‘The Last Kingdom’: Why Uhtred and Finan’s Friendship Is so Important

The Last Kingdom season 4 is finally here and fans couldn’t be more excited. This season has already shown a more intriguing side to Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) and his friendship with Finan (Mark Rowley). Read on to learn why their relationship is so important. There are spoilers ahead for season 4 of The Last Kingdom.

When a main character dies, Finan steps up to keep Uhtred focused

Alexander Dreymon
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In Uhtred’s attempt to take back Bebbanburg, Father Beocca (Ian Hart) dies and it’s truly a shocking moment for everyone. Uhtred is more than devastated and intent on returning to Bebbanburg to retrieve Beocca’s body, but Finan gets Uhtred to see reason. Beocca is dead and there’s no taking it back now. They can’t return or they’ll be killed.

Finan is there for Uhtred when he’s grieving and needs a shoulder to cry on. Their friendship helps keep Uhtred focused on the next task at hand. Finan tells Uhtred he didn’t fail Beocca, and they must move on, since they can’t stay where they are. Finan gets the men to understand what Uhtred is going through and he sticks by his side through the whole ordeal.

Finan makes peace between Uhtred and his son

In season 4, fans get to see Young Uhtred (Finn Elliot), Uhtred’s teenaged son. He believes his father doesn’t want him there, and Finan explains the kind of man Uhtred is. He clearly has respect and admiration for his dearest friend and it’s obvious how much they each mean to one another.

“Uhtred is a warrior and a father. It’s his job to save you and he could not, that’s what eats at him,” Finan explains. Young Uhtred says Uhtred has never been a father. “Because of his absence?” Finan inquires. “Do you know how many battles he’s fought? How many times he’s sworn oaths and risked his life for your Christian king at the cost of his own hopes and comfort? I met your father as a slave and we had nothing. Now you look at what he lacks. Not what he has given to others.”

Finan explains to Uhtred’s son why he should be proud of his father and not give up on him just yet. It helps repair their father and son bond, and that’s because of Finan’s admiration for Uhtred.

Why Uhtred and Finan’s friendship is so important

Uhtred is able to do everything he does because he has Finan by his side. Their friendship is a unique part of the series and one that propels Uhtred to do the right thing in many circumstances. Without one another, who knows where they’d each be? They bring out the best in each other and seem to be better together. Over the years, one constant has endured: Uhtred and Finan’s unique and brotherly friendship. It makes the show that much more meaningful to watch.

Where would Uhtred be without Finan or vice versa? It’s a painful thought, but one fans don’t have to think about, at least not yet. Check back for all the latest information on season 4 of The Last Kingdom.