Kingdom returns to Netflix this March for Season 2
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Korean horror series Kingdom officially returns to Netflix this March for Season 2.
An epidemic turns Joseon into hell on earth amid the ravages left by the ever-growing greed of the Cho family. In Kingdom Season 2, Crown Prince Lee Chang continues his desperate, bloody struggle, with no one he can trust to help him.
The main poster for the new season depicts the main characters on a rooftop, fleeing from a flock of zombies who are growing exponentially in number. This scene recalls the shocking finale of Season 1 – an imminent onslaught by an army of zombies who, despite the break of dawn, do not fall back to sleep in the daytime as they had before. The tagline, Blood Will Spill, foreshadows the increasing terror experienced by those running for their lives and running out of options. Each character’s face is marked by hopeless desperation, but they are all determined to survive the agonizing struggle that awaits.
Alongside returning characters Crown Prince Lee Chang, Cho Hak-ju, Seo-bi, Mu-yeong, Yeong-sin, Beom-pal, and the Queen, joining the cast this season is the head of the Royal Commandery Division, Min Chi-rok. Lee Chang is tougher now and more determined, as he fights to protect his people from the growing legions of zombies. Cho Hak-ju continues to be power-hungry, while Seo-bi is on the brink of a breakthrough with the resurrection plant. Mu-yeong is still steadfastly looking after Chang, and Yeong-sin is fiercer than ever. Not to be forgotten are the terror-stricken Beom-pal and the Queen with her perpetual deadpan expression. Season 2 ramps up the tension with the introduction of Min Chi-rok, who investigates a suspicious murder in Hanyang. Kingdom season 2 continues to chart Chang’s journey back to Hanyang in search of the roots of the plague and the bloody struggle instigated by a secret plot at the heart of power in Joseon-era Korea.
Season 2 will premiere on 13th March.
Season 2 of Netflix’s Kingdom begins production
21st March 2019
Netflix’s K-horror Kingdom will return for Season 2.
The show, produced by prominent Korean Drama production company Astory, is that rare thing, even in genre circles: a zombie thriller set in Korea’s medieval Joseon period. It follows a crown prince sent on a suicide mission to investigate a mysterious plague that spreads, turning the infected into monsters. In a kingdom defeated by corruption and famine, the crown prince, framed for treason and desperate to save his people, sets out on a journey to unveil what evil lurks in the dark.
The eight-episode first season aired at the start of the year, serving up stylish visuals and intense horror. Before it had even premiered, though, Netflix had already ordered a sophomore run, with CEO Reed Hastings announcing in Singapore last year that Season 2 would be on the way.
“It is really rare that we greenlight a second season of a show before the first has been seen,” he said, despite rumours that the first season run late and over budget.
The series is directed by The Tunnel’s Kim Seong-hun and created by Kim Eun-hee.
“There is lots of blood and heads being chopped off, more than I would have got away with on network television,” Kim said of the show, which she had tried to make for several years. “I was very happy with the level of creative freedom we got by making it for Netflix instead.”
Production on the second season is now underway.