As so often happens, the finding of a likable series between seasons has me a little bit on the edge of my seat.

“The Last Kingdom” is a British series, which means there sometimes can be multiple years between seasons.

The show is set in the year 872 and, since it is somewhat historically driven, it explains some of how modern England originally came to be.

However, even if you don’t know a thing about the first king of England, the series still is very interesting.

The main character, Uhtred, is a Saxon who was raised as a Dane after being captured.

It follows him through a journey to reclaim what he feels is his birthright. But along the way, there are so many complexities.

With the Saxons in a war against the Danes and his loyalty to either side being questioned from all angles, how is Uhtred to accomplish his great task?

For the most part, the cast of “The Last Kingdom” is relatively unknown in the American entertainment industry.

I honestly think that makes it easier to accept the characters they are portraying.

Some of the roles are those of people who actually are relevant people — mostly the rulers of that time.

But there is an even larger reason I have fallen for this series: The swordplay is great. It may not be the most artistic display of the craft, but it is bloody.

Picture farmers and warriors engaging in unequal, visceral violence on a battlefield, trying to out-slay each other. That is what this show gives its audience.

If you enjoy such movies as “Kingdom of Heaven,” “Gladiator” or “Braveheart,” you should at least give “The Last Kingdom” a try.

As a bonus, the second season is supposed to premiere this year — so you shouldn’t have to wait indefinitely to see the next chapter of Uhtred’s journey.

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