There is no doubt that the new tvN drama Arthdal Chronicles is one of the most anticipated ones this year. With a cast boasting names like Song Joong Ki (his first drama since superhit Descendants Of The Sun 3 years back), Kim Ji Won (reuniting with Song Joong Ki and following DOTS with well-received Fight My Way), very popular and hit Jang Dong Gun (I’m surprised to see him in another drama so soon after Suits as he usually does more films than dramas and his previous drama A Gentleman’s Dignity came in 2012.) and Kim Ok Bin (Children of a Lesser God); the writing team that has given shows like Tree With Deep Roots and Six Flying Dragons, the PD of Misaeng and Signal and a huge production scale, it had to generate sky high excitement among viewers.
Arthdal Chronicles centers around the mythical city of Arthdal during the ancient times. It’s about power struggles, love, ambition and tragedy. Song Joong KI plays Eunseom, a man who lives amongst the members of the Wahan tribe and is a brave hero who saves them from the enemy. Kim Ji Won plays Tanya, a woman also belonging to the Wahan community and is a shaman. Jang Dong Gun plays Tagon, who is the head of military who aims of becoming the first king of Arthdal. Kim Ok Bin plays Tae Al, the ambitious daughter of a tribal leader who belongs to the tribe which has mastered the use of bronze. The drama will have a mix of humans as well as mythical creatures. I think currently everything looks very complex but maybe after watching the drama, it will become clearer.
Arthdal Chronicles premiered last week on tvN as well as Netflix and airs on Saturdays and Sundays. Its broadcast is divided into 3 parts — The Children of Prophecy (June 1 to June 16), The Sky Turning Inside Out, Rising Land (June 22 to July 7) and The Prelude To All Legends (September 7 to September 22). It is a fully pre-produced drama.