The Empress Ki, an enchanting drama from 2013, masterfully combines action, history, and romance in its retelling of the life of a Korean-born girl turned Yuan court retainer. Fans are now speculating about the show’s return and here’s what we know so far.
A Glimpse into The Empress Ki
Journey of Transformation
Seung Nyang is no ordinary woman. In a quest to avoid the life of a servant, she disguises herself as a man, earning the moniker “Jackal” for her tenacity and fiery spirit. As the tale unfolds, we see Seung Nyang winning King Wang Yoo’s trust through her unmatched archery skills, safeguarding the Mongol Empire’s crown prince, Temur, and eventually revealing her true identity.
Woven into this tale of power, politics, and deception is a poignant love story between Wang Yoo and Seung Nyang, interspersed with the complex dynamics between Toghun, Seung Nyang, and their intertwined destinies.
Season 1 Accolades and Recognition
With a commendable IMDb rating of 8.5, The Empress Ki has not just enthralled audiences but also bagged significant awards including the Golden Bird Prize for Serial Drama and the Grand Prize at the MBC Drama Award. Such feats speak volumes about its gripping narrative and stellar performances.
The Empress Ki…. One of my favourite Netflix series about Love, Politics, Betrayal and Loyalty.
— CheKazi (@tlangimich) November 25, 2021
A Second Season on the Horizon?
What We Know So Far
As much as fans are clamoring for a follow-up season, the renewal status of The Empress Ki Season 2 remains shrouded in mystery. The Korean drama industry’s traditional one-season approach has often dashed hopes for a sequel, even for popular shows. Yet, given the series’ sustained popularity, there remains a glimmer of hope.
Plot Predictions for Season 2
Should we be blessed with a second season, it’s likely we’ll be delving deeper into Seung Nyang’s ascendancy as an empress, further unravelling the intricacies of her love life and her challenges in the complex world of palace politics.
The Ensemble Cast: Who Will Return?
The cast for the potential new season remains speculative. However, considering the critical acclaim, there’s a possibility that key figures like Ha Ji-Won (Ki Seung-Nyang), Joo Jin-Mo (Wang Yoo), Ji Chang-Kook (Toghon Temur), and Baek Jin-Hee (Tanashiri) might return.
Behind The Scenes
For those new to the series, it is adapted from the novel “Empress Gi” penned by Jang Young-Chul and Jung-Kyung-Soon. With Han Hee and Lee Sung-Joon as directors and produced under the banner of Victory Contents, the series has not only captivated audiences but has also faced critique for its portrayal of the historical figure, Empress Ki, and the inclusion of fictional elements.
The Wait for the Official Trailer
Given the lack of official information on a potential second season, fans are yet to get a glimpse of any Season 2 trailer. Rest assured, as and when it happens, enthusiasts will be the first to know.
Where to Watch?
If a second season does see the light of day, it’s likely that Netflix, the streaming platform for the first season, will remain the go-to destination for fans.
In the meantime, those yet to embark on this fascinating journey can immerse themselves in the 51 episodes of the first season, now available on Netflix.