The bad boys of “Into the Badlands” should know better than to ambush The Widow. In the latest teaser for the upcoming AMC series, she takes them out—with daggers, a corkscrew, fists, a bottle and her sharply pointed stiletto.
Looks like actress Emily Beecham can trade blows with any of the guys in the six-episode martial arts series debuting at 9 p.m. CT Nov. 15. The battle scene, with choreography created by fight director Stephen Fung, debuted during the latest episode of “The Walking Dead.”
As the only female baron in the Badlands, The Widow holds her own, too.
“I love The Widow because I think she’s a bit of an anarchist. She is extremely badass,” Beecham says in the clip below. “She’s manipulative and she’s a strategist. She’s very intelligent.”
The Widow (Emily Beecham) and Valentine (Ruby Lou Smith ) in “Into the Badlands.” (James Dimmock/AMC)
Emily Beecham as The Widow in AMC’s “Into the Badlands.” (James Minchin III/AMC)
The Badlands has been divided among seven rival barons who control resources such as oil and opium. They enforce their rules on the feudal society where guns have been outlawed by using personal armies of clippers, or soldiers.
The series, from writers/showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar, also stars Daniel Wu as Sunny, the deadliest of the clippers in the Badlands. He serves the most powerful baron, Quinn (Marton Csokas), who has his own ideas about Badlands—and baronial—etiquette.
“A lot of people don’t agree with the fact that she is a baron and a woman,” Beecham says, “especially Quinn.”
Neither does Quinn’s son, Ryder (Oliver Stark), who The Widow learns in the scene above was responsible for putting her on the hit list. Funny what you can learn wearing stilettos.
When Sunny meets a boy named M.K. (Aramis Knight) and realizes The Widow and Quinn want the boy, he decides to help M.K. leave the Badlands. Their attempt to escape becomes a spiritual journey across a dangerous land.
I already can tell I’m going to be wishing this first season was more than just six episodes.
Other cast members include Orla Brady as Lydia, Quinn’s wife; Sarah Bolger as Jade, Quinn’s soon-to-be second wife; Ally Ioannides as Tilda, The Widow’s top clipper; and Madeleine Mantock as Veil, Sunny’s secret girlfriend.
Gough and Millar also serve as executive producers along with Wu and Fung. Stacey Sher, Michael Shamberg and director David Dobkin also exec produce the show.