Why AMC Canceling ‘Into the Badlands’ Sucks
This past weekend, fans of Into the Badlands got some bittersweet news. The second half of Into the Badlands season three will air starting March 24th, but these episodes will be the AMC series’ last. The news is a blow to fans who have been awed by the show’s storyline, incredible fight sequences, and choreography, and it’s passionate cast. The series was seen by many as the answer to Netlfix’s Iron Fist.
Daniel Wu, who plays the series’ main character, Sunny, grew up inspired by Jet Li and Jackie Chan. He studied wushu, also known as Chinese Kungfu, so his stunts aren’t just stunts but real, studied technique with a little extra flair for filming. Throughout the series, Wu has shown off not only his skills as an action star but also his strength in just straight up acting. He’s no joke.
The rest of the cast including Emily Beecham, Nick Frost, and most recently Lewis Tan and Sherman Augustus is amazing as well. It’s a shame that AMC never really promoted such a unique show when it should have. While the network continues to renew and expand The Walking Dead universe despite its main cast leaving its lead series, it has failed to promote a show that at its premiere was one of the only martial arts shows on television. I see Into the Badlands, despite its violence, to be more palatable than zombies, a genre I’m not a fan of. Badlands deserved support and award recognition but that’s a hard sell when your network doesn’t put in the effort.
Into the Badlands gave us a diverse cast with women and men of a mix of races, ages, and physical capabilities battling it out for the Badlands with the mysterious story of the pre-Badlands world and Azra looming. With the series coming to an end, it’s doubtful that we’ll uncover too much more about Azra and how their world ended up the way it did and that’s a shame. I’m also bummed that we may not see how Aramis Knight’s M.K. progresses and what happens to little Henry. My hope is that another network or streaming service like Netflix picks it up.
Into the Badlands returns with a two-night mid-season premiere on March 24th and 25th. Check out a sneak peek below.
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