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In the last century of their rule, four Plantagenet kings are violently deposed and murdered by members of their own family and England is dragged into decades of brutal civil war.


Death Troopers Appear on the March in 'The Bad Batch' Episode 3

Welcome to The Bad Batch Explained, our new weekly column dedicated to those rough and tumble Clone Wars leftovers and their march through a bold, new galaxy far, far away. In this entry, we’re charging into Star Wars: The Bad Batch episode 3 (“Replacements”) and examing the darkest era in the franchise’s history. And that’s saying something.

The war is over. Long live the new war. The Empire, desperate to cut costs while also tightening its grip on the galaxy, struggles to find new ways to use old soldiers. They’ve halted clone production, and that makes the Kaminoans nervous. If manufacturing is over, then their economy will collapse. So, the two business partners secretly scramble to bilk the other of their goods.

From their backroom dealings, an elite squad is formed. Death Troopers made their first appearance in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. They’re those nasty-looking Stormtroopers dressed head-to-toe in black, whose voices are garbled by a modulator. They often serve as bodyguards to high-ranking Imperial officers like Grand Moff Tarkin and Ben Mendelsohn’s sniveling Orson Krennic. Death Troopers are known for their stealth and carnage. These are the guys the Empire sends in when they want to salt the earth and leave no stories of their misdeeds behind.

Star Wars: The Bad BatchEpisode 3, entitled “Replacements,” appears to introduce these Imperial beasts. While not named so in the episode, we meet four non-clone soldiers handpicked from across the galaxy. These replacements have sworn allegiance and are eager to prove their value to Palpatine. A value that will cost the Empire a whole helluva lot less than Jango Fett’s children.

The new Disney+ series plunges the franchise into its darkest depths. Here is a time and place where hope feels impossible, and Princess Leia’s rebellion is merely a flicker in fandom’s eye. The Emperor has tasked Tarkin with squashing resistance, and the Moff will do so with extreme prejudice and without remorse. You thought you were watching a kid’s show, a cartoon, but prepare yourself to witness a half dozen murders this week.

While our heroic Clone Force 99 enjoys alien animal hijinks on a dark, desolate moon, the other half of the episode tracks their fallen comrade Crosshair as he trains their conscripted replacements. Tarkin’s new lackey, Admiral Rampart, believes the Empire will succeed by pairing skilled clones with fresh meat. He admires the skill bred into creatures like Crosshair and Hunter, but he craves the loyalty of those who willingly enlist.

These replacement volunteers believe the war is over. That there is no one left to fight. One soldier comments that the Empire is willing to put food in his belly and a roof over his head. Something the Republic failed to do. As such, they can do with his body as they wish. Go where they tell him to go. Kill who they tell him to kill. Uh…actually.

The hungry soldier does have his limits. When Rampart sends Crosshair’s squad to finish the job Hunter failed to do on Onderon, the one soldier refuses to execute Saw Gerrera’s unarmed rebels. Crosshair explains that orders are orders, and the reason Tarkin placed him in charge is that he’s willing to follow through. The clone fires his blaster into his trooper’s chest. The remaining soldiers complete Crosshair’s command, and while we don’t see the flame thrower fire upon the helpless, we sure as hell do hear it as the camera plants its view on Crosshair’s unblinking visor. Good soldiers finish the mission.

The Bad BatchEpisode 3 is an uneasy and uncomfortable watch. While we’re following Omega and her adventures hunting down a capacitor stolen from an energy-sucking beastie, we’re experiencing a rollicking good time. But, while we’re hanging out with Crosshair and his cold calculations, we’re sinking into dread. For most of The Clone Wars, we were watching a charade. Jedis and clone soldiers fighting the good fight against an evil separatist droid army. The war was a sham concocted by Palpatine, moving pieces on a chessboard so that he could get to this moment, this Empire.

Yes, The Clone Wars offered plenty of dread. The audience understood the sham at play. For all their good intentions and swashbuckling heroics, the Jedi were doomed to fail. They’d fall on their face by the series end, but while the series persisted, action and adventure was possible.

Swashbuckling in The Bad Batch is much, much harder to achieve. It’s difficult to enjoy Wrecker making space in his ship for Omega’s new bedroom when Crosshair is out there slaughtering innocents. His elite squad has yet to be named Death Troopers, but they’ve got the black uniform, and they’ve compromised the right ethics. They’re killers, and they’re the first of many more to come.

Since their introduction in Rogue One, Death Troopers have appeared all over the place. They became a constant fixture in Star Wars: Rebels as well as the various video games, novels, and comics. Stormtroopers are cannon fodder, and they can’t shoot worth a damn. When they’re on screen, all you have to worry about is how long they’ll stall our heroes from getting to their destination. They’re gnats, pests.

When Death Troopers are on screen, people are going to die. Crosshair is turning his squad into killers, and you can bet they’ll earn the Death Trooper name before The Bad Batch is over. Tarkin sure does love their results. Sure, one perished on the mission, but soldiers perishing is an inevitability, and there can always be another one of those found. And you don’t even have to grow them in a lab. People are hungry, and if you keep them that way, then they’ll sign up for scraps.

But we can’t forget about the Kaminoans. Their desires rest in the Bad Batch, apparently. The mystery of Omega remains. She was designed for something special. As Nola Se explains to her Prime Minister, Jango Fett’s genetic material is degrading. If they want to construct a superior clone, they’ll need a direct source. That source could be Omega or one of the Bad Batch. They’re Kimonan property, and they belong under their scalpel.

Three episodes into The Bad Batch and Star Wars is looking as grim as it ever did. You have one Clone Force 99 soldier establishing murder as the Imperial way, and the rest fleeing from the shackles of their birth. It’s hell out there. We need to meet some rebels soon. A Star Wars without resistance feels suffocating. The light side must always appear as the brightest side. The spotlight belongs with them, right?


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In an interview with Emerson College, Cornwell said: "Years ago, when I was at university, I discovered Anglo-Saxon poetry and became hooked on that strange and often melancholy world. For some reason the history of the Anglo-Saxons isn’t much taught in Britain (where I grew up) and it struck me as weird that the English really had no idea where their country came from. Americans know, they even have a starting date, but the English just seemed to assume that England had always been there, so the idea of writing a series about the creation of England was in my head for a long time." [1] The historical setting is the big story writing historical fiction needs a little story so the history can be the background. When he was in his fifties, Cornwell met his birth father, named William Outhred (or Oughtred), and learned the story of his own descent from the Saxons who owned the fortress of Bebbanburg (now Bamburgh Castle). Thus was born Uhtred, the protagonist of the fictional tales. [3]

In the interview, he revealed that there is a plan to adapt the series for television, in answer to a question of how many more books are planned for the series. "I wish I knew! I don’t know how the chapter I’m writing now will end, let alone the book, and the series? No idea! I suspect there will be a few more I just heard that BBC Television have commissioned a series that will follow Uhtred’s escapades. The company that makes Downton Abbey will make the programs, which is wonderful, and I’ll need to keep them supplied with stories (I hope). So? Six more? Eight more? I just don’t know." [1]

When the television adaptation of the first two novels aired in autumn of 2015, Cornwell reiterated how the idea took shape in his mind when he met his birth father in Canada. Cornwell's paternal ancestors were traced to the time of Alfred the family holding Bebbanburg was betrayed in the 11th century and fled to Yorkshire. [4]

Uhtred, the protagonist, is the second son of a Saxon lord who rules from the nearly impregnable fortress at Bebbanburg (modern-day Bamburgh) in the kingdom of Northumbria. Danish raiders kill first his older brother, then his father. Uhtred himself is spared only because the Danish leader, Ragnar the Fearless, is amused when the youngster attacks him. Ragnar takes Uhtred home and raises the boy like one of his own sons. Uhtred abandons Christianity in favour of Danish pagan beliefs, such as the gods Thor and Odin, Valhalla, and the Norns. In particular, he believes that "Wyrd bið ful āræd" ("Fate is inexorable").

