In The Last Kingdom, why did Eardwulf have to die?
Season 4 of THE LAST KINGDOM said goodbye to Eardwulf, a newcomer who had conspired against Aethelred. What was the point of Eardwulf’s death?
The fifth season of The Last Kingdom is now available on Netflix. The fourth installment introduced the antagonistic Eardwulf (Jamie Blackley), who was Eadith’s brother (Stefanie Martini). He had a tragic end at the end of the fourth season, when Sigtryggr’s (Eysteinn Sigur°arson) men killed him.
Eadith and Eardwulf, brother and sister, were introduced in Season 4 to topple Aethelred (Toby Regbo).
Eardwulf had assumed the role of Aethelred’s commander, while Eadith played the role of his mistress in an attempt to win him over.
They both intended to plot against Aethelred in order to recover control, but Eardwulf got himself into too much trouble.
He fought to keep Aethelred on his side, and he made several errors that nearly lost him his life.
He assassinated Aethelred, who was already on his deathbed, since he needed to act quickly.
Aethelred had been badly hurt in combat, and his head damage indicated he would not survive.
Eardwulf took advantage of the opportunity to finish him off when the two were alone in his final moments.
He had no idea that Eadith had witnessed the entire ordeal and had resolved to cut all links with her nasty brother.
Sigtryggr ordered Eardwulf to be killed during the Siege of Winchester, and Eardwulf got his comeuppance.
Undercover Eadith was forced to watch as her brother died, and she almost gave away her position.
Eardwulf only appeared in the fourth season of the show, so viewers may be asking why he had to die so soon.
One reason could be because his death allowed Eadith to become more self-sufficient and relax into a leading role.
She saw her brother’s folly and decided to assist Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) and his companions instead.
Second, when Eardwulf decided to assassinate the man he sought to overthrow, his story arc came to an end.
Due to his desire for dominance, he began to lose his sanity over the series, and everything came to a climax when Aethelred died.
Eardwulf would have become a non-essential figure if he had lived much longer.
Aethelred’s wife, Aethelflaed (Millie Brady), became ruler of Mercia, and he had little chance of regaining his position.
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