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"I tell you Finan, it would be my own bad luck if I got tossed overboard alive. I can't swim!"
—Halig to Finan while on the slave ship[src]

Halig was a supporting character in The Last Kingdom television series. He was a former ally and travelling companion to Uhtred. Halig quickly became Uhtreds good friend and member of his retinue.

Biography[]

The Last Kingdom[]

Season 1[]

Uhtred, Leofric, Iseult, Hild, Alfred, Beocca, and Brother Asser leave the marshes and set sail for Winchester. They arrive on land and cross paths with Wulfhere’s man, Halig. He reveals that Wulfhere left without saying where. So, they continue on their path to Odda’s estate. ("Episode 1.8")

Alfred informs Uhtred, Leofric, Iseult, and Halig that he will be sending word of their army’s gathering point. Brother Asser will be the first messenger. Alfred appoints Halig as his second messenger. Hild wishes to be a messenger as well, and Alfred allows it despite the fact that she’s a woman. ("Episode 1.8")

Halig later regroups with the others and helps battle the Danes. ("Episode 1.8")

Season 2[]

Lichfield, Mercia; Hild crosses path with a young woman who has stolen Uhtred’s sword. She recovers the sword and wakes Uhtred and Halig up. It’s time they leave. Hild wants to head to Northumbria, where Uhtred is to kill Sven, though he is reluctant given he is without an army. ("Episode 2.1")

Halig, Hild, and Uhtred arrive in Eoferwic to find the village on fire. They discover that the remaining Danes have been beaten, killed and strung up. They’ve taken Hæsten prisoner and tortures him. Uhtred intervenes and frees him. ("Episode 2.1")

Uhtred reunites with Father Beocca, who introduces him to Brother Trew. They’re traveling North with Alfred’s blessings and silver. It is for a ransom to pay to free a slave. This slave is marked to become a king. His name is Guthred. He is a Dane. The spirit of Saint Cuthbert has decreed that Guthred shall be king. Beocca asks Hild, Uhtred, and Halig to join them. Their bargain is with his slave-master. The village in which they are meeting sits on land that belongs to Sven. Sven's land will be full of warriors. For protection, they have gathered a group of sickly men, who suffer with the White Riff. Leprosy is a terrible curse that no man dare approach. ("Episode 2.1")

Halig, Hild, Beocca, and Brother Trew arrive at the slave market to buy Guthred. However, Gelgill, the slave trader demands they hand over the ransom first. Fiske then informs Sven that there are horsemen missing. He counted five more horses than those present. Beocca claims that the men that were with them were not men of their world. Beocca claims to speak of them will summon them. With his identity hidden under a skull, Uhtred and several lepers arrive on horseback and claim that they've come to take the Danes’ souls. Uhtred subdues Sven and orders everyone to leave. As Gelgill is fleeing, he is stabbed in the back and killed by Hild. Father Beocca and Brother Trew call out for Guthred. He emerges from the crowd and they take him home. ("Episode 2.1")

Uhtred gets word that his horse is sickly and goes to check on it, where he is ambushed by Tekil and his men. He pulls a dagger in preparation to take one of Uhtred’s eyes. However, Uhtred is saved by Hild, Halig, and Clapa. Uhtred kills Tekil and his men, all except for one, Sihtric, who he keeps alive. The rest of the men, Uhtred wants Halig and Clapa to remove their heads so that he may send them as a gift to Kjartan. Hild would like some of their mail or leather, so she will earn it by taking the first head. Halig tells her an axe would be easier, but she uses a small knife instead, to take Tekil’s head. Afterward, she throws up. ("Episode 2.2")

Sihtric calls out to Hild, first as "girl," then as "woman." He only gains her attention when he refers to her as a warrior. He tells her that he has to shit, and she directs him to Halig, who takes Sihtric into the woods. Sihtric disarms Halig and demands to speak with Uhtred. Sihtric merely wishes to serve Uhtred. Sihtric is Kjartan’s bastard son, whelped on a slave girl. Sihtric releases Halig. On Thor’s hammer, Sihtric swears his sword to Uhtred. And so, Uhtred welcomes him in. ("Episode 2.2")

