Last Kingdom season 5: Will Aethelflaed die in battle? Star’s fate revealed

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The Last Kingdom season five has been given the green light for Netflix and fans are excited to see Uhtred of Bebbanburg (played by Alexander Dreymon) return. At the end of season four he had no choice but to leave his lover Aethelflaed (Millie Brady) behind, as she became Lady of Mercia. Fans are wondering whether Aethelflaed will die in battle in season five, and has everything you need to know.

Will Aethelflaed die in battle?

Aethelflaed quickly became one of the most popular characters in The Last Kingdom as she represents the empowerment of women.

She stood her ground against her manipulative and abusive husband, and lead an army to war in order to protect her kingdom.

Aethelflaed is known for being a strong fighter, and she is always fearless on the battlefield.

In the iconic Battle of Tettenhall, she told her friend Aldhelm (James Northcote) she would rather he kill her than be killed by Danes.

She was almost killed during the battle but her brother King Edward (Timothy Innes) saved her in the nick of time.


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Season five will continue to focus on Aethelflaed’s mission to unite England as one kingdom, following her late father’s wishes.

This time she may not have the support of Uhtred, as he was tasked with looking after Edward’s son, Aethelstan (Casper Griffiths).

There is a chance she will have to go into battle again to defend her land from the relentless Viking warlords.

Fans who have read The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell will already know Aethelflaed’s fate.

Although she does die in the books, her death does not come on the battlefield.

Instead, Aethelflaed dies after falling ill, so her final scene will not include much action if she is to die later in the series.

Speaking about the battle scenes in the latest season, Brady said: “It’s a lot bloodier, I think the stakes are much higher this season.

“Aethelflaed is very strategic, like her dad and she’s got this huge inner fire which I think comes from her mum’s feisty side.

“She is all about bringing together Alfred’s vision of a united England, so she is continuing his legacy.”

Through all the battle scenes Brady was keen to execute her own stunts as she really wanted to get into character.

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She said: “Doing the stunt work is really challenging for me. You want to look as good as the boys – you want your female warrior to be on par with them.

“We’ve got such an amazing stunt team, but I was keen on not having the stunts simplified.

“I really wanted to have the challenge of doing this character justice. So that’s been challenging and amazing to do it, to actually come off set and think you’ve done a good job.

“Sometimes it’s hard to say you’re proud of yourself and that you think you did really well there, so that’s been my highlight.”

Fans definitely fell in love with her character having seen her skill and bravery on the battlefield.


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Her character is based on the real life Aethelflaed who was the Lady of the Mercians from the year 911.

She was known for supporting her brother in battles against the Danes in order to protect their lands.

Historians say she died in Tamworth in 918, but there is not much information about the cause of death.

Ancient History Encyclopedia suggests she may have suffered a stroke, and her death would have been sudden.

After she died her brother took back control of Mercia and sent Aethelflaed’s daughter, Aelfwynn, to Wessex.

The Last Kingdom is available to watch on Netflix now

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