Episode 1 The Last Kingdom


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Episode 1

Historical drama. The life of Saxon boy Uhtred is turned upside down by his father's defeat in the Danish invasion of York. His quest begins to regain the Saxon lands.


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Boy!

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The tide is on the turn!

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I'll not warn you again!

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Ships! There!

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Danes...

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The devil's turds.

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Are they traders?

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No. They come as Vikings. We go!

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Go! Go!

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Where's my son?

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Uhtred, take half a dozen men and ride to the river.

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There are pagans there. Watch them, see how many they are!

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-Of course, Father.

-Do nothing more, you understand?

-Yes, father!

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Osbert, what is it?

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-Ships! I saw them first from the beach.

-What ships?

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Danes. They're heading for the river!

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SHE GASPS

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God and his saints preserve us, they have no soul.

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-We must pray.

-We must act.

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Uhtred, do not fight them - not a single one.

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-Be back by nightfall.

-Yes, father.

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They are sent by God, to punish us for our sins.

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Our sins be damned. They're here to support the Viking army in Eoferwic.

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-Aelfric!

-You must instruct the priest to pray for our deliverance.

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-Aelfric!

-Lord? Get them inside!

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Take in as many women and elders as we can.

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The rest, to higher ground and out of sight.

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Send word to rouse the country. I want every man inside this fortress

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and every man must be prepared to die.

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-Port side, ready to row!

-Port side, ready to row!

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-Starboard side, ready to row!

-Starboard side, ready to row!

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Father.

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Taste.

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Fresh...sweet water.

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-Yes.

-What else do you see?

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I see a clear river, with fish as big as a man's leg.

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I see a forest alive with meat

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and, more than that, I see a place to grow fat and old.

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HORSE WHINNIES

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Horses.

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Yeah. I see spies, shitting themselves.

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-VIKINGS:

-Yeah!

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We'll meet sword with sword! You are pagans!

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We have a greater god on our side!

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Kjartan, I think we should teach this boy a lesson.

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Taking her in - at speed.

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-Pick up the speed!

-VIKINGS GRUNT

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BABY CRIES

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SHOUTING, CONFUSION

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Why do I leave the villages unprotected

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and bring the men inside?

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Is that your question?

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A village can be rebuilt. A warrior can die only once.

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The Danes may be heading south to Eoferwic,

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but they will kill whoever they can on the way.

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Now, go find the priest.

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Yes, Father.

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Come in, Osbert. Don't skulk in the shadows.

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He...wants to know if you're ready?

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Almost.

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Do you know what I'm tasked with?

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Er, a letter?

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A response to a letter - this letter, from King Aella...

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..asking your father for his support, his army,

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to help recapture the City of Eoferwic.

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This is why it's important for you to be able to read and write.

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Father can't read nor write.

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Yeah, well, for your father, it's too late.

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King Aella could have sent a man on horseback.

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Yeah, but who's to say the man on horseback speaks the truth,

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or has remembered the true message?

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What these letters will represent is history, facts...

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Your father is informing King Aella and King Osbert

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he will be alongside their armies at Eoferwic

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and the mark of Bebbanburg will guarantee the truth of it.

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Why do we fight for Eoferwic?

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Well, we fight for Eoferwic because we do not wish to see England,

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piece by piece, become Daneland.

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I heard it said that we were pagans once -

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that Woden and Odin are the same.

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We saw the error of our ways and we looked to Rome.

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I heard the pagans had fierce gods of war.

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Well, we are right and they are mistaken. Osbert, we are blessed.

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I should make you swear on St Cuthbert's comb

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never to mention the likes of Woden again.

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But what if I had a hound called Woden?

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-What if I did? What would you do then?

-You haven't, you have not!

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What if you had a pig called Thor? Come, let's go see your father.

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-Come!

-A pig called Thor! Is it really St Cuthbert's comb?

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Of course it's St Cuthbert's comb

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and his holy hair lies in the teeth of that comb.

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Where was your father last?

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He was humping the servant girl.

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-That's a lie, Osbert.

-No.

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-Are you never going to tire of teasing?

-Nope.

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-HORN BLOWS

-Horsemen approaching!

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He rides Uhtred's horse.

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Osbert.

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No! No!

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Bury what's left of him.

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Osbert, come on.

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Remind me of the last words I spoke to him.

