Both K-drama lovers and non-fans have embraced the first installment Kingdom. This is something that the creator of the period supernatural thriller series did not expect.
In a recent press conference for Kingdom Season 2, screenwriter Kim Eun Hee admitted that she was surprised by the positive reception that their series has received from international viewers. The first season garnered positive reviews from both TV critics and viewers hence it raises the bar for the new season of Kingdom.
Kim said she tried her best to make their K-drama as Korean as possible. She said as many are getting curious about the country so she tried to stick with the narratives that are distinct to the Korean culture.
"I could never have imagined the popularity [Kingdom got]. I did my best to make it as Korean as possible because I wanted people to see it and become more curious about Korea," Kim Eun Hee said.
Kingdom is set during the Joseon dynasty. It follows the journey of Crown Prince Lee Chang (Joo Ji Hoon), who finds himself embroiled in a political conspiracy. He was forced to go on a mission to investigate the spread of a mysterious plague that infected his father.
On the possibility of a third season, Kim said they have to see first how Season 2 will fair in viewership ratings. If Kingdom Season 2 will be well received by fans, the show still has a lot of stories to tell. Kim said it could extend up to 10 seasons and the production could even reach a worldwide scale.
So far, the couple of trailers that Netflix has released have already triggered excitement for the upcoming season. All of the main cast members of Season 1 have been confirmed to return in the second installment.
Joo Ji Hoon's character, Crown Prince Lee Chang, will continue with his quest to find the cure to the zombie plague. In Season 2, he will reclaim his rightful place in the palace while dealing with the Cho clan's greedy plot to take the throne and at the same time figuring out the traitor in his pack.
Meanwhile, physician Seo-Bi (Bae Doo Na) is on the verge of finding the cure to the illness. In the latest teaser, Seo Bi was seen working on some herbs to find the cure. It also showed her determination and belief that there is a cure to the disease that turned people into flesh-hungry zombies.
Kingdom Season 2 is slated to drop on Netflix on March 13. The second installment will reportedly be available for streaming in 190 countries around the world.