The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the postponement of production of several Korean dramas in the works, and Arthdal Chronicles 2 became no exception.
A Studio Dragon (production company behind the series) official said on June 11, “It is unclear whether ‘Arthdal Chronicles‘ Season 2 will [premiere as scheduled] due to [COVID-19]. We are discussing the production schedule.”
The pandemic has made it difficult to shoot in overseas locations for many productions. In particular, Arthdal Chronicles 2 has a significant amount of scenes that need to be filmed abroad, such as in Brunei, in order to preserve the background of the Bronze Age in the first season.
The second season was scheduled to start production in the second half of this year, but due to the ongoing pandemic, filming in overseas locations became impossible. This moved the production schedule to be postponed.
Arthdal Chronicles is set in the fantasy world of Arth where the main characters struggle for power while discovering their origins in the process. It features stars Song Joong-ki (Descendants of the Sun), Kim Ji-won (Fight for My Way), Jang Dong-gun (Suits), and Kim Ok-bin (Children of a Lesser God), who embody the heroes who embark on their destiny and follow their fate.
The first season was filmed in Brunei and premiered on June 1 last year. The series received attention because it was set in the ancient times and in a mythically-designed Korea. However, it was also criticized by some viewers for having a similar storyline as the Western series Game of Thrones.
The first season was a reunion project for Song Joong-ki and Kim Ji-won, who previously worked together in the 2016 hit series Descendants of the Sun.
Arthdal Chronicles was directed by Kim Won-seok and written by Kim Young-hyun and Park Sang-yeon. According to reports, Arthdal Chronicles 2 will be under the direction of Kim Kyu-tae and Hong Jong-chan. Director Kim Kyu-tae has previously worked on dramas such as Live (2018), Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016), It’s Okay, That’s Love (2014), That Winter, the Wind Blows (2013), and IRIS (2009). Meanwhile, Hong Jong-chan is behind the dramas Her Private Life (2019), Life (2018), and Dear My Friends (2016).
tvN confirmed the drama’s renewal for a second season in February.