As the first Korean zombie original series from Netflix kingdom is eagerly awaited and is probably the most original zombie thriller of the coming years. Fan expectations were high even before its 2019 release, and it’s no exaggeration to say it blew their minds. With two sensational seasons and a haunting special episode titled Kingdom: Ashin of the North, fans are eager for more historical zombie action.
Due to the success of Ashin of the North, it goes without saying that the series will continue to produce more seasons, although it doesn’t have a confirmed release date. While awaiting the official announcement, fans tend to speculate about the events of their beloved Korean zombie series. In the first two seasons, the crew covered many important aspects, including politics, hunger for power, and the endless hunger of the undead. Consequently, something new is badly needed to impress and live up to audience expectations.
With Ashin of the North acting as a bridge between Season 2 and the next season, there’s a lot to speculate about. With one of Netflix’s most anticipated series under discussion, here’s what we can expect from Season 3.
The backstory of Cho Hak-ju and the origin of the resurrection plant
Although I haven’t had enough screen time for the past two seasons kingdom, Cho Hak-ju was a crucial character in the show. Though the queen killed him to quash the affairs of the bastard prince and the resurrection plant, he is likely to play an influential role in the next season.
The show could show how Cho Hak-ju raised Queen Cho to be such a wild, vicious woman, and delve deeper into the mysteries of the resurrection plant that brought the king back as a monster (zombie). While it might not take up an entire episode, they could at least add an emotional twist to the backstory. With more revelations from Resurrection Plant, it could help the crown prince get closer to the truth about its origins.
The prince as an intelligent zombie
The second season ended with a couple of big cliffhangers that led to more mysteries. After the time skip, the prince rescued by Seo-bi (played by Bae Doona) became the new king, and the resurrection plant worms are still inside him. It is possible that worms are waiting for the king to mature to take over his body.
He could develop a thirst for blood while maintaining his intelligence and potentially emerge as a threat to the Royal Palace. On the other hand, he may hold the key to finding a cure for the zombie virus. Whatever the case, the young king will play an integral role in Season 3.
Expand the setting north and tell the tale of grudges
From Kingdom: Ashin of the North we are confident that the original plague caused Ashin to carry out a plan to avenge those who killed her entire family. She also delivered the resurrection plant to the doctor treating the king in the first season, hoping that the Joseon kingdom would be destroyed because of the betrayal of killing her father.
Since the plant appeared in the north, and the crown prince learned of frequent outbreaks, the main part of the plot would most likely take place in the north. Also, Ashin plays the main role in the upcoming season(s) along with Lee Chang (Crown Prince), Young King and Seo-bi. Kim Eun Hee, the screenwriter of Kingdom, dropped a few hints when discussing the possibility of a third season in an interview with Soompi, saying:
“While working on season two, I wanted to depict a much larger universe. Those who watched will know, but the likes of Lee Chang, Seo Bi, and Young Shin are all people who hunt the plague and wish it never showed up. I thought it would be good if season three would tell the story of the hunt for the origin of the plague, so we’re thinking about that.”
With last season hinting at Seo-bi’s focused exploration of the resurrection plant, it would make sense to delve deeper. She also explained:
“Season one told the story of hunger and season two told the story of blood. If Netflix agrees, I would like season three to tell the story of resentment about traveling north, would the different ecosystem in the north serve as a clue.”
It explains why the upcoming season will broaden the scope and focus on the northern region rather than traditional politics. Regardless, the main theme of season 3 would be grudges against the likes of Ashin, making it more than just another zombie thriller. With so many characters appearing from different regions for different purposes, the next season will be very enjoyable to watch. While you are waiting with bated breath for this series, you might want to check out these best zombie tv series.