Is 'The Last Kingdom' Season 4 Delayed? Stars Working On 'The Witcher' & 'Game Of Thrones' Prequel

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"The Last Kingdom" season 4 will be back on Netflix but production has not yet started. (Photo: Facebook/TheLastKingdomOfficial)

Netflix quietly renewed the historical period drama "The Last Kingdom" for a fourth season last December. The series starring Alexander Dreymon as Uhtred, the warrior torn between his Saxon and Dane roots, has been slowly gaining a following of loyal fans since Netflix became its lone producer and launched its third season on the streaming platform last November 2018. 

But work on "The Last Kingdom" season 4 has not yet started. With production still on hold, then the show will likely be back on the air in the summer of 2020, as per Express.

The delay, however, isn't because of problems on the set. Rather, it's a matter of scheduling since a few of the most important characters on "The Last Kingdom" season 4 are still doing other projects.

Specifically, Millie Brady, who plays the Lady of Mercia, Aethelflaed, is currently in Hungary for the filming of Netflix's adaptation of "The Witcher" with Henry Cavill. The actress is playing Princess Renfri and her character will be featured in every episode of the series. 

Brady's on-screen husband in "The Last Kingdom," Toby Regbo, who plays Lord Aethelred of Mercia, is also about to begin filming the "Game of Thrones" prequel for HBO. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Regbo is one of the series regulars of this new series, which means his schedule will be tied to this show. 

Filming for the "Game of Thrones" prequel, tentatively titled "The Long Night" is marked for February. The show's location will also be in the "Game of Thrones" home base, Ireland.

But while details of the storyline of "The Last Kingdom" season 4 haven't been revealed, Brady and Regbo's characters -- Aethelflaed and Aethelred -- are still going to be important figures in the new season. Since the show loosely takes its stories in the books from Bernard Cornwell's "Saxon Stories," the next tales of the series will likely follow some of the events of the seventh and eighth books, titled "The Pagan Lord" and "Empty Throne."  Curiously, "Empty throne" details a dying Aethelred. Hence, "The Last Kingdom" season 4 may spell the death for Regbo's character. 

It's expected that "The Last Kingdom" season 4 will also have 10 episodes like its previous season. With the death of King Alfred and a few other vital characters last season, fans of the show may also expect new faces for the upcoming season. Netflix, however, hasn't made any announcements of the additions yet since pre-production has not yet begun. 

Meanwhile, viewers can still watch seasons 1 to 3 of "The Last Kingdom" on the streaming platform. The show has been compared to "Game of Thrones" regarding its theme and genre. 

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