Last Kingdom season 4: Why was Brida so angry? Uhtred’s betrayal explained

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The Last Kingdom season four came to an end on Netflix earlier in 2020 and fans were gutted to see Uhtred (played by Alexander Dreymon) and Brida (Emily Cox) parting ways. Uhtred and Brida, who were both born as Saxons but were raised by Danes, had been friends since childhood and they even started a romance. Fans are keen to know why Brida turned so angry in season four, and Express.co.uk has delved deeper into the Uhtred/Brida relationship.

Why was Brida so angry in The Last Kingdom season 4?

The Last Kingdom season four left fans torn over Brida’s character as she turned into Uhtred’s enemy, following a huge act of betrayal.

In the latest season, the Welsh King attacked the Danes during the Battle of Tettenhall and Brida managed to escape into the forest along with Uhtred and Cnut (Magnus Bruun).

In the forest, Uhtred told Brida her lover Cnut had been the one to initiate the death of her former husband Ragnar (Tobias Santelmann). In a fit of rage, Brida proceeded to kill Cnut.

While Brida and Uhtred were in the forest, some of the Welsh King’s men discovered them and attempted to capture Brida. She begged for Uhtred to kill her, so her soul would be sent to Valhalla as she did not want to be forced into slavery.

Before now her relationship with Uhtred had been rocky, as she was not happy with his act of loyalty towards the Saxons. But Uhtred always had a place in his heart for his childhood friend and he could not bring himself to kill her.

Instead, he watched her get dragged away by the Welsh King’s men and she swore she would get her revenge.

She ended up joining forces with the Viking warlord Sigtryggr (Eysteinn Sigurðarson) and they initiated a siege on Winchester.

During the attack, Uhtred confronted Brida and she made an attempt to kill him, but he was able to defend himself and managed to talk her down.

He begged for her to leave the kingdom as she was pregnant with Cnut’s child, and he did not want any harm to come to her or the baby. Brida was still full of anger and resentment, and she swore she would never let another man influence or control her again.

The last fans saw of Brida was when she went into labour, and she was left to give birth alone having left Uhtred behind. Fans have taken to Reddit to discuss why Brida became so angry in season four, and it is in part due to Uhtred’s wavering loyalty to the Danes.

Throwra_moonwalk said: “Why was Brida so angry, who was she seeking revenge against? Ragnar died and after that she was like sad but cool… they were fighting the Saxons as usual…then what happened suddenly?

“She learns Cnut killed Ragnar. Then she was taken as a slave, not that Danes treat their slaves too well… What is her problem? Danes are plunderers and Saxons would want to defend their own land, so where the question of revenge come from exactly? Isn’t it misdirected anger?”

Brida has shown anger towards everyone who has betrayed her across the series, and her heartbreak has culminated into hysteria by the end of season four.

Sunshinegal72 said: “She’s generally just mad at Uthred for a number of things. It’s not misdirected anger, per se. Saxons and Alfred are the reason that Uthred left his Dane life in the first place and she has seen everything after that as a betrayal.”

Another fan said: “She’s p***ed at everyone who has betrayed her in her eyes. “She’s mad that the Danes lost that battle, that Cnut killed Ragnar, that Uhtred didn’t kill her when she could have done it herself, and finally that she was treated so poorly as a prisoner. Plus she has pregnancy hormones.”

Some fans felt her hatred towards Uhtred made little sense, but she understandably feels some sort of betrayal as he abandoned the Danes to support King Alfred (David Dawson).

Brida has always remained loyal to the Danes and she is proud of her Pagan roots, whereas Uhtred feels he has to pledge his allegiance to both sides.

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Lupuscanine said: “She was raised by Danes almost her entire life, she knows no different. I don’t blame her. She also had nothing in England, she was a slave.”

Fans may also have forgotten Uhtred was the son of an ealdorman and he had some sort of status before his father was killed in a Danish raid. Whereas Brida did not have the same sort of privileges.

DaveCastrosTaint said: “Uhtred was royalty. Brida had nothing. Uhtred had something to go back and claim. The only worthwhile life Brida had was the one the Danes gave her. That’s why Uhtreds fluid loyalty isn’t a surprise, nor is Brida’s insistence on being Dane only [sic].”

Identifying as Dane is the only thing Brida has, so the fact she feels Uhtred does not respect their upbringing makes her resent him.

Bartm41 added: “The books help establish it more, but the Danes not only raised her but accepted her. She identifies with them more than the Christian’s and even fears the spread of Christianity. Think about being a woman then. Especially one that was not born into royalty.

“Uhtred has a different/stronger inner moral compass so he doesn’t fall down the same path quite the same [sic].”

Many fans lost respect for Brida by season four and they went as far as to say they hated her character, hoping she got her comeuppance soon.

The series has been renewed for season five, so fans will have to wait and see whether Brida has a change of heart and learns to accept Uhtred’s friendship again.

However some viewers have lost all hope for Brida, and they believe her character’s downward spiral will continue into the next season.

Some believe Brida would rather be dead than lose her identity as a Dane warrior, so she may well see her demise in season five if she continues her defiant streak.

She was also left traumatised having spent months in slavery, so it will undoubtedly take her some time to overcome everything she has been through.

While some fans think she is capable of forgiveness, others believe she may try to get her revenge on Uhtred soon.

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