Will there be a fifth season of ‘The Last Kingdom’?

Netflix has renewed The Last Kingdom for another season.

Set in the late 9th century AD, when England is divided into seven separate kingdoms, the epic historical drama series is based on the Saxon Stories novels by Bernard Cornwell.

Having previously aired on BBC Two in the UK and on BBC America in the USA, The Last Kingdom has continued exclusively on Netflix since its third season.

The historical drama series returned with a fourth season earlier this year.

The show’s star Alexander Dreymon, who plays Uhtred of Bebbanburg, announced on Instagram this week that Season 5 has now been officially confirmed!

The ten new episodes will be based on the ninth and tenth books in Bernard Cornwell’s seriesThe Warriors of the Storm and The Flame Bearer.

Variety reports that “the fifth season will see Uhtred realize his destiny is more than just Bebbanburg: it is tied to the future of England itself. Charged with training King Edward’s first-born son Aethelstan as a warrior, Uhtred’s ambition will have an even higher purpose. But to achieve this destiny, Uhtred will have to face down his greatest enemy and suffer his greatest loss.”

Executive producer Nigel Marchant commented: “We are really proud of The Last Kingdom, which continues to entertain audiences all over the world.”

He added: “We had such a tremendous response to the last season, so are thrilled to be bringing it back for season five on Netflix. With such a loyal fanbase, we’re excited to give viewers a chance to follow Uhtred on the next stage of his quest.”

The new episodes are expected to begin filming in Budapest, Hungary later this year.

The Last Kingdom is available on DVD on Amazon.