When he is an adult, that fate drives him to serve Alfred the Great, whom he dislikes but respects, and Alfred's dream of uniting all English speakers into a single kingdom, Englaland. To his great disgust, Uhtred finds himself saving Alfred's Christian kingdom of Wessex (and other Saxon kingdoms) time and time again from those who threaten it, primarily the pagan Danes who have settled in Britain, despite despising Christianity and admiring the Danes. When Wessex is overrun and Alfred is at his lowest point, a fugitive with few followers hiding in a marsh, it is Uhtred who convinces him to fight back rather than give up and go into exile.

Uhtred's overriding ambition, however, is to take Bebbanburg, stolen from him by his uncle after his father's death.

The story is told almost entirely from Uhtred's first-person perspective. The reader knows only what Uhtred knows or learns. (The first few chapters of The Empty Throne are written from the perspective of Uhtred's second son, before reverting to Uhtred's viewpoint.)

Cornwell provides a "Historical Note" at the end of each novel in which he clarifies which characters and events are based on actual history and what liberties he took with them.

The series is frequently compared to The Warlord Chronicles, not only because of similarities between the two protagonists (both were orphaned), but also in the similarities between the foreign menace in the form of the Danes in The Saxon Stories and the Saxons in The Warlord Chronicles. Alfred also resembles Arthur in his mission as the only man to save his kingdom (England for Alfred, Southern Celtic Britain for Arthur) from an unstoppable threat.

The main character, Uhtred of Bebbanburg (the old Saxon name of Bamburgh Castle), is an old man telling tales of events that took place decades earlier, starting from his childhood and going on, his story intertwining with the story of the British Isles in the end of the ninth century. He intersperses the narrative with often acerbic comments regarding the events and characters he describes. It is notable that the Saxon-born Uhtred, baptized Christian three times, has a very critical view of the Christian religion throughout the entire series. Though he takes an oath to serve Alfred, he admires the Danes, their way of life and their gods. This offers the reader a balanced picture of the tumultuous times, when it was uncertain whether there would be an England or a "Daneland" in the southern and central parts of the island of Britain.

This series of novels is known by several names. Saxon Stories and Saxon Tales were the first titles in the US and the UK editions for the first five novels, and those titles continue in use for later novels. Starting with The Death of Kings, the UK editions bear the series title, The Warrior Chronicles. The series is also known as The Saxon Chronicles on US editions. In the autumn of 2015, a series of television programs based on the first two novels and using the title of the first novel – The Last Kingdom – has led booksellers to link the novels to the television series by referring to them as The Last Kingdom novels. The author renamed the series The Last Kingdom, per a news notice at his website. [5]

Bernard Cornwell mentioned in the historical notes at the end of The Lords of the North (third novel) that he intended to continue writing The Saxon Stories. On his website, [6] Cornwell states "I need to finish Uhtred", the main character in The Saxon Stories. On 5 March 2020, Cornwell announced on social media that the 13th book, War Lord, would be the final novel in the series. [7]

The following novels have been published, with the UK publication date listed.

  • The Last Kingdom (2004)
  • The Pale Horseman (2005)
  • The Lords of the North (2006)
  • Sword Song (2007)
  • The Burning Land (2009)
  • Death of Kings (2011)
  • The Pagan Lord (2013) [8]
  • The Empty Throne (2014) [9]
  • Warriors of the Storm (2015) [10]
  • The Flame Bearer (2016) [11]
  • War of the Wolf (2018) [12]
  • Sword of Kings (2019) [13]
  • War Lord (October 2020) [14]

In July 2014, the BBC announced that production would begin in autumn 2014 on a television adaptation of The Saxon Stories, to be titled The Last Kingdom. Stephen Butchard is the writer. A series of eight 60-minute episodes was produced. [15] BBC Two, Carnival Films and BBC America are involved in the production. The series premiered on BBC America on 10 October 2015 and on BBC Two in the UK on 22 October 2015. [4]

In an interview, Cornwell said he did not believe that the success of Game of Thrones led to the decision to produce The Last Kingdom. "I don’t think so, [Game of Thrones] is fantasy, unless the appeal is brutal men in chain mail and leather beating the shit out of each other . I can’t see anything else we have in common. This is rooted in reality. And even though Uhtred didn’t exist as I have written it, there is always that big story . in the background". [4] The big story, in Cornwell's terms, refers to the history of Alfred and the start of England. [3]

Two series had aired by early 2018. The third and fourth, each with ten episodes, was released exclusively by its sole producer Netflix the BBC was no longer involved. Another season on Netflix was announced on 7 July 2020. [16]


Reviews

I had watched Dr. Fletcher's "The Story of Egypt" (I think it is called) -- a multi-episode documentary. Then I stumbled on this, which I think must've been created before the aforementioned. Anyway, this is quite interesting and now I finally see how Dr. Fletcher is different than the other documentary makers. Her focus is much more personal -- less military- and elite-oriented. This two parter is good. There is a bunch of redundancy and maybe if you watched the two parts separated in time (like a week apart or whatever) you would not have noticed the redundancy as much as you do when you sit down and watch both at the same time.

It is quite easy to become charmed by our subjects here -- Kha and Meryt. And there is something very special about what we learn about them.

I do enjoy Dr. Fletcher's focus. It's different and as in "The Story of Egpyt" her enthusiasm is contageious.

With our modern sensibilities, I do get squeamish over the fact that all these artifacts have been removed from Egypt. That area isn't covered by Dr. Fletcher although I'd like to see her talk about it. I don't have any easy answers (repatriate everything? what?) but surely the current generation of scholars has opinions about this.

Travel back in time over 3,000 years!

Written in two parts following the introduction, this documentary is focused on the life and death of TWO real Egyptians, husband and wife Kha and Meryt. Their tomb was found intact in 1906. The find was absolutely incredible with all the contents amazingly preserved after more than 3,000 years! Yes, there was even loaves of bread in there! For those of us who cannot travel to the Egyptian museum in Turim, where all the finds are located, this documentary is the next best thing.

Kha and Meryt lived in the village of Deir El-Medina. Kha was a royal architect and was involved in the building of three tombs as well as his own. It appears, through scans of the mummies, that Meryt died at a much younger age than Kha. Travel with Yorkshire Egyptologist, Dr. Joann Fletcher as she walks the village, visits the tomb as well as climbing down to where the explorers discovered the hidden tomb and final resting place. Also go with her to the various museums and the old temples etc, some of which are still vibrant in color despite their age.

The best part? You get to "walk" in some places that you would NEVER be allowed even if you could go visit! The bad part? Between the two parts, life and death, there is a little repetition of scenes. We watched this with our kids whilst studying ancient Egypt and they thoroughly enjoyed it. VERY informative. I was not required to write a review but chose to do so. Thanks, Liz


Nightmare in a Box

In a Bolivian jungle, Adam and Caveman Rob pursue the fabled Executioner Wasp, Warrior Wasp, and Goliath Bird-Eating Tarantula. One causes a medical emergency, and another delivers a nightmarish bite that leaves Adam's arm partially paralyzed.

Stinging Punishment

Adam and Caveman Rob head to South Africa to face the giant Bark Scorpion, the tiny Uroplectes Scorpion, and the highly venomous Lion Fish. Big pain comes in small packages, and the effects of marine animals' toxins are truly the next level of pain.

