‘The Last Kingdom’: Fans Reveal the ‘Best Villain’ in the Series in Eye-Opening Poll: ‘Aethelred in My Opinion’

There are quite a lot of characters one could consider the villain in the hit series The Last Kingdom. The series is ending with the upcoming season 5, and it’s still a hard pill for fans to swallow. However, at least there is one more season to go before it’s all really over. Fans of the show have revealed the “best villain” in the series in an interesting poll. We have all the details.

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

‘The Last Kingdom’ fans reveal the ‘best villain’ in the series

There are numerous villains in the popular series depending on which season you’re watching. Fans have been known to discuss the show on social media, including Reddit. On February 10, 2021, a fan on Reddit made a post titled, “Best Villain.” The options are Guthrum (Thomas W. Gabrielsson), Aethelwold (Harry McEntire), Ubba (Rune Temte), Sigefrid (Björn Bengtsson), Kjartan (Alexandre Willaume), and Cnut (Magnus Bruun). 

Guthrum was a Dane and Earl in the early days of the series who fought the Saxons. Aethelwold is the scheming Saxon noble not chosen as King of Wessex after his father. Ubba was a fierce Viking warrior followed by many. He dies fighting the main character Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon). Sigefrid was another Dane and the brother of Erik (Christian Hillborg) from season 2 who fought the Saxons. Kjartan is an old enemy of Uhtred’s who was involved in the murder of his adoptive family. Cnut is another Dane who manipulates Aethelwold into killing Young Ragnar (Tobias Santelmann). He also fights with the Saxons.

175 people voted in the poll. The results are in, and they’re quite close. Aethelwold won the poll with 63 votes. Coming in second is Ubba with 43 votes. From there, the numbers drop with Kjartan with 26 votes, Cnut with 16 votes, Sigefrid with 14 votes, and Guthrum with 13.

Some of ‘The Last Kingdom’ fans commented on the poll

Some fans chose to leave comments on the poll as well. One fan would choose Aethelred (Toby Regbo) as the “best villain.” He was the Lord of Mercia and the king. He’s not a good guy, and he’s a terrible husband to Lady Aethelflaed (Millie Brady). In season 4, he dies after suffering a head wound in battle and Eardwulf (Jamie Blackley), his commander of the guards, kills him in bed.

“Aethelred in my opinion,” a fan said. “From the poll probably Aethelwold, but I also really liked Cnut.”

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Other fans mentioned Aethelwold, King Alfred’s (David Dawson) nephew. He isn’t chosen to be King of Wessex after his father, and he’s always scheming for himself. He kills Young Ragnar as he lays sleeping, and Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) later kills him, believing he’s breaking a curse that kept Ragnar out of Valhalla for not dying with his sword in his hand.

“Aethelwold by far, just despise the b——,” a fan said.

Another fan agrees with Aethelwold as the “best villain” of the series. “Aethelwold definitely,” they said. “I loved him up until he killed Ragnar, then I despised him. I missed him in season 4 though.”

Another fan weighs in on some of the options with their own take. “I hated Cnut, him and Bloodhair were by far the weakest antagonists for me,” the fan said. “I liked Ubbe, Guthrum and Sigefrid the most. Aethelwold I don’t really count as a villain.”

Fans have varying opinions when it comes to the “best villain” in the series The Last Kingdom. However, Aethelwold won the poll.