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You told him to watch, do not fight.

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We have no idea of the circumstance...

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-"Do not fight" means "do not fight".

-He was young.

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There was no fight to be had until Eoferwic.

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You wanted to see Osbert, my Lord.

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You...

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You are now called Uhtred. Uhtred, son of Uhtred.

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You have your stone, the amber?

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-Yes, Father.

-The priest will show you your history, the parchments.

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Make him understand who he is.

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Lord, I... I should like to baptise him again.

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Well, if he arrives at heaven's gate as Uhtred,

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they might wonder what's happened to Osbert.

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Do what you must, but do as I ask.

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Lord.

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We were kings here once, boy.

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Kings of all the lands between the Rivers Tuede and Tyne.

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We should be kings again.

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Yes, we should, but it does not matter what they call us,

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so long as they obey.

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Our ancestors took this land

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and it has been strengthened with our blood and bone.

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And now, you are the new heir of Bebbanburg. You hear me?

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-And you will die for it, if needed.

-Yes, Father.

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And I'll give you the head of the man who killed Uhtred.

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No, you are Uhtred!

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Have you not been listening to me?

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Do not tell me what it is you will do, you are just a pup!

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You will give me nothing. You will watch and you will learn!

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-Put him in the water, before his mother's tongue gives me grief.

-She's not my mother.

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Will you take him with you to battle, to watch and learn?

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He's old enough.

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I need you to choose 30 men and remain here at Bebbanburg.

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Protect the boy. He is the heir.

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30 will hold and is few enough to feed. Will you do this for me?

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-I'd rather be with you at Eoferwic, but I'll do as you ask.

-Thank you.

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Come on, quickly.

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Up there, go on.

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Hurry, please.

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Heavenly Father,

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receive your servant, Uhtred,

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into the holy canon of saints

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and into the ranks of the most bright angels.

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Let your holy waters cleanse him

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and make him worthy of your blessing.

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Make him your instrument and your rod.

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Let him realise the significance of the written word,

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so that he may learn of your glory and, in turn, may spread your word.

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-Beo...

-Let him grow in wisdom and in respect,

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so he may lead in a Godly manner.

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Beo... Beocca, he's cleansed!

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-Amen.

-UHTRED GASPS FOR AIR

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Uhtred, son of Uhtred of Bebbanburg, welcome to the Christian world.

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-CHEERING

-Behold your people and your lands.

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Where are the people, the soldiers?

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On the road to Eoferwic, led by your father,

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where he'll join the other two Kings of Northumbria.

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With...? Without me?

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You are to remain at Bebbanburg, with your kindly uncle.

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I'm sworn to keep you safe.

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Should you wish to fight, we can always arm-wrestle.

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-Where's the priest?

-With your father. Eat.

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You have work to do, Uhtred, in the stables.

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Thankfully, we've been left some horses.

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-You should eat.

-I'm not hungry.

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We have work to do, horseshit to shovel.

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Come and find me when you've finished.

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Scallion, if my brother falls in battle...

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..the boy must fall.

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DOGS BARK

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RAISED VOICES

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All this way and no reception party(!)

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Earl Ragnar.

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Guthrum. How are you?

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I'm fine. I'm hungry! And your boy?

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-He's coming.

-Ragnar..

-Ubba, I brought men and horses.

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Good to see you. Are you well?

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LAUGHTER

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You made a gift of his own son's head?

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How did this Lord react?

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He did nothing.

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He brought his warriors into the fortress and kept them inside.

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It was not cowardice.

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Restraint.

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He's saving his men.

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That man is Uhtred,

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one of the three Kings of Northumbria - a warrior king.

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The other two are fools. They would rather be fighting each other.

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-This is true?

-King Aella and King Osbert -

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they both lay claim to Eoferwic.

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They have the strangest of names.

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So, when do we fight?

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Soon, I hope.

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I'm still to decide.

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Fools or not,

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they have three armies.

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-They have numbers.

-But are divided.

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Three kings, but only one who can lead them - this Uhtred.

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Then we kill him and Northumbria is ours - all of it.

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LAUGHTER

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Listen to him, listen to the boy, he reminds me of me!

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Yeah, when you were younger.

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Of course, when I was younger. He's just a boy.

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-Just saying.

-Ubba...

-Did you say I was old?

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-Storri?

