As Netflix’s first Korean original zombie series, Kingdom is highly anticipated and arguably the most original zombie thriller of the years to come. Fan expectations were high even before its release in 2019 and it’s no exaggeration to say it blew up. With two sensational seasons and an agonizing special episode titled “Kingdom: Ashin of the North”, fans are eager to see more historic zombie action.
Due to the success of Ashin of the North, it goes without saying that the series will continue to produce more seasons despite not having a confirmed release date. Pending the official announcement, fans tend to speculate on the events happening in their beloved Korean zombie series. In the first two seasons, the crew covered many important aspects, including politics, the thirst for power and the endless hunger of the undead. As a result, something new is desperately needed to impress and meet audience expectations.
With Ashin of the North serving as a bridge between season 2 and the next, there is a lot to speculate. As one of Netflix’s most anticipated series is up for debate, here’s what we can expect from season 3.
Cho Hak-ju’s background and the origin of the resurrection plant
Despite not having enough screen time in the previous one two seasons of Kingdom
The show could depict how Cho Hak-ju raised Queen Cho to become such a vicious and vicious woman and delve into the mysteries surrounding the resurrection plant that brought the king back as a monster (zombie). While it might not take up an entire episode, they could, at the very least, add an emotional twist to the backstory. With more revelations of Resurrection Plant, it could help the Crown Prince get closer to the truth about his origin.
The prince as a smart zombie
Season 2 ended with a couple of major cliffhangers that led to more mysteries. After the time jump, the prince saved by Seo-bi (played by Bae Doona) has become the new king and the resurrection plant worms are still inside him. It is possible that the worms are waiting for the king to mature in order to take control of his body.
He could develop a bloodlust while retaining his intelligence and potentially emerge as a threat to the Royal Palace. On the other hand, he may be the key to finding a cure for the zombie virus. Be that as it may, the young king will play an essential role in season three.
Expand the setting to the north and tell the story of resentment
From Kingdom: Ashin of the North, we are confident that Ashin caused the initial plague to come up with a plan to avenge those who killed his entire family. He also provided the Resurrection plant to the doctor who treated the king in season one, hoping that the Joseon kingdom would be destroyed for the betrayal of killing his father.
With the emergence of the plant in the north and the crown prince becoming aware of frequent outbreaks, the main part of the plot will most likely take place in the north. Also, aside from Lee Chang (The Crown Prince), Young King and Seo-bi, Ashin plays the most crucial role in the coming seasons. Kingdom screenwriter Kim Eun Hee left a few hints as she discussed the possibility of a third season in an interview with Soompisaid:
“While I was working on Season 2, I wanted to portray a much larger universe. Those who have seen it will know, but people like Lee Chang, Seo Bi and Young Shin are all people chasing the plague, hoping it never shows up. I ‘ I thought Season 3 would tell the story of chasing the origin of the plague would be good, so we’re thinking about doing it. “
Since the previous season hinted at Seo-bi’s deliberate search for the resurrection plant, it would make sense to delve into it. You also stated:
“The first season told the story of hunger and the second the story of blood. If Netflix agrees, I want the third season to tell the story of resentment. The second season brought attention to the concept of ‘temperature’. and I think if the story were to travel north, the diverse ecosystem of the north would serve as a hint. “
It explains why next season will broaden the setting and focus on the northern region rather than traditional politics. Regardless, the main theme of Season 3 would be resentment of people like Ashin, making it more than just a zombie thriller. With so many characters acting from different regions for various purposes, the upcoming season will be very enjoyable to watch. While you wait for this series with bated breath, you might want to check out these best zombie TV series.