‘The Last Kingdom’: Fans React to the End of the Series After Season 5

The news has broken that The Last Kingdom, a highly popular series on Netflix, will conclude with season 5, which is a hard pill to swallow for fans. What are viewers saying? We have all the details.

Alexander Dreymon as Uhtred in 'The Last Kingdom'
Alexander Dreymon as Uhtred in ‘The Last Kingdom’ | Joe Alblas/Netflix

‘The Last Kingdom’s’ season 5

Season 5 is set to be the bitter end to a much-beloved series about Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon), son of Uhtred, a Saxon brought up as a Dane. A lot has happened over the years in the show, but still there is much more to come as the series is based on Bernard Cornwell’s beloved novel series The Saxon Stories.

There’s no premiere date just yet, but season 5 will follow the next novels in the series, nine and 10, which are titled, “Warriors of the Storm” and “The Flame Bearer,” according to Radio Times. It will consist of 10 episodes, and viewers could see it later on this year or in the beginning of 2022.

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A video announcement was released on the official social media channels on April 30, 2021, the same day the news was announced ahead of it that the series will be ending after this last season. The video revealed that the series is back in production, which is happening in Hungary, and many of our favorite characters could be seen.

This will be the final season

Unfortunately, fans learned that season 5 will be the final season. Deadline announced the news of the conclusion of the series with season 5, verifying the news with Netflix and Carnival Films.

The executive producer of the series, Nigel Marchant, said [via Variety], “We are really proud of The Last Kingdom, which continues to entertain audiences all over the world. We had such a tremendous response to the last season, so are thrilled to be bringing it back for a fifth and final season on Netflix. With such a loyal fanbase, we’re excited to give viewers a chance to follow Uhtred on the next stage of his epic quest, where not everyone survives.”

Dreymon, who will direct an episode in season 5, said, “I love this job. Playing Uhtred for 5 seasons has been a wonderful journey. And I’m truly grateful to have been given the opportunity to direct. In doing so, I came to fully appreciate the spectacular talent and skill of our cast and crew even more. I can’t wait to share it with our fans, without whom none of this would be possible.”

Fans react to the news

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

As can be expected, fans are talking about the situation, including on Reddit. In a thread titled, “[MEGATHREAD] Season 5 is gonna be the last season of The Last Kingdom,” fans didn’t hold back their opinions.

Many fans seem upset by the news. “Wtf no! Why does Netflix need to cancel all the good stuff, but leave the bad stuff there????” a fan asked. “F*** this.”

Another fan admits it’s “disappointing,” and it certainly is for many fans of the series. “Well, that’s disappointing, one because it could have gone on for longer and two, the main aspect of the story won’t get fulfilled,” they said.

One fan adds that there is “more story.” There are more books in The Saxon Stories, so they are indeed correct. “It’s far too soon to end it now, there’s so much more story to tell,” they said. “Netflix has f***** up massively. Popularity of the show is only growing stronger such a shame at least give it one more season.”

“This show neeeeds to be picked up by another streaming service,” a fan wrote. “It’s not fair! There is so much story to cover and it an amazing story! This is bull****!”

However, one fan says it’s “probably for the best.” “Even though I expected them to squeeze at least one more season after 5, It is probably for the best to end it now than to drag it out,” they said.

While another fan wonders why everyone is “upset.” “Why is everyone upset?” they ask. “A 5 season story can be solid, a prolonged series for no other reason than to prolong it will always end in a s***show.”

Many fans aren’t happy with the news of season 5 being the last of The Last Kingdom, and we can understand why. But not everyone agrees, which is to be expected.