The epic journey of Uhtred of Bebbanburg comes to an electrifying conclusion in the Netflix blockbuster Seven Kings Must Die. The Last Kingdom‘s unification of England finally comes full circle as we witness the rise of young Aethelstan and his descent into tyranny under the influence of Ingilmundr. The rival kings band together to put a stop to Aethelstan’s cruel reign, and the Battle of Brunanburh becomes a pivotal moment in English history. The question is: how does Uhtred’s strategy alter the course of events? And most importantly, does he survive the movie’s dramatic finale?
Be warned! The following paragraphs contain spoilers for the entire movie Seven Kings Must Die. Ingilmundr, posing as a Christian reformer, is revealed as a Danish spy when Uhtred gains the Danes’ trust. Ingilmundr’s manipulative schemes involve pushing Aethelstan to take over the other kingdoms to unite them against Mercia.
Uhtred becomes aware of Ingilmundr’s true identity when he notices him among the rival kings. Rather than declaring himself the King of Northumbria, Uhtred rushes to Aethelstan’s aid and helps him in his defeated state. Together with his comrades, Uhtred devises a plan to fight against the united forces of the kings.
But the burning question on everyone’s minds is: do Uhtred’s shield walls hold? Does Aethelstan meet his end? And most importantly, does Uhtred survive the ultimate showdown? And how does Ingrith’s prophecy come to fruition? Keep reading to uncover all you need to know about the thrilling ending of Seven Kings Must Die.
The Truth Behind the Prophecy in Seven Kings Must Die
Ah, Seven Kings Must Die, the gripping Netflix blockbuster that left us all on the edge of our seats. But now that the dust has settled, let’s delve into the juicy details of how the prophecy came true, shall we?
It all started when Finan’s wife Ingrith had a prophetic dream that seven kings and the woman you love must die before England can be united. Uhtred, being Uhtred, brushed it off because he didn’t have a lover at the time. But when King Edward kicked the bucket, Finan declared that he was the first king down and that there were six more to go.
Of course, not everyone believed in this prophecy. One of the kings on the council dismissed it, claiming that killing a king would just lead to another taking his place. After all, they all had children who would carry on their legacies.
Fast forward to the Battle of Brunanburh, where Uhtred rallies around his friend Aethelstan, who has been duped into a vulnerable position. The kings suffer a major blow when five of their children are killed in battle. They realize they’ve lost too much and their legacies are dead. So who’s left standing? Aethelstan, of course.
But wait, who is the seventh king that had to die according to the prophecy? Well, turns out it was Ingrith all along. When Uhtred and Finan return to Bebbanburg, they discover that the city has been sacked and that Ingrith was entombed alive. Ingrith was the woman who had to die, not Uhtred’s nonexistent lover.
So there you have it, folks. One king dead, five “spiritually” dead, and Ingrith dead. As for the seventh king, it’s most likely our beloved Uhtred. But hey, at least he’s still alive, right?
If Uhtred dies, which characters from his past appear in his Valhalla vision?
Did Uhtred actually bite the dust in Seven Kings Must Die? And if he did, who did he spot in his Valhalla vision? Well, fear not, dear reader, for we have the answers!
In the grand tradition of showrunners refusing to just give us a straight answer, The Last Kingdom and Seven Kings Must Die executive producer Nigel Marchant told Decider, “You’re going to have to make your own call on that.” Gee, thanks for nothing, Nigel. However, Marchant did confirm that the show’s final shot shows the fortress at Bebbanburg still standing today, albeit with some modern renovations.
But let’s get to the juicy stuff: Uhtred’s Valhalla vision. As it turns out, he got a look at the great feast hall of Valhalla, where the Valkyries spirit away warriors who died in battle. Not too shabby of a sendoff, eh?
And who was there to welcome Uhtred to his eternal rest? None other than some of his closest allies and enemies, who make a cameo appearance in Valhalla. Brida, Uhtred’s childhood friend, first love, and ultimate foe, was the biggest cameo of the lot. Earl Ragnar, who became Uhtred and Brida’s foster father, also made an appearance, as did Clapa, a loyal member of Uhtred’s household guard, and Haesten, who started off as a villain but eventually became an ally.
So, whether Uhtred is dead or alive, at least we know he’ll be in good company in Valhalla.