The Last Kingdom With Mary & Blake is dedicated to the hit TV show from NETFLIX, The Last Kingdom.
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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Mary & Blake chat about The Last Kingdom: Seven Kings Must Die.
We discuss why the film doesn’t miss a beat as it relates to feeling like the show, why there is some major plot yoga in order to create an arc for Uhtred, and why Mary apparently doesn’t know this difference between facts and FAQs…
Mary & Blake chat about The Last Kingdom Episode 5.10.
We discuss subverting expectations, why the battle for Bebbanburg was perfectly constructed, and why we Finan might have a competitor for Mary’s heart…
Mary & Blake chat about The Last Kingdom Episode 5.09.
We discuss the difficulty of turning characters into likable figures, why we’re willing to look past some writerly convenience for the sake of emotionality, and why Mary was once told she looked like an M&M…
Mary & Blake chat about The Last Kingdom Episode 5.08.
We discuss the “big breath in”, why Aethelhelm is right (from a certain point of view), and why Finan is totally a Gilmore Girls fan…
Mary & Blake chat about The Last Kingdom Episode 5.07.
We discuss the visual language of the final shot, why Edward has been a grey character all season, and why Mary is having a major existential crisis…
Mary & Blake chat about The Last Kingdom Episode 5.06.
We discuss why this episode feels like it’s moving chess pieces instead of having characters make real choices, why we don’t care ONE OUNCE about Aelfwynn, and why Sylvester Stallone is getting divorced because of his dog. Trust me, you don’t want to miss the last 15 minutes of this episode…
Mary & Blake chat about The Last Kingdom Episode 5.05.
We discuss horror working better when you don’t see it, the Brida headfake, and why Haesten might be the first person to ever follow “The Secret”
Mary & Blake chat about The Last Kingdom Episode 5.04.
We discuss the moral gray area for our characters, contrasting the affect of death on faith, and why Combos are the crown jewel of road trips.
Mary & Blake chat about The Last Kingdom Episode 5.03
We discuss manufacturing plot to continue the story, if Uhtred is being a good dad, and why Vebeke is definitely not on the track team