While strange rumors about their ill King grip a kingdom, the crown prince becomes their only hope against a mysterious plague overtaking the land.
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Series cast summary:
Ju Ji-Hoon ...  Crown Prince Lee Chang 12 episodes, 2019-2020
Bae Doona ...  Seo Bi 12 episodes, 2019-2020
Kim Sungkyu ...  Young Shin 12 episodes, 2019-2020
Hye-jun Kim ...  Queen Consort Cho 12 episodes, 2019-2020
Jun Suk-ho ...  Cho Beom Pal 11 episodes, 2019-2020
Seung-ryong Ryu ...  Cho Hak Joo 10 episodes, 2019-2020
Kim Sang-Ho ...  Moo Young 10 episodes, 2019-2020
Jong-soo Kim Jong-soo Kim ...  Kim Soon 9 episodes, 2019-2020
Joon-ho Huh ...  Ahn Hyun 9 episodes, 2019-2020
Seon-kyu Jin Seon-kyu Jin ...  Deok Sung 7 episodes, 2019-2020
Byeong-eun Park Byeong-eun Park ...  Min Chi Rok 6 episodes, 2020
Tae-hoon Kim ...  Lee Kang Yoon 6 episodes, 2020
Seok-won Jeong Seok-won Jeong ...  Cho Beom Il 6 episodes, 2019-2020
Suk-Tae Joo Suk-Tae Joo ...  Lee Do Jin 6 episodes, 2019-2020


Set in the Joseon period. The king falls ill to smallpox and rumors start to spread that he has actually died. Meanwhile, Crown Prince Lee Chang is labeled a traitor by the Haewon Cho Clan, the clan of the current pregnant Queen and her father, Cheif State Councilor Cho Hak Joo. While trying to uncover the mystery of what happened to his father, the Crown Prince goes with his guard, Moo Young, to Dongnae to look for Physician Lee Seung Hui who treated his father, only to be stuck with Assistant Physician Seo Bi and the mysterious man, Young Shin, in a village plagued with a mysterious disease. The second season centers on the advancement of the plague across several provinces. In the lead-up to halting the outbreak, a devastating revelation ensues at Sangju. Upon the arrival of the winter season, the undead hordes now roam freely due to a change in ambient temperature. Fearing the ramifications of an imminent invasion, Prince Lee Chang attempts to garner support from his allies to ...

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Dongnae, the city where the zombie plague first broke out, is an old name for Busan. Ironically, Busan was the safest place in Korea in another Korean zombie movie, Train to Busan (2016). See more »

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Amazing Allegorical Era Zombie Horror Series
26 January 2019 | by roz-ozSee all my reviews

As my title suggested I am amazed at the successful combination of different genres so to speak. It was a really fresh idea to place zombies during the Korean middle ages(Joseon era) a direct contrast to most zombie films we see today, located at the modern urban landscape. The decision to do that breaths new life to the so far tired zombie genre.

Moreover, what I found incredibly interesting is the "subtle" commentary on the extremely hierarchical korean society, which is the actual disease that has consumed the nation. Look no further than where the disease started (the king is patient 0) and the way that the society tries to deal with their dead; seperating the bodies of the rich from those of the poor, giving proper burial to the rich whereas burning the poor. Instead of dealing with the actual situation they choose to focus on formalities even when those can endanger the living. Not only that but the Confucian principles of not harming the body(burning,cutting etc) are only to be applied to the rich. The society is so much plagued with an archaic system of principles and conduct that they fail to see it for what it actually is, the disease itself, in that sense not only the zombies are infected but everyone.

Btw no guns and slow zombies in this one like the Walking Dead. Here zombies RUN, no time to waste and the living ones have to use whatever tools they find, mainly tools used in agriculture and farming!

In terms of visual aestetics the series looks stunning! Amazing cinematography, directing, costumes, locations, action scenes, it is truly impecable.

What I would like to see is stronger female characters as the series is very male dominated.

Good job to everyone involved and can't wait for the second season!!

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