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The Last Kingdom - (S01E01)

Action . History . Romance

When Uhtred loses his father in battle, his lands and inheritance are taken by his scheming uncle, Aelfric, who becomes a puppet-lord for the ruling Danes. Uhtred is captured by his father's killers and brought up by Danish warlord Ragnar whom he grows to love as a father. Now a young Danish warrior, when his surrogate family is murdered by a group of vengeful Danes, Uhtred finds himself alone; neither Saxon nor Dane.

Episode Title: Episode One
Airs: 2015-10-10 at 10:00 PM
  • Ed Bark

    It all meshes together in enthralling fashion with a tale that’s understandable and a setting that’s tailor made for picturesque vistas. Last Kingdom livens up Saturday nights with Emmy caliber storytelling and oft-sumptuous production values.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Dennis Perkins

    The show’s many battle scenes play out in bloody, muddy confusion that’s nonetheless rendered with reliable clarity of storytelling, and, while Uhtred’s position as a hero torn between two worlds is central, it’s also not elevated much above the larger context of the story the show tells so consistently well.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    The truthful background of this high-stakes history makes it thrilling on a deeper level. Along with the battle scenes and other entertainments, the series reflects many challenges of today’s world.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    The playful chemistry Dreymon and Cox have developed so well remains, adding poignancy to their star-crossed circumstances as the story unfolds.... There is plenty of spectacle in The Last Kingdom, but none quite as spellbinding as Alfred’s quiet intelligence.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Don't let the exposition-heavy first episode fool you; this may be a sword 'n' longboat epic with a handsome hero at its heart, but as adapted by Stephen Butchard, it subtly grows more complex with each passing hour until that hero becomes, to a certain extent, a supporting player in the far more dramatic epic of history.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Last Kingdom is imaginative and amusing, and Uhtred makes for a smart, tough, randy central character.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    The Last Kingdom isn't in the same league as that other medievalesque literary adaptation Game of Thrones, nor does it have the epic scope of Vikings. But its breathtaking photography, glorious fight scenes, and fantastical story make it a worthwhile treat for genre fans.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    After an hour or two, the series has taken on a life of its own, offering a reminder that there’s always room, at least on a niche basis, for another good one.

    Variety Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    This is smart, satisfying entertainment that brings new life to ancient history. [28 Sep - 11 Oct 2015, p.17]

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Ray Rahman

    Shifting allegiances and unpredictable motives are what keeps this sometimes hoary show compelling. [9 Oct 2015]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Writer Stephen Butchard has done a superb job distilling the nuance and complexity of Cornwell’s story, which avoids simplistic good guys vs. bad guys plotting.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    The point is, once it gets going, The Last Kingdom is a nicely told and suitably adventurous story of revenge.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    The series has a sprawling cast and high production values, yet it starts off rather generically--bearded men playing with swords, battling over territory.... Hang around until Episode 3, though, and substantive themes begin to take shape that give this series a distinctive personality.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    There’s plenty of testosterone running through The Last Kingdom’s veins, though there is a potentially strong female perspective courtesy of the character of Brida (Emily Cox).... The duo’s rapport nicely offsets the macho bluster that usually defines combat-infatuated shows of this sort.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    As "Thrones"-aping series go, The Last Kingdom is a better bet than plenty of others. It's easier to follow than "Bastard Executioner" and less battle-crazy than "Vikings," occupying a gentler middle ground.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
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