‘The Last Kingdom’: Alexander Dreymon Talks About the ‘Realism’ in the Series

In The Last Kingdom, fans of the series have watched the characters grow and develop over a number of years. The show is now in season 4 with Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) still at the helm. Read on to learn what Dreymon has to say about the “realism” in the series and how it makes the show even better.

Fans have watched Uhtred on his journey through life for 4 seasons

Alexander Dreymon in 'The Last Kingdom'
Alexander Dreymon in ‘The Last Kingdom’ | Adrienn Szabo/Netflix

When viewers first meet Uhtred, he is only a Saxon child. He’s taken and captured by the Danes and forced to live with them. However, Uhtred becomes one of them and accepts the Viking culture as his own. When his adoptive family is killed, Uhtred finds himself with a foot in both the Saxon and Dane worlds.

Uhtred constantly feels pulled in two different directions. On one hand he is a Saxon, but in his heart, he is truly a Dane. It makes for some great television as he navigates the murky political waters of Wessex. Uhtred tries to find his place in a world that doesn’t seem to accept him for who he is.

‘The Last Kingdom’ has a ‘tight-knit fan base’

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Alexander Dreymon spoke with TV Insider in 2018 about the series. He was asked what he thinks it is about the show that fans love so much. Even though the series has little advertising, fans still manage to love it for what it is. It may be “a small show,” but true fans can’t seem to get enough.

“Well, we do have a very loyal and tight-knit fan base, which I’m extremely grateful for,” Dreymon revealed. “I think that there’s a little bit of the aspect of being the underdog, a small show. We don’t really have any advertising, and we kind of made our little niche in this world of millions of shows, which I’m very grateful for and proud of.”

Alexander Dreymon talks about the ‘realism’ in the series

Dreymon revealed that when he watches the series, the “realism” is something that really stands out. He says the actors “live” the experiences that fans are watching play out on their television screens. Most scenes are even shot-on-location, adding to the realness of it all. Viewers at home appreciate the added touches that go into making this production.

“I think that the realism of the show is something that gets me when I watch it, just in terms of the grit and the hardships that these guys are going through,” Dreymon continued. “All the scenes that you see in winter when people are struggling in the mud, and the red noses, I mean, all of that is so real, you know? We go through that, we live these experiences. Most of our scenes are shot on-location, where we’re out in the forest or next to the campfire and spending nights outside. I think that comes across in the show.”

The realness of this show makes it binge-worthy on so many levels. It takes a look at England before it received that name and the people who chose to fight for that land.