I wrote a post a little while ago reviewing a new series I started watching via Netflix titled The Last Kingdom. When I wrote this post, I wasn’t too far into the show in terms of its seasons and the episodes within, but now that I have finished all of the released seasons (season five is currently in the works), I wanted to revisit the topic and discuss this series further because yes, it really is that good.
Without reiterating much of what I stated in my initial post about The Last Kingdom, it depicts the story and life of a young man named Uhtred, Lord of Bebbanburg. Uhtred’s kingdom is raided by Danes (vikings) when he is a young boy, and he is taken hostage by the Danes. A Saxon (Christian) himself, Uhtred is raised with a lot of confliction pertaining to his own morals and beliefs because of the intersection of two worlds he finds himself constantly having to choose between. He struggles with identifying himself as either Saxon or Dane and questions why there cannot be peace between either side, ultimately leading him to numerous adventures, battles, heartaches, losses, tragedies, friendships and victories as the seasons progress.
I literally finished the final episode of the fourth season and starting watching the show again from the beginning the following evening. That’s how good this show is, and I’m going to go out on a limb and state that The Last Kingdom, based off of Bernard Cornwell’s novels, is better than Game of Thrones, in my humble opinion.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m a tremendous Game of Thrones fan, and I suppose, in a way, it isn’t necessarily right to compare these two shows as one relies more heavily on historical events and accuracies while the other is more fantasy-oriented. However, I believe The Last Kingdom to be a better series than Game of Thrones for a variety of reasons, some examples being character development, character relationships, visuals, plot, and the dynamic of Uhtred.
I said what I said.