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.