-No.

-I'm not getting old.

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Ubba, I have seen the land outside the city.

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I have a plan in mind, a good plan.

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And my son would like to wet his sword with you.

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So, do we fight?

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Storri?

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The signs are good.

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Only this morning, I saw a raven flying towards the Saxon camp

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-and he was asking me to follow, I'm sure of it.

-Mm.

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-Then, we fight.

-CHEERING

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What kind of hell is this?

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It's a pagan's hell. We outnumber them.

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But there are more - there must be.

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Nothing changes. We attack with half our number -

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the second half to follow, once we have the measure of them.

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They have conceded the higher ground.

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King Aella, yours and Lord Uhtred's armies

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will attack in the first wave.

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Prepare! Prepare!

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SWORDS DRAWN HORN BLOWS

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Shield!

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No. No, not without me!

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Come nightfall, we'll be rid of this plague

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and counting our share of the plunder.

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CHEERING

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My shield!

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VIKINGS WHISPER AND HISS

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Kill them all! SAXONS BATTLE CRY

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The wall is holding.

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Go! Hands below your shield and drive! Drive!

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Ease.

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Ease!

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Ease!

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Ease!

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Push! Keep pushing! It's working!

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Drive them!

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VIKING SHRIEKS

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They're tiring, they can't fight back.

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-We're winning! Look, we're winning!

-CHEERING

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Fight!

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Not yet! Not yet!

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Dear God, no.

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Shield wall!

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Dear God of infinite mercy, not this!

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Kill them all!

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SHRIEKS AND CRIES

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Legs! Legs! Protect your legs!

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Lift up your sword

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and spare these men of England, who fight in your name.

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Let the heathens' hearts crumble and wither.

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Restore your power upon these men of England,

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so they can glorify your name with the blood of the devils.

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Have mercy now, Lord.

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Do not forsake us. Do not forsake England!

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Follow me! Follow me!

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Take him!

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Close the shield wall! Close the wall and take him!

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No!

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UHTRED CRIES OUT

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He's like a wasp.

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-The wasp has lost its sting.

-Yeah.

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UHTRED CRIES OUT EARL RAGNAR WINCES

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-Are you sure he's a Saxon? He fights like a Dane.

-Yeah.

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SHOUTING, SCREAMS

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SAXON SHRIEKS

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WOMAN SCREAMS

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GIRL SCREAMS Leave her!

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She is to live.

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Some of these young ones can come in useful.

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Father, here's the boy I spoke of.

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The one who almost killed you?

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You're leaving him with me?

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I've never seen a man get the better of you yet.

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VIKINGS SHOUT AND CHEER

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Cut me some chicken.

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Careful, the blade is sharp.

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It can kill a man.

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The chicken is on your platter.

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Have you always been blind?

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Oh, I see enough.

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So, who have they been killing below?

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WOMAN SCREAMS

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Prisoners.

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Just now, a king.

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Did he die well?

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No.

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Then he shouldn't have been King.

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CHEERING

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Tell me, who sits in the middle of the hall?

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-Please, please... Ahh!

-THUD

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Is it the big man and the small man?

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Yes, and a grey man sits in-between them.

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If you get to live, you should beware of the big man, Ubba.

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My advice for you is to never to cross Ubba

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and never, never fight him.

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"If I get to live"?

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He listens to no-one but the gods.

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Men who take their orders from the gods are unpredictable.

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WOMAN SHRIEKS CHEERING

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What did you mean when you said, "If I get to live"?

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You're my prisoner.

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The grey man will be Egbert.

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He's a Saxon Ealdorman.

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He has pledged his allegiance and now calls himself "King".

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He is king of nothing.

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Soon, all the kings in England shall be kings of nothing.

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Northumbria is ours.

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Mercia will soon be ours.

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Then East Anglia, Cornwallum -

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and then, the greatest prize is the last kingdom -

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-Wessex.

-I've heard of Wessex.

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Anything will grow in Wessex.

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-THUD VIKINGS:

-Oooh!

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Tell me your name.

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Uhtred. I am the ealdorman of Bebbanburg.

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You are?

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I am. I own lands to the north.

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How long have you been an ealdorman of these lands?

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Your father chose to fight us...

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..and is now dead.

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He... He was not fond of me.

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I now understand why my son spared you...

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..Uhtred of Bebbanburg.

