The Last Kingdom Seasons 1-2
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The year is 872, and many of the separate kingdoms of what we now know as England have fallen to the invading Danes, leaving the great kingdom of Wessex standing alone and defiant under the command of King Alfred (David Dawson, Peaky Blinders). Against this turbulent backdrop lives our hero, Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon, American Horror Story). Born the son of a Saxon nobleman, he is captured by the Danes and raised as one of their own. Forced to choose between the country of his birth and the people of his upbringing, his loyalties are ever tested. What is he? Saxon or Dane? On a quest to reclaim his birthright, Uhtred must tread a dangerous path between both sides if he is to play his part in the birth of a new nation and, ultimately, recapture his ancestral lands. Included are all the episodes from seasons 1-2 as well as special features.
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The production value is even higher than Season 1 (e.g. the Lunden set).
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!
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I've read all of Cornwell's "Uhtred" books, and I've loved them all. That said, my sympathies go out to anyone who would try to put all of that into any kind of TV "series". To say the least, it is an immense story! But in Season Two, even with some necessary 'compressions' and a few omissions, the integrity of the overall story is rock-solid, believable, and thoroughly enjoyable. I was very surprised, and thoroughly delighted!
Now, I despair at the thought that we may have to wait two long, dreadful years before there's a Season Three, but I certainly do hope there is one -- now, more than ever. I'll be eagerly awaiting it!