For fans of period drama, BBC America's "The Last Kingdom" serves as an exposition into the many wars between the Saxons and the Vikings. The series, based on Bernard Cornwell's "The Saxon Stories" is an amalgamation of historical and fictional situations, which detail the war strategy, the fight of religions and the Vikings' superior battle skills.
The Season 1 finale of the TV show ended with a resounding victory for Saxon King, Alfred. However, will we see more of him and his allies in Season 2? Will the show be renewed again? Executive Producer Gareth Neame reveals some aspects of the future in an interview.
The showrunner said that the series will depict more troubles that will haunt King Alfred and Uhtred if Season 2 of the period drama is renewed. For Uhtred, Season 2's plot will include another personal journey, one that will include finding his Viking sister, who is still alive.
Gareth Neame, who is also the executive producer of "Downton Abbey," said that King Alfred will continue to be one of the main characters of Season 2. The King of Wessex will try to rally the cause of Christianity, which he sees as a unifying force that will help him build a nation.
But of course, the nation of England will not be realised in Season 2. According to Neame, this dream will materialize after his grandson, Athelstan, becomes the first King of England.
Neame said that Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) and King Alfred will continue to pursue their two different ambitions: to take over Bebbanbaug and create the nation of England, reported TV Insider.
"He [Uhtred] is very attracted by the Viking way of life, but he wants his stolen birthrightâ€”the estates of his Saxon fatherâ€”back. He has that personal quest while Alfred has a more political story. He wants to create a nation. The two stories will continue to run side by side," Neame said.
"The Last Kingdom" Season 1 Episode 7 will air on Thursday, 9pm on BBC 2.