According to the scriptwriter Kim Eun Hee, Kingdom: Ashin of the North is a story about grief or resentment. If the choices of the ruling class played a crucial part in the previous season, this time, the lowest class in society would take on the main role.
Kingdom: Ashin of the North is a story about Ashin, a wildling who lives in a village on the northern border of Joseon. The story begins as she discovers ‘the resurrection plant’ searching for a herb to treat her ill mother.
After losing her family during an attack on her village, she is left to live her life by herself. Soon, she vows her revenge, living painful life every day.
Screenplay writer Kim Eun Hee was researching the northern area of Joseon to track down the characteristics of the ‘resurrection plant.’ And soon, she became intrigued by the stories of the wildings. According to history, King Sejong pioneered the six areas near the Tumen River for military purposes. Then, he sent those people, the wildlings, to settle under the five providences near the colony, making a national border.
The wildlings were called Seongjeoyain. In exchange for receiving supplies from Joseon, they became a tactical military defense against the farther northern invasion. However, those people who did not belong anywhere were often mistreated and ridiculed.
Kingdom: Ashin of the North, the ninety-two-minute special episode, which has the grand story about grief and resentment, will be released on July 23rd.
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