The Last Kingdom With Mary & Blake: A Podcast For The Last Kingdom

A podcast dedicated to the hit Netflix television show, The Last Kingdom

Hosted ByMary & Blake Larsen

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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.[citation needed]


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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.

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All Episodes

The Last Kingdom With Mary & Blake: Episode 3.05

The Last Kingdom Hosts Mary & Blake chat about The Last Kingdom episode 3.05.

We discuss cliffhangers and narrative, we add a new Mary & Blake commandment, and why Haesten just needs a Popeye’s…

The Last Kingdom With Mary & Blake: Episode 3.04

The Last Kingdom Hosts Mary & Blake chat about The Last Kingdom episode 3.04.

We discuss the value of blowing up your plot for the sake of story, how the bookends frame the emotional stakes of this episode, and we discuss our Thanksgiving Day food power rankings…

The Last Kingdom With Mary & Blake: Episode 3.03

The Last Kingdom Hosts Mary & Blake chat about The Last Kingdom episode 3.03.

We discuss the artful composition in the direction of each shot, the importance of choice and how that should drive narrative, and why Mary’s in a horrible mood…

The Last Kingdom With Mary & Blake: Episode 3.02

The Last Kingdom Hosts Mary & Blake chat about The Last Kingdom Season episode 3.02.

We discuss Uhtred’s guilt over his choices, the show finally getting weird with it, and if Ragnar would be a fan of Korean BBQ…

The Last Kingdom With Mary & Blake: Episode 3.01 (SEASON 3 PREMIERE)

The Last Kingdom Hosts Mary & Blake chat about The Last Kingdom Season 3 premiere — episode 3.01.

We discuss the formulaic premiere, why the show needs to get weird with it, and why Finnan has to be a bad kisser.

The Last Kingdom With Mary & Blake: Episode 2.08 (SEASON 2 FINALE)

The Last Kingdom Hosts Mary & Blake chat about The Last Kingdom Season 2 finale — episode 2.08.

We discuss tying the shows plot to the narrative strength of emotion, if Odda was a traitor, and why Aethelflaed’s life was changed when Green Day’s “Dookie” came out.

The Last Kingdom With Mary & Blake: Episode 2.07

The Last Kingdom Hosts Mary & Blake chat about The Last Kingdom episode 2.07.

We discuss the the exquisite use of choice and stakes, the sign of great dialogue between Alfred and Odda, and why Erik and Aethelflaed are going to sell Pina Colodas in Hawaii…

The Last Kingdom With Mary & Blake: Episode 2.06

The Last Kingdom Hosts Mary & Blake chat about The Last Kingdom episode 2.06.

We discuss the important use of contrasts in the narrative, why every single line in a story must have purpose, and why Gisela is totally the Pippa…

The Last Kingdom With Mary & Blake: Episode 2.05

The Last Kingdom Hosts Mary & Blake chat about The Last Kingdom episode 2.05.
We discuss the benefit and burden of having a three year time jump, Erik and Sigfried’s long con, and why this episode is the TV equivalent of Seafood Chowder…