After the 5th season of “The Last Kingdom” it was over, but fans of the Netflix series should now be happy about the follow-up film “Seven Kings Must Die”. But what about viewers who have no idea about the series?
The shock for the fans of “The Last Kingdom” was great when it was said that the series would end as planned after season 5. After all, the Netflix production is based on the well-known “Uhtred” saga by Bernard Cornwell and three volumes in this series did not make it into the adaptation. However, the good news was not long in coming and Netflix confirmed that there will be a full Last Kingdom movie following Season 5. Now the time has finally come!
“The Last Kingdom: Seven Kings Must Die” has been running on Netflix since April 14 and is intended to be a kind of epilogue to “The Last Kingdom”.. The film is still based on Cornwell’s book series, but doesn’t follow it faithfully. Familiar faces from the series are just as much a part of the film as new characters and storylines.
Can you watch “Seven Kings” without prior knowledge?
Seven Kings Must Die actually looks like the perfect movie for a cozy evening on the couch. But of course the question arises whether it is necessary to watch all five seasons of “The Last Kingdom” beforehand. The answer to that is: yes!
As always in such cases, such a question cannot really be answered. The fact is, fantasy worlds in particular are much more fun when you’re right in the middle of it. And yet “Seven Kings Must Die” is definitely a good watch if you don’t really have a clue about the subject matter. The reason for this is simple: Netflix wants to serve as wide an audience as possible.
Even before “Seven Kings” was finished, “The Last Kingdom” producer Nigel Marchant in an interview with the RadioTimes reveal that the film will be a “standalone story” – that is, a story that stands on its own. They want to pick up both die-hard fans and newcomers. But he also emphasized that “Seven Kings” is the piece of the puzzle that makes the whole story complete.
That’s what “Seven Kings Must Die” is about
According to an ancient prophecy, after the death of seven kings, all of Britain will finally find peace and be united. But it turns out differently than predicted. After Edward, the king of fishing goods, dies, a merciless fight for the succession to the throne ensues. Uhtred von Bebbanburg (Alexander Dreymon) is also involved, although he had long since found peace. Uhtred has to make a decision: will he give up his old life in order to fulfill a dream and finally unite the shattered England? Or does he cling to the people he cares about and renounce a great power?
You can find all five seasons of The Last Kingdom and the new film Seven Kings Must Die on Netflix.