With each season of the historical saga comprising 2 books from the 10 book series The Saxon Stories, there’s plenty of room for more and Dreymon is in for the long haul.
“I really enjoy working with the crew in Hungary, so as long as we can keep those guys, I’m game for however like it takes,” he told TV Tonight.
“They’re so professional, completely kind and hard-working. I’ve made a lot of friends there.
“If we go back into production it will be in November.”
Dreymon plays Uhtred of Bebbanburg, the orphaned boy wishing to reclaim his birthright. Set against the backdrop of the history of King Alfred the Great, it is full of action, redemption, vengeance, and self-discovery.
“It’s based on a series of books by Bernard Cornwell, so it’s about the creation of England more than the Viking side. It’s about the conflict between the Vikings & Saxons, Pagans & Christians. So it’s based on historical fact. Uhtred is a fictional character and it’s told through his eyes. But all the battles you see, all the kings and lords that you meet are historical figures.”
But comparisons with Vikings are obvious.
“The Last Kingdom pretty much kicks off where Vikings ends, in terms of timeline,” Dreymon explains.
“Vikings is a really cool show but I haven’t watched that much of it. You don’t want to steal anything from the show or keep yourself from doing anything that you might have seen in that show.”So I try not to watch it even though I’m sure I would enjoy it.”Yet The Last Kingdom has it’s own fans, through BBC Two and Netflix in other territories. Dreymon is lucky he has managed to keep some anonymity.
“I’m quite lucky that I don’t sport the same look, so I can stay quite private,” he explains.
“Since it’s based on Bernard Cornwell’s books and there are quite a few people who are hardcore fans. It’s not always easy to satisfy everybody because you can’t put everything from the books in the series, which is difficult to stomach even for me. I’m a fan of the books too.”
While avoiding fervent fans is one thing, the show itself has its share of challenges, from action scenes to weather and personal health.”The cold is a challenge for sure, not so much in the second season because we shot in the summer. But the first season there were some very cold moments,” Dreymon admits.
“During the third and fourth episode I had a broken foot. Normally I keep myself warm by running up hills or jumping up and down, so I had to stay pretty just immobile.”I really enjoy the action so it’s not daunting. We have a brilliant stunt team surrounding us.”In the second season having given his sword to King Alfred, Uhtred embarks on his voyage north to reclaim his own fate: to avenge Earl Ragnar’s death and recapture his ancestral lands of Bebbanburg.
“We have a lot more characters so it feels more epic. There are more storylines and a larger scale. Uhtred tested quite a bit. He goes through a few ordeals, which should be fun to see.”
The Last Kingdom screens on Netflix and Season 2 is now available on DVD.