The BEST Episodes of The Last Kingdom

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 8, 2020

Network: Netflix

England, 872. A Saxon man, raised by Danes, must choose a side and play his part in the birth of a nation, alongside the man who would become known as King Alfred the Great.

Episode 10

#1 - Episode 10

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 19, 2018

As a climactic battle with the Danes draws near, untested Edward faces dire decisions about the fates of Uhtred, Wessex -- and England.

star 8.32
867 votes
Directors: Ed Bazalgette
Writers: Stephen Butchard
Episode 8

#2 - Episode 8

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 28, 2015

A united King Alfred and Uhtred leave the cover of the marshes and make a rallying call to all Saxon armies.

star 8.23
2,592 votes
Episode 10

#3 - Episode 10

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 26, 2020

Edward besieges Winchester as he awaits Aethelflaed's reinforcements, but Uhtred isn't convinced that conquest is really Sigtryggr's ultimate aim.

star 8.23
583 votes
Episode 8

#4 - Episode 8

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired May 4, 2017

When King Alfred is told the great sum of Aethelflaed's ransom - and the horror that will likely befall his daughter if Wessex does not pay - he feels there can be only one way forward.

star 8.22
2,329 votes
Episode 9

#5 - Episode 9

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 19, 2018

At the end of his days, Alfred takes Uhtred into his confidence about his plans for Edward's uncertain future, but Aelswith charts a different course.

star 8.04
827 votes
Directors: Ed Bazalgette
Writers: Stephen Butchard
Episode 4

#6 - Episode 4

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 6, 2017

Guthred’s lack of judgement has divided Northumbria. Having sworn his allegiance to Alfred once again, Uhtred must travel North to defeat the brothers Erik and Sigefrid, take back Eoferwic and reassert Guthred’s authority. Alfred spots an opportunity to remind Guthred of his duty to Wessex and sends Aethelwold to join Uhred’s riding party. But with the responsibility of ensuring Eoferwic’s future as a Christian region thrust upon him, Aethelwold’s judgement becomes clouded. Joining Brida and Ragnar’s men in Loidis, Uhtred and the others discuss a plan of attack and turn their attention to Dunholm. Ragnar is intent on avenging Kjartan: can Uhtred come to his aid without defying Alfred? Meanwhile, a confrontation with the Northmen brings a shocking turn of events and elsewhere, hostility is rife when Sven attempts to reason with Thyra. But will she want to hear what her captive has to say?

star 8.02
2,429 votes
Directors: Jon East
Writers: Stephen Butchard
Episode 6

#7 - Episode 6

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 20, 2017

Winchester celebrates Aethelred and Aethelflaed's wedding, but the festivities are short-lived as the clouds of war gather and Alfred runs out of options to keep the peace. When rumours swirl, Alfred's mistrust of Uhtred reaches a new low and Uhtred is relegated in his duties as the warlord of Wessex. Aethelred is called to step up to the plate, but a fatal mistake allows Erik and Sigefrid to outwit the Saxons and terror reigns.

star 8.01
2,302 votes
Directors: Jamie Donoughue
Writers: Stephen Butchard
Episode 7

#8 - Episode 7

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 27, 2017

Aethelflaed is missing and Aethelred and the Saxons return to Winchester to break the news to King Alfred, while Uhtred goes home to Gisela with plans to uncover the truth by his own means

star 7.98
2,311 votes
Episode 5

#9 - Episode 5

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 7, 2015

Uhtred volunteers for a stealth mission to outflank the Danes and destroy their ships, but is challenged to a fight with Ubba.

star 7.97
2,652 votes
Episode 6

#10 - Episode 6

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 14, 2015

Uhtred and Leofric lead a raiding party into Cornwall; the party become mercenaries; Uhtred attracts the attention of a beautiful sorceress queen.

star 7.96
2,510 votes
Episode 7

#11 - Episode 7

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 21, 2015

As a consequence of their actions in Cornwall, Uhtred and Leofric face off in a death match; the Danes launch an invasion on Wessex.

star 7.96
2,497 votes
Episode 5

#12 - Episode 5

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 19, 2018

A deadly betrayal threatens to splinter Ragnar's army. Uhtred forms a cunning battle plan and finds an unexpected ally in young Edward.

star 7.94
867 votes
Directors: Jon East
Writers: Ben Vanstone
Episode 4

#13 - Episode 4

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 19, 2018

Uhtred turns his attention to Aethelflaed's plight. Alfred forces Edward to face his duty. Ragnar's army marches but traitors emerge from within.

star 7.94
855 votes
Directors: Andy De Emmony
Writers: Stephen Butchard
Episode 4

#14 - Episode 4

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 26, 2020

Hoping to be joined by Edward's troops, Aethelflaed and Uhtred ally with the Welsh to face Cnut's thousand-warrior army at the Battle of Tettenhall.

