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.
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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.
22 thoughts on “What happened to Uhtred’s youngest son on The Last Kingdom Season 4?”
Please renew last kingdom! It’s my family favorite. We were wondering what happened to uthred fourth child he was not mentioned.
I loved watching the last kingdom! I’m lost on what to watch next. In fact, I watched the last kingdom twice… Please renew!!!
I love this show!! It’s my very favorite!! I’ve binged watched it multiple times!! The cast and crew are amazing!!
Yes, please renew this show! It is truly excellent!
I asked myself this question all the season. Especially because the last we hear of him is Uthred blames him for Giselas death
I think he’s hidden they will make up something cleaver that fits on multiple levels and then Breda’s son and uhtrid’s son will either show up next season with chips on their shoulders and drag out another season of revenge or show up the next or last season bringing Breda and uhtrid to healing and restoration out of love for their children. And bringing closure to the show. Full circle love is eternal. Except I haven’t read the books or know England’s history. I just have fallen in love with their characters and how he “never knows where she is”. It’s interesting that he loves and says he loves Breda no matter what she says or does, but even though it’s honorable he can’t kill her. But, he supposedly loves Edwards sister and when they go to battle he reminds her, if captured to do the honorable thing and have a man kill her. Makes me wonder of all his passions and all the different depths of love and protection if eventually he will discover that his love for Breda defies definition. If he’ll ever recognize and make amends for not fighting for and defending her like he has for everyone else that he has loved.
Thank goodness its not just me. I too wondered what had happened, he should’ve at least been mentioned .
It was really bugging me too! I actually thought I may have missed it. Why would such an awesome show leave out any mention of Uhtred’s 4th child? So weird! I seriously don’t know what to watch now. I’m still waiting for the next season of Stranger Things. Thank God for Netflix, to help us all get thru this Pandemic!
Was wondering about that too because season 4 end has Uhtred’s 2 children leaving him— son Uhtred to go back being a monk, and daughter Stiorra joining the young Dane leader Sigtryggr. I have not read the books. Maybe the youngest son died of sickness. Agree that Sihtric’s family we don’t know what happened. Fr. Beocca will be missed! He was the protector and father figure of Uhtred! Hating Brida… all she knows is bitterness and revenge. Will Eadith be Uhtred’s lover in season 5?
Sihtric’s family was mentioned a few times but we didn’t get to see them.
For Eadith, it is more likely she would be Finan’s lover. They grew quite close during the season
Father Beocca said she went back to the tavern. But then again he was always messing around. We saw his wife cute kid always smiling. He said he was going to get her and bring her somewhere. Uhtrid used him to spy without anyone knowing so he would be the man to go grab the child out of the nunnery. I would love it if he grabbed Edwards first love and bring her back. I thought they said she had twins. Did they leave a twin with mom?
Uhtred’s youngest son would have also been put in the monisetery at Winchester by King Alfred.
Well I hope they rectify the missing third child of Uhtred because its not only bizarre that he’s not mentioned at all, but that its sloppy and poor judgement on the produces part of the series to drop a character like that completely with no mention of it.
It’d be so nice for Uhtred to have at least one kid from his marriages, especially with Gisela – his true love, that he can have a relationship with. It’d be great to see him and Athelstan raised together.
Loved the series but also wondered why youngest of Uhtred’s children didn’t get a mention.
Since Coronavirus has halted production of Series 5, I shall read Bernard Cornwell’s books. I loved the Sharp books and series staring Sean Bean; old but an evergreen and a “must see” for lovers of historical fiction.
The Last Kingdom is absolutely the best television, it is rare indeed that a film production exceeds the quality of the books it is based on.
The complete lack of mention of Uhtred’s second living son has bugged me too, especially as the obvious thing would be that he was brought up with all the other children. Also Uhtred’s complete lack of curiosity or mention of him, although I suppose he did blame him for killing Gisela in childbirth, so that might explain it somewhat. I would not be surprised if he suddenly reappears in a later series of The Last Kingdom, especially given the key role he plays in the books. Then we will find out where he has been lurking all this time.
I loved the LastKingdom! I did notice and wonder what happened to the last born son and kept wondering about him.
I hope that Uhtreds youngest son wasn’t mentioned at all in season four because he will appear in season Five as a young warrior who follows his fathers footsteps.
I agree, raised along with Aethelstan as a warrior, like his father. I haven’t read the books, so I don’t know what happens there. This TV show is the best I’ve seen in a long while!! It is truly excellent and the whole cast does an amazing job! I do hope we see this lost son reappear in Season 5. There is a possibility that the child will be raised by Hild and a nanny at Coccham with Uhtred and Aethelstan, or at Aethelflaed’s estate. He could’ve been raised in Winchester by nuns and monks. It will be fun to find out! I can’t see Eadith as Uhtred’s next love interest. It would be nice if she and Finan are meant to be together. Finan needs a good woman!
I want the last son to follow his dad’s footsteps. Maybe Breda will have a GIRL and will soften her heart. Breda daughter marry Eutrids son.