AMC’s martial arts drama Into the Badlands has been picked up for a 10-episode second season to premiere in 2017.  Launched behind the biggest show on television, AMC’s The Walking Dead, the straight-to-series Into the Badlands delivered the third highest-rated first season in U.S. cable TV history, averaging 5.6 million viewers per episode, including 3.4 million adults 18-49, in Live+7 ratings.

“With its deep dive into authentic martial arts, the visually stunning Into the Badlands proved to be unlike anything else on television,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “Co-creators and showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar, along with a talented team of producers, cast and crew, brought us an artfully crafted series.”

With the renewal, AMC is extending its streak of every freshman scripted series getting a second-season renewal that goes back to 2013 when Low Winter Sun became only the second AMC drama not to go to Season 2, along with the 2010 Rubicon. 

Simultaneous to its U.S. launch, AMC Global will premiere season two of Into the Badlands within minutes of the U.S. broadcast. AMC Global premiered season one in 125 countries simultaneous to the AMC U.S. premiere, and the series achieved record-breaking performance in key markets. International distribution of the series will continue to be handled by Entertainment One Television.

Into the Badlands, which is owned by AMC, coming from AMC Studios, was created by showrunners/executive producers/writers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar and executive produced by Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg, director David Dobkin, fight director Stephen Fung and Daniel Wu.

Into the Badlands stars Wu as Sunny; Marton Csokas as Quinn; Aramis Knight as M.K.;  Oliver Stark as Ryder; Emily Beecham as The Widow; Orla Brady as Lydia; Sarah Bolger as Jade; Ally Ioannides as Tilda; and Madeleine Mantock as Veil.