Fairy of Death

In Mexico, Adam and Caveman Rob tango with 2 torturous animals- including one that topped Justin Schmidt's pain scale. The guys up the stakes by covering their hands with hundreds of Harvester ants and 2 Pain Index records are shattered.

World of Hurt

In Africa, Adam and Caveman Rob search for the Nile Monitor Lizard and the Velvet Ant but are attacked by an even deadlier animal and are lucky to escape with their lives. The guys experience a brutal bite that makes them question their mission.

Point of the Dead

An underwater hunt for the possibly deadly scorpionfish in the Baja, ocean leads to a toxic sting that puts Adam in danger and matches the highest pain score to date, while the Toe biter results in the weirdest pain profile yet.

Fire Down Below

Adam and Caveman Rob journey to the Asian island of Bali and face off with the Fire Urchin, and the Rove Beetle, which surpasses the record for the highest pain score to date.

Big Box of Pain

The guys encounter two legendary creatures of the Amazon: the Bullet Ant and the Piranha. After hours of pain from the Bullet Ant, Caveman Rob dips his blood covered arm in a tank of Piranhas. What follows is a bloody and painful mess.

Execution Day

Adam and Caveman Rob wrap up the season in Indonesia, with the two worst bites to date, from a Giant Asian Centipede and a 16-foot Reticulated Python. Vomiting, stitches and rivers of blood make them ask if they are able to continue their research.


The Handmaid's Tale Recap: In Which We Finally Reach June's Breaking Point


Human suffering, thy name is The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4, Episode 3.

With June captured and the rest of the rogue handmaids on the run, you can guess the level of physical and emotional torture that takes place in this installment of Hulu’s dystopian drama. I’m warning you up front: It was hard to watch and hard to write about, and therefore I’m not going to delve into all of the finer points of the horrors visited upon our girl. And it ends with the death of two of June’s comrades, so prepare yourself.

On a slightly brighter note: “The Crossing” also is Elisabeth Moss’ directorial debut, and she does a bang-up job. Read on for the hour’s highlights.

‘THINK OF ME AS HER GUARDIAN ANGEL’ | June is shackled and taken to a facility, where Nick meets her and tells her that Esther is in custody but Alma, Brianna and the other handmaids are still at large. The guardians assume they moved on to the next safehouse. “If you don’t tell them where they are, I can’t help you. Please let me help you,” he says softly. Then Aunt Lydia shows up to act as June’s “advocate,” she announces. “Think of me as her guardian angel.” (Heh.)

They walk down a hallway where torture is taking place in nearly all the rooms. And when June reaches hers, the abuse begins. Lydia slaps her. “Did you think about how I would feel? You have caused so much pain. I hope you’re happy with yourself,” the older woman says before a man referred to only as “Lieutenant” enters to genially ask questions about the handmaids’ whereabouts. When June replies with “God has forsaken this place,” he swiftly punches her in the sternum. Then he and some other men waterboard her while Aunt Lydia waits outside, making progress on her needlework as June chokes and sputters.

When that’s done, Lydia makes sure to tell June that if she and the other handmaids had just followed the rules, they’d be OK. June’s like OH HELL NO and points out that handmaids are raped, beaten and humiliated over and over because “you failed them.” An angry Lydia knocks her off her chair, but June’s not done: She points out that Lydia’s beloved Janine “turned on you in a f–king second.”

June later avoids having her fingernails pulled out by lying and saying that the handmaids are hiding in a library in Burlington, Vt. That buys her a little time but ultimately lands her on an elevator to the roof. It’s nighttime and pouring, and there are two other women, handcuffed and standing on the ledge of the building. A helicopter circles. It’s hellish all around. The lieutenant says if June gives up the safehouse location, she can save the lives of the women on the roof. “June, don’t tell them anything!” one of the women yells, and the lieutenant casually pushes her off the building to her death. June is horrified. Then June holds hands with the other woman, and they’re both crying. The remaining woman says, “June,” and then the lieutenant pushes her off, as well.

Back inside, June is put in a small box with holes in it, and &mdash oy &mdash we aren’t even halfway through the hour.

HEAVEN IS DEFINITELY NOT THIS PLACE ON EARTH | June sings “Heaven Is a Place on Earth” to herself &mdash nice callback to her time at the hospital in Season 3, there, and also an indication of how much of a beating her psyche has taken by this point. Then she’s hauled out, hooded, and brought to another room&hellip where Commander Lawrence is sitting at one end of a table laid out with a lavish meal. Classical music plays in the background. There are candles. It’s incredibly surreal.

He promises that no one will hurt her, then lays out what’s been going on. As a result of her Jezebels plot, nine commanders are in the hospital and six are dead. He says if she doesn&rsquot cooperate, they’ll hurt her older daughter, Hannah. This gives her pause, but she quickly dismisses the idea. “Gilead, they’d never hurt a child,” she says. “That’s all they care about.” He shakes his head. “Gilead doesn’t care about children. Gilead cares about power. Faithfulness, old time values, homemade bread &mdash that’s just the means to the end.” She’s crying as she tells him to go have The Ceremony with himself, but he looks sad. “I was hoping we could avoid this,” he says, almost crying as June is taken away. (Side note: What June doesn’t know but we do: Earlier, Nick convinced Lawrence to help him save her by saying that doing so could help him stay in his house and may be even more beneficial.)

So June is put in a room where Hannah sits inside a glass case, playing with a doll. When the girl sees her mother, she doesn’t recognize her and is very afraid, which kills June. “It’s OK, baby,” she says, crying as she slowly approaches her. (Side note: This scene is AGONIZING.) The lieutenant walks in, and it’s over: June tells him the handmaids’ actual location. He leads her away, promising that Hannah is safe.

At the safehouse, the handmaids are sleeping when flashlights outside wake them up. They huddle on their knees as footsteps approach, but then Alma stands and the others follow her. They all hold hands as the men bust through the door.

IT CAN’T GET WORSE, CAN IT? (IT CAN) | A chipper Aunt Lydia lets June know that her friends have been “retrieved, safe and sound.” June begs Lydia to kill her. But she says they’ll do no such thing: A healthy womb is a healthy womb, after all. They’re going to send all of them to a magdalen colony, where the commanders and wives will visit them once a month for The Ceremony. “A breeding colony,” June flatly translates. Lydia reminds her that everything that happened was “your fault, your choice” and then kisses her on the head. “This is the start of a new adventure,” she says.

Before that, though, Nick has June brought to him in the middle of nowhere. He tells her Hannah is back home and safe, then apologizes for what took place. “I had to do what I had to do to keep you&mdash” he starts, but she’s more torn up by the fact that Hannah was afraid of her, “she wasn’t afraid of them” meaning everyone else in Gilead. She cries, and he pulls her close. “She loves you. I love you,” he says, wiping her tears and putting his forehead on hers. When her ride arrives, she starts to leave but then stops, runs back and kisses Nick. He kisses her back, and she tells him she loves him.

Next we see, all of the rebel handmaids are dressed in red and in a van with Aunt Lydia. At a railroad crossing in the middle of nowhere, the sign comes down and the guardian driving the car says it’ll be a while, and he’s got to step away to pee. Suddenly, there are LOOKS flying all over the van among the women a lot of them have to do with the cattle prod lying casually in Aunt Lydia’s lap. And without a word, the women fly into action. June grabs the prod and holds it down across Lydia’s neck, then wields it like a bat, beating the older woman with it. (Why not shock her with it, I wonder?) Then the handmaids RUN.

