Into the Badlands, AMC, new, November

New on AMC in November.

AMC (140) brings us the latest in combat with Into the Badlands, starting Monday 16 November at 04:10, within minutes of the US broadcast. You can also catch the primetime premiere at 20:00.

Centuries from now, civilization as we know it has ceased to exist, destroyed by a succession of natural and man-made catastrophes. Billions perished, nations collapsed, cities fell into ruin. Survivors made their way back to the fields, where they foraged and farmed. Subsistence was all that mattered. The world entered a period of regression, a second Dark Age. 

Over time, a feudal society emerged in what was once the American Midwest, where the strongest and most brutal rose to wealth and power on the backs of the many. This area is now called the Badlands, and is uneasily divided among seven rival Barons. These men and women control the resources necessary to daily life. Each Baron enforces their iron rule with the aid of loyal armies of trained assassins known as Clippers.

Clippers begin their rigorous martial arts education as children, when they are known as Colts. Each Colt is selected and mentored by a senior Clipper, who oversees the youth’s training. Clippers enjoy status and comforts the general population can only dream of, and they are willing to sacrifice their lives in service to their Barons.

Few Clippers ever live to see their 30th birthday, but Sunny (Daniel Wu) is no ordinary Clipper. He was a starving orphan when he arrived at The Fort, the walled compound belonging to Baron Quinn (Marton Csokas). Young Sunny demonstrated lethal proficiency in martial arts and made his first kill when he was nine years old. As a Clipper, Sunny rose swiftly through the ranks to become Quinn’s Regent (Head Clipper) and most trusted advisor. He has notched over 400 kills and has a well-earned reputation as a merciless assassin.

For decades, Quinn has been unchallenged as the Badlands’ most powerful Baron. No one has crossed him and lived to tell the tale. But there is a rising suspicion among his rivals that he is growing vulnerable. The territory’s newest Baron, The Widow (Emily Beecham), has begun staging brazen attacks on Quinn’s transport vehicles and is testing his appetite for a fight.

One of those attacks leads Sunny to MK (Aramis Knight), a teenage boy who has survived a deadly ambush on a shipment of Cogs (slaves) bound for The Fort. Sunny soon comes to understand that the teen harbours a dark secret and has a hefty bounty on his head. As The Widow continues her campaign against Quinn, the destinies of the stoic assassin and the impetuous teenager become intertwined. Sunny selects MK as his Colt, a decision that will profoundly affect both their lives.

In their evolution as teacher and student, each will discover his true purpose; together, they will embark on an odyssey that could mean the difference between chaos and enlightenment for everyone in the Badlands.

Tune into AMC (140) for Into the Badlands, Monday 16 November at 04:10 and again at 20:00.