BBC America has dropped some pretty intense footage from the series premiere of The Last Kingdom. The historical drama from BBC America, BBC Two and Carnival Films debuts October 10 in the U.S. setting up the adaptation of Bernard Cornwell’s best-selling series of books, The Saxon Stories.

The eight-part drama follows young warrior and outsider, Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon), on a fierce mission to reclaim his birthright, while re-telling the history of King Alfred the Great (David Dawson) and his desire to unite the many separate kingdoms into what would become England.

The clip above is a pivotal moment in young Uhtred’s life, changing his fate and ultimately setting him forth on his life’s mission. Rutger Hauer, Matthew Macfadyen, and Emily Cox also star.