The relationship between a king and his son is examined in The Throne. One rainy night, the Crown Prince Sado (Yoo Ah-in) sets out with the intention of assassinating his father King Yeongjo (Song Kang-ho). Sado fails in this task and he is sentenced by his father to be locked up in a chest in the middle of the courtyard. As Sado slowly starves to death, his relationship with his father over the years is revisited.
The Throne is a period drama set within South Korea’s 18th century Joseon era. At the centre of the story is the relationship between King Yeongjo and his son Sado. Yeongjo want Sado to be his heir to the thrown, however it’s not a life that the Prince seems suited for. Over the years, the relationship between Yeongjo and Sado progressively deteriorate, leading towards the assassination attempt and death sentence that frames the story.