Netflix has greenlit drama “The Last Kingdom” for a fifth season, with an order for 10 new episodes. Based on “The Saxon Stories” novels by Bernard Cornwell, the series follows the adventures of Uhtred of Bebbanburg (Alexander Dreymon), a warrior born a Saxon but raised as a Dane, in ninth and tenth century England. Uhtred becomes an unlikely ally of King Alfred of Wessex (David Dawson) and his family as the king seeks to unite all the kingdoms of England under one ruler as Vikings ravage the country.
Based on books nine and ten – “The Warriors of the Storm” and “The Flame Bearer” – the upcoming fifth season will see Uhtred realize his destiny is more than just Bebbanburg: it is tied to the future of England itself. Charged with training King Edward’s first-born son Aethelstan as a warrior, Uhtred’s ambition will have an even higher purpose. But to achieve this destiny, Uhtred will have to face down his greatest enemy and suffer his greatest loss.
A total of 36 episodes of “The Last Kingdom,” to-date, have been produced.