WonderCon 2018: Alfred Gough On The Unique Influences of Into The Badlands

During a roundtable interview with the stars and co-creator of AMC’s Into The Badlands at this year’s WonderCon, Alfred Gough discussed the world of the series, what the influences were, and what was important in bringing the post-apocalyptic world to life and making it stand out from other dystopian media.

Gough had an interesting answer to our question, “I’ll tell you what our influences weren’t, not Mad Max, not Blade Runner, ’cause both of those movies came out in 1982 and they have influences post-apocalyptic world-building for the last 35-40 years.”

Instead of going with the usual fodder for dystopian futures, Gough said what they really leaned towards were, “Sergio Leone, Chinese cinema, historical cinema, and Japanese samurai films, so I think that’s why the world has a lot of color in it.”

The importance of color is something that shines through in the series, and Gough went on to stress that importance, “We didn’t want to be Book of Eli, we didn’t want to be, frankly, every other post-apocalyptic show (or movie) that you see.”

To see the unique and beautiful world of AMC’s Into the Badlands, catch the third season premier on April 22 @10pm. 

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