What Can We Expect to See in Season 3?

As Netflix’s first original Korean zombie series, Kingdom highly anticipated and arguably the most original zombie thriller in years to come. Fan expectations were high even before its release in 2019, and it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that it took them by surprise. With two sensational seasons and a painful 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, the series will continue to produce more seasons despite not having confirmed release date. While waiting for the official announcement, fans tend to speculate about 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 urgently needed to impress and meet the expectations of the audience.


With Ashin of the North acting as a bridge between season 2 and the following season, there’s a lot to speculate. As one of Netflix’s most anticipated series is in discussion, here’s what we can expect from season 3.

Cho Hak-ju’s Background and the Origin of the Awakening Factory

Despite not having enough screen time before two seasons Kingdom, Cho Hak-ju is an important character in the show. Even though the Queen killed him to suppress the issue of illegitimate princes and the resurrection plant, he is likely to play an influential role in the next season.

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The show can describe how Cho Hak-ju raised Queen Cho to be such a fierce and cruel woman and delve deeper into the mystery surrounding the resurrection plant that brought back the King as a monster (zombie). While they may not take up the entire episode, they can at least add an emotional touch to the backdrop. With more revelations of the Resurrection Plant, it might help the Crown Prince get closer to the truth about his Origins.

Prince as Smart Zombie

The second season ends with some major cliffhangers leading to more mystery. After the Time-Skip, the prince who was saved by Seo-bi (Bae Doona) becomes the new king, and the resurrection plant worm is still inside him. It is possible that the worms are waiting for the adult king to take over his body.

He could develop a bloodlust while still 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. After all, the viceroy will play an important role in Season 3.

Expanding the Setting Towards the North and Telling a Story of Hate

From the Kingdom: Ashin from the North, we believe that Ashin caused the initial plague to carry out a plan to avenge those who killed his entire family. He also supplies Resurrection plants to the doctor who treated the King in the first season, hoping that the Joseon Kingdom will be destroyed for the betrayal of killing his father.

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With plants appearing in the North and the crown prince learning about frequent plagues, the main part of the storyline will most likely take place in the North. Furthermore, apart from Lee Chang (Crown Prince), Viceroy, and Seo-bi, Ashin plays the most important role in the upcoming season. Kim Eun Hee, the screenwriter of Kingdom, gave some hints while discussing a possible third season in an interview with sompisay:

While working on season two, I wanted to portray a much bigger universe. Those who have watched will know, but the likes of Lee Chang, Seo Bi, and Young Shin are all people chasing the plague, wishing it never appeared. I thought having a third season tell the story of Chasing the Origins of the Plague would be great, so we thought about doing that.”

Since the previous season hinted at Seo-bi’s deliberate research into resurrection plants, it makes sense to dig a little deeper. He also stated:

“The first season tells a story of hunger and season two tells a story of blood. If Netflix agrees, I want season three to tell a story of hate. Season two brings attention to the concept of ‘temperature’ and I think if the story is to travel north, a different ecosystem in the North will act as a clue.”

This explains why the upcoming season will expand the setting and focus on the Northern region rather than traditional politics. Regardless, the main theme of season three is hatred of people like Ashin, making it much more than a zombie thriller. With so many characters acting from different regions for various purposes, the next season will be a lot of fun to watch. While waiting with bated breath for this series, you might want to check out these best zombie TV series.

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