What happened to Uhtred’s youngest son on The Last Kingdom Season 4?
There was a glaring and annoying inconsistency throughout The Last Kingdom Season 4. What in the world happened to Uhtred’s youngest son?
If you’re anything like us, you’ve already binge-watched the entire fourth season of The Last Kingdom. If you haven’t, caution, there are some minor spoilers in this post.
We’re not going to talk about the major plot points regarding Uhtred, Edward, or others. We’re not even going to mention the storylines for Uhtred’s children that we did see. This is all about one glaring inconsistency from the third season.
What happened to Uhtred’s youngest son?
UPDATE: May 3, 2020 – Uhtred’s missing son explained by executive producer
By the end of The Last Kingdom Season 3, Uhtred had four children. The first was a son with Mildrith, who sadly died during the first season. He then had three children with Gisela. She died in childbirth with the third one, a boy.
However, throughout The Last Kingdom Season 4, only two children were even mentioned. We met Uhtred and Stiorra. And it seems like the two of them are the two young children we saw running around the house while Gisela was pregnant with her third child. Based on the age of Aethelstan, we could assume that the youngest son should have been around that age.
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Forgotten or just not mentioned?
I’d like to say that the youngest child was just not mentioned. Considering the age, it would have been harder to manage the child in the storyline. However, he wasn’t even mentioned in passing, which suggests that the show’s writers forgot about him. Considering the show follows the books and the books definitely don’t forget about him, I’d be surprised if that was the case.
He’s not the only character from a previous season forgotten about. I don’t remember any mention of Sihtric’s family. We should assume that he was still married and loyal to that family, but they just didn’t warrant a mention considering everything happening throughout the season.
We could assume that Uhtred’s youngest son lives with Sihtric’s family. This would make sense. If you’ve watched Vikings, you know that the families all look after each other when the warriors are away. Since Uhtred didn’t have a wife to look after the children, others would have rallied to look after them once they were out of Alfred’s (and the monastery’s) control.
Did the child die?
Another option is that The Last Kingdom killed the child off between the seasons and just didn’t mention him. Uhtred doesn’t mention his first son. He mourned the loss of that child briefly and then moved on. He also mourned the loss of Gisela rather quickly and he’s since pushed forward in life. Uhtred isn’t one to dwell for too long, so we could assume that he would mourn the loss of his youngest child quickly, off-screen.
The problem is when Hild asked about the children, there wasn’t even a hint of a death. She would have asked about it or even shared her condolences to make a note on-screen that this had happened.
It’s an annoying inconsistency that I hope the show has a fifth season to rectify. Just a mention and I’ll be happy!
What do you think happened to the youngest son on The Last Kingdom Season 4? Share your theories in the comments below.
The Last Kingdom Seasons 1 to 4 are available on Netflix.