The Last Kingdom With Mary & Blake is dedicated to the hit TV show from NETFLIX, The Last Kingodom.
In The Last Kingdom with Mary & Blake, The Last Kingdom podcast hosts Mary and Blake dive in head first on character, theme, favorite moments, production, predictions and every facet you can think of for The Last Kingdom on Netflix.
We have not read the books, and are podcasting this show one episode at a time. So this is a spoiler free podcast!
We firmly believe in the separation of book and show. While we do invite book knowledge, we are analyzing this story from the television show on its own accord.
Show Synopsis: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.
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.
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. The second series covers the happenings of Cornwell’s novels The Lords of the North and Sword Song. Series 3 is based on The Burning Land and Death of Kings, but with considerable plot changes.
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The Last Kingdom Hosts Mary & Blake chat about The Last Kingdom Season 5 Pemiere – Episode 5.01
We discuss the value of building out the emotional connection of your story world, if Brida is redeemable, and why Finan and Sigtryggyr would totally have a secret handshake…
The Last Kingdom Hosts Mary & Blake chat about The Last Kingdom episodes 4.09 + 4.10.
We discuss the narrative cohesion of this season, why Sigtryggyr was a delightful subversion of expectations, and why father Pyrlig is your 98 year old grandmother at Thanksgiving…
The Last Kingdom Hosts Mary & Blake chat about The Last Kingdom episodes 4.07 + 4.08.
We discuss the contradicting narrative pressures making a unique and welcome environment for the show, how the cell scene drips with gorgeous symbolism, and why Sigtryggyr is Kevin McCallister and Bill Weasley combined…
The Last Kingdom Hosts Mary & Blake chat about The Last Kingdom episodes 4.05 + 4.06.
We discuss the need for ironic characterization, terrific sound design and cinematography, and why Eadith is trying her best to recreate White Fang…
The Last Kingdom Hosts Mary & Blake chat about The Last Kingdom episode 4.04.
We discuss passing the baton to a newer cast of characters, why television is best when it lives in the moral grey area, and why Mary has basically employed a witch to sage our house…
The Last Kingdom Hosts Mary & Blake chat about The Last Kingdom episode 4.03.
We discuss “ending fatigue”, finally feeling something for Aethelflaed and Uhtred, and why Father Pyrlig is Taco Bell…
The Last Kingdom Hosts Mary & Blake chat about The Last Kingdom episode 4.02.
We discuss exposition disguised as dramatic irony, why Uhtred doesn’t feel like he’s got a real plan, and why poor Ecgwynn is like Edith from Downton Abbey…
The Last Kingdom Hosts Mary & Blake chat about The Last Kingdom Season 4 premiere, episode 4.01.
We discuss the differences between showrunners, character equity, and why Brida is basically Susan Surandon in Step Mom.
The Last Kingdom Hosts Mary & Blake chat about The Last Kingdom Season 3 finale, episode 3.10.
We discuss the overall arc of the season, why Stephen Butchard may have chosen to leave the show, and why Aelswith needs to take up Sourdough bread baking…