The Last Kingdom: Edward kills Jackdaw in Battle of Tettenhall
The Last Kingdom season four is the latest instalment for the historical drama and fans have been enjoying the series since it moved to Netflix. The fourth batch of episodes included one of the biggest battles yet, known as the Battle of Tettenhall. Fans have pointed out how a major plot point was missed out of the series and Express.co.uk has investigated.
How did Uhtred survive the Battle of Tettenhall?
The Last Kingdom is an Anglo-Saxon historical drama which is based on The Saxon Stories – a series of novels by author Bernard Cornwell.
The books were inspired by real historical events, and historical figures who existed during this time period.
Fans who have not yet read the books have been curious to know whether the series has remained true to the source material.
For those who are up to date on the literature, they have pointed out how one of the major differences involved the aftermath of the Tettenhall feud.
They have taken to Reddit to discuss the battle and how it plays out in the original books.
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Cairan_Parkinson said: “I think the only plot that didn’t happen in the show in season 4 (that did happen in the books) is when Uhtred gets injured in the battle of tettenhall and he has to get Cnut’s sword to heal his wound and the sword was taken to Wales by Asser (from season 1) cause they hated each other and Asser had it buried with him.
“So Uhtred and his crew go to Wales to get the sword and find out that the grave has been destroyed and the sword has been taken by Northmen.
“That’s where Uhtred first meets Hywel and they have an amazing conversation after that we see a battle against Rognvald (the person who took the sword) and once they get it back he heals his wound and they also meet a cool character called Berg too and that’s when we get the first mention of Sigtryggr [sic].”
The battle takes place in the book titled The Pagan Lord, and it sees Uhtred await Cnut’s (Magnus Bruun) attack.
Cnut ended up in a one-on-one fight with Uhtred, and although he killed Cnut, he was left badly wounded and almost died.
Uhtred then formed a relationship with Eadith (Stefanie Martini) and she told him she knew the location of the sword- known as Ice-Spite, which would help cure him.
She later helps him find the sword and uses it to heal Uhtred’s wound, however this is not how the events played out in the series.
Uhtred and Cnut did have a one-on-one battle in the show, but it was Brida (Emily Cox) who ended up killing Cnut, and Uhtred was never injured.
The series most likely deviated from the books in order to create Brida’s downfall, as her sanity started to spiral after she killed Cnut.
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Brida also had to be the one to kill Cnut as it initiated her animosity towards Uhtred, and all other men she had come across.
She turned into the main antagonist towards the end of the season, even threatening to kill Uhtred, who was once her best friend.
As for Eadith, she was only introduced in the fourth season, so it may have been too early to create a relationship between her character and Uhtred.
In the series, she has already shown signs of affection towards Finan (Mark Rowley), and fans are hoping they form a romantic bond in season five.
Another reason why Uhtred was not injured during the Battle of Tettenhall was that he would later be chosen as the temporary ruler of Mercia.
His storyline with his partner Aethelflaed (Millie Brady) would never have been able to happen had he been injured during the battle.
One of the major plot twists in season four was the fact Aethelflaed ended her relationship with Uhtred so she could become Lady of Mercia.
Uhtred then went on to help King Edward (Timothy Innes) take back Winchester following a siege by the Viking warrior Sigtryggr (Eysteinn Sigurðarson).
He may have escaped serious injury during season four, but there is nothing to say he will not face trouble in the upcoming fifth season.
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