You know those days when you have things to be doing, but you end up getting distracted by television? I experienced that this weekend when I logged into Netflix and randomly started watching The Last Kingdom.

I admit the first thing that caught my attention was the striking image of Alexander Dreymon (as seen above), but the show is actually pretty good.

The year is 872, and many of the separate kingdoms of what we now know as England have fallen to the invading Danes, leaving the great kingdom of Wessex standing alone and defiant under the command of King Alfred.

Against this turbulent backdrop lives our hero, Uhtred. Born the son of a Saxon nobleman, he is captured by the Danes and raised as one of their own. Forced to choose between the country of his birth and the people of his upbringing, his loyalties are ever tested. What is he? Saxon or Dane?

On a quest to reclaim his birthright, Uhtred must tread a dangerous path between both sides if he is to play his part in the birth of a new nation and, ultimately, recapture his ancestral lands.

I used to watch the History Channel’s Vikings, but I eventually dropped it because it wasn’t holding my interest. What I like about The Last Kingdom, so far, is that it doesn’t waste time and it doesn’t drag. It’s like a page turner, which makes sense, since it’s based on the Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell. Uhtred’s (Alexander Dreymon) journey is quite compelling, since he’s a product of two worlds and that’s one of my favorite tropes.

Looking forward to watching the rest of the series!