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You are a warrior.

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Have some ale.

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Drink it...

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..lots of it.

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Here.

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Take it up there.

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I'm thinking of keeping them both -

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the boy and the girl - they can help your mother.

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Disagree?

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No.

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But we did kill his father.

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And, if he is an ealdorman, we could sell him for a ransom.

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Perhaps.

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Brida, be careful not to spill the water.

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You'll turn the floor to mud.

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Uhtred, wood needs to be chopped!

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Brida, you can do the goats.

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Will there be time for Uhtred to play?

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Only when work is done.

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I don't like our daughter having to play with the slaves.

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-They're only children.

-They have a place.

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Grumpy!

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My horse.

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Hey, Ragnar Ragnarson!

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Hey, Uhtred of wherever.

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How about you teach me how to use a sword?

0:30:260:30:28

We don't teach slaves how to fight!

0:30:280:30:30

That tongue of yours will be your death, boy.

0:30:300:30:33

Now, get back to work!

0:30:330:30:34

What does the play involve?

0:30:380:30:40

We built a hall in the gorge.

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I'm the mistress and Uhtred is a warrior.

0:30:420:30:44

Not a servant?

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It is a game.

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CHILDREN LAUGH

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-A wolf?

-Uhtred!

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That's it, a wolf.

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Boar, watch out!

0:30:550:30:57

I saw it - its sharp teeth and yellow eyes.

0:30:570:30:59

Don't let the wolves get to me, Uhtred!

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Use the fire to keep them away.

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I see them. They're as big as Ubba and smell worse.

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WHISTLE

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Did you see that?

0:31:110:31:12

BRANCH BREAKS

0:31:150:31:17

Uhtred?

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Stay up there.

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-SHE GASPS

-Look!

0:31:200:31:23

Uhtred, what is happening?

0:31:230:31:25

Stay up there, Thyra. It's Sven, he won't hurt you.

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-But he'll kill us!

-SVEN SHOUTS

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He'll kill us! run!

0:31:310:31:33

That was a real sword!

0:31:400:31:42

I saw it.

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-THYRA SCREAMS

-Uhtred! Uhtred!

-Thyra!

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THYRA WHIMPERS

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UHTRED SHOUTS

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What's this?

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You been fighting again?

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Yes.

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With Sven?

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Kjartan's son?

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Yes.

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-Uhtred, he's much bigger than you.

-He's a turd.

-Why do you say that?

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Who started it?

0:32:250:32:26

-Who began the fight?

-I began the fight.

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For no other reason than that he's a turd?

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-Danes have murdered for less.

-Uhtred, that's enough!

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-Do you want to be sold, boy?

-I wish to eat.

-Speak up.

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I wish to eat!

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You want to eat?

0:32:430:32:45

You want to eat?

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You know what?

0:32:500:32:52

I say you starve.

0:32:520:32:54

Fighting is expected, disobedience is not.

0:32:540:32:57

Sven began the fight!

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Kjartan!

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Kjartan!

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Earl Ragnar, let me first say, he's a... He's a good boy.

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He brought a sword onto my land. I will have words with him.

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-In time, he'll serve on your ship. He... He...

-He has offended me.

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He will honour you and he meant no harm, Lord.

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He meant no harm? He looked at my daughter's nakedness.

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And he was punished. Your Saxon slave cut him.

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Shall I make a square of branches?

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Are you to fight me for your son or fetch him?!

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Sven! Come out here.

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-Tell him what you have to say.

-I'm sorry.

-He can't hear you.

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I'm sorry, Lord, for what I did.

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You laid hands on my daughter.

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You stripped her naked.

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-Half naked, Lord.

-He's at an age, Lord.

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Is this true - half naked?

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Yes, Lord.

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Then I shall only take his one eye.

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No, no, please!

0:34:160:34:17

SVEN SCREAMS

0:34:170:34:19

Kjartan, you are banished from my land.

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SVEN WAILS

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SVEN CRIES

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FIRE CRACKLES

0:34:400:34:41

I have something for you.

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What is it?

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An amulet. Thor's hammer.

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-But, er...

-But what?

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You're Christian.

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Take it.

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-I can't.

-Don't you want it?

0:35:030:35:05

-I... I do want it!

-Then take it.

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-I'm trying.

-Take it!

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-I don't think he wants it.

