Come Sunday, March 24, Into the Badlands season 3 episode 9 is going to arrive, and the latest trailer does a good job of preparing you. Unfortunately, it does also contain another reminder that we are nearing the end of the road of the series. This show has done an excellent job bringing you a little bit of everything in between action, drama, and occasionally a little bit of humor.
Moving into the final episodes, though, what feels clear is that we’re gearing up for a war like no other. In the aftermath of Sunny’s decision at the end of the first half of the season, Pilgrim now has more power than ever, and it is going to take quite a bit in order to stop him. Yet, we’ve always felt like Into the Badlands is somewhat of an underdog story. It’s about people who rise from the ashes and take on insurmountable odds. What makes this show so effective is that you’ve got so many compelling underdogs in between Sunny, Bajie, The Widow, and so many more who are going to be preparing to do what they can to survive, find justice, and make this world a little bit better.
Of course, the way that AMC could make our world a little better was to give us an Into the Badlands season 4, but it doesn’t seem as though that is particularly high on their priority list at the moment. They’re choosing to end the series following three seasons that were beloved by many; unfortunately, the show had declining ratings for the first half of season 3 and it was left basically with a lot of questions and speculation for months on end.
While we’re not sure we will ever get a clear answer on this, something that we’ve long wondered when it comes to the show is simply this — did airing early episodes of the show past The Walking Dead actually help it? The obvious benefit to the move was that it gave the series a great platform and good ratings right away. Yet, it did also establish it as “the show that was keeping viewers from Talking Dead” for many, and it struggled with having to unfairly deal with that label for a while. Maybe, in retrospect, it could have done better as its own animal, separate from airing after the mega-franchise where it could’ve been seen as a likable underdog by all. There’s no clear answer; just interesting food for thought.
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What do you think about the new Into the Badlands season 3 trailer, and are you excited for some of what’s coming next? Share some of your thoughts now in the comments and stay tuned for more. (Photo: AMC.)