The Last Kingdom has officially been renewed for season five and fans cannot wait for the new season to land on Netflix. In the meantime, they have been looking into some characters from previous seasons, including the relentless witch Skade (played by Thea Sofie Loch Naess). She is killed by Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) in the series, but in the novels which inspired the series she suffers a very different fate.
Who really killed Skade?
Skade was introduced in the third season of The Last Kingdom, and her character also features in The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell.
She is a powerful seer who manipulates men and lures them to their untimely deaths using her charm.
In season three she picks Uhtred as her next infatuation, and she ends up cursing him and those he loves.
Skade ended up being killed by Uhtred after he found out it was the only way the curse could be broken.
She and Uhtred had formed a relationship, but Uhtred was reluctant to fully commit to her.
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At the end of the third season Uhtred tricks Skade into bathing in the river with him.
He ends up strangling her and he leaves her dead in the water, in order to break her evil curse.
In the fifth novel from The Saxon Stories, Skade and Harald Bloodhair (Ola Rapace) are introduced as lovers until Uhtred takes her hostage.
In both the novels and the series, there is a confrontation between Uhtred and Bloodhair as Bloodhair tries to claim back his lover.
One difference between the book and the series is the intimate relationship between Uhtred and Skade, as he pays her far more attention in the books.
Skade became one of the most popular characters of the series as she was known for her eerie nature.
She only lasted for one season, and fans were devastated when she was killed by Uhtred at the end of season three.
One fan said on Twitter: “If ever I was going to have a Viking girlfriend it would be Skade from season three of The Last Kingdom.”
They had hoped she will return for season four in one form or another, but sadly she did not make an appearance.
Skade was not a real pagan seer, but there were fortune tellers around at the time who may have influenced her character.
Cornwell said her character was formed due to the supernatural time Uhtred lived in – as the Danes believed in all sorts of rituals.
The author of the books said he enjoyed the idea of a sorceress throwing Uhtred off track, representing a unique kind of evil.
Loch Naess said she would have been happy to return to the series, whether it be in flashbacks or otherwise.
Season five of The Last Kingdom is officially happening, so there is still a chance she could pop up to torment Uhtred once more.
The Last Kingdom is available to watch on Netflix now