Often deemed as the South Korean parallel of Game of Thrones, Arthdal Chronicles is anything but grand. It whets the appetite of those who want to see history, politics, greed, cunning plots, and more as one whole package. Season one featured just 20 episodes but it gave way to a lot of theories, intrigue and entertainment for the audience. What makes the show further promising is the star-studded ensemble cast. While season one of Arthdal Chronicles featured Song Joong Ki, Kim Ji Won, Teo Yoo, Jang Dong Gun, Kim Ok Bin as its primary cast, the new season sees some faces old and new. Lee Joon Gi and Shin Se Kyung headline the second season with Jang Dong Gun and Kim Ok Bin reprising their roles. Arthdal Chronicles: The Sword of Aramun premiered on September 9, 2023 giving the audiences one more reason to look forward to during the weekend. This is the first impressions from the first two episodes.
Arthdal Chronicles Season 2 Review: War begins in Lee Joon Gi, Shin Se Kyung starrer historical drama eight years after Ta Gon was crowned King
Season two of Arthdal Chronicles takes place ten years later after the incidents in season one. Ta Gon is now the king of Arthdal after squashing the tribal rebellion all those years ago. Ago is also now a union of 30 clans and under the leadership of Eun Seom. Both these kingdoms now face the threat of a great war upon them. Season 2 has just begun, but the political and sinister plots are already in action.
The first two episodes of Arthdal Chronicles: The Sword of Aramun give a short summary of all that happened in the past. They also set the forthcoming plot in motion, especially the one regarding Eun Seom or Inai Shingi. Lee Joon Gi is seen in a dual role in this show as Saya and Eun Seom. Shin Se Kyung as Tan Ya is now the successor of the Wahan clan. Ta Gon’s army seems to be visiting Tan Ya for counsel and spiritual consultation. Ta Gon is not happy with this approach but lets the matter slide for his army’s sake. Mu Baek seems to have an agenda of his own. Despite Ta Gon and Tae Al Ha now having a young son named Arok, there is suspicion brewing between them that one or the other might try to harm the young prince.
Lee Joon Gi as Eun Seom and Saya is quite the interesting plot point. While Saya is aware of who Inai Shingi aka Eun Seom is, Eum Seom is blissfully unaware about Saya. Tan Ya looks very elegant, revered and graceful, but one can’t help but think that might also have a hidden card to play. EXO’s SUHO made a guest appearance in the first episode of the show and narrated the incidents happening on screen.
Just like the first season, season two also has episodes clocking close to 90 minutes. One simply cannot take one’s eyes off the screen for one might miss out on a plot point, be it big or small. The beauty of shows like Arthdal Chronicles is that the episodes manage to encapsulate years and years’ worth of stories within a handful of hours. The craft mastered by the show makers is a delight in itself.
Writers Kim Young Hyun and Park Sang Yeon’s pairing has had a successful run in the past with hit shows like Six Flying Dragons and also the first season of Arthdal Chronicles. Director Kim Won Suk passes on the director’s hat to Director Kim Kwang Shik for this season. The mixture of a detailed set, props used, myths foretold and suspicions withheld would definitely make a delicious serving for the fans of the show.
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