It’s tough going, because their hands are bound with leather restraints. And the commotion brings back the guardian, who starts firing into the escaping crowd. He hits two of the women, and they go down. June and Janine make it across the tracks before the train passes. But Alma and Brianna aren’t so lucky &mdash they’re plowed down by the train’s engine as it speeds past.

In a flashback to when the women were sleeping in the gymnasium right after they were pressed into being handmaids, we see them all mouthing words to each other in the dark. June voiceovers about their learning to lip read. Moira is there, too. And, like in Margaret Atwood’s book, June goes through a mini roll-call. “Sarah. Ellie. Brianna. Alma. Janine. Moira. June.”

Now it’s your turn. What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments!


Episodes

# Image Title Airdate Viewers
68 "Winterfell" April 14, 2019 11.76
Daenerys arrives at Winterfell and Jon Snow gets some big news.
69 "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" April 21, 2019 10.29
Jaime faces judgement and Winterfell prepares for the battle to come.
70 "The Long Night" April 28, 2019 12.02
Winterfell fights the Army of the Dead.
71 "The Last of the Starks" May 5, 2019 11.80
The survivors plan their next steps Cersei makes a power move.
72 "The Bells" May 12, 2019 12.48
Varys betrays his queen, and Daenerys brings her forces to King's Landing.
73 "The Iron Throne" May 19, 2019 13.60
In the aftermath of Daenerys's attack on the capital, Westeros finds a new leader.

Series 1 [ edit | edit source ]

Francis Bacon [ edit | edit source ]

  • Episode: 2
  • Era: Slimy Stuarts
  • Year of Death: 1626 ad
  • Occupation: Philosopher
  • Method of Death: Froze to death while freezing a dead chicken. 

Matthew Webb [ edit | edit source ]

  • Episode: 4
  • Era: Vile Victorian
  • Year of Death: 1883
  • Occupation: Famed swimmer
  • Method of Death: Died at Niagara Falls, during one of his stunts.  

Franz Reichelt [ edit | edit source ]

  • Episode: 6
  • Era: Potty Pioneers
  • Year of Death: 1912
  • Occupation: Glue sniffer, inventor, & parachuting pioneer
  • Method of Death: Fell to death, while testing one of his parachutes. 

Edmund II [ edit | edit source ]

  • Episode: 8
  • Era: Vicious Vikings
  • Year of Death: 1016 ad
  • Occupation: King of England
  • Method of Death: Stabbed in the bottom by a Viking, who hid in a pit where Edmund was doing his business. 

The Saxon King (portrayed by Jim Howick) tells of his famous death where he learns Vikings will stab you in the behind while doing your business!

General Pausanias [ edit | edit source ]

  • Episode: 11
  • Era: Groovy Greeks
  • Year of Death: 470 BC
  • Occupation: Spartan regent, general, & war leader for the Greeks
  • Method of Death: Starved to death while trapped in the House of Pancakes, surrounded by Spartans. 

It also features Measly Middle Ages: The gory Middle Ages, which results in the Death Monster threatening to quit.

Aeschylus [ edit | edit source ]

  • Episode: 12
  • Era: Groovy Greeks
  • Year of Death: 456 BC
  • Occupation: Playwright & soldier
  • Method of Death: Killed by a tortoise, that an eagle dropped on his head.

Sigurd the Mighty [ edit | edit source ]

  • Episode: 13
  • Era: Vicious Vikings
  • Year of Death: 892 ad
  • Occupation: Earl of Orkney
  • Method of Death: Died of wound infection when his leg was bitten by the teeth of a severed head.  

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Bobby Leach [ edit | edit source ]

  • Episode: 1
  • Era: Vile Victorians
  • Year of Death: 1826
  • Occupation: Famed Swimmer
  • Method of Death: While on a publicity tour in New Zealand, Leach injured his leg when he slipped on an orange peel, and he later died of gangrene.

Victorian Niagara Falls daredevil (portrayed by Jim Howick) tells of his stupid death, which wasn’t as heroic as his work.

Heraclitus [ edit | edit source ]

  • Episode: 2
  • Era: Groovy Greeks
  • Year of Death: 475 BC
  • Occupation: Philosopher
  • Method of Death: Died of heat exhaustion while buried under a mountain of cow dung. 

Tudor Entertainer [ edit | edit source ]

  • Episode: 3
  • Era: Terrible Tudors
  • Year of Death: 1540 ad
  • Occupation: Entertainer
  • Method of Death: Stabbed himself whilst unprepared for an act.

Humphrey de Bohun [ edit | edit source ]

  • Episode: 4
  • Era: Measly Middle Ages
  • Year of Death: 1322 ad
  • Occupation: Knight
  • Method of Death: Stabbed in the bottom by a pike under a bridge.

Clement Vallandigham [ edit | edit source ]

  • Episode
  • Era: Awesome USA
  • Year of Death: 1871
  • Occupation: Politician
  • Method of Death: Accidentally shot himself with his own pistol, while representing a defendant. 

Arthur Aston [ edit | edit source ]

  • Episode
  • Era: Slimy Stuarts
  • Year of Death: 1649 ad
  • Occupation: Army officer
  • Method of Death: Beaten to death, by Parliamentarian soldiers, with his own wooden leg.

World War II Businessman [ edit | edit source ]

  • Episode: Episode 9
  • Era: Woeful Second World War
  • Year of Death: 1940
  • Occupation: Businessman
  • Method of Death: Stepped off a train during the blackout before it had reached his station and fell to his death from a bridge.

Draco [ edit | edit source ]

  • Episode:㺋
  • Era: Groovy Greeks
  • Year of Death: 600 BC
  • Occupation: Lawmaker
  • Method of Death: Suffocated by a mountain of hats and cloaks, caused by a Greek audience. 

The Greek Lawmaker, although cruel, was a bit too loved by a Greek audience!

Diodorus the Hunchback [ edit | edit source ]

  • Episode:㺌
  • Era: Rotten Romans
  • Year of Death: 200 BC
  • Occupation: Philosopher  
  • Method of Death: Died when a doctor straightened his hunchback, with three large stones on his back.  

Series 3 [ edit | edit source ]

Greek Boxer [ edit | edit source ]

  • Episode
  • Era: Groovy Greeks
  • Year of Death: Unknown
  • Occupation: Boxer
  • Method of Death: Crushed to death by a falling statue of his rival boxer, Theagenes of Thasos. 

An unnamed contemporary of famous Greek boxer Theagenes of Thasos beats off his rival until he topples over onto him.

James II of Scotland [ edit | edit source ]

  • Episode
  • Era: Measly Middle Ages
  • Year of Death: 1460 ad
  • Occupation: King of Scots
  • Method of Death: Accidentally had his leg blown off, by a misfired cannon, known as "The Lion". 

Knights Templar [ edit | edit source ]

  • Episode
  • Era: Nasty Knights
  • Year of Death: 1187 ad
  • Occupation: Crusaders 
  • Method of Death: While sneaking into an Arab camp, one of the Knights accidentally fell into a pit & drowned in poo. The rest were then killed by the awakened Arabs.  

Gruffydd Ap Llywelyn [ edit | edit source ]

  • Episode
  • Era: Measly Middle Ages
  • Year of Death: 1244 ad
  • Occupation: Prince of Wales
  • Method of Death: Fell to his death when attempting to escape using bedsheets. 

Griffith tells what happened when he was escaping from the Tower of London.

Countess of Coventry [ edit | edit source ]

  • Episode
  • Era: Gorgeous Georgians
  • Year of Death: 1760
  • Occupation: Irish beauty & London society hostess
  • Method of Death: Died of lead poisoning, by her own white lead beauty make-up.

