Asterix & Obelix: The Middle Kingdom Ending Explained (In Detail)

By Emma Vine
Published: May 20, 2023 (Last updated: December 14, 2023)
Asterix & Obelix: The Middle Kingdom Ending Explained

We discuss the ending of the 2023 Netflix film Asterix & Obelix: The Middle Kingdom, which will contain spoilers.

Though there have been many adaptations of the cartoon Asterix and Obelix since its first comic book release in 1959, it remains iconic sixty-three years later, grabbing the attention of filmmakers who are eager to explore the characters further.

The most recent iteration, Asterix & Obelix: The Middle Kingdom, directed by Guillaume Canet, takes the iconic duo all the way to China, as they help a princess and her mother save their kingdom from being conquered by the gluttonous Caesar.

Asterix & Obelix: The Middle Kingdom Ending Explained

What visions does Master Still unveil when looking into the magic ball?

Through his visions, Master Still sees Princess Sa See’s mother, The Empress, being held prisoner in a temple at an unknown location in the forest.

Still voices that as soon as they find her and can set her free, it is vital they hurry to the Ku Koo Palace to speak with Prince Ku Koo before Caesar can take control of the last kingdom.

What happens after The Empress is set free from the temple?

After Asterix, Obelix, Ka Ra Tay, and Princess Sa See find the temple The Empress is being held captive in, Ka Ra Tay uses her physical agility skills to climb up the mountain and enter the temple to rescue her. Once freed, The Empress hugs her daughter and thanks the Gauls for helping her escape. She then insists the group split up, with her and Ka Ra Tay seeking out their own army to help save the kingdom and for Princess Sa See to travel to the Ku Koos to enlist their support in saving the land. Before Ka Ra Tay leaves, she says goodbye to Obelix, and it’s made apparent that the two have fallen in love.

Does Princess Sa See recruit the Ku Koos as part of her army?

After Princess Sa See arrives at Ku Koo Palace, she meets Prince Ku Koo, who, as warned by Master Still, is wearing a menacing mask. However, once it is removed, a long-haired, well-mannered Prince Ku Koo is revealed, who promises Princess Sa See that she has the support of the Ku Koos. Princess Sa See and Prince Ku Koo are attracted to one another, much to Asterix’s dismay, as he has a thing for the Princess.

What’s the outcome of the battle between the Ku Koos and Caesar’s men?

After Princess Sa See comes face to face with Caesar’s men who are waiting outside of the Ku Koo Palace, he asks her how many troops she has, to which she answers ten thousand. The number goes up after Asterix, Obelix, and some of the other Gauls also volunteer to fight her corner.

Caesar insists he has eighty-thousand, and we see an army of men behind him, ready for battle.

Does The Empress of China keep her kingdom?

Yes, The Empress of China does get to keep her kingdom. Just as the Ku Koos are cornered and appear outnumbered by Caesar’s men, The Empress returns with one million army members. This unexpected development pushes Caesar to surrender, and he leaves immediately, insisting that he must return to Rome.

Once the Ku Koos celebrate their win, the Gauls return to their village, where they celebrate with China. Panacea confronts Obelix and asks if the rumors about his romance with Ka Ra Tay are true. He then tells Panacea that he isn’t interested in pursuing a romance with her, and after that, he dances with Ka Ra Tay. In the closing scene, he tells Asterix that Ka Ra Tay has returned to China as she has a lot of work to take care of in the palace. Asterix then asks Obelix if he wants a feast for the road, and as the two eat, they share a hug.

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