- Oct 25, 2017
I'd like an into the badlands 2 but happy with what we got. Good times peeps. Until the next one.
Yeah I enjoyed the hell out of this show.
Bajie lost his gift and he was still able to turn off the gift in others. I guess Sunny's sister would have the same ability.So yeah... it sucks that there was so much sequel bait we may never see. I guess that's why I was a bit miffed Sunny hadn't gotten his gift until he died. Also, I thought his sister got her gift removed yet she was still able to remove the gift of others. And there was also a bit too much slump to my liking.
100% agree with all of that. I hated the cliffhanger ending. I enjoyed the ep otherwise. Even if they didn't find out the show was ending before filming, as you said, they could have cut the last couple of scenes and it would have been fine. Hell, they could have left in Sunny's eye flicker and left it as an open question for fans of whether he's truly dead or not, that would have been totally fine. There was similar lack of conclusion with Nathaniel and Cressida, but with those being lesser characters that's not so bad. It's such bullshit when creators know something is ending and still screw over the viewers like that.I must say that I don't think that worked all that well as a series finale - that the writers knew it was going to be the final season and yet still chose to end it the way they did was...fairly irresponsible. Even if there was some doubt as to whether it was going to be the final season, once they knew for sure, they should have edited out the scene with Sunny and the Master in limbo to make things more conclusive.
AMC owns the show, so the chances of it being picked up by another network are slim-to-none, but they're apparently open to doing an animated series or continuing the story via comics, so at least there's that.
Despite the ending, it was a pretty hype episode overall. MK's death was satisfying as hell (Widow with that force push/pull :O) and Pilgrim's demise was fucking slick with those meat hooks and Sunny with the leaping stab.
It would have been cool if we saw Henry's eyes flicker, suggesting a transfer of power. That, coupled with the guy finding guns, would have been a better way to suggest a "life goes on after the credits roll" type of thing than the way it was done on the show, which instead directly suggested a fourth season.
Ah thank you, I missed the glowing fists as she was putting the hooks in. I just replayed the scene on YT and yes there it is, that's exactly when his eyes changed. Her fists didn't seem to connect with his skin, but I suppose we should ignore that.
Kind of a shitty answer tbf. :/Gough and Millar learned during production on the first half of Season 3 that this would be the final season.
“I think it’s very valid that we don’t answer all the questions, it’s very Badlands that we don’t. It really makes people think about what who they are, and I think it puts the characters in a great place,” Millar said. “I think we answer many, many questions and then we also pose that you’re not always going to answer questions and the future is still to be decided. I really like that as well. I mean, if I were a viewer watching it would I be angry or frustrated with us? Maybe? But I also think it’s very consistent with what the show is.”
That sounds pretty neat, but it also makes the "Sunny coming back to life" tease all the more bizarre and out of place...“The spinoff would have jumped probably 20 years into the future and it would have been following The Widow and Gaius’s daughter and Henry as young people,” Gough told IndieWire. The project was developed with AMC before ultimately being put aside. “And Bajie would have still been around acting as sort of the mentor character. It was more like a kung-fu Western, is how we described it. Bajie would kind of be the combination of sort of sheriff and the mayor and running this town, and obviously, the big threat coming in was that more and more people were getting weapons.”
“It was really covering the ‘whys’ of guns and how that was [going to] become a much bigger problem — and also sort of merging kung-fu with firearms,” Gough said.
“This [spinoff] was a show that would have taken place in and around a town, it would have been more akin to ‘Deadwood,’ I think.”
The idea of centering the spinoff around a central town had a budgetary component to it, as Gough said: “How do we do something where we’re not on a quest every week?” But, he added, “we would have built the town out and as the story goes, the world would get bigger. But, it was just an idea of how do you do something where it’s more about stories can cross in through the town, or come through the town, versus ‘They’re off on a journey again’?”
As Millar said, “It’s just really making sure that the spinoff [feels] distinct from the mothership. That they were two separate shows and you could drop into the spinoff without knowledge of ‘Into the Badlands.’ If you’re going to do a spinoff you really need it to feel like its own thing and it has a reason to be.”
SourceAs Gough said in the lead-up to the final season, ideas about other ancillary follow-up works are still in the mix. “A graphic novel feels like an obvious choice. But now there could be shorter mediums which could be a potential as well,” Millar said. “In a world of so much content and so many different platforms, there could be, in the future, a market for return to the Badlands. We’re certainly open to it and are exploring.”