Screenwriter Kim Eun Hee Talks About The Potential For Jun Ji Hyun’s Lead Role In “Kingdom” Season 3
The screenwriter of “Kingdom” has dropped some hints regarding a potential third season!
On March 20, Kim Eun Hee, the screenwriter of “Kingdom,” took part in an interview about the show’s second season. Season two of this mystery thriller is a zombie sageuk taking place in the Joseon dynasty, where crown prince Lee Chang (Joo Ji Hoon) must help his people amidst the growing greed of his own family over the throne.
This season is especially garnering attention for its similarities to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Kim Eun Hee shared, “‘Kingdom’ is a project that has been in the works since 2011. I based the origin of the plague spreading from Sangju in North Gyeongsang Province off of the Baekdudaegan mountain range, because when you look at a map of Korea, it naturally creates a divide.”
She continued, “During this pandemic, there is no one who is taking it lightly. I hope this will quickly calm down. Although ‘Kingdom’ is open to interpretation, I hope by spring that this nightmare will be over and we will all be able to return to where we belong.”
Following the release of season two, “Kingdom” scored an average rating of 8.9 on the film database site IMDB, ranking higher than Academy Award winning film “Parasite” at 8.6 and season one of “Kingdom” at 8.3.
Kim Eun Hee also discussed the potential for a third season. She explained, “While working on season two, I wanted to portray a much larger universe. Those who have watched will know, but people like Lee Chang, Seo Bi, and Young Shin are all people who chase the plague, wishing it never arose. 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.”
She added, “Season one told the story of hunger and season two told the story of blood. 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 ecosystem in the North would act as a hint.”
Jun Ji Hyun, who appeared at the end of season two, is also a large possibility for season three. Kim Eun Hee explained, “I think Jun Ji Hyun will become a central role alongside the main characters from season one and two.”
The screenwriter concluded by saying, “I think we’ll have to have a good discussion with Netflix for season three. Since all our actors are good people, we will have to match well with their schedules. Since this is a series that I’ve wanted to do for so long, quickly creating season three is a personal wish of mine. I will work hard.”