-I... I do want it!

0:35:090:35:12

No, I don't think so.

0:35:120:35:14

Thank you.

0:35:180:35:19

Tell me about Denmark...

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..your home.

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What can I say about Denmark?

0:35:290:35:30

-It's wet.

-And harsh.

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The ground is so flat and sandy, you can't grow a fart,

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which is why we're here in England...

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..to grow.

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And why young Ragnar will soon be going for Ireland.

0:35:460:35:49

You leave to fight?

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To make my wealth.

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If you want land or silver, you have to take it.

0:35:540:35:58

You made me proud today...Uhtred.

0:36:020:36:07

You made me proud.

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I don't know you, you don't have the appearance of a messenger,

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and Ubba's payment's not yet due.

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No, Lord.

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I was a ship's master.

0:36:510:36:53

Ah. Well, I have no ships. I need no ship's master.

0:36:530:36:56

I have news that you will want to hear.

0:37:010:37:03

-Well?

-I would want something in return, Lord.

0:37:050:37:08

-Ah.

-Not now, not coin.

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But perhaps we can continue to help each other.

0:37:110:37:14

Perhaps.

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Two days south of here is Earl Ragnar,

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the man I used to serve, until he banished me.

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He has a slave - treats him well.

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This is a slave you are entitled to buy back, if you wish to.

0:37:300:37:34

"Buy back"?

0:37:360:37:38

It's your nephew - Uhtred, Lord.

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He lives.

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What if I'm against being ransomed?

0:37:580:38:00

Your family has discovered that you're still alive...

0:38:010:38:05

..and they wish for you to be returned,

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but they must pay.

0:38:100:38:12

-Pay Ragnar?

-Ubba takes more than half.

0:38:120:38:14

It's normal.

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But I have no family.

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Keep them over there, tether the horses.

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Scallion, here.

0:38:340:38:36

Uhtred.

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Are they treating you well?

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-I am fed, yes.

-Good, good. That's all we ask.

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And what is that around your neck, some symbol?

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Oh, this? They make me wear it.

0:38:500:38:53

May I see it?

0:38:530:38:54

Look, I will speak plainly.

0:39:010:39:03

Your uncle will kill you.

0:39:030:39:05

Right? You cannot go back to Bebbanburg, you must escape.

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He wants to be the ealdorman. He wants to be the king, in fact,

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like the pathetic Egbert over there.

0:39:130:39:16

A puppet king for his Danish masters. You should go to Wessex.

0:39:160:39:19

King Aethelred, real King Aethelred and his brother, Prince Alfred,

0:39:190:39:22

they're good men - good Christian men.

0:39:220:39:25

That's enough whispering in his ear, priest.

0:39:250:39:28

-Uhtred...

-One more word and I'll have your ball-bag for a purse.

0:39:290:39:32

(I'll meet you there.) That will not be necessary.

0:39:320:39:35

What did he say?

0:39:370:39:39

He... He asked if you were treating me well.

0:39:390:39:42

-How much?

-300.

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That is a ridiculous amount.

0:40:030:40:05

How can a boy be worth 300 pieces of silver?

0:40:050:40:07

Because I say so.

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Because he is a lord and an ealdorman.

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He is a boy. I am the ealdorman of Bebbanburg.

0:40:130:40:16

I carry the seal and the banner.

0:40:160:40:18

That seal is my father's, which is now mine!

0:40:180:40:21

You be silent. You are for sale, nothing more.

0:40:210:40:24

-For ransom, Lord.

-That is what I said.

0:40:240:40:26

My Lords, I have given up land, horses...

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I've offered a generous supply of food, as well as my sword.

0:40:300:40:33

All I ask in return is a fair price for my only nephew.

0:40:330:40:37

What would you say is a fair price?

0:40:370:40:39

-I will offer 100 pieces of silver.

-200.

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My allegiance and 100 pieces is surely a fair price.

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It is not.

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I will give 120 pieces of silver for the boy.

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-RAVN CHUCKLES

-Not enough!

0:40:540:40:56

Very well. 200 pieces.

0:40:590:41:02

I agree to your terms.

0:41:040:41:05

EARL RAGNAR WHISPERS

0:41:080:41:10

-The boy is sold to Earl Ragnar.

-What?

0:41:150:41:18

Ransomed, Lord!

