We have an exclusive clip from Into The Badlands Snake Creeps Down and its pretty kick ass. Plus we discuss the shows potential season 2 renewal and how its breaking barriers with its cast.
On Snake Creeps Down, Sunny secures his escape from the Fort, Quinn grows suspicious, while The Widow’s decisions set her on collision course with Sunny and M.K. After last weeks escalation of fights and side deals its anyones guess who is really the good guy or bad guy on into the badlands. MK is just trying to survive and Sunny wants to escape the badlands with Veil.
The river kings price might be more than Sunny can pay, asking for MKs head. The real question is will Sunnys love for Veil trump his moral judgement? Will MK be safe staying around Sunny and Quinn or should he join The Widow? Ryder and Zephyr are forming an alliance along with the Widow but again MK is the price of admission. With Quinn, The Widow, and now The River King after MK, can he really trust anyone in the badlands?
Can the show survive? Yes and here is why.
Ratings wise the show saw a 54% drop in ratings in its first non-walking dead lead in episode. However, the drop in and of itself is not alarming for a few reasons. First, the mid-season finale of the walking dead put a prologue preview into the first commercial break of Into The Badlands, which lead to a lot of viewers sticking through the first 5-10 minutes of Into The Badlands. The decline was expected without The Walking Dead as a lead in and was only 6% more than Better Call Saul’s big drop after its first stand alone episode.
LIVE + Same Day numbers are becoming less important as DVR and streaming numbers become the norm for TV shows and sitting at 2.4 million viewers on a non-broadcast channel is far higher numbers than many shows which were renewed on other networks including AMC. The series sees a 30% viewer jump with DVR +3 and +7 viewership each week.
We recently reported about a post on Daniel Wu’s Facebook page indicating the show was already renewed which later was taken down and said to be mistakenly posted. When asked, AMC said they had not announced anything official and wouldn’t until all 6 episodes have aired. Though critics initially gave the show mixed reviews, fans have started giving the show stellar reviews for its fight choreography and growing intriguing plot lines.
The show mixes everything you love about post apocalyptic stories, martial arts and mystery while dropping the tropes that typically make a show like this dull or repetitive. Don’t get me wrong there are always a few tropes in every show, and Into The Badlands is no exception but they are the exception not the rule with this show.
Another first with this show is its willingness to diversify its cast and characters both gender wise and ethnically. With Asian-American and African-American leads in positions of power, and female power figures the show puts other networks on notice. Netflix did a similar thing with Jessica Jones.