The Bastard Executioner is an American historical fiction drama television series, created by Kurt Sutter for FX. The series premiered on September 15, 2015. Ed Sheeran appears in a recurring role portraying Sir Cormac. He also composed the theme song for the show entitled "King of the Kings".
Set in early 14th century Wales, a knight in the army of King Edward I of England is broken by the horrors of war and vows to lay down his weapon. But when violence finds him again, he is forced to pick up the bloodiest sword of all: an executioner's sword. Part of the plot will deal with fallout from the Madog ap Llywelyn Welsh rebellion.
- Lee Jones as Wilkin Brattle / Gawain Maddox the Executioner
- Stephen Moyer as Chamberlain Milus Corbett
- Flora Spencer-Longhurst as Baroness Lowry "Love" Aberffraw Ventris
- Kurt Sutter as Ludwig Von Zettel, better known as The Dark Mute
- Sam Spruell as Toran Prichard / Marshal the Soldier
- Katey Sagal as Annora of the Alders
- Darren Evans as Ash y Goedwig
- Danny Sapani as Berber the Moor
- Timothy V. Murphy as Father Ruskin
- Sarah White as Isabel Kiffin
- Sarah Sweeny as Jessamy Maddox
- Ethan Griffiths as Luca Maddox
- Elen Rhys as Petra Brattle
The show was released on September 15, 2015. The season finale (before the cancellation of the show) was on November 17, 2015.
Reviews for The Bastard Executioner were polarized, with praise being directed toward the action sequences, writing and acting, and criticism toward the pacing, limited development, and excessive violence. It holds a rating of 49% (rotten) on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes based on 53 critics. The website's consensus reads: "Kurt Sutter's The Bastard Executioner doesn't want for dark thrills, but it unfortunately has more enthusiasm for brutality and gore than necessary narrative focus." Out of 37 reviews in Metacritic, the show holds a rating of 55.