Kitty Fisher [ edit | edit source ]

  • Episode
  • Era: Gorgeous Georgians
  • Year of Death: 1767
  • Occupation: Courtesan
  • Method of Death: Died of lead poisoning, by her own white lead beauty make-up.

Moliere [ edit | edit source ]

  • Episode
  • Era: Slimy Stuarts
  • Year of Death: 1673 ad
  • Occupation: Playwright & actor
  • Method of Death: Coughed to death, on-stage, while pretending to be a sick person. 

Henry I [ edit | edit source ]

  • Episode
  • Era: Measly Middle Ages
  • Year of Death: 1135 ad
  • Occupation: King of England
  • Method of Death: Died of diarrhea as the result of taking a laxative intended to treat his indigestion after too many lampreys. 

Henry I (portrayed by Mathew Baynton) is made fatally ill by a meal of eels.

Milo of Croton [ edit | edit source ]

  • Episode:㺋
  • Era: Groovy Greeks
  • Year of Death: Unknown
  • Occupation: Wrestler
  • Method of Death: He was attempting to tear a tree apart when his hands became trapped in a crevice in its trunk, and a pack of wolves devoured him. 

The famous Greek strongman (portrayed by Laurence Rickard) learns that brawn doesn’t always beat the brain, & Death starts to get the hang of Sudoku puzzles.

Series 4 [ edit | edit source ]

Tudor Archers [ edit | edit source ]

  • Episode
  • Era: Terrible Tudors
  • Year of Death: Tudor Era
  • Occupation: Archers
  • Method of Death #1: The first archer shouted to him, "I bet you can't hit my hat!", so the rival archer attempted the challenge and missed, and shot him in the head.
  • Method of Death #2: The second archer shot one of his arrows, into the sky, he went to check where the arrow landed, and the arrow came down and landed into the top of the poor archer's head

Gyrth & Leofwine (King Harold's brothers) [ edit | edit source ]

  • Episode
  • Era: Measly Middle Ages
  • Year of Death: 1066 ad
  • Occupation: King Harold II's brothers
  • Method of Death: Both died in the Battle of Hastings, and ironically ended the Saxon Era.

Hannah Twynnoy [ edit | edit source ]

  • Episode
  • Era: Gorgeous Georgians
  • Year of Death: 1703
  • Occupation: Barmaid
  • Method of Death: Killed by a tiger, as a result of bothering it. 

Richard the Raker [ edit | edit source ]

  • Episode
  • Era: Measly Middle Ages
  • Year of Death: 1326 ad
  • Occupation: Cesspit emptier
  • Method of Death: Fell into his own cesspit & drowned in his own poo, during his day-off, from his job of gong-farming (poop-scooping). 

Richard the Lionheart [ edit | edit source ]

  • Episode
  • Era: Nasty Knights
  • Year of Death: 1199 ad
  • Occupation: King of England
  • Method of Death: Died of gangrene after a small boy shot him in the arm with an arrow. The king was distracted by an enemy soldier smashing away arrows with a frying pan. 

King Richard I of England tells his Stupid Death caused by the most simple mistake! Richard asked his knights to pardon the little boy, but Death learns that this did not happen when the boy sidles on scene after the king has left.

Pythagoras [ edit | edit source ]

  • Episode:㺊
  • Era: Groovy Greeks
  • Year of Death: 495 BC
  • Occupation: Philosopher & Mathematician
  • Method of Death: Was killed by some rivals after refusing to run into a bean field, since touching beans was against his religion. 

The Greek mathematician equates that being chased by assassins & running into bean fields don’t end well!

Robert Cocking [ edit | edit source ]

  • Episode:㺌
  • Era: Vile Victorians
  • Year of Death: 1837
  • Occupation: Watercolor artist
  • Method of Death: Died in a very, very stupid parachute accident. 

Series 5 [ edit | edit source ]

Arthur John Priest [ edit | edit source ]

  • Episode
  • Era: Troublesome 20th Century
  • Year of Death: 1937 (Ironically, the year of his death isn't shown anywhere on his pajamas.)
  • Occupation: Fireman, stoker, & survivor of various shipwrecks since the sinking of the RMS Titanic
  • Method of Death: Died in bed from pneumonia. 

He was refused entry into the afterlife, as the Grim Reaper considered Priest's (portrayed by Jim Howick) death in bed too boring, & not stupid enough.


Many Shinigami refer to him as the "Old Man," and Death Note 13: How to Read says that he "must be very old" because of this. Furthermore, as his stats are immeasurable, there's a possibility that he is too incredible for human comprehension (according to Death Note 13: How to Read).

One of the eye-catch rules given in the series states that extra Death Notes found by Shinigami are generally expected to be returned to the Shinigami King, though this is clearly a rule that Shinigami are not forced to obey. Likewise, lost notebooks must also be reported to the King. Very little information is given about the character itself, aside from Rem's assertion that the King is not easily tricked, an achievement which Ryuk accomplished successfully. On the other hand, he is quite easily bribed, as Midora was able to trade thirteen apples for a second Death Note. Ryuk once referred to him as "that old fart," implying that there are Shinigami who don't like him all that much despite his high status. On another occasion, however, Ryuk seemed worried about "the old man back home" being mad at him and Rem when he, under Light's orders, wrote fake rules in the back cover of Light's Death Note. This hints that while Ryuk may not like him, he does fear him.

The Shinigami King doesn't seem particularly close or understanding of Ryuk as he stated that he couldn't picture Ryuk dropping his Death Note in the Human World as he considered it "boring," nor did he understand why Ryuk would be carrying two Death Notes.

The Shinigami King also seems to dislike, if not outright hate, any human who profits from using Death Note without actually writing in it. This is proven by how he let Light Yagami's campaign as Kira go on in the main series but killed Minoru Tanaka by using a new rule he made in the Never Complete One-shot manga. In the main series, the Shinigami King never appeared nor got in the way of Light's plans, presumably because he used a Death Note the way it was intended. In the one-shot chapter, however, as soon as he learns that Minoru plans to sell the Death Note without actually ever writing in it, he gets furious and writes up the new rule which kills anyone who either sells or buys the Death Note after using it. This ends up killing Minoru, rendering his plan moot despite it actually succeeding.

Though he is only referred to in the third-person and is never seen in the main series, the Shinigami King rules and governs all Shinigami. He also controls all "distribution" of each and every Death Note given to all Shinigami upon their "creation." It is unknown from the manga whether or not he creates Death Notes or just has a certain supply of them, as he is unwilling to replace lost ones. It is also not known whether the Shinigami King actually enforces all the various rules of the Shinigami Realm.


Mayans M.C. Season 3, Episode 9, 'The House of Death Floats By,' Recap & Spoilers

Here's a spoiler-filled recap of Mayans M.C. Season 3, Episode 9, "The House of Death Floats By," which aired Tuesday on FX.

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Mayans M.C. Season 3, Episode 9, "The House of Death Floats By," which aired Tuesday on FX.

The previous episode of Mayans M.C., "A Mixed-Up and Splendid Rescue," set up a lot of potential directions and deaths for Season 3's final two episodes, especially since Miguel Galindo discovered the truth about his mother's death. Now, those plotlines come to a bloody head in "The House of Death Floats By." Here's a spoiler-filled recap of what happened in the episode.

"The House of Death Floats By" opens with EZ in jail after assaulting two men who were harassing Gaby. EZ soon gets out, where he's met by his brother, Angel Reyes. Angel apologizes for his bad behavior at the brunch EZ and Gaby held for the family, revealing that he was breaking down as a result of having seen Adelita a few days prior. Angel then explains that his son with Adelita died and expresses his insecurities about everything that's happened. And soon after, Angel tells EZ that Nails is pregnant, which he believes is his second chance to be a father. EZ, for his part, tells Angel he'll be a good father, though he really needs to start using a condom considering just how many women he's gotten pregnant.

