All eight episodes from the second season of the historical BBC drama centred around the wars between the Saxons and Danes during the ninth century. Alexander Dreymon stars as the warrior Uhtred of Bebbanburg, the son of a Saxon nobleman who was captured by the Danes as a child and raised as one of their own. In this season, Uhtred travels north from Wessex in his bid to avenge the death of Earl Ragnar (Tobias Santelmann) and recapture his ancestral lands of Bebbanburg. Meanwhile, King Alfred (David Dawson) looks to unite the kingdoms of England and hopes a new king can fulfil his wish. However, with his preferred choice enslaved, Uhtred is forced to embark on a dangerous rescue mission which sees him come up against a feared adversary from his past.