In Netflix’s megahit Korean original series Kingdom, Ashin of the North delves into the origins of the zombie apocalypse.
After facing off against the zombie horde, Netflix’s Kingdom season two ended on a dramatic cliffhanger when ex-Crown Prince Lee Chang (Ju Ji-hoon) and Seo Bi (Bae Doona) traveled north in search of the origins of the resurrection plant. They meet face to face with Ashin (Jun Ji-hyun), who is seen standing among the undead who have been locked up, shortly after arriving in a seemingly vacant village.
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As it reveals who Ashin is, Ashin of the North continues its upward journey to the icy northern regions. At the end of Season 2, the mysterious woman appeared to Prince Lee Chang and his gang, teasing viewers as to whether she would be a friend or a foe. As Kingdom fans will recall, it is Ashin who unintentionally discovers the resurrection plant, which has been utilized to transform the dead into the undead, with horrible consequences.
In the grand scheme of the Kingdom saga, Ashin should probably be considered a villain (given the death and destruction seen in the main series), but Writer Kim Eun-hee does an excellent job of immersing the viewer in Ashin’s mind through the twists and turns, allowing us to not only empathize with and admire her tenacity but also root for her bloody revenge. This is an extremely compelling antihero story that will leave you as outraged as its protagonist. Even the most sympathetic viewer will be outraged by Ashin’s depravity when the full scope of her vengeance is revealed.
Do you sympathize with Ashin’s actions or do you see her as a villain? Watch Kingdom: Ashin of the North on Netflix