Fans are remembering Rutger Hauer's time on #TheLastKingdom as Ravn

THE LAST KINGDOM is now on its fourth season on and fans are keen to find out what happened to one character in particular. Why did Rutger Hauer really leave The Last Kingdom?

PUBLISHED: 16:58, Mon, Oct 26, 2020 | UPDATED: 16:58, Mon, Oct 26, 2020

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The Last Kingdom is on and the historical drama series has been renewed for season five, with new characters to be expected. The historical drama is based on The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell, and the tale was inspired by real-life historical figures. Fans are keen to find out why actor Rutger Hauer left the series as Ravn in the first season of The Last Kingdom.


The Last Kingdom originally aired on the BBC and the series made its small-screen debut in October 2015, with eight episodes.

The Anglo-Saxon series has come such a long way since its debut, including finding a new home on after season two, with plenty more characters being introduced as the story progressed.

Season one introduced fans to Uhtred of Bebbanburg (played by Alexander Dreymon), who was born the son of a Saxon ealdorman, and he had a prosperous future ahead of him.

But after his homeland was invaded by Danes, his father was killed and he was left alone. He was taken and raised by the Danes, and over the years he grew more and more fond of them.

His allegiance has since been torn between the Saxons and Danes, and fans are keen to know whether he finally chooses a side in season five.

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The Last Kingdom: Rutger HauerThe Last Kingdom: Rutger Hauer as Ravn (Image: BBC/Getty)

The Last Kingdom: Rutger HauerThe Last Kingdom: The Dutch actor Rutger Hauer (Image: Getty)

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Why did Rutger Hauer really leave The Last Kingdom?

Rutger Hauer was a Dutch actor who was critically acclaimed in the Netherlands, and in 1999 he was named as the Best Dutch Actor of the Century.

He died in July 2019 aged 75, and he left behind his wife and daughter, Aysha Hauer, who is also an actress.

Hauer was known for being an environmentalist, who started off his acting career in low-budget dutch films. However, after achieving international recognition, he went on to star in well-known shows and films such as Blade Runner, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Blind Fury.

Hauer joined the cast of The Last Kingdom in 2015, but he only featured in the show's first-ever episode, as the character Ravn.

Ravn was a minor character who also featured in The Saxon Stories, and he was the father of Ragnar (Peter Gantzler).

The Last Kingdom: RavnThe Last Kingdom: Ravn was killed in the first episode (Image: BBC)

He was also the grandfather of Uhtred's foster

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