Netflix has renewed its historical drama The Last Kingdom for a 10-episode fifth season. The announcement was made in a video through lead star Alexander Dreymon’s Instagram with the cast’s reaction.
“We are really proud of The Last Kingdom, which continues to entertain audiences all over the world,” said executive producer Nigel Marchant. “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.”
The series is based on The Saxon Stories novels by Bernard Cornwell. It focuses on “the adventures of Uhtred of Bebbanburg (Alexander Dreymon), a warrior born a Saxon but raised as a Dane, in ninth and tenth century England. Uhtred becomes an unlikely ally of King Alfred of Wessex (David Dawson) and his family as the king seeks to unite all the kingdoms of England under one ruler as Vikings ravage the country.”
The fifth season will be based on the ninth and tenth books of the Saxon series, The Warriors of the Storm and The Flame Bearer. It will be written by Martha Hillier. The synopsis for the season is:
The fifth season will see Uhtred realize his destiny is more than just Bebbanburg: it is tied to the future of England itself. Charged with training King Edward’s first-born son Aethelstan as a warrior, Uhtred’s ambition will have an even higher purpose. But to achieve this destiny, Uhtred will have to face down his greatest enemy and suffer his greatest loss.
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