Korean Epic Fantasy ‘Arthdal Chronicles’: Everything We Know

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2019 has already become one of the best years to date for K-Dramas on Netflix, and it’s only going to get better this Summer! Arriving this June is one of the biggest and most anticipated South Korean series of 2019, and you’ll be able to stream it exclusively on Netflix! The epic fantasy series Arthdal Chronicles could be one of the best South Korean shows to date, and we can’t wait. Here’s everything we know so far on Arthdal Chronicles.

Arthdal Chronicles is an upcoming South Korean Netflix Original epic fantasy series created by Studio Dragon. Alongside the other Netflix Original Kingdom, Arthdal Chronicles is one of the most ambitious Korean dramas to date. The series will be directed by Kim Won-Seok, the award-winning director who is well known for his work on Signal, My Mister, and Sungkyunkwan Scandal.

What is the plot of Arthdal Chronicles?

In the mythical land of Arth during ancient times, a power struggle ensues in the city of Arthdal. Eun-Sum a young man born in the Blue Stone Village must overcome his curse that would bring destruction to the city of Arthdal. Meanwhile, the war-hero of Arthdal Ta-Gon dream of becoming the first king of Arthdal. After winning many wars over his illustrious career Ta-Gon has cemented his place as the most powerful man in the nation.

Born with the same curse as Eun-Sum, Tan-Ya is to be the successor of the Wahan Tribe. Despite the hardships and prejudice Tan-Ya faces, her ambition is to become a politician.

Who is in the cast of Arthdal Chronicles?

The following cast members have been confirmed for Arthdal Chronicles:

Role Cast Member Where have I seen/heard them before?
Eun-seom Song Joong-ki Descendants of the Sun | Running Man | The Innocent Man
Ta-gon Jang Dong-gun Taegukgi | The Warrior’s Way |No Tears for the Dead
Tan-ya Kim Ji Won Descendants of the Sun | Fight for My Way | The Heirs
Young Eun-seom Kim Ye-joon A Day | One Day
Young Ta-Gon Jung Jae-won A Korean Odyssey | Room No. 9 |Drama Stage – Anthology
Young Tan-ya Heo Jung-Eun My Fair Lady | Love in the Moonlight | Mr Lawyer, Mr. Jo
Tae Al-ha Kim Ok-vin The Villainess | Thirst | Dasepo Naughty Girls
Asahon Choo Ja-hyun Bloody Tie | Portrait of a Beauty | Beautiful World
Satenic Jo Byung-gyu Sky Castle | Radio Romance | Hello, My Twenties! 2


What was the production process for Arthdal Chronicles?

The budget behind the South Korean epic fantasy is ginormous and has been estimated to cost around ₩40 billion (roughly $34 Million).

Prior to the first table read, on August the 21st, the cast, and crew attended a workshop to help prepare them for their roles. Five days later cast would take part in their very first table read. Filming wouldn’t begin until December 5th due to the construction of the sets. It has been reported the set made for the opening ceremony took eight months to build!

Filming continued to take place over the next few months with production eventually going overseas. The cast and crew began filming in Brunei from the 24th of February.

Are there any images of Arthdal Chronicles?

Stills from the upcoming Original released just recently!

How many episodes will Season 1 of Arthdal Chronicles air?

This will depend on how Netflix defines what the first season of Arthdal Chronicles is. While it has been confirmed there will be a total of 18 episodes for Arthdal Chronicles, each ‘season’ will be 6 episodes long. With 18 episodes confirmed TVN intends to release all 18 episodes in 2019 thus all three seasons will air.

Netflix may choose to define every 6 episodes as Part 1 or the entire season may be defined as Season 1. Considering how inconsistent Netflix is for labeling seasons we’ll know closer to the release date.

We have confirmation from Netflix that there will be 2 episodes released a week. Each episode will air roughly an hour after broadcast in South Korea.

What are the run times for each episode?

We are estimating that each episode will have a run time of 45 minutes. With 18 episodes available, we’d be surprised if they are an hour long.

When is the release date for Arthdal Chronicles?

The first season of Arthdal Chronicles will arrive on June 1st, 2019!

Will Arthdal Chronicles be available in my region?

Netflix has yet to specify which regions are receiving the South Korean Original. The only region we aren’t expecting to receive Arthdal Chronicles on Netflix is South Korea. The epic fantasy will be debuting on the Korean network TVN.

Will there be a second season of Arthdal Chronicles?

As we’ve already discussed above, the 18 episodes of Arthdal Chronicles are split into three seasons, each with six episodes.

So yes, technically, we are receiving a second and third season! But a further 18 episodes thereafter, we are unsure of. We’ll know more about a sequel series upon release.

Are you looking forward to the release of Arthdal Chronicles? Let us know in the comments below!

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Jacob joined What's on Netflix in 2018 as a fulltime writer having worked in numerous other industries until that point. Jacob covers all things Netflix whether that's TV or movies but specializes in covering new anime and K-dramas. Resides in Norwich in the United Kingdom.