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.
Forget The Walking Dead; when it comes to zombie shows Kingdom is the best TV series in town. Set in 16th Century Korea, Kingdom follows Prince Lee Chang as he tries to uncover the origins of a deadly new plague, turning his people into mindless, cannibalistic monsters and resurrecting the dead. Kingdom is 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.
Don’t take our word for it, though. Kingdom has received rave reviews for both its first and second seasons. Of course, the question is, will we ever get a Kingdom season 3 release date? Well, that’s not an easy question to answer, so like Lee Chang, we’ve gone on an epic quest to uncover everything we can.
Kingdom Season 3 release date speculation
Netflix hasn’t officially confirmed a release date for Kingdom season 3, and we don’t know whether the show will even get the green light.
The delays around the renewal are thought to have been caused, in part, by current world events. Basically, the creators are concerned that no one wants to watch a show about a deadly plague following a worldwide pandemic.
“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. “Although the series is a product of the creators’ wild imagination, I hope the epidemic will soon be under control like in our series.”
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 (Via FlixPatrol).
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 seat for release later this year, so maybe we’ll finally get some news this winter. Either way, we’ll keep you updated.
What will Kingdom season 3 be about?
We have a good idea of what will happen in Kingdom season 3, courtesy of Kim Eun-hee, who explained the next chapter would explore the plague’s origin.
“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.”
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 Ressurection 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 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.
The expected Kingdom season 3 cast list:
- Ju Ji-hoon – Prince Lee Chang
- Bae Doona – Seo-bi
- Kim Sung-kyu – Yeong-shin jein
- Jeon Seok-ho – Cho Beom-pal
- Jun Ji-hyun – Ashin
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.
Where can I watch Kingdom season 3?
If we do get a Kingdom season 3, it will be available to watch on Netflix. In the meantime, check out Kingdom seasons 1 and 2, which are unsurprisingly also available to watch on the streaming service.
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 Virgin River season 6 release date or the Squid Game season 2 release date. We’ve also got a list of everything new on Netflix this month if you’re looking for something to watch.