The Last Kingdom season 5: Will Bridas backstory be told?

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The Last Kingdom season five is coming to Netflix soon and the final season will wrap up characters’ storylines. In season four, Uhtred’s (played by Alexander Dreymon) old friend Brida (Emily Cox) was driven mad by rage after Uhtred abandoned her. Fans are keen to know whether more will be revealed about her childhood and where she came from.

Will Brida’s backstory be told?

The Last Kingdom fans were heartbroken to hear the Anglo-Saxon drama would be coming to an end after the fifth season.

The series continues to follow protagonist Uhtred of Bebbanburg as he helps to fulfil King Alfred’s (David Dawson) legacy.

His allegiance is torn between the Saxons and the Danes, and his friend Brida is unable to see why.

She has always stayed true to her Danish upbringing and called Uhtred a traitor for supporting the other side.

Fans are keen to know where her anger stems from and whether her childhood will be explored further.

Taking to Reddit, one fan said: “So as we know both her and Uhtred were Saxon slaves to Ragnar the fearless and his family.

“Uhtred is then freed and bought and raised as an adopted son of their family. But what about Brida?

“In the show, it wasn’t implied that she was adopted like Uhtred. But she still lives with them and even continued to be with young Ragnar and even become a warrior Dane.

“So book readers, was she freed? Was she adopted like Uhtred as well?”

The series is based on The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell and another fan went into more detail about Brida’s upbringing.

They said: “Brida was an East Anglian girl, she is found during a raid by Ragnar the Fearless and taken by him.

“Brida and Uhtred are treated as slaves for a long time, but they were allowed to be friendly with Ragnar’s kids, she and Uhtred become best friends with Thyra and Rorik, with time they start to be better treated than regular slaves especially after Uhtred saves Thyra from being raped by Sven.

“Brida and Uhtred start to be trained in war and following Ragnar’s warband in raids, during an invasion of Mercia, Uhtred and Brida are kidnapped by Alfred at Beocca’s request, Brida convinces everybody she was the bastard daughter of Edmund the Martyr, when they are sent away Uhtred to become a priest and Brida to become a nun they manage to flee from Willibald the priest in charge of them, Willibald would become a dear friend of Uhtred in the future.

“[They] flee to London where they met Ragnar, Uhtred tells him what happened and about the meeting with Alfred which made Ragnar extremely happy that they decide to return to him, during this trip Rorik which always had bad health dies, this is the moment that Ragnar legally and formally adopts Uhtred and Brida but tells Uhtred that Ragnar his bloodson will always come before him.

“The show completely removed 60 per cent of the first book and change the backstory for both Brida and Uhtred, in the books Uhtred is first cousin to Aethelred Lord of Mercia and second cousin to Ealhswith mother of Edward and Aethelflaed.” [Sic]

In terms of her character, fans have raised some differences between Brida in the books and the TV adaptation.

Another viewer said: “Show Brida is a bit of an enigma. Sometimes clever and calculating, and others reckless and even stupid.

“In one scene she is insisting that they kill Uthred even though he is under a protected status and she keeps going on until one of the Danes (I can’t remember specifically off the top of my head) just tells her to shut up.

“Brida in the books is different. She is all around clever and calculating, but also becomes malicious and vengeful.

“Some of the characters in the stories are bloodthirsty, others are corrupt, some are arrogant, and plenty were untrustworthy, but she was the only one that I think was truly evil.”

Filming for season five has now wrapped but not much has been given away about the plot.

Uhtred and Brida are expected to face each other again in the final season, as those who have read the books will know she meets her demise.

Leading up to this moment, there could be an exploration of Uhtred and Brida’s relationship from childhood to the present.

This would help explain the difficult position they both find themselves in, due to their intense bond and turbulent history.

Hopefully, more information on the season five plot will come to light soon.

The Last Kingdom seasons 1-4 are on Netflix now.

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