The Last Kingdom: Netflix tease fourth season of show
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The Last Kingdom airs on Netflix and fans of the historical drama are eagerly awaiting the release of the fifth and final season. The series draws inspiration from Bernard Cornwell’s novels, starring Uhtred of Bebbanburg (played by Alexander Dreymon). The author has revealed which of the characters he was most in awe of.
Which The Last Kingdom character is Bernard Cornwell’s favourite?
The Last Kingdom season five will return to Netflix in the near future and the news of the series renewal was bittersweet.
Fans are excited for the latest instalment, but they were heartbroken to hear it would be the last.
As they await the release of the fifth outing, they have been reminiscing over some characters from the past.
Author Cornwell spoke to The Screen Chronicles about writing the books that inspired the series, and who his favourite character was.
When asked if he regretted killing some of the real-life historical characters off early, he said no because if he wanted to explore them more, he would have done.
The Last Kingdom: Bernard Cornwell wrote the books (Image: NETFLIX/GETTY)
The Last Kingdom: Uhtred and Alfred admired each other (Image: NETFLIX)
He added: “The character I liked writing most other than Uhtred was Alfred.
“I came, in the end, to admire Alfred and I think there’s a reason he’s called The Great.
“And I thought David Dawson played him absolutely brilliantly, it was quite an extraordinary performance.
“David, I know, enjoyed doing it. That was one of the pleasures of the series, watching David Dawson as Alfred.”
Viewers agree King Alfred was a fan-favourite and they were sad to see the Saxon ruler die at the end of the third season.
The Last Kingdom: David Dawson as Alfred (Image: NETFLIX)
Cornwell said he always knew the feud between Uhtred and Alfred would be one of the main themes of the book series.
He said: “I always knew one of the essential, if you like, parts of the novels was going to be the tension between him [Uhtred] and Alfred.
“Alfred was exceedingly powerless, actually a very boring man. Uhtred is the opposite.
“Uhtred and Alfred are doomed not to really like each other, accept they do like each other.”
Uhtred’s allegiance was torn between the Saxons and Danes throughout the first three seasons of the series.
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The Last Kingdom: The Wessex family tree (Image: NETFLIX/EXPRESS)
The Last Kingdom: Fans were sad to see Alfred die (Image: NETFLIX)
He was keen to continue Alfred’s legacy and create a united England, but Alfred did not always agree with Uhtred’s ways.
Cornwell said he would have liked to continue the book series, and he was considering penning another novel.
He said: “There was a lot of regret and I would actually like to go back and write another one, but I don’t know.
“I like Uhtred, he’s a bad boy. I miss him.”
Uhtred and Alfred continue to be two of the best-loved characters in the historical drama and fans have taken to Reddit to share their thoughts.
One said of Dawson: ” His performance truly is one of the great tv series performances of all time. I really believe that. Like an all timer.”
Another added: ” Out of all of the tv characters his is by far closer to the books than any other. Both in appearance and demeanor. Spot on and very impressive performance.”
A third added: “My favorite performance of any actor. Ever. I align and relate a lot with this performance and I love king Alfred in general. Excellent actor.”
A fourth said: “Blown away by his performance and blows my mind his star hasn't been on the rise since. He should be getting dramatic work hand over fist. Incredibly moving portrayal.”
The Last Kingdom seasons 1-4 are on Netflix now.
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