Netflix’s K-horror Kingdom will return for Season 2.
The show, produced by prominent Korean Drama production company Astory, is that rare thing, even in genre circles: a zombie thriller set in Korea’s medieval Joseon period. It follows a crown prince sent on a suicide mission to investigate a mysterious plague that spreads, turning the infected into monsters. In a kingdom defeated by corruption and famine, the crown prince, framed for treason and desperate to save his people, sets out on a journey to unveil what evil lurks in the dark.
The eight-episode first season aired at the start of the year, serving up stylish visuals and intense horror. Before it had even premiered, though, Netflix had already ordered a sophomore run, with CEO Reed Hastings announcing in Singapore last year that Season 2 would be on the way.
“It is really rare that we greenlight a second season of a show before the first has been seen,” he said, despite rumours that the first season run late and over budget.
The series is directed by The Tunnel’s Kim Seong-hun and created by Kim Eun-hee.
“There is lots of blood and heads being chopped off, more than I would have got away with on network television,” Kim said of the show, which she had tried to make for several years. “I was very happy with the level of creative freedom we got by making it for Netflix instead.”
Production on the second season is now underway.