1.)Well I just watched the entire season in a night, and now it is
morning. That alone speaks to this show's magnetism.
The Last Kingdom, since around halfway through season 1, has
developed some of the most dynamic characters in any show now on.
Characters you've hated you will love, characters you've loved you
will grow to hate.
The standout accomplishment of this season is the development of
Uhtred of Bebbanburg, the main character and protagonist. Whereas
in season 1 I felt he was one of the least interesting characters
who served only as a device by which to highlight the conflict
between Dane and Saxon, this season he has proven a heroic,
admirable, tough, and dynamic character. Rather than his character
changing based on seemingly fleeting relationship-based allegiances
to a particular Dane or Saxon, he is molded by powerful experiences
that grant a deep insight into who this character is internally.
This season; Eric Thurgilson, Halig, Odda, Father Beocca, Uhtred,
and others undergo fascinating changes that will grab your
attention, force their way into your sympathies, and give you a
fantastic character based experience not offered by any show
currently on television.
2.)Uhtred is back, with more enemies than ever, and lots of
political intrigue this time around. He has battles of a different
kind as everyone suspects him, and just as what he wants most seems
to be so close, his home of Bebbanburg, it all gets snatched away
by treachery. He grows and matures in this season through his
experiences; the irony is Alfred is the one who can't see it
because he is so obsessed with his idea of what it is to be a good
man. Uhtred saves people this season more than slays them, but
there is still enough fighting for fans to keep things interesting.
The whole issue with Mercia too is quite interesting and one Uhtred
gets caught up in through no fault of his own. Everyone tries to
manipulate him and he tries to sort truth from lies. He also keeps
2 big secrets from Alfred, when he could create chaos by revealing
them. Athelwold is as smarmy as ever, so we can be pretty sure who
the real traitor is, and yet once again, he changes his mind about
the path he is taken, but not before a lot of good people make huge
sacrifices. His boast about wearing a clean tunic for a change made
me laugh-as if that is why he deserves to be king now. Great TV, ad
now I am miserable because I have to wait a whole year for another
season. One minor quibble-Hild. She was in serious battles last
year and was like Joan of Arc in a nun's habit, so I am not sure
why they made her all girlie with no ability to fight (with a
sword) this time around when she was at Ethadun, and the idea sort
of goes nowhere in the end and then she is not involved in the main
action at all after a few shows even though she is such a strong
character. But loved the new character additions Finan and Sihtric.
Must see TV.
3.)Uhtred son of Uhtred is back!
The production value is even higher than Season 1 (e.g. the Lunden
This is some of the best historical fiction on TV.
The fight sequences are awesome and visceral.
The acting is fantastic.
You get to see Uhtred as a friggin' galley slave.
Yeah, 95% of it is completely made up. Who cares?
Bring on Season 3!