The Last Kingdom: Seven Kings Must Die on Netflix

If you're a fan of historical dramas, then you'll definitely want to check out The Last Kingdom Seven Kings Must Die – a standalone feature film and final capstone in Netflix's British-made TV series. Based on novels by Bernard Cornwell and set in the 10th century, just before the Norman invasion, this epic saga unfolds over six seasons, with each episode packed full of drama, action, and suspense.

Despite its vast scope and complex plot, The Last Kingdom Seven Kings Must Die manages to keep audiences gripped from start to finish, thanks in large part to its thoughtful and nuanced portrayal of a society composed of pagan Danes and Christian Saxons – and folks who are a bit of both – trying with some difficulty to all get along. The main character, Uhtred, is a mixed-heritage chap who was born a Saxon but raised by Vikings and believes in the Norse gods. As the leader of a community in Northumbria, he must navigate a complex web of alliances and rivalries to protect his people and preserve their way of life.

One of the strengths of The Last Kingdom Seven Kings Must Die is its attention to historical accuracy and detail. The series does an excellent job of recreating the world of Dark Age Britain, with its complex social hierarchies, political intrigues, and bloody battles. The director, Edward Bazalgette, manages the storytelling efficiently, helped by the display of place names at the beginning of each scene explaining which castle we're at now, as well as how it was known in the 900s, and the name it goes by now. If you're a fan of historical accuracy and attention to detail, you'll love this series – it's essential viewing for LARP enthusiasts and battle recreators.

But what really sets The Last Kingdom Seven Kings Must Die apart is its deep and nuanced portrayal of its characters. From Uhtred's complex mix of loyalties and allegiances to the fanatical convert to Christianity, Ingilmundr, the series presents a rich tapestry of human emotions and motivations. It doesn't shy away from the darker aspects of Dark Age society, including the treatment of women and conquered enemies with about an equal amount of contempt. The battle scenes, while not quite on the scale of the Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones franchises, are still pretty spicy and well-staged for something that clearly has a far smaller budget.

Mark your calendars for April 14, 2023, when the highly anticipated release of The Seven Kings Must Die will make its debut exclusively on Netflix. With its richly drawn characters, attention to historical detail, and thrilling action sequences, this British-made series is a must-watch for fans of the genre. So why not dive in and experience the world of Dark Age Britain for yourself? You won't be disappointed.


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