot and show  

In case you may be interested in the books

The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Chronicles Series #1)

The Pale Horseman (The Saxon Chronicles Series #2)

Lords of the North: A Novel (Saxon Chronicles #3) (Paperback)

COuldn’t find number 4

The Burning Land (The Saxon Chronicles, Book 5) by Cornwell, Bernard [Hardcover(2010/1/19)]

and for the full boat at once
Bernard Cornwell Complete The Saxon Chronicles Set (The Saxon Chronicles Series, Saxon Tales, 1-5 The Last Kingdom, The Pale Horseman, The Lords of the North, Sword Song, The Burning Land)

I’m  guessing this is from a game but maybe will be helpful while watching the show

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