‘The Last Kingdom’: Alexander Dreymon Talks About Uhtred’s Imperfections

In The Last Kingdom, the main character Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) may be flawed, but that’s also what makes him so likable and relatable to audiences. He gets into all sorts of trouble and messed up situations, but somehow he always gets out of it without severe complications, at least usually.

Uhtred is a flawed character

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

Uhtred may be the main character, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have flaws. He’s impulsive and definitely a hot-head at times, but that’s all part of his charm. He’s known to let his anger get the best of him, but that hasn’t stopped many fans from loving his character all the same.

His impulsiveness gets the better of him when he decides in season 4 to try and take back his original home of Bebbanburg. He gets all his close friends involved in the plot, including Father Beocca (Ian Hart), who loses his life in the fighting. Uhtred is ready to fight to the death after losing Beocca, but luckily Finan (Mark Rowley) gets him to see sense.

Uhtred even wants to go back and retrieve Beocca’s body, but again Finan gets him to see sense about things. He would certainly lose his life in the process, and when he isn’t thinking clearly, Uhtred is known to make hasty decisions like this. But thankfully he has loyal friends by his side that know this and check his behavior.

Alexander Dreymon talks about Uhtred’s imperfections

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Dreymon spoke with The Guardian about his role in The Last Kingdom and what drew him to the part specifically. Uhtred is a flawed character, but at the same time he’s charismatic and likable. He may be “impulsive,” but it makes Uhtred who he is and gets him into all sorts of predicaments that are enjoyable to watch.

“He’s not perfect. He’s charming, but he’s got flaws,” Dreymon revealed. “I like his cheekiness and the fact that he gets himself into really messed-up situations. He’s impulsive, and that’s fun to play – even when he’s faced with a life-or-death situation, he still wants to mess around.”

Uhtred usually finds a way out of tough situations, which makes for great television

In season 4, Uhtred and Haesten (Jeppe Beck Laursen) are still far from friends. When Haesten and his men stumble upon Uhtred, his men, daughter, and members of the nobility of Wessex, he decides to string them all up from their feet to die slowly.

Haesten leaves some men to watch and report back, while he takes Lady Aelswith (Eliza Butterworth), Stiorra (Ruby Hartley), and Aethelstan to Winchester. He takes action against Uhtred in revenge for Uhtred’s earlier slight against him when he takes Cnut’s (Magnus Bruun) sons from him. if it weren’t for Uhtred’s impulsiveness, he wouldn’t be hanging from a tree. Luckily, Eadith (Stefanie Martini) helps the men go free, but not before they all faced a rather uncomfortable situation.

Uhtred’s imperfections get him into all sorts of trouble, but it’s definitely fun to watch.