'Kingdom' depicts the tale of a crown prince diving headfirst into a suicide mission
The trailer makes you want to be on the crown prince's side but also gives off an eerie suspicious vibe about those in authority, thus leaving the situation dicey
Netflix's upcoming zombie drama, 'Kingdom,' has a lot of unique, refreshing takes to offer. From the grandeur of the South Korean Joseon dynasty it is set in, to its never-seen-before aesthetic take on zombies, viewers are set to indulge in a joyride as the story's crown prince digs deeper into the catastrophe his people are facing.
Here's the catch, though: In the quest to unravel the horrifying mystery behind the undead rising against the living, the crown prince embarks on a suicide mission of sorts. As the plot synopsis reveals: "In a kingdom defeated by corruption and famine, a mysterious rumor of the king’s death spreads, as does a strange plague that renders the infected immune to death and hungry for flesh. The crown prince, fallen victim to a conspiracy, sets out on a journey to unveil the evil scheme and save his people."
Playing the role of the crown prince will be the iconic Ju Ji-hoon, who is making his comeback, three years after his last show 'Mask' premiered in 2015.
And, as exciting as that might seem to his fans, the prospect of watching him embrace this dangerous journey can get a bit too much. Why? Simply because the latest and final trailer released for 'Kingdom,' establishes there are going to be some extremely horrifying and gory elements involved when it comes to these zombies.
Following the death of his father, the prince automatically becomes the prospective investigator, trying to figure out the mysterious zombie plague - something that is spreading all across his country, and spreading quite fast at that too.
At the same time, the truth behind the plague poses a direct threat to the kingdom - both in terms of striking civilians with panic, and also acting as an atrocious epidemic. In all of this, the prince is equally at risk despite being considered an all-powerful savior by his subjects.
Adapted from the webcomic series "Land of the Gods", by the show's writer Kim Eun-hee, and directed by Kim Seong-hun, 'Kingdom' will be Netflix's second original South Korean series, and by the looks of the trailers and teasers so far, it does not disappoint.
As a viewer, the trailer makes you want to be on the crown prince's side but also gives off an eerie suspicious vibe about those in authority - leaving the situation dicey as we cannot decide whether or not to trust the crown prince.
Let's add to that the zombies he would eventually have to come face-to-face with; grey and gooey, with blood streaming down their face, these zombies are the classic horror specimens that have garnered such widespread fandom over the years, as they aesthetically went about their mauling.
Gathering around the target, forming a mountain as they begin devouring them alive, these zombies crawl through dirt and dust, unleashing their horror upon the common folk, not even sparing the children, of course.
The zombies don't take long to wreak havoc on the local landscape and suddenly, from the resplendence of the dynasty's aura, viewers are treated to a dystopian sight of the ruins, making for the perfect element of contrast Netflix had initially promised.
In all of this, our crown prince is just as clueless, for the most part, as viewers are, and that should be enough to make him the quintessential apocalyptic warrior in distress as he undertakes the suicide mission.