Into the Badlands is punching its way back onto our screens this spring, with Season 3 returning exclusively to Amazon Prime Video.
Set in an apocalyptic future world, the show follows a warrior – Sunny (Daniel Wu) – and a young boy – M.K. (Aramis Knight) – who search for enlightenment in a ruthless society controlled by feudal barons. First premiering in 2015, the series was ranked in our list of the year’s most underrated TV shows, and has since returned for a second run last year, before being swiftly renewed for a third.
“Still one of the most distinctive shows on TV, Into the Badlands’ second season was bursting with colour, new and surprising characters, as well as answers to the mysteries of the supernatural and a supposed utopia”, we wrote in our review of the sophomore outing’s finale. “More carefully paced, gloriously innovative, and still as dangerous as they come, Season 2 has managed to double in size from the feudal spats that dominated the first, and yet it never strays from the simple mind of Daniel Wu’s Sunny – an extremely talented hitman, just trying to find a home.”
Season 3 picks up as Sunny is living off the grid and doing his best to provide for his infant son, Henry. It is only when Henry contracts a mysterious illness that Sunny must join forces with Bajie (Nick Frost) and journey back into the Badlands where The Widow (Emily Beecham) and Baron Chau (Eleanor Matsuura) are entrenched in a drawn-out war that has destabilised the entire region. No longer supported by Tilda (Ally Ioannides) or Waldo (Stephen Lang), The Widow must find a new ally in Nathaniel Moon (Sherman Augustus), the former regent who lost his hand to Sunny and Bajie. But when a mysterious nomadic leader called Pilgrim (Babou Ceesay) arrives in the Badlands on a mission to restore Azra and usher in a new era of “peace”, old enemies must band together to defend the Badlands.
Series 3 also stars Aramis Knight (Enders Game) as M.K., Lorraine Toussaint (Orange is the New Black) as Cressida, Ella-Rae Smith (Clique) as Nix, Lewis Tan (Iron Fist) as Gaius and Dean-Charles Chapman (Game of Thrones) as Castor.
It premieres on Amazon Prime Video in the UK on 23rd April, shortly after its debut in the US, with episodes then arriving weekly.
Into the Badlands renewed for Season 3
26th April 2017
Into the Badlands will return for Season 3.
AMC has ordered another run of the martial arts drama, which stars Daniel Wu and is created by Al Gough and Miles Millar.
Set in an apocalyptic future world, the show follows a warrior – Sunny (Daniel Wu) – and a young boy – M.K. (Aramis Knight) – who search for enlightenment in a ruthless society controlled by feudal barons. First premiering in 2015, the series was ranked in our list of the year’s most underrated TV shows, and has since returned for a second run this year.
Now, halfway through that run, AMC has already renewed it again – and, in a sign of confidence, has expanded its third season order to 16 episodes.
In the US, the series ranks as the No. 4 scripted drama on cable and the No. 4 returning drama, behind The Walking Dead, American Horror Story and Fear the Walking Dead. In the UK, it airs exclusively on Amazon Prime Video and is ranked among our top TV shoes on the streaming service.
“Into the Badlands looks like nothing else on television, a literal high-wire act, attracting passionate and dedicated fans by the millions,” says Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “Thanks to series creators and showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar, the terrific cast, led by Daniel Wu, the amazing martial arts team guided by the incomparable Master Dee Dee and fight directors Stephen Fung and Andy Cheng, and everyone else involved who brings this thrill ride to the fans.”
“We are excited and grateful to continue our journey into the Badlands with Charlie, Joel, Susie and all of our friends at AMC,” add Gough and Millar. “We also want to give a big Clipper salute to our Irish and Chinese partners! The thought of doing an expanded 16-episode season is both thrilling and exhausting!”
“Frankly, it is spectacular,” we wrote in our review of Season 2. “Unlike anything else on television … with the incredible colour palette, expertly executed fight scenes and a supremely striking talent pool, it is difficult to think of how it could be improved upon.”
New episodes of Season 2 are currently arriving on Amazon Prime Video every Tuesday. Season 1 is also available to stream.