Halig, Hild, Clapa, and Sihtric spot an army of Danes coming in North. Sihtric suspects that it’s Sigefrid and Erik. Halig orders Hild and Sihtric to report back to Uhtred. They eventually return with Uhtred and King Guthred and follow the Danes to their camp, where they spot Sigefrid, Erik, and Hæsten with a small group of men. Uhtred wishes to attack tonight while they’re vulnerable, but Guthred has to think it over. They return to the camp and discuss the small army of Danes led by Sigefrid and Erik. ("Episode 2.2")

Abbot Eadred orders his men to take Uhtred and Halig. Hild draws her sword, but Uhtred orders her to put down her sword and find Gisela. However, Gisela is being taken by Brother Trew. She tells Hild that she must help Uhtred. Guthred has double-crossed Uhtred. He and Halig are to be sold in exchange for 200 men from Bebbanburg. While being taken to the ship, Uhtred and Halig make a final attempt to escape, but they are captured by Sverri and the guards. ("Episode 2.2")

Uhtred and Halig are slaves on a ship headed for the North Sea. They manually row the boat with the other slaves; among them is a man named Finan. Uhtred assures Halig that their journey won’t end with them as slaves or in a grave. Hakka, a member of Sverri’s crew, tells Uhtred to stop talking. In unison the slaves start to say "Pull!" Finan promises Uhtred that one day, he will kill Hakka himself. ("Episode 2.3")

The slave ship is filling up with water. Uhtred, Halig, and Finan dump the water out of the ship using buckets. Uhtred asks Hakka to release them of their chains, but he refuses. Either they’ll bail out the water or sink with the ship. Whilst the other slaves rest, Uhtred continues to bail out water. Sverri orders him to rest as well and to let go of his pride, as he is nothing more than property. Finan agrees that Uhtred should conserve his strength so that when the chance comes, they can run, but Uhtred explains that in order to run, they’ll need skin on their feet, not rotting flesh. And so, Finan helps him bail. ("Episode 2.3")

The slave ship nears East Anglia. Halig becomes hysterical. Hakka orders him to get back in his place, when he continues, Hakka whips him. Uhtred gets on top of Halig to cover him from the whip. Finan informs Hakka that Halig is sick with the fever and that they will control him, but Hakka continues. Uhtred reminds Halig that he is a warrior and that he is alive because of him. He tells Halig to row, and when the time comes for them to escape, they will. ("Episode 2.3")

Uhtred, Halig, and Finan are shivering cold on the slave ship. Sverri and Hakka inform the slaves that they are finished until spring. Winter will be on land, where there’s work to be done. He then gives them a loaf of bread to share. Sverri takes the slaves to Iceland. Uhtred, Halig, and Finan are held up in the stable with the pigs. Sverri gives them what’s left of the carrots. ("Episode 2.3")

Hakka watches as Uhtred, Halig, Finan, and the other slaves chop down trees. Hakka practices his aim, throwing his blade into the tree, right next to that of an archer’s head. While they re distracted, Finan helps Halig break free of his chains. Halig charges towards the archer. He is shot in the shoulder, but manages to kill the archer. He then kills Hakka. After setting the slaves free, they each escape. However, Uhtred, Halig, and Finan have hounds on their heels. They make it to the beach, where they find a boat to escape in. However, Halig is shot in the leg and all three are captured. ("Episode 2.3")

Uhtred and Finan are back in the ship with the other slaves and forced to row. Sverri only keeps him alive because he wants to know who Uhtred is and if he’s worth anything. Halig has been bound to the front of the ship, where he screams until his last breath, as he drowns. ("Episode 2.3")

Killed Victims[]

This list shows the victims Halig has killed:

  • Hakka
  • Several unnamed Dane soldiers

Appearances[]

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