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‘Kingdom’ is Korea’s version of ‘Game of Thrones’

February 23, 2019 – Jurmane Lallana

To put things simply, Kingdom would be Game of Thrones if it happened in Korea. Rather than thinking that it is unoriginal, we actually believe that it’s a great way to build the audience. After all, Game of Thrones works for a multitude of reasons. Here are all the similarities (and certain differences) we found:

1.Chief State Councilor Cho Hak-ju and his children are simply the Lannisters of Kingdom, and they take advantage of a king who does not know how to rule (Robert Baratheon, anyone?). Thankfully, there’s no brother-sister incest happening here. Whew.

2. In true Lannister fashion, Cho Hak-ju and the Queen (his daughter) engage in a power struggle, reminiscent of how Tywin and Cersei used to threaten each other. Like Cersei, the Queen is all about the family, but her loyalty is tested time and time again by her father’s words.







3. The death of a king triggered a chain of events that led the whole kingdom to disarray
 (While drunk, Baratheon gets speared by a wild boar, while Prince Chang’s father dies from “illness”).

4. We have rabid zombies instead of White Walkers. They seem to be much easier to kill (unless they evolve in the next season). However, the fact that they’re already knocking on doorsteps makes them more urgent. Winter has already come, friends.

5. Prince Chang is accused of wanting the throne for himself; his supporters are executed (Ned Stark is accused of usurping the throne; Winterfell pays the price.) Chang also shares a similarity with Jon Snow, since they’re both bastard sons who reluctantly rise to the challenge because the people need them to.







6. In both shows, politics is strong, secrets abound, and the rich and powerful prey on the weak. Both provide commentary on how real life is—people with no food are used like fodder to protect the “noblemen” who have more than plenty to eat. Magistrates ally themselves with the ruling family even though they know what’s right. Although Kingdom doesn’t have a Master of Whispers, the truth is still an elusive thing.

7. Almost everything bad that can happen happens. The turning point for Prince Chang was when Magistrate Cho left, and he took it upon himself to ensure the people’s safety. He wanted to be different from the traditional politicians, and even had a heartwarming moment with the children he gave slabs of meat to.  However, minutes after, the same children died because of arrows meant for him. Ugh, we can’t have nice things anymore—Oberyn’s almost victory-turned-brutal head explosion is still etched in my brain.

8. Noticeable differences: Except for the effect of the resurrection plant, magic is non-existent in Kingdom. There are also no dragons that can swoop down if all else fails. There are fewer factions for now, and the zombies don’t take forever to pose a threat (almost everyone is now aware). All the leads are still alive at the end of this season, but who knows? The spirit of George R. R. Martin’s writing might just invade Season 2.



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