Uhtred of Bebbanburg’s (played by Alexander Dreymon) epic story is almost at an end, with just one last appearance in Netflix’s upcoming film Seven Kings Must Die to come. Ahead of The Last Kingdom’s final chapter being released next year, actor Micki Stoltt has admitted he was surprised his Viking character Rognvaldr was kept alive for potentially more adventures in the show’s gripping final season.
Danish actor Micki was convinced Rognvaldr would be killed off at some point in the final episodes of The Last Kingdom.
In season five, the Viking warrior is introduced when he seeks refuge with his brother Sigtryggr (Eysteinn Sigurðarson) and his wife Stiorra (Ruby Hartley) at their stronghold.
They soon discover he had actually plotted with Brida (Emily Fox) to storm the kingdom and take down Stiorra to strike a blow against her father, Uhtred.
He’s then subjected to some immense torment from his brother, which initially led Micki to believe Rognvaldr would be killed off.
“I feel like, when I’m watching, I’m like, ‘Rognvaldr is pretty close to dying all the time!’” he said.
“He’s not a very fortunate character. He’s not lucky. I was like, ‘When am I going to die? Because it’s ought to happen at some point.’”
Instead, Sigtryggr believes the gods had spared him when his wounds begin to heal, and the brothers reconcile.
While Sigtryggr was sadly killed in a bout against Uhtred, Rognvaldr was left in charge of York after Stiorra refused to rule the city under the name of King Edward (Timothy Innes).
“And I ended up a king!” Micki told the Screen Chronicles podcast. “And that was amazing that he finished off in that way.
“Of course, I love Rog. I didn’t know where they wanted to go, and they were writing while we did it so you’ve got two scripts at a time.
“I never knew exactly if he was going to die or not going to die.”
Micki went on to reveal his acting coach, Ivana Chubbuck, instilled even more passion for his character while they worked on his portrayal of Rognvaldr behind the scenes.
“She said, ‘We’re going to fight to keep your character alive’,” he recalled.
“So that was our point all the time, we wanted to keep him alive. We want people to cheer for him.”
Despite Rognvaldr being granted the best possible ending, Micki admitted: “It’s hard because… ‘satisfied’ is a weird word. I was not satisfied with it ending.
“We wanted another season. We want more. So it becomes a weird sort of satisfaction.”
“But there was a huge satisfaction in finally having Uhtred back at Bebbanburg.”
Now that Uhtred has been reinstated as the ruler of his home, he just has one last quest to fulfil to ensure the kingdom is safe.
With the Saxon warrior set to make one last appearance in Seven Kings Must Die, could Rognvaldr be one of the seven rulers Uhtred must face in his last battle?