Following that meeting, EZ goes to see Felipe Reyes at his butcher shop. An irate Felipe interrogates EZ about accidentally hitting Gaby during the aforementioned confrontation. When the older man asks why EZ did what he did, the young biker talks about Goya's "The Dog," in which one of the painting's titular good boys is about to get swallowed up by a wave and drown. "I've always felt like I'm about to be swallowed up by something, "EZ says. "Pop, I spent my whole life trying to lock it away, but now the things I've got to do for the club, the things that I've done [. ] Gaby, she feels like a lifeline. I can't lose her, Pop." EZ then leaves to find Gaby.

When EZ gets to Gaby's house, she initially tries to pretend like she isn't home. However, as EZ starts walking away, Gaby comes out of the house. EZ tries to get close to Gaby and apologize. And while she acknowledges what happened was an accident, Gaby says, "Last night had nothing to do with me. I asked you to stop, EZ. [. ] Don't say you did it for me. I couldn't live with that." Gaby then tells EZ about the real violence she's faced in her life and affirms her desire to never have to live through those things again, which means breaking up with him and leaving for Lodi and nursing school. "I love you," Gaby says. "And if you love me, you'll let me go." She then walks back into the house as a devastated EZ looks on.

Coco's harrowing story of drug addiction continues to run parallel to the main story, and in "The House of Death Floats By," his story takes a decidedly awful turn. Waking up after starting the process of getting clean, Coco finds Leticia in the living room, having cleaned the house while he slept. She then apologizes to Coco for what she said to him just prior to his overdose and explains that she's made a list of real rehabs for him to go to.

While Leticia thinks Coco's Mayan brothers would help pay for rehab, he responds that telling them about his drug addiction would be a death sentence. Things collapse again when Leticia tells Coco that Hope has left, as he believes she did something to make her leave. Coco then realizes that Isaac -- who has been blackmailing the Santo Padre Mayan -- is going to make good on his threat of killing her. As an armed Coco leaves for Meth Mountain, Leticia begs him not to choose Hope over her.

At Meth Mountain, Coco goes into Hope's trailer, where he finds her passed out with several other people. He picks her up and starts to take her away, but once he exits the trailer, a woman ambushes him, holding a shotgun to his head while a man takes Coco's gun and Hope. Isaac then ties Coco up and tells him that, essentially, hooking people and bringing them into his circle is something Hope does accidentally. Isaac then injects Coco with heroin and promises to torture him as a result of all of the things he's done.

The action then moves to Emily Galindo, who has bruises on her neck from Miguel choking her during sex the night before, taking her morning medication. Soon after, Emily goes for a run, and when she comes back, her sister, Erin, is waiting for her. Erin asks Emily about the marks on her neck, thinking that it might be the result of abuse. "You think that wedding ring protects you from what he really is," she says. However, Emily responds by saying she knows who Miguel is and what he does. Erin tries to reach out to Emily and appeal to her through her own life experience. Emily, though, becomes angry at what her sister is saying. She pulls out her cheque book and gives Erin a blank cheque. Erin, though, replies that she came to help her sister, not for her money, and storms out.

As that's going on, Miguel calls in Marcus Álvarez for a meeting, revealing to the Mayans Godfather that he knows his mother Dita Galindo was murdered by the Reyes family and Emily. However, Miguel doesn't let on that he knows that Álvarez covered up the murder by not telling him about the motorcycle tracks at the scene of the crime. Instead, Nestor lies and claims that he alone saw the tracks.

Still, Miguel isn't ready to let Álvarez off the hook and asks him to kill EZ, who he knows is responsible for his mother's death. That night, an introspective Álvarez laments that his son, Isai, didn't get to see him change from the bad person he was to who he is now. Álvarez fears becoming that person again and hurting his family in the way that he did.

Miguel then returns home, where he finds Emily distraught over her fight with Erin, who has left for good. They hold hands as the sun sets on their estate, and Miguel becomes unusually affectionate. Afterwards, Miguel prepares a bath filled with rose petals for Emily, and that's a pretty good sign about just how badly things are about to go for everyone.

Miguel pours wine for Emily, poisoning the drink with some of her medication. After Emily loses control of her muscles and passes out, Miguel pushes her head under the water and she starts drowning. He then goes back to their bedroom and cries over his pretty shitty behavior. Miguel soon gets up, though, and runs to the bathroom. The cartel boss pulls his wife out of the water, and she starts coughing up water. And while Emily will live, the damage is done.

There are two more plots running parallel to the main story in "The House of Death Floats By," and they're just as bloody. In the first, Luisa Espina/Adelita tells Mini that she is now Adelita. "Free Mexico," she says. "Kill the Devils." And as a newspaper behind them shows Miguel's confrontation with Governor Montserrat Palomo from several episodes prior.

Several of Adelita's followers turn up to a rally for Montserrat and try and attack her with knives. This leads to Montserrat being rushed to the bathroom, where Luisa kills Montserrat's security guard. After lecturing Montserrat about what she's done and how she's hurt Mexico, Luisa reveals that Mini is now Adelita. This new, younger Adelita stabs Montserrat several times, seemingly killing her. After they finish their bloody deed, the old Adelita says that she needs to go off on her own to do something, though just what isn't specified.

The other plot in "The House of Death Floats By," which takes place in Tijuana, sees El Palo and El Banquero meet up with Canche. El Banquero explains to Canche that they can prove mutually beneficial to each other. In exchange for supplying Canche with heroin, the Yuma Mayans will help El Banquero take down the Santo Padre Mayans and damage the Galindo Cartel. Palo, for his part, will become a Yuma Mayan and leave Vatos Malditos behind. Then, towards the end of the episode, Palo takes the next step in his sinister plan and confronts his sister Laura, who has been working with Santo Padre Mayan Taza, at her home.

Well, that was intense. Let's switch focus to the Santo Padre Mayans, where things somehow end up getting even worse. At the clubhouse, Nails tells Steve about Chucky, mentioning that he "fell in love and moved to Ohio," finally explaining what happened to the classic Sons of Anarchy character. The Santo Padre Mayans then come in and tell Steve to details their bikes, lamenting that they'll miss him when he's gone, as they'll be having a vote on his membership status. This leads to a private conversation between Nails and Hank where the former apologizes for telling the latter about her pregnancy. Hank invites Nails to dinner, and she accepts.

Outside the clubhouse, Steve stops EZ and reveals that he's been traumatized after having killed a man during an assault on the Santo Padre Mayans. EZ, though, tells him to lock those feelings away. "This is what we signed up for," EZ says, clearly disturbed by his talk with Gaby. "This is who we are. Everything else is a fucking lie." Soon after, a vote on Steve's membership status occurs, and he's officially patched into the Santo Padre Mayans after only four months. However, this comes at the expense of Coco who, having missed another meeting, is officially kicked out of the Santo Padre Mayans.

At the party for Steve, Angel announces to everyone that he and Nails are engaged, which devastates Hank, who does his absolute best to hold it together in front of Nails. EZ congratulates Angel, saying their mother would be proud of him. As the party progresses, everyone has a good time except for Steve, who is clearly unhappy about everything that's happened. And while Steve wanted so badly to be a member of the Mayans M.C., the violence and bloodshed that come with it prove too much. Steve pulls a revolver out from his cut and says, "I'm sorry EZ. I don't think I can put it away." He then shoots himself in the head.

