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FutureStarrThe last kingdom season 5
If you're wondering if you can watch The Last Kingdom 5, HBO has fully-subbed the series.
Based on The Saxon Stories series of historical novels by Bernard Cornwell about the birth of England in the ninth and tenth centuries, the first four seasons of the TV series were based on the first eight books – but prolific author Cornwell has written a further five novels, leaving plenty of material for The Last Kingdom team to mine for the upcoming fifth season and beyond.
Named Seven Kings Must Die, the movie finale is due to start filming in Budapest early next year. Fans are already speculating what the feature-length episode will focus on, with lovers of Cornwell's novels noting that the title could refer to a passage from his book Death of Kings, in which Uhtred receives a chilling prophecy: (Source: www.digitalspy.com)
The show will continue to adapt Cornwell's Saxon Stories, with Dreymon confirming during the MCM Comic Con virtual panel that the fifth instalment will unpack the events of Warriors of the Storm (book nine) and The Flame Bearer (book 10).
Season one was so faithful to the books we were surprised it didn't feature full stops, but season two started a trend of drifting from the text when villain Ivar Ivarsson was cut and replaced with viking brothers Sigefrid and Erik – who don't appear until book four. (Source: www.digitalspy.com)
"We don't like to deviate from the books, we like to keep the characters and the essence there, but sometimes it doesn't work. But that's not to say that we couldn't see them in the future," Nigel Marchant said (via Winter Is Coming).
So, yeah, even if you've read Warriors of the Storm and The Flame Bearer, we're pretty sure there'll still be surprises in store. Especially when it comes to one of the biggest challenges the team faces when adapting two books that take place over a six-year period. Someone alert the make-up team!