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The Last Kingdom season 2
1.) Description (Editorial Reviews)
Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) is still recovering from fighting a defining battle that saved Wessex for King Alfred (David Dawson) but which came at a huge personal price. Mourning for those he has lost, Uhtred begins a voyage north to reclaim his own fate: to avenge Earl Ragnar's death and recapture his ancestral lands. Alfred's conviction to create a united England is stronger than ever and he sets his sights on the wild lands of the north, which have fallen into chaos and rebellion. It is a dangerous time for Saxon and Dane alike but Alfred champions a new king – a Christian Dane – to unite the tribes. Uhtred is faced with questions of fate and duty as he continues to fight for the country of his birth, against the people of his upbringing. With a newfound love, it seems he may finally be on his chosen path but in times of rivalrous factions, bloodshed and shocking betrayal Uhtred is tested like never before.
2.) Special Features
Disc 3 - The Last Kingdom Season Two:
1.)Well I just watched the entire season in a night, and now it is morning. That alone speaks to this show's magnetism.
The Last Kingdom, since around halfway through season 1, has developed some of the most dynamic characters in any show now on. Characters you've hated you will love, characters you've loved you will grow to hate.
The standout accomplishment of this season is the development of Uhtred of Bebbanburg, the main character and protagonist. Whereas in season 1 I felt he was one of the least interesting characters who served only as a device by which to highlight the conflict between Dane and Saxon, this season he has proven a heroic, admirable, tough, and dynamic character. Rather than his character changing based on seemingly fleeting relationship-based allegiances to a particular Dane or Saxon, he is molded by powerful experiences that grant a deep insight into who this character is internally.
This season; Eric Thurgilson, Halig, Odda, Father Beocca, Uhtred, and others undergo fascinating changes that will grab your attention, force their way into your sympathies, and give you a fantastic character based experience not offered by any show currently on television.
2.)Uhtred is back, with more enemies than ever, and lots of political intrigue this time around. He has battles of a different kind as everyone suspects him, and just as what he wants most seems to be so close, his home of Bebbanburg, it all gets snatched away by treachery. He grows and matures in this season through his experiences; the irony is Alfred is the one who can't see it because he is so obsessed with his idea of what it is to be a good man. Uhtred saves people this season more than slays them, but there is still enough fighting for fans to keep things interesting. The whole issue with Mercia too is quite interesting and one Uhtred gets caught up in through no fault of his own. Everyone tries to manipulate him and he tries to sort truth from lies. He also keeps 2 big secrets from Alfred, when he could create chaos by revealing them. Athelwold is as smarmy as ever, so we can be pretty sure who the real traitor is, and yet once again, he changes his mind about the path he is taken, but not before a lot of good people make huge sacrifices. His boast about wearing a clean tunic for a change made me laugh-as if that is why he deserves to be king now. Great TV, ad now I am miserable because I have to wait a whole year for another season. One minor quibble-Hild. She was in serious battles last year and was like Joan of Arc in a nun's habit, so I am not sure why they made her all girlie with no ability to fight (with a sword) this time around when she was at Ethadun, and the idea sort of goes nowhere in the end and then she is not involved in the main action at all after a few shows even though she is such a strong character. But loved the new character additions Finan and Sihtric. Must see TV.
3.)Uhtred son of Uhtred is back!
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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