After season two ended with a parting shot of actress Gianna Jun, the smash hit K-zombie series has everyone eagerly (and us) waiting for season three to be out. But before that’s due, Netflix announced a spin-off episode back in November 2020 with a teaser, revealing that Gianna Jun plays the lead character of the special episode, Kingdom: Ashin of the North.
And who is Ashin really, and why is this coming before the third season? ? Writer Kim Eun-hee shared, “Ashin is one of the main characters of the Kingdom series. I was trying to tell a story of Ashin when I realised I had to touch on the important mystery of the resurrection plant. But I thought it would be more apt to capture that in a spin-off rather than writing that in the regular seasons to make it more interesting.”
“As you can tell from the garments, she’s from the Northern tribe, north of the Ablok River, she’s a descendant of the traditional tribe there. She’s the lead and the clue to the resurrection plant.”
“In my opinion, Kingdom season 1 laid the ground for the Kingdom universe, whereas the special episode is a building block that has been placed on that foundation, ” added director Kim Seong-hun.