If you are one of those who are crazy fans of historical drama, then “The Seven Kings Must Die” from “The Last Kingdom” is indeed one of those movies that you will enjoy to your heart’s content.
Well, let us tell you the core of it lies in the struggle between Saxons and Danes in the 9th and 10th centuries. This happened at that time when England was divided into a series of independent kingdoms and was ravaged by the Vikings.
Well, if you have watched the film already you will know that it began as a simple revenge story. However, it swiftly became an epic of Vikings versus Anglo-Saxons.
You can go ahead and watch it on Netflix as it was already released on 14 April 2023. Let us take a quick glance at some of the significant details that would tell us a lot about this film.
What is The Significance of The Title: Seven Kings Must Die?
Well, many of you are probably yet to watch this historical drama, isn’t it? Well, here we shall discuss the real significance of the title. So let us tell you, the film’s title is an allusion to a prophecy. It mainly comes to dominate the minds of Uhtred and his men at the time of Edward’s death.
If you have read Bernard Cornwell’s book series, you might remember the words in print, right? Yes, in book six “Death of Kings” when Uhtred meets with the witch Aelfadell, she makes this chilling prophecy. “Seven kings will die, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, seven kings and women you love.
This is your fate. And Alfred’s son will not rule and Wessex will die and the Saxon will kill what he loves and the Danes will gain everything. All will change and all will be the same as ever it was and ever will be.” So it is from this prophecy that the particular title is inspired.
What is The Real Story of Seven Kings Must Die?
If you have read Cornwell’s book, you will know about the major event that kicks off “Seven Kings Must Die.” Yes, it is the death of Edward the Elder in 924 AD. As per the sources, he died after putting down a rebellion in Mercia.
After this, it does not take much time to know about the intrigues surrounding Ælfweard’s claim to the throne. This was indeed a major arc in the fifth season of this show.
Quite naturally, with Edward dead and Æthelsan away from court his half-brother is raising men. This is to take what he sees as his birthright by force. At this time, Edward’s widow Eadgifu and her son Edmund seek refuge with Uhtred at Bebbanburg.
In fact, all of them together hatch a plan to seize Ælfweard before the war breaks out. However, Eadgifu protests that perhaps Uhtred is too old for this task. Now what happens next is for you to find out!
What is Uhtred’s Age in Seven Kings Must Die?
Well, you must have already seen in the posters that this time also Alexander Dreymon portrays the role of Uhtred. Needless to say, he is one of the best persons for this role. However, the handsome actor is certainly not aging at the same rate as his character should have been.
As you know, the first season of “The Last Kingdom” begins nearly 60 years before the events of “Seven Kings Must Die.” So it is in 866 AD. Therefore, if we calculate the characters’ age in tandem with historical events, then Uhtred should be around 80 years old by the end.
What is Audience’s Reaction After Watching Seven Kings Must Die?
The latest movie in the Last Kingdom series indeed impressed countless fans with its plotline and cinematography. For some of the critics, the film lives up to its hype and delivers an unforgettable experience for fans and newcomers.
Many of them were also happy with the way the makers created the finale. This is because it felt satisfying despite a lot of things happening quickly. In fact, for some fans, it was also pretty epic, intense, and inspiring.