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Author Topic: Into the Badlands Season 3 - Creators Explain That Epic Ending  (Read 171 times)

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The showrunners, Miles Millar and Al Gough, uncover the huge takeaway from viewing their multicultural combative techniques perfect work of art.

Presently that Into the Baldlands has circulated its last scene, we sat down with its makers to take in what the huge takeaway from viewing the arrangement is, and how they felt about its really epic consummation. What do they need the gathering of people to know, and how did the arrangement change from an adjustment of an incredibly long chronicled Chinese tale from the sixteenth century? Peruse on, discover, and get down with your terrible self.

DEN OF GEEK:
Into the Badlands turned into a group piece after some time, particularly amid its first season. Was that your vision for the show from the earliest starting point?

Millar:
It was sort of an evolution...thatís something that we really sort of explored in the writersí room. There were all these characters with their own stories. It also helps with a practical sense with production because if Danielís off fighting, you need time for him to not to be shooting the drama elements of the show. It really evolved in terms of how we could actually shoot a show as complicated as Into the Badlands which was extremely complicated. So there were sort of practical reason but also a story reason as well. It was a dual approach.

How closely did you follow Journey to The West?

Millar:
That was literally just our jumping off point. We borrowed elements that we liked but, really, we liked the shape of that story ó the journey for enlightenment ó and thatís something we sort of took away. We took those elements and made them our own.

Got it. So are the characters of Pilgrim and Cressida original creations?

Gough:
Those are original creations. The only ideas we took from Journey to the West was Sunny was Tan Sanzang, M.K. was Monkey King, and Bajie was sort of a trickster character.

Miller:Yeah. I think itís really about the idea of the search for enlightenment. That really is the core idea of Journey to the West. I would say that is really it in terms of the adaptation. We took some names and some stories initially, but it bears no resemblance to the story whatsoever, actually.

What is the showís big takeaway message now that itís over? Is it the journey for enlightenment?

Millar:
It is certainly enlightenment. Following false prophets leads to nothing. Ultimately the search for enlightenment is within. That is a sense of peace...and also that life is a constant battle. That this search for enlightenment, for paradise, is elusive, and ultimately futile. That unless youíre content in your own life and in the moment, then youíll never be happy.

Many of the characters spend their time searching or preaching for the promise of paradise and happiness and all these things are defunct. So itís really that search for inner peace... I think several of the characters get to that point, but itís really a reflection on the big question of life. That sounds pretentious. But I think thatís kind of what it is.

How involved were you with the show itself on a day-to-day basis?

Millar:
We spend many, many months in Ireland. I think for us, itís a very singular show in sort of the costumes and the sets and the story, itís not a show we could ever take our hands off, so our fingers are in everything and on everything.

What was filiming the big climactic battle in "Seven Strikes as One" (the final episode) like?

Millar:
That last battle is obviously endless and it was probably ten minutes longer than it was in the show, it went on and on and on. Itís incredible in terms of the dimensions, the layers of action as our heroes battle Pilgrim and his dark-eyed ones. It was an immense task that the fight unit took on, so I think itís incredibly satisfying and uses that set to its max.

And also I think itís a very worthy conclusion for Pilgrim and our heroes. We wanted to ensure that the audience felt satisfied. Youíve watched all 32 episodes of the show in a binge watch, by the end youíd feel like you went on a journey and youíve reached your destination.

There could be journeys to come, but it still feels like a satisfying experience as a whole, that youíve really gone on a journey with these people emotionally, physically, and really had enjoyed a satisfying story that's rich, different, original, and with action thatís like nothing theyíve ever seen before. That was certainly our goal. Weíll let the audience decide if weíve succeeded.

Gough:
We really wanted to give the story an ending, but also always leave a few side doors open. That this world is going to continue in one form or another beyond the show. So I think for us, especially with Sunny and The Widow and all of the characters whoíve literally been on the journey since the first episode, itís been how do you really give them the best emotional send-off you can give them?

It was sort of an inevitable ending but it is obviously surprising and hopefully emotional. You hope the showís remembered for itís storytelling and its action and its diversity and its strong female characters. Itís a vision of the future that doesnít feel like something youíve seen before. Thatís, for us, what we hope people take away. That it was a very unique television experience.


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