Watch The Last Kingdom 2015–2022 123movies, Full TV Series Online – In the year 872, many of the separate kingdoms of what is now England have fallen to the invading Danes, leaving the great kingdom of Wessex standing alone and defiant under the command of King Alfred. Against this turbulent backdrop lives Uhtred. Born to a Saxon nobleman, he is captured by the Danes and raised as one of their own. Forced to choose between his birth country and the people of his upbringing, his loyalties are ever tested. What is he? Saxon or Dane? On a quest to reclaim his birthright, Uhtred must tread a dangerous path between both sides to play his part in the birth of a new nation and–ultimately–recapture his ancestral lands..
Plot: 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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Pleasantly surprised by the first episode *Spoilers*
As a fan of Cornwell’s Warrior Chronicles/Saxon Stories I’ve been looking forward to this series for quite some time. Mentally prepared for a major disappointment I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised.
If you haven’t read the novels the story of Uhtred unfolds fast, perhaps too fast. This first episode covers more than half of the first novel. Although a lot has been omitted, many of the aspects that make the novel such a pleasure to read are there, but (very) subtle.
If you have read the novel you have to accept that many events concerning Uhtred of Bebbanburg and his character traits are only touched upon or skipped: his loathing for his father, his fascination for the religion of his forefathers, his contempt (or rather boredom) for Christianity, the stories the blacksmith tells him, Beocca’s attempts to teach him to read, his first encounter with an adulterous Alfred (the not so Great yet), his admiration for the Romans, his growing love for Ragnar and Ragnar’s family, his arrogance and big mouth, his humor and much more. I would have loved to have been able to watch at least four episodes in which of all of the above is featured but that is not going to happen.
Then why did I like it so much?
I have to admit I’m a sucker for guys with long hair and pretty faces, but besides that, the episode had enough to offer: Uhtred’s Christian/Saxon upbringing and his pagan beliefs are represented by his two necklaces: the amber stone and Thor’s hammer. I hope Uhtred’s internal struggle will be featured more prominently in the episodes to come. A baptism scene in which Beocca could easily have drowned Uhtred making an end to the series after only half an episode. Young Uhtred is a smart-mouthed little brat (like when he is trying to get his way with Beocca). Young as he is, he is the ealdorman of Bebbanburg and is willing to die for it. He is doesn’t think first but acts, and so we see a child going to war and attacking a Danish warlord. We are treated to the sight of a massive shield-wall in which it becomes clear that there is almost no space to move and that movement is slow. If you die, you become an obstacle that your fellow comrade-in-arms have to be beware of or else they will fall too. (Even after two viewings still a bit surprised that Lord Uhtred (Matthew MacFadyen) stepped through the shield-wall so easily. I must have missed the Danes letting him through.) Thyra is mentally broken after the awful hall-burning, and not just by Sven. Could Uhtred have saved her? It seems Thyra expected him to. Ubba, though a great Danish leader, and despite having humor, is very cautious and heavily depends on the signs the gods send him, making him very unpredictable, according to Ravn, earl Raganar’s father. Brida is portrayed as a strong young woman, more Dane than Saxon. But above all, I liked Uhtred. I liked the way he looks and moves. I did miss his humor but I have hopes that we will be treated to that in the next episodes. He was powerless during the hall-burning, and devastated by the deaths of Ragnar and his family. For now, he is still a boy. Can’t wait for him to become a man.
“Wyrd bið ful ãræd”
If you’re wondering if this is like Vikings… It is, but it’s better! I’d say there are two minor points against The Last Kingdom: in the 1st season, the camerawork and lighting are at times somewhat amateurish and, from what I recall, compared to Vikings, the fight/battle scenes aren’t as well choreographed/edited/filmed.
Apart from those points I’d rate The Last Kingdom over Vikings in every way. Even the guest star at the start of season 1 of The Last Kingdom is better than the one at the beginning of Vikings. I mean… Rutger Hauer’s just perfect! Gabriel Byrne on the otherhand… why? Just why?
I’m obsessed with Uhtred
Have watched Game of Thrones, Vikings, Peaky Blinders- etc etc..but I had never even heard of until a few weeks ago has blown me away. The characters are well developed and you feel like you get to know each of them. Uhtred is by far the most interesting character that you he root for every episode. It makes me sad that with all the garbage out there, that the series doesn’t receive the attention and accolades that it should. It’s an excellent show, excellent production value, excellent storylines. Each season gets more intense and storylines are seen through. I highly recommend it.
Swords, Shields and Plundering
To preface, I have not yet seen Game of Thrones, so this may feel similar in many ways I assume. It takes place in 872 A.D. so there’s your backdrop, and there are many Kingdoms that made up what is today’s England which are populated by the Saxon’s. Many of the Kingdoms have been invaded by the Danes and one major Kingdom remains, the Kingdom of Wessex. The series follows the main protagonist Uhtred, born a Saxon and raised a Dane. He must choose an allegiance as he becomes a man. There is of course much pillaging and plundering (I had to work those words into my review – ha) and some good battles. Many warriors challenge, partner and try to trick Uhtred and his soldiers throughout. There is ample blood but not as much as I hear is in GoT yet several slashings of men’s Achilles heals. Religion and pagans are a big theme with many disagreements at times. The show did not politicize that topic and it struck a good balance as each perspective had important impacts. There was detailed character development as I was able to keep track of the many characters and their purpose and how they effected the various story lines. Solid, high quality, engaging and I grew more interested as the show progressed.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr (60 min)
Genre Action, Drama, History
Actors Alexander Dreymon, Eliza Butterworth, Arnas Fedaravicius
Country United Kingdom
Awards 4 nominations
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Sound Mix Stereo, Dolby Atmos
Aspect Ratio 16:9 HD
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