To celebrate the release of The Last Kingdom Season 2, available to own on Blu-ray and DVD from May 10, we had the chance to sit down with leading man Alexander Dreymon, who plays a young viking’s warrior named Uhtred in the hit series. Check out our exclusive interview with Alexander below!
In the first season of The Last Kingdom, we first met our hero Uhtred (Dreymon) as a young boy, the son of a Saxon nobleman, in the ninth Century England. Many of the separate kingdoms of what we now know as England had fallen to the invading Danes, leaving the great kingdom of Wessex standing alone and defiant. Uhtred’s father was killed in battle, and his lands and inheritance taken by his scheming uncle. Captured by his father’s killers, Uhtred was brought up by Danish warlord Ragnar whom he learned to love as a father. With his new family – Ragnar the Younger as a brother and Brida as a friend – Uhtred grew into a young Danish warrior. Then as an act of revenge, Uhtred’s family were murdered by Kjartan the Cruel and his one-eyed son Sven, and his sister Thyra taken hostage on the eve of her wedding.
Uhtred fled to Wessex and won the protection of the newly crowned Saxon king Alfred, hoping his commitment would ensure he continue on a path to reclaim his birthright. He won victory for Alfred at the great battle of Ethandun; the invading Danes driven from Wessex and peace secured with hostages, Brida and Ragnar. But Uhtred paid a great price; his best friend Leofric and lover Iseult were killed in battle. He began a journey north with Hild and Halig, intent on revenge for the murder of his family and the theft of his ancestral home.
Based on Bernard Cornwell’s best selling novels, The Saxon Stories, The Last Kingdom is the new go-to show to get your fix of swordplay, medieval fantasy and epic history, created by the same producers as Downtown Abbey. The first series’ story-line roughly covers the plots of the original two novels, The Last Kingdom and The Pale Horseman, although condensed for the purposes of television. The second series’ story-line covers the plots of the third and fourth of Cornwell’s novels, The Lords of the North and Sword Song.
The Last Kingdom Season 2 is available to own on Blu-ray and DVD May 10, 2017.