Arthdal Chronicles Wraps Up First Two Seasons With Disappointing Ratings and Break Before Third Season Airs in September


Watching the first two seasons (12 episodes) of tvN fantasy saguek Arthdal Chronicles is like sticking with a whole lotta meh hoping for something drastic to happen to make it suddenly better. I stuck with it thinking perhaps the dull and lame stuff was just stage setting and the good stuff was imminent and I didn’t want to miss out once it arrived. And I’m sad to report it never really arrived other than the sorta twist that Song Joong Ki was playing a pair of twin male leads with very different hair styles and personalities.

I like his take on both dudes but am so put off by Kim Ji Won as the female lead, a combo of not liking her character but even more not liking her much as an actress in this drama. The better actors Jang Dong Gun and Kim Ok Bin play the antagonists so there’s not much to glom on there and root for. Ultimately the ratings low was 5.767% and high hit 7.705% with an average in the mid 6% range, super low the biggest budget K-drama of all time and such massive hype. Let’s hope the final six-episodes that make up season 3 make for a whizbang type of conclusion.