Dust off those swords. Find your stilettos and knives. Get ready because it’s almost time to head back to the Badlands! After what seemed to us like an extra long hiatus (probably because we missed it so!), Season 3 of AMC’s Into the Badlands is set to premiere on Sunday, April 22 at 10 p.m. ET. On top of that, the martial arts drama is set to deliver a super-sized season of 16 all new episodes. That’s great news for any young Butterfly!
The new season will find Sunny (Daniel Wu) doing his best to provide for his infant son, Henry, while they live off the grid and he deals with Veil’s (Madeleine Mantock) death. Elsewhere, the Widow (Emily Beecham) is at war with Baron Chau and no longer has the support of Tilda (Ally Ioannides) or Waldo (Stephen Lang). There’s also the matter of the appearance of a new mysterious leader called Pilgrim (Babou Ceesay) who arrives in the Badlands on a mission of his own to restore Azra.
We’ve been lucky enough here at The TV Junkies to see the first two episodes of Season 3 and thought it only right if we shared some of that good fortune. Below you’ll find a few things that we felt would help build excitement for Season 3. As always, these are more general teases and no spoilers. The episodes are a treat and we’d hate to steal any of the true experience of watching them from you. So without further ado here’s some thoughts and general teases about what’s to come on Into the Badlands.
The Widow has a new regent
After that awful fight with Tilda last season, the Widow finds herself deep in a war against Baron Chau for the Badlands, but without the person she used to count on for so much. Six Barons may already be dead, but with Chau refusing to yield, the Widow must get help. She finds herself some reluctant new allies in Nathaniel Moon (Sherman Augustus) and Lydia (Orla Brady), but will she truly be able to trust them?
Everyone always wants Sunny
Speaking of Moon, if viewers remember, he lost his right hand to Sunny back in Season 2. He’s not about to forget that fact, and the Widow plays on it to her advantage. However, Moon isn’t the only one after Sunny, but he now has a lot more to worry about than just himself.
Sunny just wants to protect Henry
So that leads us to the fact that Sunny needs more than anything to protect his infant son, Henry. As he tries to retreat with Henry from the Badlands, Henry contracts a mysterious illness that forces Sunny to come back and try to find a cure. Will he be successful? What’s really wrong with Henry?
Reunited and it feels so good?
During his quest to find a cure for Henry, Sunny once again crosses paths with Bajie (Nick Frost). After trying to call to Azra in Season 2, Bajie will learn what consequences are in store for him, but in the meantime he and Sunny once again team up. Will that be a good thing?
What is M.K. without his gift?
M.K. (Aramis Knight) begins the season feeling very lost and down as a prisoner of the Widow. He’s been stripped of his Gift and is desperate for revenge. However, a new leader emerges in the Badlands and M.K. is presented with an opportunity to not only regain his powers but also to finally have the acceptance he has always craved. Will it be worth the potential cost he may have to pay?
Meet The Iron Rabbit
So we know the Widow has a new regent, but what of her old one? Young Tilda has now forged ahead with a new identity all her own, the Iron Rabbit, and she’s still working with Odessa (Maddison Jaizani) alongside Lydia to help refugees. There is something that happens that puts her back on the Widow’s radar and will cause Tilda to make some tough choices in regards to the woman she no longer acknowledges as her mother. We’re already bracing ourselves emotionally!
The fights are somehow more epic
If you’re anything like us, then you watch Into the Badlands frequently asking yourself ‘how are these fights happening on television?” We were even more in awe of the Season 3 fights we saw in the first two episodes. How the stunt team and actors pull them off so flawlessly is all part of the “magic” that we are here for! While they are even more amazing, the fights are also bloodier than ever before. The show has never shied away from a high gore factor, but it never feels superfluous or gross just to be gross. So even though things get bloody, we still found ourselves cheering with delight because the Season 3 fights are just flat out amazing.
The show is even more beautiful
As evident in these photos from the Season 3 premiere, the show and its world somehow feels even more beautiful. The show’s on location shooting in Ireland, with it lush landscapes and greenery, add to a color palette that feels richer, bolder and brighter than ever before. Into the Badlands uses color to distinguish between Barons, but it also feels like more than ever in Season 3, each location on the show is distinct and has a beautiful feel to it.
The world is even bigger
If we haven’t been clear, Season 3 finds the world here getting even more expansive and the stakes are higher than they’ve ever been. That also means a ton of new characters like the cult-like leader Pilgrim and his priestess, Cressida (Lorraine Toussaint). Together they use the Gift of teens Castor (Dean-Charles Chapman) and Nix (Ella-Rae Smith) as a weapon. Once the cost of doing so becomes high, will Castor and Nix be willing to keep paying it for Pilgrim’s plan?
Are you looking forward to Season 3 of Into the Badlands? Sound off with predictions and what’s got you excited below!
Into the Badlands Season 3 premieres Sunday, April 22 at 10 p.m. ET on AMC.
Editor in Chief Bridget Liszewski comes from a long line of TV Junkies who fostered her love of television from a very young age. She's channeled that passion into covering both US and Canadian television shows, and is thankful everyday for the invention of the DVR. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she loves college football and is a fan of sports in general. Bridget is always up for talking TV and you can follow her on twitter at @BridgetOnTV.