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Kingdom season 3 release date speculation, plot, trailer, and news

The Kingdom season 3 release date could bring back one of the best horror series on Netflix, and we've all the gory details on the Korean zombie epic.

Kingdom season 3 release date

When is the Kingdom season 3 release date? In two seasons, Kingdom established itself as one of the bloodiest, most brutal zombie shows ever, and that’s a real accomplishment.

When it comes to small-screen zombie horror, Kingdom is the best TV series in town. Essentially, it’s a blend of Game of Thrones and the best zombie movies. Few fantasy series have balanced proper scares with political intrigue (Editor: I imagine none), but the Korean Netflix series pulls it off. With the fate of season 3 in question, we’ve gone on an epic quest to uncover everything we can.

Kingdom Season 3 release date speculation

Sadly, we think Kingdom Season 3 might never come to pass, since Netflix hasn’t announced anything about the series since season 2 ended on March 13, 2020.

The delays around the renewal were thought to have been caused, in part, by COVID-19. Basically, the creators were concerned that no one wanted to watch a show about a deadly plague following a worldwide pandemic. Fair enough.

“Because the series deals with a pandemic, I think it’s inevitable that the show is compared to the current reality and affected by it, whether it be good or bad,” Kingdom writer Kim Eun-hee told The Hollywood Reporter back in 2020. “Although the series is a product of the creators’ wild imagination, I hope the epidemic will soon be under control like in our series.”

Kingdom season 3 release date: A group running away

Of course, we’re now three years on, and there’s still no news. Still, there are probably other, more business-minded reasons why a renewal hasn’t been forthcoming. While the second season reported a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the follow-up special, ‘Ashin of the North’, failed to make a splash when it arrived on the streaming service, not even cracking the Top Ten in America and the UK.

Still, Netflix hasn’t officially canceled the series yet, so there’s hope that Kingdom season 3 may see the light of day. Perhaps when production hell is full, dead TV series will walk. Speaking of which, there’s supposedly another special about the Crown Prince in development, though there’s not been much update about that. We’ll keep an eye out for you, anyhow.

Kingdom season 3 release date: The cast of Kingdom

Kingdom season 3 cast speculation

We imagine Lee Chang, Seo-bi, and Yeong-shin will all return for the cast of Kingdom season 3 if the show gets the go-ahead for more.

That also means Ju Ji-hoon, Bae Doona, and Kim Sung-kyu will all be back. We can assume Ashin will be the new series villain, which means Jun Ji-hyun will also have to return.

Ryu Seung-ryong is unlikely to be back as Cho Hak-ju, considering his own daughter poisoned him. Still, this is a series where the dead stalk the living, so maybe the ruthless Councilor will return as a ghoul.

The expected Kingdom season 3 cast list:

  • Ju Ji-hoon as Prince Lee Chang
  • Bae Doona as Seo-bi
  • Kim Sung-kyu as Yeong-shin jein
  • Jeon Seok-ho as Cho Beom-pal
  • Jun Ji-hyun as Ashin

Kingdom season 3 release date: Ju Ji-hoon as Prince Lee Chang

What will Kingdom season 3 be about?

We know Kingdom season 3 would explore the plague’s origin, thanks to Kim Eun-hee. 

“Those who have watched will know, but people like Lee Chang, Seo-bi, and Yeong-shin are all people who chase the plague, wishing it never arose,” she told Soompi. “I’ve thought that having season three tell the story of chasing the origin of the plague would be good, so we’re thinking of doing that.”

“Season one told the story of hunger, and season two told the story of blood,” she continued. “If Netflix agrees, I want season three to tell the story of resentment. Season two brought attention to the concept of ‘temperature’, and I think if the story were to travel north, the different ecosystems in the north would act as a hint.”

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It’s likely then that the new series will pick up where the second season left off, with Lee Chang, Seo-bi, and Yeong-shin exploring the north. This will undoubtedly bring them into contact with Ashin and her crates of corpses.

We learned in the 2021 special, Ashin of the North, that the former spy was the one who discovered the Resurrection Plant and used it to turn her loved ones into zombies. She then supplied them with human flesh to sate their endless hunger, so our heroes should watch out if they run into her.

There’s also the dangling plot thread of the new King of Joseon, Lee Yeom. He was infected as a baby with the zombie plague but seemed to be immune. Still, the season 2 finale suggested he was more asymptomatic than truly protected from the plague, so who knows, perhaps now he’s older, he may finally turn.

Kingdom season 3 release date: a group holds off attacking zombies

Is there a Kingdom season 3 trailer?

There’s no Kingdom season 3 trailer, and frankly, there won’t be one until the show gets greenlit and filmed, so we’re not expecting one for a couple of years at least.

Sorry to be a downer. But, honestly, in a show about the dead having with a lust for flesh, it kind of suits, doesn’t it? Essentially, there’s no footage to speak of right now, but we’ll be sure to keep an eye out for production updates so we can give you an estimation of when we might get a sneak-peak.

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Where can I watch Kingdom season 3?

Kingdom season 3 will be available to watch on Netflix if it gets made.

The streaming service is currently hosting the other two seasons, so it’s the only place you’ll need to go if you want to catch up on the story so far. Otherwise, be sure and take a look at everything new on Netflix this month!

Kingdom season 3: the Kingdom official poster

How many episodes of Kingdom season 3 will there be?

We think Kingdom season 3 would have six episodes to match seasons 1 and 2.

Why mess with a good thing? Of course, since it’s been three years since the last time we saw the mainline series on our screens, it’s possible the creatives would want to give us a couple of extra episodes. You know, for our patience. Here’s hoping!

If you like this show, check out our list of the best Korean movies. Or, look ahead to more upcoming Netflix shows with our guides on the Squid Game season 2 release date and Wednesday season 2.

You should also check out our breakdown of the secret Netflix codes for some helpful hacks, and check out our list of the best Netflix horror movies for more scares.