The 'Kingdom' special bonus episode is coming this July. Find all the details here.
This article was recently reviewed and is up to date as of June 8, 2021.
While fans continue to wait for Netflix to confirm the third season of 'Kingdom', the streaming giant has prepared a special episode to feed our cravings for more zombie action.
A special bonus episode focusing on the mysterious character Ashin is coming this July. The special episode is titled 'Kingdom: Ashin of the North', and it will also delve into the origins of the resurrecting plant.
Netflix has already released the official trailer of the much-anticipated episode. Let us find out everything there is to know about 'Kingdom: Ashin of the North', including plot, cast, release date, trailer, and more.
'Kingdom: Ashin of the North' is coming to Netflix on July 23rd, 2021. The special bonus episode will be available for streaming for all Netflix subscribers worldwide. The release date was recently unveiled by Netflix through a short date announcement video, which you can see below.
'Kingdom: Ashin of the North' will tell the story of Ashin (played by Jun Ji-Hyun also known as Gianna Jun). She is the mysterious woman who appeared in the closing scene of the second season.
When Ashin was a young girl, she discovered the existence of a mysterious plant that can bring back the dead. Her father warned her not to venture into the forbidden forest, hearing that some dangerous and inexplicable creatures live in the area. Seeing her mother's deteriorating condition, Ashin is forced to disobey her father's command. One night, Ashin witnesses her entire village getting mercilessly attacked. The young Ashin sought justice but was coldly denied by the Joseons (Prince Chang's people). Thus, begin a long journey of vengeance. Based on the official trailer, it seems like Ashin will be using the plants to get the vengeance she strongly seeks, vowing to “kill every living thing.”
'Kingdom' series Screenwriter Kim Eun Hee and director Kim Sung Hoon revealed why they decided to produce a special episode and how this prepares for Kingdom Season 3.
“We cannot leave out the story of the saengsacho (the resurrection plant). I decided to go with a special episode because I thought it would be more interesting.” Kim Sung Hoon then added, “If the first season served as the cornerstone of the world, ‘Kingdom: Ashin of the North’ will be a stepping stone to go beyond ‘Kingdom 3.’” – Kim Eun Hee and Kim Sung Hoon said via Soompi.
Kim Eun Hee also unveiled some significant information about Ashin's character.
“As you may have guessed from her attire, she is the heir of the Northern Yeojin tribe village who lives near the Yalu River. It would be nice if you think of her as the person who is closest to the secret of the saengsacho.”
As of this writing, there is very limited casting information available for 'Kingdom: Ashin of the North'.
Aside from Jun Ji-hyun, the only cast member confirmed to be reprising his role is Park Byung-Eun, who plays the character of Min-Chi-Rok, the Royal Commandery. He helped fight the horde of zombies that ran amok in the imperial palace.
Yes, there is. Netflix has already dropped the official teaser and the main trailer of the episode, giving us a much better look at the episode's story. The teaser trailer sees the young Ashin navigating the vast and forbidden jungle in search of the resurrection plant, hoping to heal her ailing mother. The trailer also offered a glimpse at some of the first creatures turned into living dead, including a zombie tiger. The main trailer gave us a deeper look at the episode's plot and sees young Ashin vowing to seek revenge when she was denied justice after her people are mercilessly attacked.
Take a look at Ashin as she grows from a young, loving daughter, into a ferocious warrior seeking vengeance. Check out the teaser and the main trailer below.
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