In the novels, Offa was a Mercian spy and a former priest. Whilst, in the television series, Offa was a guard hired by Æthelwold.
- He is described to appear always with his trained terriers, which is a show attraction and his disguise to gain access to all courts.
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Aegelesburg, Mercia; Æthelwold and Offa arrive in Aegelesburg to see Æthelred. Æthelwold wants their disloyalty towards Alfred. He adds that Uhtred has left Alfred’s side, making him vulnerable. Æthelwold claims that the crown of Wessex is his and unlike Alfred, he doesn’t want to control Mercia. He’d rather leave that to Æthelred. He’s proposing they form an alliance. Æthelwold even suggests harming Æthelflæd, who is away at her own estate. ("Episode 3.2")
Saltwic, Mercia; Offa leads a group of Danes to kill Uhtred and Æthelflæd. One by one, Uhtred and Æthelflæd kill their attackers. Uhtred recognises Offa from Winchester and takes him prisoner. Uhtred knows Offa as Æthelwold’s man. Æthelflæd questions why he tried to kill Uhtred. Offa explains that Uhtred is Alfred’s sword and shield. Uhtred sends Offa back to Æthelwold to inform the Danes that he is coming as a shadow walker. And they will all die as his brother died. ("Episode 3.7")
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- The name Offa comes from Old English and is deprived from the name Wulf which means "wolf".