Published Dec 17, 2020Out of nowhere, cult Danish director Lars von Trier has announced that he's returning to his '90s TV series The Kingdom, which will be returning for a third and final season.
Set in a seriously creepy neurosurgical ward of a Copenhagen hospital, The Kingdom — or Riget — arrived as two seasons, with the first airing in 1994 and the second in 1997. It had originally been planned to return for a third, but that never happened, partly due to the deaths of key cast members Ernst-Hugo Järegård and Kirsten Rolffes.
Now, however, von Trier will finally give us the previously promised Season 3 via Zentropa. It will come under the title The Kingdom Exodus and feature five episodes. The show is expect to arrive in 2022.
At this point, Zentropa is being pretty secretive about the details, but Season 3 will include a mix of new and returning characters
Lars von Trier has offered up a lengthy statement about The Kingdom Season 3, but it's incredibly cryptic. It reads:
Borders come in many forms; they may be lines drawn with rulers on white paper (often invisible to whoever chances to visit the actual geographical locations). The lines of the borders may be illustrative, if not to say quite fictitious and downright mean; they may be drawn in a soft, red color, practically invisible, and perhaps even as a dotted line, almost as if indicating an apology or even — shame.
Nevertheless, the lines hang there in inconceivable numbers, and together they constitute those 'territories' that the inhabitants are strong enough to defend. Entering and leaving often entail violence, for, of course, any visitor is expected to return after ending his or her business.
On Earth, "the Machine that makes everything go round (all life, that is)" is dependent on the conflicts which the lines provoke, as if by design. Whether Exodus actually means "entering" or "leaving" depends on the angle from which the border is observed, but the word simply describes a large number of individuals crossing a pencil-drawn line together. Why?….. There is an imbalance between good and evil! The limit has been reached, at least at the Kingdom…. But I cannot testify that it will be easy and bloodless to pick the seven astral locks of the world simultaneously with doctor's blood.
The original two seasons were remade by Stephen King into a U.S. version called Kingdom Hospital back in 2004.