Could The Last Kingdom season 6 still happen? Fans launch petition to save show

The Last Kingdom: Netflix tease fourth season of show

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The Last Kingdom is popular historical drama series on Netflix, based on The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell. Fans had expected the series to cover all 13 of Cornwell’s books, but in April 2021 it was announced that season five would be the final season. Viewers have launched a petition for Netflix to revive the series for one more season.

The Last Kingdom first aired back in 2015 and the series follows Uhtred of Bebbanburg (played by Alexander Dreymon) as he battles with his loyalties.

Season four ended on a number of cliffhangers, with Uhtred saving Winchester from the grasp of Viking warrior, Sigtryggr (Eysteinn Sigurðarson).

By the end of the season, Uhtred was tasked with raising King Edward’s (Timothy Innes) son Aethelstan (Caspar Griffiths) as the next Wessex ruler.

Uhtred had already suffered many losses, including Father Beocca (Ian Hart) and his childhood friend Brida (Emily Cox), who had turned against him.

Season five is expected to cover content from the ninth and 10th books – Warriors of the Storm and The Flame Bearer.

No official reason has been given as to why the series is coming to an end after the next season.

Fans have set up a petition on, calling for Carnival Films and Netflix to renew the series.

At the time of writing, the petition has already received more than 18,000 signatures.

The petition said: “It was announced that The Last Kingdom Season 5 would be the final season.

“This is devastating and shocking news to all fans of this amazing show.

“The series, currently showing on Netflix, is based on the historical novel series ‘Saxon Stories’ by Bernard Cornwell, and there are 13 books in the series following the warrior Uhtred against the backdrop of the formation of England.

“There are enough books to cover at least 6 seasons so it is unacceptable to all the fans of the show that season 5 would be the last one.

“Uhtred’s story and the history of England deserve a proper ending. This is the best show on Netflix right now and has a passionate, dedicated and growing fandom who will always be here to support and promote it worldwide!”

Neither Carnival Films nor Netflix has responded to the petition, and has contacted both for a response.

In the petition comments, one fan said: “Please don’t rush the ending, Uhtred deserves better and the ending cannot be told in just 10 more episodes.”

The show’s executive producer, Nigel Marchant, commented on the series coming to an end with season five.

At the time of the announcement, he told Deadline: “With such a loyal fanbase, we’re excited to give viewers a chance to follow Uhtred on the next stage of his epic quest, where not everyone survives.”

With this in mind, the upcoming season is likely to include some major deaths.

Actor Dreymon said playing the main antagonist for five seasons had been a “wonderful journey”.

Questions had been raised as to how Dreymon would portray an ageing Uhtred, who is expected to be in his mid-50s in the next season.

This has not been confirmed as a reason as to why the series is ending.

Responding to the news, one fan said on Reddit: “I think they broke with the books maybe beginning with season 3… condensed events, things which didn’t happen in the books having a lot of prominence.

“Don’t see this as much of a concern, by the end of the last book hes some ridiculous age anyway. Really his personal arc is fulfilled by book 10 the rest is about the final unification of England by Alfreds grandson.” [Sic]

Another said: “Sometimes it’s better to let the writers wrap up the story based on its natural course and not let it run as far as the ratings will take it.

“As much as I hate to say it, as much as I love this show and am actually a little depressed that it’s over for me until the next season comes out, and as bummed out as I’ll be when season 5 is over and it’s gone for good, if Uhtred’s arc will naturally come to a conclusion after season 5, I’d rather there not be a season 6.

“It’ll be like seasons 8 and 9 of Seinfeld.”

The Last Kingdom is streaming on Netflix now. 

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