In April 2020, The Last Kingdom returned for its fourth season, with Uhtred of Bebbanburg determined to defeat his opponents and reclaim his homeland. However, the return has been delayed ever since.
The first four seasons of The Last Kingdom was based on the first eight books in Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon Stories series of historical novels about the birth of England in the ninth and tenth centuries. However, prolific author Cornwell has written a further five novels, leaving plenty of material for The Last Kingdom team to go through for the upcoming fifth season and beyond.
Here’s all you need to know about The Last Kingdom Season 5.
Is The Last Kingdom Season 5 going to be renewed?
Netflix has confirmed that The Last Kingdom will be renewed for a fifth season, although no release date has been announced.
“We are incredibly pleased with The Last Kingdom, which continues to captivate audiences all around the world,” Nigel Marchant, Executive Producer of Carnival Films, said of the renewal.
He added, “We’re happy to be bringing it back for season five on Netflix after such a positive response to the last season. We’re happy to give fans a chance to join Uhtred on the next step of his mission, especially because he has such a dedicated fanbase.”
Alexander Dreymon (Uhtred) told Variety in an interview, “The response from the audience has been incredible. It’s all been based on word-of-mouth. We haven’t had a lot of advertising in the past. Despite everything, we manage to stay afloat, and it’s all owing to the supporters. They’re really helpful, courteous, and passionate. We’re all really appreciative.”
The Last Kingdom Season 5 will be the last season
Dreymon issued a statement (via Metro) in response to the story, admitting that he directed at least one episode of the last season. “It’s been a dream come true to play Uhtred for five seasons. And I’m really thankful for the opportunity to direct. As a result, I was able to appreciate even more the incredible ability and skill of our cast and crew. I’m excited to share it with our audience, since none of this would be possible without them.”
The fifth season wrapped its production in June 2021, and it appeared like Uhtred’s adventures were coming to a close. Dreymon, on the other hand, said at a virtual panel at MCM Comic Con in London last month that he would be donning his armour once more for a two-hour film that will conclude Uhtred’s saga.
The film’s climax, titled Seven Kings Must Die, is set to begin production in Budapest early next year. Fans are already guessing about what the feature-length episode will be about, with fans of Cornwell’s novels pointing out that the title might be a reference to a line from his book Death of Kings, in which Uhtred is given a terrifying prophecy:
“Uhtred of Bebbanburg, seven kings and the ladies you love will perish… it is your fate. And Alfred’s son will not govern, and Wessex will perish, and the Saxon will murder what he loves, and the Danes will acquire all, and nothing will change, and everything will be the same as it has always been.”
Executive producer Nigel Marchant stated in a Netflix statement announcing the film: “Despite the fact that season five brings the series to a close, there was always one more tale we wanted to tell. We couldn’t resist one final voyage with Uhtred, thanks to Netflix’s fantastic support and the fans’ insatiable thirst for more.”