Shield walls in the ready! Netflix’s historical drama The Last Kingdom, according to Bernard Cornwell’s The Saxon Stories novel series, was renewed for a fourth season.
Here is everything you need to know about The Last Kingdom series four — in the likely release date, cast, plot info and latest news on the series…
When is The Last Kingdom season 4 released on Netflix?
The show’s renewal was first announced in December 2018 through The Last Kingdom’s official Twitter page.
Back in April 2019, Netflix confirmed that filming had begun about the 10 new episodes — and in July 2019, the show’s Instagram page invited fans to”join Uhtred next year on Netflix as the battle continues” — so it appears that season four will arrive in 2020.
What is The Last Kingdom about?
Set in the 9th century AD, the show is based on Bernard Cornwell’s The Saxon Stories books, with every season after the events of two novels. Our hero is Uhtred son of Uhtred, a Saxon boy who is brought up by Danes, as soon as they capture him and opt to raise him as their own.
But, Uhtred betrayed and the Danes come to feel that he killed his adoptive father, the Danish Ragnar that the Elder. Uhtred is forced to travel to Wessex, the only one of the seven kingdoms (that make up what we currently think of as England) that is not in Danish control.
Once arrived, he offers his assistance — including knowledge of the Danes’ battle plans — to the Wessex king, Alfred.
What will happen in season 4 and who’s in the cast?
The Pagan Lord, printed in 2013 and another book to be accommodated for the show, jumps forward a decade — which, when Netflix adheres to the deadline, will signify an original batch of young actors, including Uhtred’s children by Gisela, who at the books are all grown up.
Alexander Dreymon is set to return as Uhtred of Bebbanburg (looking perhaps somewhat greyer), also, together with all the alliances between the kingdoms fractured, he considers the timing is right to challenge his uncle Aelfric, played with Joseph Millson.
With these will be lots of the returning cast, including Ian Hart (Father Beocca), Toby Regbo (Aethelred), Emily Cox (Brida), Timothy Innes (Kind Edward), Eliza Butterworth (Aelswith), Mark Rowley (Finan), Millie Brady (Aethelflaed), Magnus Bruun (Cnut) and Jeppe Beck Laursen (Hasten).
Netflix has also verified that Prime Suspect 1973 celebrity Stefanie Martini will join the cast as Eadith, “Aethelred’s new love conquest”.
Jamie Blackley (The Halcyon, Should I Stay) will join the cast as Aethelred’s brand new right-hand guy Eardwulf.