‘The Last Kingdom’: See an Official Look at Lady Aelswith in Season 5

Season 5 of The Last Kingdom has finished filming in Hungary, which means we’re one step closer to seeing the final season. The official social media channels have been sharing official looks of some of the characters, including Lady Aelswith (Eliza Butterworth), despite her fate being unknown at the end of season 4. 

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Lady Aelswith in ‘The Last Kingdom’

Aelswith is originally from Mercia, and she is the wife of the late King Alfred (David Dawson). She has two children, King Edward of Wessex (Timothy Innes) and Lady Aethelflaed (Millie Brady), who is now ruler of the Mercians.

Aelswith is poisoned in a shocking turn of events by Lord Aethelhelm (Adrian Schiller) in season 4 while held captive by the Danes. Although eventually allowed free, Aelswith falls, and her fate is unclear at the end of season 4 when we see her lying in bed. But it looks like she survives, at least for a time, as she is in the new season, which is a relief for some fans.

See an official look at Lady Aelswith in season 5 of ‘The Last Kingdom’

On July 19, 2021, fans got a glimpse of Aelswith in the new season via the official social media channels. In the upper left corner is the name of the series, and Aelswith can be seen in the middle wearing a hooded robe held together with a metal clasp. She wears dark-colored clothing as well as a cross necklace around her neck. With the hood over her head, Aelswith looks off. Other people can be seen in the background as well out of focus.

Below the image is a quote from Aelswith. “’The sacrament of healing will restore you.’ – Aelswith.”

Eliza Butterworth, who plays the character, is tagged in the post. The post is captioned: “Who will be healed and who will weaken? #thelastkingdom #tlk5.” Over 30,000 people like the post, and over 300 people commented on it.


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Magnus Bruun, who played Cnut, wrote, “Wonderful Eliza! 🔥.” Butterworth commented back tagging Bruun and writing, “Thank you magnificent Magnus!!! 😍.”

Butterworth also commented on the post writing, “Jedi Saxon grandmother at your service ⚔️👵🏻⚔️ #maytheaelswithbewithyou #praisehim #season5andfeelingalive ♥️♥️♥️.”

Fans recently received a glimpse of her son, King Edward

Aelswith’s son, King Edward of Wessex, was also recently seen in an official look. On July 8, 2021, the official social media channels shared an image of Edward in the upcoming season. In the photo, the name of the series is written in the left corner. Edward can be seen looking off as he has on his crown with a full beard and long hair on full display. He also wears regal robes with a clasp in the middle of his neck.

Below is a quote from Edward. “’Towns can be rebuilt. Reputations? It is not so easy…’ – King Edward.” Timothy Innes is also tagged in the post. 

The post is captioned: “Whose reputation will survive and whose will be destroyed forever? #thelastkingdom #tlk5.” Over 38,000 people liked the post, and over 500 people commented on it.

It’s great seeing these official looks ahead of the upcoming season of The Last Kingdom. We’ll have to see what else is shared before the series returns.