"Into the Badlands" (TV show) is a genre-bending martial arts drama series on AMC that is very loosely based on the classic Chinese tale "Journey to the West."

In a land controlled by feudal barons, this series tells the story of a ruthless, well-trained warrior named Sunny (Daniel Wu) and a young boy named M.K. (Aramis Knight) who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment.

The series is set centuries from now, where a feudal society has emerged and the strongest and most brutal rose to wealth and power. This area came to be called the Badlands, and is divided among seven rival Barons who control the resources necessary to daily life and enforce their rule with the aid of loyal armies known as Clippers. Clippers enjoy status and comforts the general population can only dream of, and they are willing to sacrifice their lives in service to their Barons. Few Clippers ever live to see their 30th birthday, but Sunny is no ordinary Clipper. Demonstrating lethal proficiency in martial arts, Sunny rose swiftly through the ranks to become Quinn's (Marton Csokas) Head Clipper and most trusted advisor.

For decades, Quinn has been unchallenged as the Badlands' most powerful Baron, but the territory's newest Baron, The Widow (Emily Beecham), has begun staging brazen attacks on Quinn's transport vehicles and is testing his appetite for a fight. One of those attacks leads Sunny to M.K., a teenage boy who has survived a deadly ambush. Sunny soon comes to understand that the teen harbors a dark secret and has a hefty bounty on his head. As The Widow continues her campaign against Quinn, the destinies of the stoic assassin and the impetuous teenager become intertwined. In their evolution as teacher and student, each will discover his true purpose; together, they will embark on an odyssey that could mean the difference between chaos and enlightenment for everyone in the Badlands.

Season 2

The sophomore season finds Sunny and M.K. separated and scattered to the wind, each imprisoned in unlikely places. While M.K. struggles to control his powers, Sunny is determined to fight his way back into the Badlands to find his family or die trying. On their journey, Clipper and Colt are assisted by mysterious, new allies whose motivations may be anything but pure. Meanwhile, The Widow continues to consolidate power against the other Barons, while a dark and mysterious threat prepares to exact revenge on them all. Alliances are struck, friendships betrayed, and by season's end, Sunny and M.K.'s lives will be forever altered with devastating consequences.

The cast includes Daniel Wu ("Tai Chi Zero") as Sunny, Marton Csokas ("The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King") as Quinn, Aramis Knight ("The Dark Knight Rises") as M.K., Oliver Stark ("Luther") as Ryder, Emily Beecham ("28 Weeks Later") as Widow, Orla Brady ("Dr. Who," "Fringe") as Lydia, Sarah Bolger ("Once Upon a Time," "The Tudors") as Jade, Ally Ioannides ("Parenthood") as Tilda, and Madeleine Mantock ("Edge of Tomorrow") as Veil.

"Into the Badlands" is produced by AMC Studios and will be distributed internationally by Entertainment One Television (eOne). The series was created by writers/show runners Al Gough and Miles Millar ("Shanghai Noon," "Smallville"). They serve as executive producers along with Oscar-nominated producers Stacy Sher and Michael Shamberg ("Pulp Fiction," "Contagion") and master martial arts filmmakers Daniel Wu ("Tai Chi Zero") and Stephen Fung.


Network: AMC
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: November 15, 2015
Seasons: 2
Production Companies:
AMC Studios
Entertainment One Television

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