0:41:180:41:19

That's what I said. The matter is closed.

0:41:190:41:22

My Lords, I have come a long way. I have offered my allegiance...

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Which is why you are allowed to breathe.

0:41:260:41:28

If you have an argument, it's with me now.

0:41:310:41:33

If business is done, we have ale to drink.

0:41:420:41:45

-And King Egbert needs to shit!

-UBBA LAUGHS

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Am I not for ransom anymore?

0:41:580:42:00

You heard Ubba, I bought you.

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I thought I might sacrifice you to Odin.

0:42:040:42:07

-You bought me for how much?

-Too much.

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How much is too much?

0:42:110:42:13

My sword's weight in silver.

0:42:130:42:15

I agree, I may have been robbed, but we like you, boy.

0:42:160:42:20

We're going to keep you.

0:42:200:42:22

Does this mean I'm a Dane?

0:42:230:42:25

It means is that you are Uhtred Ragnarson.

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You are a son to me now. UHTRED YELPS

0:42:270:42:30

Brida, not that way! Take the goat out the side.

0:42:590:43:01

Next time, I promise!

0:43:010:43:03

-Mother, look.

-It's beautiful, it really is.

0:43:030:43:07

I can't believe I'm losing you already.

0:43:070:43:10

I will be living across the field.

0:43:100:43:12

And if he doesn't treat you well,

0:43:120:43:13

you just come marching right back across that field.

0:43:130:43:16

Oh, look at this place!

0:43:300:43:32

Uhtred, do you like my wedding necklace?

0:43:330:43:37

I do. Very pretty.

0:43:380:43:40

He doesn't know anything about necklaces.

0:43:400:43:43

You might as well ask me.

0:43:450:43:46

Uhtred, with me. You can help me slaughter the goats.

0:43:460:43:49

I've only just washed.

0:43:490:43:51

Ha! The goats will be pleased.

0:43:510:43:53

Later, you can sweep the floor.

0:43:580:44:00

LAUGHTER

0:44:000:44:02

Move over!

0:44:040:44:05

This is an excuse to talk, that's all.

0:44:080:44:10

With Thyra to be married, maybe it's time you got together with Brida.

0:44:120:44:15

There are men, good men, asking about her.

0:44:150:44:19

So, you have to decide what you are to her - what you are to each other.

0:44:190:44:23

Brida has her own mind.

0:44:230:44:25

She has, but I see the way she looks at you.

0:44:250:44:27

She's watching the charcoal tonight in the woods.

0:44:290:44:32

Take my horse and join her.

0:44:330:44:36

The earth will be warm... UHTRED LAUGHS

0:44:360:44:38

Why not?

0:44:400:44:41

I just thought, in order to be a real Dane, I had to marry a Dane.

0:44:430:44:47

Come on.

0:44:500:44:51

I love you, like I love young Ragnar.

0:44:520:44:55

SHOUTING AND CHEERING WITHIN

0:45:100:45:12

What are you doing here?

0:45:280:45:29

THEY LAUGH

0:46:110:46:13

Do you ever think of your English life?

0:46:230:46:26

Who you were, before we came to Ragnar?

0:46:300:46:32

No.

0:46:350:46:36

Do you?

0:46:380:46:39

-I think of who I...

-Shh!

-WHISPERED VOICES

0:46:440:46:46

-(Voices.)

-WHISPERED VOICES CONTINUE

0:46:490:46:51

Men, below.

0:46:530:46:54

Danes. Who are they?

0:47:100:47:12

That's Kjartan.

0:47:140:47:16

Remember him?

0:47:170:47:18

And that must be Sven.

0:47:200:47:21

This is wrong. We need to tell Ragnar.

0:47:220:47:24

They are between us and the hall.

0:47:240:47:26

Then we go up and around - we leave the horses and run.

0:47:260:47:29

In front of the door. That's it!

0:47:360:47:38

DOG BARKS

0:47:480:47:50

Ragnar, smoke!

0:47:580:48:00

Fire! Thyra, wake up! Sigrid, wake up!

0:48:020:48:05

SCREAMS Fire!

0:48:050:48:07

Come on, come on!

0:48:150:48:18

This way, Ravn. Come, come quickly.

0:48:180:48:21

-The door is blocked!

-So is this one!

0:48:260:48:28

Be ready.

