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  • Dawson Casting: A justified case with sixty-one year old Simon Kunz as Odda the Elder. Odda is forty when Uhtred first meets him, but he is Younger Than They Look, due to his hair being completely grey, thus an older actor would make a sufficient amount of sense.
  • Dueling Shows:
    • In a generic "medieval TV" way to Game of Thrones and another new show The Bastard Executioner. Since The Last Kingdom got a second season and The Bastard Executioner didn't, Kingdom can safely be said to have won on that score. Meanwhile, the fact that Thrones creator George R. R. Martin claimed that he lacked the time to watch the later seasons of his own books' adaptation but evidently found time to enjoy and recommend Last Kingdom was also seen as somewhat of a win for Last Kingdom.
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    • More importantly, with Vikings - which overlaps with The Last Kingdom in portraying earlier Viking attacks on England, making it a prequel of sorts until later seasons of Vikings overlap directly. Ragnar Lothbrok, the semi-historical initial protagonist of Vikings, is even the putative father of Ubba, the initial villain of The Last Kingdom, though the show (unlike the books) downplays this.
  • Follow the Leader:
    • The show was almost certainly greenlit due to the success of Vikings and Game of Thrones even though Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe novels proved very successful on television back in the 1990s, his Saxon Stories predate Vikings by about a decade, and he and Thrones creator George R. R. Martin are mutual fans.
    • Thrones of Britannia: A Total War Saga was created to capitalize on the success of the series right down to the setting and playable factions.
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    • Assassin's Creed: Valhalla was very much inspired by The Last Kingdom right down to having the same setting, the presence of King Alfred the Great, a similar cast of characters and even sharing at least two actors from the show (Magnus Bruun and Jeppe Beck Laursen).
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Bernard Cornwell originally wrote his most famous character Richard Sharpe as a lean, dark-haired Londoner only to fall in love with Sean Bean's big, blond Oop North portrayal of the character. When it came to writing The Last Kingdom, Cornwell wrote Uhtred as a big, blond Northumbrian only for the TV series to cast lean, dark-haired Alexander Dreymon in the role.

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