Last Kingdom Video: Rutger Hauer Stars in Downton EPs' New Series

BBC America’s new eight-part series The Last Kingdom is from Downton Abbey executive producer Gareth Neame, but the similarities between the two shows begin and end there.

The Game of Thrones-esque saga (premiering tonight at 10/9c) follows warrior and outsider Uhtred (played by American Horror Story‘s Alexander Dreymon) on a fierce mission to reclaim his birthright.

The impetus for his quest is laid out many years earlier, as seen in this exclusive video, as a young Uhtred (Tom Taylor) chats with Viking poet and wise man Ravn (True Blood vet and cult icon Rutger Hauer). After witnessing his father’s death in battle, the boy is now a prisoner, but Ravn sees something in Uhtred that’s worth keeping alive.

Press PLAY above to watch the sneak peek, then hit the comments with your thoughts.

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  1. LABete says:

    I love Rutger Hauer and will check out anything he is in. Hopefully this show will be good enough to keep watching. It seems to cover a lot of the same territory that Vikings is covering, perhaps 20-30 years later. If it includes Ragnar’s sons, it could need a big spoiler alert for us Vikings viewers!😉

  2. ninamags says:

    Does BBC America broadcast in HD? This looks interesting and I really have loved Rutger Hauer since back in the day. But the channel looks like crap since it’s not in HD :/

  3. Shaun says:

    Who is this guy?Looks like an old Ragnar Lothbrok or something,lol.Is this Scandinavia or England?