0:48:320:48:34

This one's open, this one's open. Come on, follow me, this way.

0:48:360:48:40

Take the children!

0:48:410:48:43

SCREAMS AND SHRIEKS

0:48:430:48:47

Archers!

0:48:530:48:55

Don't go up there - wait for me!

0:48:550:48:56

Come, come.

0:48:560:48:58

Ragnar!

0:49:000:49:02

Close the doors. We have Thyra, let the rest burn.

0:49:020:49:05

Take her with you to Valhalla.

0:50:030:50:07

-Yes.

-I will meet you there.

0:50:070:50:08

RAGNAR BELLOWS

0:50:240:50:27

Find the Silver!

0:51:050:51:07

Now!

0:51:070:51:08

They're searching for Ragnar's wealth.

0:51:210:51:23

They'll never find it.

0:51:250:51:26

Search in the back! Come on, we're leaving soon.

0:51:260:51:30

You thought I'd let you marry someone else?

0:51:330:51:37

But..do you know what I will do with this body...

0:51:410:51:46

..this mouth?

0:51:480:51:50

I will do all I have dreamt of...and more...

0:51:560:52:01

..and who will call a halt?

0:52:020:52:04

Earl Ragnar the Fearless is gone...

0:52:070:52:09

..and with him Uhtred...

0:52:110:52:13

..his Saxon pet...

0:52:150:52:17

..a pile of ashes.

0:52:180:52:20

Anything.

0:52:290:52:30

(Get down!)

0:52:400:52:41

Look at that man, the Saxon.

0:52:410:52:44

His name is Scallion. He works for my uncle.

0:52:440:52:46

He'll tell him that I'm dead.

0:52:460:52:48

Let him do it.

0:52:480:52:50

I see him with Kjartan.

0:52:500:52:51

-Burn it to the ground!

-He and your Uncle, maybe they're in it together.

0:52:510:52:54

-What makes them believe that they can do this without punishment?

-Shh!

0:52:540:52:58

They will be punished, but not by you.

0:52:580:53:01

Uhtred, listen to me. We serve Ragnar best alive.

0:53:010:53:04

We tell the story.

0:53:040:53:05

-I need to kill someone...

-No.

0:53:070:53:09

..and I choose him.

0:53:090:53:11

Uhtred, no!

0:53:140:53:16

Come on!

0:53:160:53:19

-The barn's over there!

-Check everybody's pockets.

0:53:190:53:22

The main thing is to keep the horses together, here.

0:53:340:53:37

Don't leave any weapons behind.

0:53:380:53:41

We'll look in the back.

0:53:410:53:43

Don't leave anything in there, just bring it all out.

0:53:430:53:46

Over here!

0:54:140:54:15

Right, come on.

0:54:160:54:18

You know who I am? It's me you're looking for.

0:54:270:54:30

-It's me you're looking for.

-SCALLION CHOKES

0:54:300:54:33

You remember me? You remember me?

0:54:330:54:35

SCALLION GURGLES THUD

0:54:350:54:38

UHTRED PANTS

0:54:410:54:43

There's no more. We're going.

0:54:570:55:00

-Come on!

-Bring the horses.

0:55:000:55:02

UHTRED SOBS

0:55:200:55:22

By right, it belongs to Young Ragnar.

0:56:100:56:12

Yes, but we spend what we need to spend. We stay alive.

0:56:130:56:17

We tell the story and then what?

0:56:170:56:19

We find a new lord to serve.

0:56:230:56:25

I will not stand by

0:56:310:56:32

and have everything that's mine taken from me.

0:56:320:56:35

I'm going back.

0:56:370:56:39

Where?

0:56:390:56:40

To the beginning.

0:56:430:56:44

HORN BLOWS

0:57:310:57:34

-Is it Scallion?

-No, my Lord. He looks like a Dane.

0:57:470:57:50

Could be one of Kjartan's men.

0:57:500:57:51

I am Uhtred of Bebbanburg and I shall take what is mine!

0:58:150:58:18

Bebbanburg is mine!

0:58:200:58:22

Horses!

0:58:240:58:25

It is AD 866. The life of Saxon boy Uhtred is turned upside down by his father's defeat in the Danish invasion of York. Taken by Viking warlord Ragnar and raised as a Dane, his quest begins to regain the Saxon lands of his inheritance.