At the start of July, Netflix released the second season of its original historical series, "Marco Polo." Although the streaming platform has not announced its season 3 renewal, there are already rumors that the series will receive a cancellation instead.
According to reports, one of the major reasons why the epic series might not be returning on Netflix is because actor Benedict Wong will no longer reprise his major role as Kublai Khan. Apparently, the storyline for next season will be focusing on another character and Kublai is expected to be killed off. However, there are mixed speculations on his absence for season 3. Some sources say that the story has written off Kublai, but some sources also say that the reason behind it is because the actor decided to quit.
Wong's performance in the latest season garnered rave reviews, although the season itself got mostly negative reviews by the critics. Without Wong on the series, its chances of getting a season 3 renewal might be slim.
If season 3 is still happening and with Kublai Khan out of the picture, the character that will be getting more focus on would be the Chinese ruler Prester John. Since season 2 finale saw the fight between Prester and Kublai, the third season may start with the Chinese ruler's victory against the Mongolian leader and his rise to power.
Although Wong has not revealed or confirmed his character's death, in his previous interview with Den of Geek, he hinted the deteriorating power of the Mongolian ruler. He said, "It's a battle as I said, with the traditionalists who are not pleased with his modernisation. Moving forward, it's all about those reactions really and potentially holding elections for a new Khan. You see his power slipping away from him and it's about who he can trust, who are his allies."