AMC's Into The Badlands, dubbed a mix of "martial arts, science fiction, and super powers" by its co-creator Miles Millar, will return for a second season. Although it could have been overshadowed by the network's extremely popular The Walking Dead, the show managed to draw an average of 5.6 million viewers per episode, scoring the third highest rating of a first season in US cable history.
A Successful First Season
The six episodes of Season 1 will be followed by a set of 10 episodes, set to premiere in 2017. The renewal is contributing to AMC's history of long-lasting shows, as the network's last freshman series that didn't get to be continued was Low Winter Sun in 2013.
AMC president Charlie Collier was more than happy with the result:
"With its deep dive into authentic martial arts, the visually stunning 'Into the Badlands' proved to be unlike anything else on television. Co-creators and showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar, along with a talented team of producers, cast and crew, brought us an artfully crafted series."
The Dark Tale Of A Man Named Sunny
Into The Badlands follows a warrior named Sunny (Daniel Wu), in a futuristic age where society has returned to a feudal-like state. He's a Clipper, a fighter who is loyal to the Badlands' most powerful baron, and considered to be extremely skilled in martial arts.
One of the show's strong points is precisely those kung fu-style fights, whose innovation and intensity can be attributed to the fact that the series has got its own fight director, Stephen Fung.
The first season has also been praised for including strong and independent female characters.
A Global Premiere
Season 2 will premiere on AMC Global at around the same time as the US premiere on AMC's domestic channel, a strategy that contributed to attracting a record-breaking number of viewers for the first season.
Have you been waiting for the second season of 'Into The Badlands'?