As the police investigate what happened, Hank breaks down crying over everything that's happened, while EZ rides off to see Gaby. EZ then tells her that he's going to go with her to Lodi and that he's choosing her over the club.


The year is 866, and the Great Heathen Army's arrival in Britain is about to redefine the relationship between Vikings and Anglo-Saxons. Following establishment of Danish rule in Jórvík and East Anglia, the show largely focuses on the resistance of the Kingdom of Wessex to ongoing Viking incursions to Southern England. The story covers about 40–45 years by the end of season 4. Season 1 covers the years 866–878, season 2 from 878 to 886, season 3 from 893 to 900, and season 4 takes place about 901 to 912. [ citation needed ]

The fictional protagonist is Uhtred of Bebbanburg. An earl of that name lived and ruled Bebbanburg (Bamburgh Castle) and Northumbria during the reign of Æthelred II, though about a century after the setting of The Last Kingdom. When Æthelred had the ealdorman of Southern Northumbria, Ælfhelm of York, murdered in 1006, Uhtred the Bold was made earl of a united Northumbria (and likely ealdorman of York), his seat at Bebbanburg. He spent much of his time defending the northern border from the Scots. He fought loyally beside the Anglo-Saxons against the Danes and with Edmund Ironside. In 1016 after Cnut came to power, Cnut had Earl Uhtred killed, along with 40 other Saxon nobles, probably on Christmas Day. [2] In Bernard Cornwell's series he adds a 'historical note' at the end, in which, especially in the first book, he mentions that Uhtred the Bold was his ancestor. He took the liberty of installing Uhtred earlier in history. [3]

The protagonist (named Osbert in childhood) is re-baptised as Uhtred after his elder brother Uhtred is killed by the Danes his father, along with other Saxon noblemen of Northumbria, are killed in battle against the Danes. Only his uncle and step-mother survive. Uhtred and a Saxon girl named Brida are taken as slaves by Earl Ragnar, now settled in Danish Northumbria, which becomes their adopted home. Time passes, and Ragnar's daughter Thyra is about to be married, but fellow Danes attack the night before the wedding and set fire to the hall in which the family is sleeping. Ragnar is burned alive, and Thyra taken as a slave. Only Uhtred and Brida escape, as they were away in the woods all night making charcoal. The attackers are led by Kjartan, a disgruntled Viking who had been banished by Ragnar from his lands years earlier for an offence committed by Kjartan's son Sven. Uhtred vows to avenge his adoptive father's death, while simultaneously hoping to reclaim Bebbanburg from his uncle—who seeks to kill Uhtred to keep Bebbanburg for himself. Uhtred is forced to choose between the kingdom of his ancestors and the people who have raised him, and his loyalties are constantly tested. [4]

The first series roughly covers the events of Cornwell's novels The Last Kingdom and The Pale Horseman, although they are condensed for the screen. [5] The second series covers the happenings of Cornwell's novels The Lords of the North and Sword Song. [6] Series 3 is based on The Burning Land and Death of Kings, but with considerable plot changes.

The third series' ten episodes were produced solely by Netflix. One reviewer indicated that this had a positive effect: "With it came a certain increase in production values, most notably during the epic end-of-episode clash in which the swing of every sword and thwock of every shield hit firmly home," but added that "the blood-and-gore budget has also undergone a significant increase, thanks in large part to the arrival of the beautiful but psychotic Skade (Thea Sofie Loch Næss)". [7] Much of the series was written by Stephen Butchard, and filming was completed in Hungary. These episodes cover the decline in King Alfred's health, according to one report "while he tries to ensure that his fiercely-held vision of a Christian, Saxon Wessex as part of a stable English nation will survive him as his legacy . the Uhtred-Alfred relationship is at the core of the story". [8] All ten episodes of series 4 appeared on Netflix on 26 April 2020. [9] As in series 3, there are significant plot differences to the books.

Main Edit

Actor Character Series
1 2 3 4
Alexander Dreymon Uhtred Main
David Dawson King Alfred Main
Emily Cox Brida Main
Tobias Santelmann Ragnar the Younger Main
Adrian Bower Leofric Main Recurring
Thomas W. Gabrielsson Guthrum Main
Simon Kunz Odda the Elder Main
Harry McEntire Aethelwold Main
Rune Temte Ubba Main
Joseph Millson Aelfric Main Main
Brian Vernel Odda the Younger Main
Amy Wren Mildrith Main
Charlie Murphy Iseult Main
Ian Hart Father Beocca Main Recurring
Eliza Butterworth Aelswith Recurring Main
Thure Lindhardt Guthred Main
Eva Birthistle Hild Recurring Main
Gerard Kearns Halig Recurring Main
David Schofield Abbot Eadred Main
Peri Baumeister Gisela Main
Peter McDonald Brother Trew Main
Mark Rowley Finan Main
Alexandre Willaume [da] Kjartan Recurring Main
Julia Bache-Wiig [no] Thyra Recurring Main
Ole Christoffer Ertvaag [no] Sven Recurring Main
Björn Bengtsson Sigefrid Main
Cavan Clerkin Father Pyrlig Main
Arnas Fedaravičius Sihtric Main
Christian Hillborg [fi] Erik Main
Jeppe Beck Laursen [no] Haesten Main
Toby Regbo Aethelred Main
Millie Brady Aethelflaed Main
James Northcote Aldhelm Main
Adrian Bouchet Steapa Main
Ewan Mitchell Osferth Main
Simon Stenspil [da] Dagfinn Main
Timothy Innes Edward Main
Thea Sofie Loch Næss Skade Main
Ola Rapace Earl Sigurd "Bloodhair" Main
Magnus Bruun Cnut Main
Adrian Schiller Aethelhelm the Elder Main
Kevin Eldon Bishop Erkenwald Main
Jamie Blackley Eardwulf Main
Stefanie Martini Eadith Main
Finn Elliot Young Uhtred Main
Ruby Hartley Stiorra Main
Richard Dillane Ludeca Main
Dorian Lough Burgred Main
Steffan Rhodri King Hywel Dda Main
Nigel Lindsay Rhodri Main
Eysteinn Sigurðarson Sigtryggr Main
Amelia Clarkson Ælflæd Recurring Main
    as Uhtred of Bebbanburg as King Alfred (series 1–3) as Ragnar the Younger (series 1–3) as Brida as Leofric (series 1, 3) as Guthrum (series 1) as Odda the Elder (series 1–2) as Aethelwold (series 1–3) as Ubba (series 1) as Aelfric (series 1–2, 4) as Odda the Younger (series 1) as Mildrith (series 1) as Queen Iseult (series 1) as Beocca (series 1–4) as Aelswith, Alfred's wife and Queen of England (series 2–present recurring series 1) as Guthred (series 2) as Hild, a nun and one of Uhtred's most trusted allies (series 2–present recurring series 1) as Halig (series 2 recurring series 1)
    as Abbot Eadred (series 2) as Gisela, Uthred's second wife and sister of Guthred (series 2–3) as Brother Trew (series 2) as Finan, a fierce Irish warrior sworn to Uhtred (series 2–present) as Kjartan (series 2 recurring series 1) as Thyra (series 2–3 recurring series 1) as Sven (series 2 recurring series 1) as Sigefrid (series 2) as Father Pyrlig, a Welsh priest and former warrior (series 2–present) as Sihtric, Kjartan's son who becomes one of Uthred's allies (series 2–present) as Erik (series 2) as Haesten (series 2–present) as Aethelred, Lord of the Mercians (series 2–4) as Princess Aethelflaed (series 2–present) as Aldhelm (series 2–present) as Steapa, Alfred's and later Edward's chief of guards (series 2–4) as Osferth, Alfred's illegitimate son and one of Uthred's allies (series 2–present) as Dagfinn, a chief of the Danes (series 2–3)
  • Timothy Innes as Edward, King of England (series 3–present) as Skade (series 3) as Earl Sigurd "Bloodhair" (series 3) as Cnut, a powerful Danish Warlord and cousin of Ragnar (series 3–4) as Aethelhelm the Elder, a rich and powerful Ealdorman in Wessex (series 3–present) as Bishop Erkenwald, a bishop in service to Alfred (series 3) as Eardwulf, the commander of Lord Æthelred's household troops (series 4) as Eadith, the mistress of Ealdorman Æthelred and the younger sister of Eardwulf (series 4–present)
  • Finn Elliott as Young Uhtred, Uhtred's son (series 4–present)
  • Ruby Hartley as Stiorra, Uhtred's daughter (series 4–present) as Ludeca, an Ealdorman of Mercia (series 4–present) as Burgred, an Ealdorman of Mercia (series 4–present) as King Hywel Dda (series 4–present) as Rhodri (series 4) as Sigtryggr, a Viking warlord (series 4–present)
  • Amelia Clarkson as Ælflæd, wife of King Edward and Aethelhelm's daughter (series 4–present recurring series 3)

