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Kingdom Season 3 Release Date, Cast And Plot - What We Know So Far

As Netflix's first Korean original series, "Kingdom" was highly anticipated before its release on January 25, 2019. But the streaming network appeared to have a lot of faith in the action drama, renewing it for a second season before the first was even released, similar to what happened with another popular Netflix series, "The Witcher." "Kingdom" is a fictional tale set during the Joseon Dynasty, following Crown Prince Lee Chang (Ju Ji-hoon) as he sets out to avenge his father, the King of Joseon, and find the cause of a mysterious illness spreading throughout his kingdom. Following in the footsteps of the Korean hit zombie film "Train to Busan," "Kingdom" is brutal and dark, with intense fighting sequences as the characters connstantly face off against zombie hordes.

"Kingdom" quickly became one of Netflix's best series, wowing both audiences and critics and earning a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes. The second season premiered on Netflix on March 13, 2020, with a special episode called "Kingdom: Ashin of the North," centered around the backstory of new Season 2 character Ashin played by Jun Ji-hyun, coming out on July 23, 2021. Well, fans of the show are still enthralled with the story and eager for more, hoping to see a third season of the zombie drama "Kingdom" premiere on Netflix soon.

Here's everything we know so far about "Kingdom" Season 3.

What is the release date for Kingdom Season 3?

So here's the thing, Netflix has not officially renewed or cancelled "Kingdom" for a third season yet. With how fast the first two seasons were released, many fans expected "Kingdom" to release a third season in early 2021. It's unclear why Netflix hasn't announced a decision either way, though it might be because of various delays due to COVID-19. It's also possible that "Kingdom" has already been greenlit for another season, but that they've decided to wait to publicly announce the news. 

Considering the story of the special episode "Kingdom: Ashin in the North" and how it provides a lot of background information about how the deadly zombie plague started, it was likely planned from the start to be the bridge between Seasons 2 and 3. Series director Kim Seong-hun told Philstar that "through 'Kingdom' Seasons 1 and 2, topics like thirst for power, hunger, bloodlines were covered. And in order to leap to Season 3, I thought something new was needed," basically confirming that a third season is coming. 

With the show being an international hit and the creators clearly planning for more seasons, it's all but confirmed that "Kingdom" Season 3 is on its way. As for when fans might see it premiere, it will hopefully premiere sometime in early 2022 — depending on when the season goes into production — keeping with the franchise's pattern of releasing something new in the first half of each year. 

Who is in the cast of Kingdom Season 3?

Along with Ji-hoon as Prince Chang, "Kingdom" stars Bae Doona, who has previously appeared in major projects like "Sense8" and "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance," as Seo-bi, a physician who is one of the first to see the plague firsthand and immediately begins a mission to find a cure. Other allies of the prince are Kim Sung-kyu as Yeong-shin, a skilled tiger hunter who knows how to use a rifle, and Jeon Seok-ho as Cho Beom-pal, a selfish man who has feelings for Seo-bi and joins with Prince Chang in order to survive. 

At the end of Season 2, Ji-hyun appears for the first time as Ashin, directly leading into "Kingdom: Ashin in the North." As the spinoff episode reveals, Ashin has very close ties to what starts the plague, so she will definitely play a major part in Season 3, as Prince Chang, Seo-bi, and the others search for any way to stop the disease once and for all. The other character who will likely play a key role in the third season of "Kingdom" is the Young King, played by Kim Kang-hoon. He is around seven years old during Season 2's final time jump forward, ruling as King of Joseon after Prince Chang gives up his position. 

What will happen in Kingdom Season 3?

The end of "Kingdom" Season 2 ends with quite a few major cliffhangers. After Prince Chang takes down the Queen Consort and allows the Young King, a baby at the time, to be the next ruler, the show goes forward seven years to a more peaceful world, but the plague is far from gone. In the second season, Seo-bi discovers that the plague stems from a resurrection plant that hosts a parasitic worm, which enters the brain of people infected. But the plant is spreading, with a stranger traveling around telling others to plant the seeds and therefore advancing the infection. 

In "Kingdom: Ashin of the North," we learn that Ashin is truly the cause of the zombie plague — or at least it's initial spread — starting the zombie infestation to get revenge on the Joseon kingdom for her father's imprisonment, torture, and later death. The special episode reveals that Ashin is the one to give the resurrection plant to the royal physician right before the events of Season 1, causing the King's sickness and the following infestation. At the end of Season 2, Prince Chang and Seo-bi encounter Ashin, who appears to still be spreading the plant in order to cause chaos to the empire. Can they convince her to give up on her vengeance to save everyone? Oh, and let's not forget the final reveal that the Young King, living a calm, naive life in the capital, has a parasitic worm from the resurrection plant enter his ear, hinting that another king will be infected soon enough. 

Fans of the hit series will have to wait and see what happens next in "Kingdom" Season 3.