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The Last Kingdom Wrap-Up Film Seven Kings Must Die Is Coming In April (& Here's What To Expect)

Not many shows get the opportunity to end off with a massive feature-film finale, but "The Last Kingdom" is a bit of a special case. The long-running British historical drama saw five seasons over the course of its run, and even that much content wasn't enough time for the show to fully adapt the sprawling narrative of author Bernard Cornwell's "The Saxon Stories" book series. While Season 5 concluded in early 2022, having included story elements from the 13th and final book, the show still hadn't gotten quite a proper wrap-up.

Fortunately, Netflix commissioned a full-length movie to conclude the story of "The Last Kingdom" once and for all. Titled "Seven Kings Must Die," the film is due out in April. With the flick edging ever closer to release, some early details about what fans can expect have been publicized, and there's quite a few interesting plot-related bits that those familiar with the source material behind the franchise will no doubt get excited over.

Seven Kings Must Die is a proper conclusion

From the looks of it, "Seven Kings Must Die" will directly follow up on the final events of "The Last Kingdom" and aim to put a neat bow on the story of Alexander Dreymon's Uhtred of Bebbanburg. As an official synopsis obtained by Variety reads: "Following the death of King Edward, a battle for the crown ensues, as rival heirs and invaders compete for power. And when an alliance comes seeking Uhtred's help in their plans, Uhtred faces a choice between those he cares for most, and the dream of forming a united England."

Based on these early details, it seems the movie will adapt several lingering plot threads from Bernad Cornwell's 13th "The Saxon Stories" book, titled "War Lord." Presumably, this entails elements such as the great Battle of Brunanburh. Of course, "The Last Kingdom" was rarely afraid to deviate from the source material, so how much the movie's narrative conclusion mirrors that of the books remains to be seen. What is certain, however, is that the film will be a relatively lean affair compared to the show, clocking in at roughly a two-hour runtime.

While seeing "The Last Kingdom" finally come to its true end may be a bittersweet moment among fans, the opportunity for one last epic go-around with the series' compelling cast of characters is reason for excitement. Fans won't have to wait much longer either, as "Seven Kings Must Die" exclusively debuts on Netflix on April 14.