“Into the Badlands” has always stood out in the television landscape for many reasons. For one thing, the cast is a truly inclusive ensemble, featuring Daniel Wu, Nick Frost, Orla Brady, Emily Beecham, and new cast members Babou Ceesay, Ella-Rae Smith, and Lorraine Toussaint.
Then there’s the way its premise — about a post-apocalyptic world centuries after the fall of our civilization, where superpowers and sword-fights are commonplace — blends a number of genres for a truly unique experience. Plus, there’s its epic production design, which rejects typical post-apocalyptic visuals by emphasizing vivid colors and beautiful landscapes.
And most notably, there are the incredible wuxia-inspired martial arts scenes, which use wires and the genius of martial arts coordinator Huan-Chiu Ku (who trained with the legendary Yuen Woo-ping and whose credits include the “Kill Bill” films, “Once Upon a Time in China II” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) to elevate the battles for power in the Badlands to truly epic heights.
All of these factors are showcased in the following photos from Season 3. The official description of what’s to come, as described by AMC:
Season 3 of “Into the Badlands” finds Sunny (Daniel Wu of “Tomb Raider”) living off the grid, doing his best to provide for his infant son, Henry, in the wake of Veil’s death. It is only when Henry contracts a mysterious illness that Sunny must join forces with Bajie (Nick Frost of “Shaun of the Dead”) and journey back into the Badlands, where The Widow (Emily Beecham of “Daphne”) and Baron Chau (Eleanor Matsuura of “Wonder Woman”) are entrenched in a drawn-out war that has destabilized the entire region.
Check out IndieWire’s previous coverage of the series here. “Into the Badlands” Season 3 premieres Sunday, April 22 on AMC.