As Netflix’s first Korean original zombie series, Kingdom is highly anticipated and arguably the most original zombie thriller to come in years to come. Fan expectations were high even before its release in 2019, and it’s no exaggeration to say that it blew them away. With two sensational seasons and a dying special episode titled “Kingdom: Ashin of the North,” fans are eager to see more historical zombie action.
Due to the success of Ashin of the North, it is a fact that the series will continue to produce more seasons despite not having a confirmed release date. While waiting for the official announcement, fans tend to speculate about the events that happen in their beloved Korean zombie series. In the first two seasons, the team covered many important aspects, including politics, the thirst for power and the endless hunger of the undead. Consequently, something new is desperately needed to impress and meet the expectations of the public.
With Ashin of the North acting as a bridge between season 2 and the next, there’s a lot to speculate about. As one of Netflix’s most anticipated series is up for discussion, here’s what we can expect from season 3.
Cho Hak-ju’s backstory and the origin of the resurrection plant
Despite not getting enough screen time in the previous two seasons of KingdomCho Hak-ju was a crucial character in the show. Although the Queen killed him to suppress the affairs of the illegitimate prince and the resurrection plant, he is likely to play an influential role in the upcoming season.
The show could depict how Cho Hak-ju raised Queen Cho to become such a fierce and vicious woman and delve into the mysteries surrounding the resurrection plant that brought back the King as a (zombie) monster. . While they may 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 his Origin.
The prince as a clever zombie
The second season ended with a couple of big cliffhangers that led to more mysteries. After Time-Skip, the prince saved by Seo-bi (played by Bae Doona) became the new king, and the worms from the resurrection plant are still inside him. It is possible that the worms are waiting for the king to mature to take over his body.
He could develop a bloodlust 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. Be that as it may, the young king will play a pivotal role in Season 3.
Expanding the stage north and telling the story of resentment
From Kingdom: Ashin of the North, we are sure that Ashin caused the initial plague to carry out a plan to avenge those who killed his entire family. He also supplied the Resurrection Plant to the doctor who treated the King in the first season, hoping that the Kingdom of Joseon would be destroyed for his betrayal of killing his father.
With the rise of the plant in the North and the crown prince learning about the frequent outbreaks, the main part of the story would probably take place in the North. Also, besides Lee Chang (Crown Prince), Young King, and Seo-bi, Ashin plays the most crucial role in the upcoming season(s). Kingdom writer Kim Eun Hee dropped some hints while discussing the possibility of a third season in an interview with Soompi, saying:
“While working on the second season, I wanted to portray a much larger universe. Those who saw it will know, but people like Lee Chang, Seo Bi, and Young Shin are people who chase after the plague, wishing it never came. I thought it would be nice if the third season told the story of chasing the origin of the plague, so we’re thinking about doing that.”
Since the previous season hinted at Seo-bi’s deliberate investigation into the resurrection plant, it would make sense to dig deeper. She also stated:
“The first season told the story of hunger and the second told 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 different ecosystem in the north would act as a clue.”
It explains why the upcoming season will expand the setting and focus on the northern region instead of traditional politics. Regardless, the main theme of the third season would be resentment towards people like Ashin, which makes it more than just another zombie thriller. With so many characters acting from different regions for various purposes, the upcoming season will be very enjoyable to watch. While you’re waiting for this series with bated breath, you might want to check out these best zombie TV series.