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A cancelled thirteen episode drama series created by Michael Green, Kings is based on the Biblical story of King David with a modern twist. The series is heavy with symbolism and repetitive imagery and relies on more contemporary historical stories as well as biblical ones to bolster its plot lines. Set in the absolute monarchy of Gilboa, the story follows a young soldier named David, played by Christopher Egan, on the front lines in the war against the Republic of Gath. Disobeying orders he tries to go behind enemy lines to rescue a captured soldier.

In order to make the rescue, David must face a Goliath tank which he destroys with one lucky toss of an anti-tank mine. When it is revealed that the captive was Jack, the kingdom's prince played by Sebastian Stan, hapless hero David becomes the nation's new darling. The corrupt King Silas (portrayed by Ian McShane) has fallen out of favor with the people and learns that David is God's new chosen ruler. Although afraid at first, Silas decides that this is a sign that God intends for David to serve him. He takes David under his wing to keep control over him, much to the irritation of the heir Jack.

David must battle his way through court politics without being swayed by the manipulation of Silas and others. He must also contend with his unsought for rivalry with Jack and his blossoming romance with Silas' daughter Princess Michelle (played by Allison Miller) that leads unexpectedly to parenthood. Court intrigue and betrayal bring about David's imprisonment for treason at the hands of Silas only to have him return as Silas' one ally when his son and another overthrow his monarchy. The season and series concludes when a court reverend appears to David and Silas in visions confirming David's divine right as successor. David flees Gilboa and Silas, who first built up the kingdom on God's direct orders, claims that the divine presence is now his enemy.

NBC
1 Season, 12 Episodes
March 15, 2009
Drama
8.2/10
Cast: Ian McShane, Christopher Egan, Susanna Thompson, Allison Miller
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  • The season 1 finale finds Jack preparing to take over the throne. However, when Silas shows up alive, David rushes to warn him about the plot against him.

  • With Jack and David jailed for treason, Silas continues with his plot to relinquish Port Prosperity to Gath. Meanwhile, Michelle searches for a way to set David free.

  • David finds out where his true loyalties lie when he goes on trial for treason.

  • David goes on a mission to recover the Charter of Gilboa and learns new information about his dad's death. Elsewhere, Rose and Silas react differently to the news of Jack's engagement to Katrina.

  • Silas and David go to the country, where Silas reveals parts of his life outside the palace. Elsewhere, Rose tries to keep secrets about Michelle and Jack under wraps.

  • Michelle and David take advantage of a massive blackout that could endanger the royal family. Meanwhile, Jack uses the outage to camouflage his double life, and Silas must deal with a decision from his past that threatens his future.

  • While Jack (Sebastian Stan) and David (Christopher Egan) embark on a dangerous mission to Gath, King Silas (Ian McShane) acts quickly to prevent the outbreak of a deadly plague.

  • When David's brother Ethan is sentenced to death for treason, David is asked to betray King Silas to save him from the gallows.

  • Silas leverages Port Prosperity during negotiations with Gath, testing David's loyalties. Elsewhere, Gilboa's citizens rebel against Silas' decision, causing Michelle to take action, and William tries to convince Jack to disobey his father.

  • After David Shepherd saves the life of a soldier, he soon learns the soldier is Jack Benjamin, the son of King Silas Benjamin. From that point on, David's life is forever changed as the king works to thank him for saving his son's life.

  • In this special two hour premiere episode, battles between the neighboring nations of Gilboa and Gath rage. One soldier named David Shepherd, takes action when he sees prisoners of war taken. After crossing enemy lines to rescue them, he is told he just saved the king of Gilboa's son. His life forever changes in that moment.

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