It’s time we talk about a certain show.
It’s a series on a popular streaming network. It’s got hot warlords in fur coats and families vying for the throne. It’s set in medieval times, filled with bearded brutes and wenches, kings and queens and powerful sorcerers.
And no, it’s not Game of Thrones.
The Last Kingdom, a BBC series currently housed on Netflix, just released its third season on the streaming platform and it’s a Viking thirst-trap just waiting to happen.
Of course, sometimes words just can’t do a thing justice so instead of giving a lengthy recap of the show (something we’ve already done here) we’re going to attempt to embody the unique spirit of this epic saga through gif-form.
Come along with us on this journey.
First, let us introduce you to Uhtred Ragnarsson, a Danish warrior pulled between his love of Viking culture and his English heritage.
There’s a lot to Uhtred – he’s a man who likes to swear oaths pretty freely and whore it up from time to time. His visage is appreciated by all genders:
But all you really need to know about the guy is this:
Speaking of oaths, Uhtred’s sworn one to this guy, King Alfred:
King Alfred is even more complicated than Uhtred, but again, one gif will explain it all:
Side note: Alfred has some digestive issues:
He desperately wants to be a carnivore:
There could be an entire series devoted to Alfred's strange obsession with meat:
No Alfred, what you need is a full check-up with a gastronomist.
Another influential yet colorful character on the show is Father Beocca. Religion is a bore, but this is one abbot with a bit of sass:
Of course, Beocca is still a man of tradition which means his sexist views often clash with Brida, a woman who grew up with Uhtred and eventually became his lover:
She’s a fierce warrior with a sharp tongue:
And she will not be wooed for long by Uhtred, whose pick-up game is sorely lacking:
Instead, Brida hooks up with Uhtred’s adopted brother, Ragnar the Younger:
His idea of romance also leaves something to be desired, but his beard game cannot be questioned:
While Uhtred spends most of Season 1 fighting Alfred’s battles, abandoning his Viking upbringing, and making it with a woman from every kingdom, Alfred’s wife, Queen Aelswith schemes behind the scenes. She’s devout, dangerously so, and not afraid of a good politically-tinged sexual innuendo:
Her daughter, Aethelflaed, is just as ambitious. Married to a worm of an English lord, she’s soon captured and held hostage by two Viking brothers. She’s a fan of long walks on the beach, romantic dinners, and not too fond of Viking henchman trying to rape her in a dingy dungeon:
She is a fan of Erik, though, one of the brothers responsible for her hostage situation:
And though their relationship was doomed from the beginning, Aethelflaed is a queen in her own right:
Season 3 of the series sees Uhtred mourning the loss of his latest wife, taking up arms against his king, hoping to regain his homeland, and making enemies out of his Viking family. He’ll also be bathing:
And if that doesn’t interest you, well ...