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 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…

The Last Kingdom With Mary & Blake: Episode 2.04

The Last Kingdom Hosts Mary & Blake chat about The Last Kingdom episode 2.04.

We discuss why this feels like a season finale, why the narrative must take a time jump, and why Ragnar probably needed to take a 20 second time out…

The Last Kingdom With Mary & Blake: Episode 2.03

The Last Kingdom Hosts Mary & Blake chat about The Last Kingdom episode 2.03.

We discuss the importance of vulnerability and translating vulnerability, being a turning point in storytelling, and why Uhtred is the “New Emily”….

The Last Kingdom With Mary & Blake: Episode 2.02

The Last Kingdom Hosts Mary & Blake chat about The Last Kingdom episode 2.02.

We discuss the excellent use of contrasting theme, burning through plot but staying focused on character, and why there must be so much scoliosis in that walking army.

The Last Kingdom With Mary & Blake: Episode 2.01 (SEASON 2 PREMIERE)

The Last Kingdom Hosts Mary & Blake chat about The Last Kingdom Season 2 premiere– episode 2.01.

We discuss the odd editing choices for the premiere, Roger from Outlander, and why Uhtred likes anything if it has a pulse.

The Last Kingdom With Mary & Blake: Episode 1.08 (SEASON 1 FINALE)

The Last Kingdom Hosts Mary & Blake chat about The Last Kingdom Season 1 finale — episode 1.08.

We discuss the thematic resolution of season 1, the merits of having only one writer for an entire season, and why Alfred is no Mel Gibson…

The Last Kingdom With Mary & Blake: Episode 1.07

The Last Kingdom Hosts Mary & Blake chat about The Last Kingdom episode 1.07.

We discuss the clear direction of action, rising tension in faith vs. religion, and why Aelswith is a cheap imitation of Tuffnut from How To Train Your Dragon…

The Last Kingdom With Mary & Blake: Episode 1.06

The Last Kingdom Hosts Mary & Blake chat about The Last Kingdom episode 1.06.

We discuss the intentional inclusion of sorcery, specific use visual language of story transition, and why Mildrith should go to Maine and be a Blueberry Farmer.

The Last Kingdom With Mary & Blake: Episode 1.05

The Last Kingdom Hosts Mary & Blake chat about The Last Kingdom episode 1.05.

We discuss the superb direction, mirroring justice scenes, and Mary unexpectedly drops 4 “Destined To Be” Theories Of The Week…