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Zorro

(15,923 posts)
Thu Sep 12, 2019, 10:00 PM Sep 2019

The Last Kingdom on Netflix

Just finished bingeing on all 3 seasons. Excellent series, better than GoT IMHO. Feels more authentic without all the dragons and White Walkers and sorcery stuff. (Not that there's anything wrong with that...)

Highly recommended.

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The Last Kingdom on Netflix (Original Post) Zorro Sep 2019 OP
Excellent series indeed. ProudMNDemocrat Sep 2019 #1
Season 4 getting old in mke Sep 2019 #7
I sure enjoyed it. kaiserhog Sep 2019 #2
I really like it too. BlueMTexpat Sep 2019 #3
I'm generally confused about English kings, but Last Kingdom philly_bob Sep 2019 #4
Loved the books, loved the show. OregonBlue Sep 2019 #5
Thanks, Zorro. I just added it to my queue (I love that word - four silent letters in a row!) Glorfindel Sep 2019 #6
very good show* splunge63 Sep 2019 #8
Good storytelling. Not the level of spectacle that GoT is, just a smaller scale, but makes for a emmaverybo Nov 2019 #9

BlueMTexpat

(15,420 posts)
3. I really like it too.
Thu Sep 12, 2019, 10:36 PM
Sep 2019

The series is based on Bernard Cornwell's historical novels about Anglo-Saxon England. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Saxon_Stories

Cornwell got the idea for the series from his own family history. From the link above:

... When he was in his fifties, Cornwell met his birth father, named William Outhred (or Oughtred), and learned the story of his own descent from the Saxons who owned Bebbanburg (now called Bamburgh Castle). Thus was born Uhtred, the protagonist of the fictional tales. ...


It's a good follow-on to the series "Vikings," although the "Ragnar" of "Vikings" and the various "Ragnars" of "The Last Kingdom" are not related at all. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ragnar_Lodbrok

Bernard Cornwell has another historical fiction series that I really like but that likely won't show up on Netflix as it's an older one. It's based on the character of Richard Sharpe (a wholly fictitious character) and takes place basically during the Napoleonic Wars in Portugal, Spain and France. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharpe_(novel_series)

The novels formed the basis for the British ITV channel TV series "Sharpe," starring Sean Bean. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharpe_(TV_series)

There were two later episodes set in pre-Raj India.

I really wish that one of the streaming services would feature the "Sharpe" series. It's great fun, especially if one - like me - loves Sean Bean, prior to his Ned Stark days on GOT.

philly_bob

(2,419 posts)
4. I'm generally confused about English kings, but Last Kingdom
Thu Sep 12, 2019, 10:43 PM
Sep 2019

does a memorable representation of the sickly, outnumbered, serious King Alfred -- the king that started the kingdom, against all odds.

Glorfindel

(9,811 posts)
6. Thanks, Zorro. I just added it to my queue (I love that word - four silent letters in a row!)
Fri Sep 13, 2019, 08:26 AM
Sep 2019

I've been looking for a good series to binge on.

emmaverybo

(8,147 posts)
9. Good storytelling. Not the level of spectacle that GoT is, just a smaller scale, but makes for a
Thu Nov 21, 2019, 08:31 PM
Nov 2019

more cohesive experience as not as many sub-plots, characters, conflicts going on. How does Vikings stack up to The Last Kingdom?

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