A cunning tactical play by King Alfred keeps Uhtred close at heel, but it's not long before Uhtred realizes he's been tricked and his relationship with the King hits a new low. Meanwhile, a great battle looms over Wessex.

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A cunning tactical play by King Alfred keeps Uhtred close at heel, but it's not long before Uhtred realizes he's been tricked and his relationship with the King hits a new low. Meanwhile, a great battle looms over Wessex.

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Alfred the master tactician strikes again.
14 November 2015 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Uhtred marries the beautiful Mildrith, he sees her as a stepping stone to becoming a man of significance, he considers her his chance to claim his birthright and seek what's rightfully his, land, wealth etc. But, Mildrith comes at a price, her dazzling beauty guards a secret, she comes with a price, two thousand shillings owed to the Church, King Alfred stands over the debt. Mildrith comes from a humble background, but she makes up for it with a nature of goodness and generosity, Uhtred cannot help but fall for her, she's soon with child. Uhtred witnesses a hoard of Danes marching towards Wessex, soon enough they take a fortress at Wareham. Guthrum together with Ragnar has led the Danes to victory, but the charismatic Ubba is away, avenging his brother's death in Ireland. Guthrum and Alfred agree a month's truce, but at a cost, ten vikings are swapped for ten Saxons, King Alfred once again proves he is the master tactician, Uhtred is sent in among the ten, he is to escape when he hears news of Ubba's return. There Uhtred is reunited with Ragnar and Brida and learns they are now together. When word comes of Ubba's imminent return Guthrum orders the death of the hostages, Ragnar intercedes and allows Uhtred's release.

This has become my number one show of the week, I utterly love it and it's getting better and better. Amy Wren truly is a worthy addition is Mildrith, adding a bit of glamour, has to be said the prettiest person to date has been Alex Dreymon! Finally some competition.

Unbelievable filmography, the production values are jaw dropping, it oozes class, from the villages to the ships on the sea, it looks exquisite. I'm even loving the music, it's all helping to add to the incredible atmosphere.

Brilliantly acted, I've mentioned Dreymon and Wren (terrific) this week I thought Tobias Santelmann (Ragnar) in particular was awesome, such a strong and charismatic performance. David Dawson as always shines through as Alfred.

Is it just me or is Odda reminding anyone else a bit of Ant and Dec? I digress.

Utterly brilliant. 9/10


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