Main Plot Points:
- The Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning producers of Downton Abbey present this riveting drama of epic battles and heroic deeds, re-telling the valiant story of King Alfred the Great and his desire to unite many separate kingdoms into what would become England.
- Combining real historical figures and events with fictional characters, it is the story of how a people reclaimed their land from the invading Vikings and built a place they call a home.
- The star-packed cast features Alexander Dreymon (American Horror Story), David Dawson (Ripper Street), Rutger Hauer (True Blood), Emily Cox (The Silent Mountain), Matthew Macfadyen (MI-5, Ripper Street), and Ian Hart (Boardwalk Empire).
What We Thought:
- When I first popped The Last Kingdom into my DVD player I figured I’d watch an episode or two, get a feel for the show, then come back to it the next day. Instead I binged all 8 hours in one day.
- I’m a big fan of Norse/Viking history and this reminded me a lot of the TV show Vikings on The History Channel. This is more from the English point of view than the Norse, but I still liked it. Obviously enough to watch it for 8 straight hours.
- It’s an intriguing story. A young Saxon boy watches his father killed in battle. He is taken as a slave by the Danes and raised as one of their own. As a man he fights with the Danes, but wants the land that rightly belongs to him after his father was killed. He sees deception on both sides and fights to claim what is his using and fighting with whoever can get his claim back.
- Production value is pretty solid. The landscapes and backdrops are good. There’s castles and farms and churches. It feels authentic. Some of the CGI you can clearly tell is CGI, but that’s ok.
- The sword play and fighting is pretty good too. It’s not nearly as violent or gruesome as Vikings or especially Game of Thrones, but it’s good enough. The fight scenes don’t look overly choreographed which can be a huge negative in these types of shows/films.
- I’m not familiar with any of the actors in the series (besides Rutger Hauer). The lead (Alexander Dreymon) reminds me of Garrett Hedlund. He’s not overly tall, but then again he’s not playing a Norseman so he shouldn’t be. The women are attractive, the Danes are big. Facial hair and haircuts fit the time period as well.
- The Last Kingdom is based on a series of books that I didn’t know existed. I liked the series and if it gets a second season, I’d watch it. It leads itself to a second season, but has a good enough ending that if the ratings weren’t good enough, there’s enough closure. If you like Vikings, Norse/English history, check this one out.
- Behind the Scenes
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Rutger Hauer
- Alexander Dreymon
- Emily Cox
- Ian Hart
Recommended if You Like:
- Game of Thrones
- Norse/Early English History