Recurring Edit

Introduced in Series 1 Edit

    as Lord Uhtred as Ravn as Earl Ragnar as Young Uhtred as Storri as King Edmund as King Æthelred as Father Selbix as Oswald as Wulfhere as Skorpa of the White Horse as King Peredur as Brother Asser

Introduced in Series 2 Edit

    as Father Hrothweard [10][11] as Clapa [12]
  • Anthony Cozens as Aidan as Rollo [13] as Tekil [14]
  • Christopher Sciueref as Jonis [15]
  • Erik Madsen as Fiske [16] as Sverri [17]
  • Oengus MacNamara as Bjorn [18]
  • Tibor Milos Krisko as Rypere [19]
  • Ingar Helge Gimle as Gelgill [11]

Introduced in Series 3 Edit

  • Ed Birch as Sigebriht as Ecgwynn
  • Ian Conningham as Offa as Jackdaw
  • Jon Furlong as Brother Godwin
  • Debbie Chazen as Sable
  • Anton Saunders as Godric
  • Ciáran Owens as Tidman
  • Daniel Tuite as Brother Hubert
  • Annamária Bitó as Ælfwynn as Beornheard as Guthlac

Introduced in Series 4 Edit

  • Caspar Griffiths as Æthelstan
  • Máté Haumann as Cenr
  • Marcell Zsolt Halmy as Ælfweard
  • Gabriel Harland as Young Cnut
  • Tristan Harland as Esga
  • Debbie Chazen as Sable
  • Helena Albright as Ælfwynn
  • Anthony Cozens as Aidan
  • Kirill Bánfalvi as Burgred's Son
  • Richard Heap as Brother Oswi
  • Nicholas Asbury as Brother Iestyn
  • Ossian Perret as Wihtgar
  • Oscar Skagerberg as Bjorgulf
  • Julia Brown as Ecgwyn
  • Antal Leisen as Creoda
  • Kimberley Wintle as Taetan
SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
1810 October 2015 ( 2015-10-10 ) 28 November 2015 ( 2015-11-28 ) BBC Two
2816 March 2017 ( 2017-03-16 ) 4 May 2017 ( 2017-05-04 )
31019 November 2018 ( 2018-11-19 ) Netflix
41026 April 2020 ( 2020-04-26 )

Development Edit

The series started shooting in November 2014. [20] [21] It is produced by Carnival Films for BBC Two and BBC America. Nick Murphy (Prey, Occupation) is co-executive producing and directing multiple episodes. [22] For portrayals of the Vikings at sea, the Viking ship replica Havhingsten fra Glendalough was used. [ citation needed ] The series is filmed primarily in Hungary, [23] with most scenes at the eight acres near Budapest owned by Korda Studios [24] with its Medieval Village Set and surrounding mountains, forests and lakes. [25]

Filming for the second series began in Budapest in June 2016. Richard Rankin, Gerard Kearns, [26] Thure Lindhardt, Millie Brady, Erik Madsen, [16] and Peter McDonald will join the cast. [27] In August 2016, Aftonbladet reported that Swedish actors Björn Bengtsson [28] and Magnus Samuelsson [29] would join the main cast. Also that month, it was reported that Stephen Butchard would return as the sole script writer and that Netflix had signed on as an international co-production partner for the second series. [30] [31] [32] [33] [34]

In April 2018, Netflix confirmed that a third series was in production, based on the books The Lords of the North and Sword Song, [35] which would air exclusively on the streaming service, and Bernard Cornwell indicated that he had been offered a cameo appearance. [36] Swedish actor Ola Rapace joined the cast for series 3, as Jarl Harald Bloodhair. [37] [38] Swedish director Erik Leijonborg was behind the camera for series 3, he has collaborated with Rapace on several Swedish TV-series. [39]

On 26 December 2018, the series was renewed for a fourth series by Netflix. [40] [41]

On 7 July 2020, the series was renewed for a fifth series by Netflix. [1] On 30 April 2021, it was announced that the series would conclude with the fifth series. [42]

Historical background Edit

The main events of the reign of Alfred the Great and his heirs are well recorded, and a number of men called Uhtred ruled from Bamburgh Castle, [43] most notably Uhtred the Bold more than a century later. [44] The people identified as "Danes" came from many places in and around Denmark, including Southern Sweden and Norway. Historians believe that the Danish invaders of Northumbria came from Jutland in Denmark, as mentioned in Cornwell's books, as well as some of the Danish islands and East Denmark (southern Sweden). [45]

The first series of eight episodes premiered on 10 October 2015 in the United States on BBC America, [46] and was broadcast shortly after in the United Kingdom on BBC Two on 22 October 2015. [47] It became available online in the United States via Netflix on 6 July 2016. [48] It was added to Netflix on 28 December 2015 in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland. [49] [50] The first series was broadcast in the Spanish region of Catalonia on TV3 on 24 July 2017. [51]

The second and third series were released on Netflix in the US, Canada, Denmark, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Spain, Japan, Australia, and Portugal. [52] [53]

Netflix was the sole distributor of the third series of ten episodes, produced by Carnival Films. On 26 December 2018, Netflix renewed the show for a fourth series, released on 26 April 2020 and once again produced by Carnival Films. It was renewed for a fifth and final series on 7 July 2020. [54] [42]

The series has been met with a positive critical response. On Rotten Tomatoes, series one has an 87% approval based on reviews from 31 critics, with an average of 7.61/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "The Last Kingdom fuses beautiful cinematography and magnificent action sequences to create highly gratifying historical drama". [55] On Metacritic, series 1 has a score of 78/100 based on 15 reviews. [56] The second and the third series received 86% and 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, respectively. [57] [58]

Sam Wollaston reviewed the first episode in The Guardian and warned, "It's wise not to get too attached to anyone in The Last Kingdom". [59] Charlotte Runcie gave the opening episode four out of five in The Daily Telegraph. Wollaston and Runcie both remarked on the similarities between Last Kingdom and Game of Thrones. [60]

Sean O'Grady in The Independent found that some of the language gave the series "a satisfyingly earthy quality", but he thought that the plot was "a little convoluted". [61] The television reviewer for Private Eye was more critical, arguing that The Last Kingdom demonstrates how Game of Thrones "haunts the BBC", and that the series was directly derivative of both fantasy series and European dramas such as The Killing and Wallander, yet lacking the features that have made such series successful. [62]


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