The Last Kingdom has been renewed for season five on Netflix. It will be the last season of the historical drama that originally started on the BBC six years ago.
The Last Kingdom is a British historic fictional drama series based on the historical novel The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell. After a superb fourth season, Netflix renewed the series for the fifth and the last season. The announcement was made in July 2020 and since then the fans are awaiting an update on when the next batch of episodes will premiere.
However, this time the challenge is big as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is causing a lot of problems. ‘The Last Kingdom’ has a huge production budget. Creating another season requires a lot of time, energy, creativity, and money. So, it is not going to be a small feat.
Well, the next season would be worth waiting as a recent tease from the producers promised Uhtred’s “greatest heartbreak” in the story to follow. Moreover, it will be the last season of the historical drama that originally started on the BBC six years ago.
The production is underway in Hungary for the final set of 10 episodes. The series will continue to follow the adventures of Uhtred of Bebbanburg (Alexander Dreymon), a warrior born a Saxon but raised as a Dane, in the 9th and 10th century England.
The Last Kingdom Season 5 Release Date
Netflix renewed the series for season five in July 2020. If we look at the release schedule, there is a gap of 18-months between the seasons. With this pattern, season five should release in the last quarter of 2021. However, due to coronavirus, this time the production will take more than usual time. So, expect the fifth season to release in the second or third quarter of 2022.
Executive producer Nigel Marchant said: “We are really proud of The Last Kingdom, which continues to entertain audiences all over the world. We had such a tremendous response to the last season, so are thrilled to be bringing it back for season five on Netflix. With such a loyal fanbase, we’re excited to give viewers a chance to follow Uhtred on the next stage of his quest.”
Here is a video featuring star Alexander Dreymon telling his colleagues the good news of the season 5 announcement.
What will be the plot of season five?
The Last Kingdom Season 5 will be based on the 9th and 10th series of the novel ‘The Saxon Stories’ – ‘The Warriors of the Storm’ and ‘The Flame Bearer’. The new episodes are expected to follow Uhtred as he feels that his destiny is intertwined with the future of England.
According to the synopsis, Uhtred will have to ‘face down his greatest enemy and suffer his greatest loss’ to achieve his destiny. So, it can be assumed that the fifth season will be filled with lots of painful and saddening moments.
“We don’t like to deviate from the books, we like to keep the characters and the essence there, but sometimes it just doesn’t work. But that’s not to say that we couldn’t see them in the future,” Nigel Marchant said.
What’s the production status?
Director Jon East shared a major update on the filming status of The Last Kingdom season 5. He tweeted that the production on the final season has wrapped up.
The showrunner assured that the ending is going to be epic. He thanked the team. Here’s the tweet:
It’s a wrap! TLK5’s in the digital can. The last block was a monster, eclipsing in complexity/scale all I’ve directed on this great show since I joined in 2016. The last season is ending in EPIC style! Big thanks to the top team that worked with tireless devotion to make it so. pic.twitter.com/YRHAU5nr7K
— Jon East (@joneastuk) June 22, 2021
Who will be in the cast of The Last Kingdom season 5?
There is no official information about the cast for the upcoming season, but certain members are guaranteed to reprise their roles. Alexander Dreymon as Uhtred of Bebbanburg is set to return and reclaim his ancestral land.
Emily Cox is also likely to reprise her role as Uhtred’s childhood friend-turned-nemesis Brida. Mark Rowley, Ewan Mitchell, and Arnas Fedaravičius have impressed the fans as Uhtred’s loyal allies. It is expected that they will also return. Haesten (Jeppe Beck Laursen), Sigtryggr (Eysteinn Sigurðarson), and Stiorra (Ruby Hartley) should reprise their roles in the coming season.
Coming to new additions, Netflix star Ricky Gervais may star in a cameo as suggested by one of his tweets. He is a big fan of the epic series.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) June 21, 2020
Deadline reported that Ewan Horrocks has joined the cast of season 5. He will portray the role of Aelfweard.
How many episodes will be there in the final season?
It has been confirmed that the final season will consist of 10 episodes.
The Last Kingdom streaming: Where to watch?
The first two seasons were premiered on BCC Americ and BBC Two. The series moved to Netflix for the third season. Since then it is the sole distributor. Season 5 of The Last Kingdom will exclusively stream on Netflix. You can watch the first four seasons on Netflix.