‘Last Kingdom’ Star Alexander Dreymon on Uhtred in S4: ‘He Goes Through So Much S—‘ (SPOILERS)

SPOILER ALERT:

Do not keep reading if you have not watched “The Last Kingdom” Season 4, which dropped April 26 on Netflix.


Alexander Dreymon once again suits up as Uhtred of Bebbanburg in Season 4 of “The Last Kingdom.” This time out though, Uhtred goes through some things that fans of the show haven’t seen before.

Dreymon spoke with Variety ahead of the premiere about how the kingdom is transforming, how Uhtred changes this season, and how he seems to have misplaced one of his children.

Uhtred and Alfred had such a great dynamic over the first three seasons. What was it like this time without him? Even though he’s gone, his presence still seems to very much hang over the show.  

I was really worried about this, to be perfectly honest with you. David Dawson is a phenomenal actor. And if you saw the ending of season 3, those scenes we had together were just honestly the best moments of my acting career and I think the dynamic he and I had in the show was one of the most compelling factors of it. And so I was worried going into the season about how it was going to be without him, and we all missed him enormously. But I’m really glad to hear you say that. His presence is felt all throughout season 4 because I think it’s just so important that he’s still there. But it’s really thanks to David Dawson’s talent that he’s still here with us in a way because he made such an impact.

And then Uhtred finally returns to Bebbanburg this season only for him to fail in a monumental way that we’ve never seen before. Why was that?

I actually think that’s really important because it speaks to his humanity, and I think the most interesting moments in a character is when you see the character vulnerable. In this season, Uhtred has gone through so much — that’s also one of the challenges of playing him is that he just goes through so much s— [Laughs]. After the after the end of season one when his lover’s head gets cut off and thrown at him, it’s kind of like “Where are you gonna go from there? What could possibly be worse?” And s— just keeps happening. I think seeing him losing faith in his dream and purpose in life and losing this major father figure in his life at the same time is really compelling. It was very interesting to dive into that.

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2 thoughts on “‘Last Kingdom’ Star Alexander Dreymon on Uhtred in S4: ‘He Goes Through So Much S—‘ (SPOILERS)

  1. I’ve watched all 4 seasons, just now during the Covid-19 quarantining. It’s fantastic and so well done! Really love any good period pieces, and I would easily put this one near the top. The cast of largely unknowns (apart from a couple of actors) do wonderful work. Glad the Finan character was expanded in S4. I don’t think Netflix does a very good job marketing this show, but I’ll spread the word, for what it’s worth. I know they’re hoping for a S5, and so am I! We all just have to be very, very, VERY patient now. With this global pandemic, any and all new seasons of our favorite shows will be a long time coming with any new productions put on hold indefinitely… 😥

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    1. Oh good. Glad you enjoyed it. Well, S1 and S2 were on the BBC initially. Netflix just picked it up starting S3 and by that time, it had a following. But, you’re right, Netflix could advertise it more. This season was excellent and since there wasn’t the close I thought we’d get, I am hoping for S5.

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