If you have dived into The Last Kingdom on Netflix, then you know the BBC series is packed with enough medieval excitement to tide you over until Game of Thrones Season 7 begins on July 16. As the Inquisitr previously reported, The Last Kingdom Season 2 was released on Netflix on May 5.
For fans who have followed The Last Kingdom since Season 1 premiered in October of 2015, there has been a nearly two-year wait for Season 2. With that extended hiatus has come high hopes and great expectations that Season 2 would be worthwhile when it finally arrived.
The great news is that it is. The Last Kingdom has returned with a second season that more than exceeds those expectations. These are the top 5 reasons Season 2 is one of the best May of 2017 releases on Netflix.
Reason No 5. The Last Kingdom Season 2 is one of the best May 2017 releases on Netflix: Season 2 is much better than The Last Kingdom Season 1.
The Last Kingdom Season 1 showed tremendous promise as a series, and Season 2 on Netflix vastly improves upon it. Season 2 wastes no time getting into the action. Whereas Season 1 was more of an Uhtred origin story, Season 2 rests assured we know all the players, and proceeds accordingly.
There is not an episode that wastes its time or stalls on momentum. Every scene of The Last Kingdom Season 2 plays with significance because it actually has some.
Reason No 4. The Last Kingdom Season 2 is one of the best May 2017 releases on Netflix: Uhtred is less annoying than he was in The Last Kingdom Season 2.
If you have read this previously published opinion piece about The Last Kingdom Season 1 on the Inquisitr, then you know that Uhtred was not the most likable character in The Last Kingdom Season 1. That slightly improves in Season 2, as Uhtred survives a myriad of trials and tribulations. He does so by showing great strength and loyalty in the face of it.
This adversity does not feel like an attempt to redeem Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) for The Last Kingdom Season 1. Rather, it serves as an experience that allows viewers to see what happens when Uhtred is pushed to his breaking point, and the findings are encouraging.
Reason No 3. The Last Kingdom Season 2 is one of the best May 2017 releases on Netflix: The supporting cast is better fleshed out in The Last Kingdom Season 2.
Thankfully, The Last Kingdom Season 2 heavily features two highlights from Season 1. Alfred’s scene-stealing nephew Aethelwold (a brilliant Harry McEntire) and his momentous advisor, Odda (a deft Simon Kunz), are each given strong stories in The Last Kingdom Season 2.
Another asset is the introduction of Alfred’s now-grown daughter, Æthelflæd (Millie Brady), who enhances both her father’s storyline and The Last Kingdom Season 2 overall. Many of Season 2’s best moments revolve around the princess, as her storyline draws the best elements out of the ensemble.
Æthelflæd gives Alfred’s goal for a united England, an emotional stake it had not previously held, and The Last Kingdom Season 2 more than delivers on the heroine they teased on BBC’s website as “strong, brave and intelligent.”
Later in Season 2, Æthelflæd even embarks on an unexpected romance that avoids cliché. This is largely due to actress Millie Brady’s sizzling chemistry with her co-star, which makes the storyline feel as though it develops organically as opposed to being a contrived plot point.
Reason No 2. The Last Kingdom Season 2 is one of the best May 2017 releases on Netflix: There are better villains in The Last Kingdom Season 2.
The Last Kingdom Season 1 had good villains. The Last Kingdom Season 2 has great villains. Whether it’s Christin Hillborg’s layered portrayal of the complex Dane, Erik, or Björn Bengtsson’s menacing take on Erik’s brutal brother Siegfrid, the result is a better ensemble of foes for Uhtred to clash against in Season 2.
A hero is only as good as his villain, and Season 2 serves up quite a few. Over in Wessex, The Last Kingdom introduces Alfred the Great’s future son-in-law, the diabolical Æthelred (Toby Regbo). Regbo’s performance as the duplicitous and volatile lord of Mercia is one of the standout turns of Season 2.
Reason No 1. The Last Kingdom Season 2 is one of the best May 2017 releases on Netflix: You can binge watch The Last Kingdom Season 2, or you can savor it.
Each episode of the second season ends on a note that makes you want to click Netflix’s handy “next episode” button. However, it also gives you enough room to breathe without feeling every episode ends on some huge cliffhanger you can’t walk away from. There are episodes of The Last Kingdom Season 2 that certainly end with them, but there are not so many it becomes overdone.
Season 2 provides a great experience for Netflix binge-watchers and those who take their time savoring a new release. With eight episodes, it is easy to watch the second season in its entirety over three days, and trust me, you will be tempted.
As stated above, it is one of Netflix’s best May 2017 releases. The Last Kingdom Season 2 and Season 1 are currently available to stream on Netflix.
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