Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Last Kingdom - Season 3 - Review

Uhtred son of Uhtred is back to claim "Destiny is All" one more time!

One of the things that I love about this show - from season 1 - is the fact that it does not waste any time in build up or unnecessary developments! Each season adapts two books from the Saxon Stories saga, and uses 4-5 episodes to depict each instalment. This medieval history show has a factual component, which is King Alfred's story of how he united all the kingdoms, and a fictional part about Uhtred - a master strategist and the best warrior on the land who sometimes identifies with both Danes and Saxons, and sometimes with neither.

This show was originally a BBC production, but for some reason, they abandoned it after season 2. Luckily, Netflix picked up the show and has renewed it for a fourth season as well. Thanks to the new headmasters at Netflix, we got 10 episodes instead of eight. With the additional two episodes, the pacing (particularly in the second half of the show) is not as tight as it used to be in the first two seasons. Besides this minor gripe, the story is as compelling as before. Few shows manage to make you root for the protagonist and despise the antagonist to the level that the Last Kingdom does.

Tight pacing, great character developments, and a good story (mostly rooted in actual history) make the show rank very high in my book. For the sheer entertainment value, I'd give it a 9.5/10.

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