There are few other shows on television quite like “Into the Badlands,” especially in terms of the way it honors and incorporates martial arts. Therefore, it’s a thrill to see it get whatever support that it can from the network.
With that, the following announcement certainly pleases us: The latest batch of episodes will premiere on Sunday, March 19 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern time, which means that for at least a few weeks, it will be the beneficiary once again of “The Walking Dead” and its lead-in audience. We do know that there are some out there who’ll be frustrated by this, given that it means it will be supplanting “Talking Dead” and likely pushing it later in the night as it did early on in season 1. Yet, consider things from this vantage point: You are AMC, and you want to support a fantastic show you believe in, and one that may have some elements that the average “Walking Dead” fan would like. Why wouldn’t you want to maximize its success? Sure, you don’t want to associate your show with backlash, but in season 1 “Into the Badlands” proved that it could handle this far better than “Low Winter Sun” did when it aired between “Breaking Bad” and “Talking Bad” a few years back.
We’ve spoken enough about the show in a meta sense; let’s now get into some of the details! The video below gives you a great sense of the story ahead for Sunny and many of the other characters, and the following synopsis offers up a larger sense as to specifically what is coming up:
“Season 2 finds Sunny (Daniel Wu) and M.K. (Aramis Knight) separated and scattered to the wind, each imprisoned in unlikely places. While M.K. struggles to control his powers, Sunny is determined to fight his way back into the Badlands to find his family or die trying. On their journey, Clipper and Colt are assisted by mysterious, new allies whose motivations may be anything but pure. Meanwhile, The Widow (Emily Beecham) continues to consolidate power against the other Barons, while a dark and mysterious threat prepares to exact revenge on them all. Alliances are struck, friendships betrayed, and by season’s end, Sunny and M.K.’s lives will be forever altered with devastating consequences.”
If you haven’t seen the first season yet, we recommend going to find it even if you don’t consider yourself a fan of martial-arts. So long as you like strong characters and have a spirit for adventure, there’s a lot to dive into here. Plus, the first season’s short enough that you can watch it all over a day or two without getting burned out.
This isn’t the only video related to “Into the Badlands” season 2 that we’ve shared. If you head over to the link here, you can check out some other looks behind the scenes at what is coming up. (Photo: AMC.)