star 7.93
621 votes
Episode 3

#15 - Episode 3

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 30, 2017

Betrayed by Guthred and condemned to a life of slavery, Uhtred and Halig, along with fellow slave Finan, are forced to row endlessly on a trader ship. Meanwhile, in order to gain their allegiance, Guthred welcomes Aelfric and the savage Dane brothers Erik and Sigefrid into Eoferwic,- a reward for dispatching Uhtred. But when a dispute in the terms threatens to jeopardise the agreement, Guthred offers Gisela as a peace offering. but will she comply? Having been released from imprisonment by Alfred, Ragnar and Brida are given instruction to rescue Uhtred. Accompanied by Saxon warrior Steapa, Ragnar and Hild set off in search of the slave ship. But, with the conditions at sea worsening, will they be able to find Uhtred and Halig in time? As Ragnar travels north to confront the men who sold Uhtred into slavery, he discovers that Guthred is steadily losing control of his power. Erik and Sigefrid have failed to defeat Kjartan and are still at large in the north setting up a stronghold at York once more. Meanwhile in Wessex, Alfred seeks to further his influence over Mercia by arranging a marriage for his daughter Aethelflaed.

star 7.88
2,509 votes
Directors: Jon East
Writers: Stephen Butchard
Episode 7

#16 - Episode 7

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 19, 2018

A message from Uhtred and the machinations of Skade exploit divisions among the Danes. His health failing, Alfred wrestles with Aethelwold's fate.

star 7.88
830 votes
Directors: Jan Matthys
Writers: Lydia Adetunji
Episode 4

#17 - Episode 4

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 31, 2015

A cunning tactical play by King Alfred keeps Uhtred close at heel, but it’s not long before Uhtred realizes he’s been tricked and his relationship with the King hits a new low. King Alfred then invites Uhtred to peace talks only to use him as a pawn, handing Uhtred over as a hostage to the Danes. However, the turn of events reunites Uhtred with his Danish brother Ragnar the Younger. When the tides turn once again and threaten Uhtred’s life, Ragnar proves to be a true ally and quite possibly, Uhtred’s saving grace. Meanwhile, a great battle looms over Wessex.

star 7.84
2,650 votes
Episode 1

#18 - Episode 1

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 19, 2018

His health failing and fearing for his legacy, Alfred sends Uhtred to confront a new threat: fierce Danish warrior Bloodhair and his sorceress, Skade.

star 7.83
956 votes
Episode 8

#19 - Episode 8

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 19, 2018

Uhtred risks returning to Wessex to fulfill his vow to Brida. As the royal wedding approaches, Aethelwold spreads discord from the shadows.

star 7.83
830 votes
Directors: Jan Matthys
Writers: Stephen Butchard
Episode 2

#20 - Episode 2

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 26, 2020

As Uhtred and his men draw closer to Bebbanburg, prodigal son Wihtgar returns with some tricks up his sleeve. News of Cnut's treachery reaches Wessex.

star 7.82
633 votes
Episode 7

#21 - Episode 7

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 26, 2020

Aelfwynn suffers from the sickness sweeping the land. Edward proposes an unexpected path forward for Mercia. Brida is freed by Cnut's kinsman.

star 7.82
603 votes
Episode 9

#22 - Episode 9

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 26, 2020

The Danes under Brida and Sigtryggr sack Winchester, guided by the traitor Eardwulf. Haesten ambushes Uhtred's party and seizes valuable captives.

star 7.81
589 votes
Episode 3

#23 - Episode 3

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 19, 2018

Bloodhair and Aethelwold try to coax Uhtred into their alliance against Alfred. Fearing for her life, Aethelflaed turns to Father Beocca for aid.

star 7.80
871 votes
Directors: Andy De Emmony
Writers: Stephen Butchard
Episode 2

#24 - Episode 2

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 23, 2017

When spies infiltrate the Cumbraland army, Uhtred must rely on his troops to protect him from a perilous attack. Spurred on by the recent rogue ambush, Guthred makes a decision to march on Eoferwic. However, Abbot Eadred’s disapproval of Uhtred grows to dangerous heights and his influence over the Dane King threatens the alliance between Guthred and Uhtred. Finding himself face to face with ruthless brothers Erik and Sigefrid, will Guthred’s efforts to emulate Alfred’s conciliatory tactics backfire? Meanwhile, Hild goes on a journey of self-discovery as she considers exchanging her life as a nun for that of a warrior. Seeking to prove herself to Uhtred’s men, she sets about a gruesome task. Elsewhere, Kjartan’s thirst for revenge grows stronger, as Uhtred rides as the dead horseman once again. When affection between Uhtred and Gisela reaches new heights, Uhtred’s enemies close in and he suffers a grave betrayal.

star 7.80
2,555 votes
Directors: Peter Hoar
Writers: Stephen Butchard
Episode 5

#25 - Episode 5

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 13, 2017

Some time has passed since the battle of Dunholm and Uhtred still serves Alfred as lord of the Wessex town of Coccham. Despite the peace of recent years, trouble is brewing in nearby East Anglia and Aethelwold brings Uhtred a strange tale along with a proposition that is hard to ignore. Uhtred's continued strong will and latent restlessness creates tension and strain during a royal visit from Alfred and an unexpected meeting with the Northman Erik gives Uhtred more food for thought, although it puts he and Gisela at odds. Meanwhile, at Winchester, preparations for the royal wedding are underway as Aethelred of Mercia arrives. Beocca confides in Uhtred and is left with an important question to ask.

star 7.79
2,321 votes
Directors: Jamie Donoughue
Writers: Stephen Butchard