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What is the meaning of Kaos, Netflix’s mysterious Greek mythology series?

Mafalda Costa September 7, 2021
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In 2018, Netflix announced it had ordered Greek mythology series Kaos from creator-writer Charlie Covell, who was behind the streamer’s The End Of The F***ing World. But what is the meaning of Kaos?

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Kaos on Netflix

In 2018, Netflix announced it had ordered Kaos, a ten-episode “darkly comic reimagining of Greek mythology” from creator-writer Charlie Covell, who was behind the streamer’s The End Of The F***ing World.

According to the Observer, the contemporary take on mythological material will explore themes of gender, politics, power and life in the underworld – a cross between Percy Jackson, Game Of Thrones and Shameless, which has fans buzzing with excitement.

The show’s plot remains vague but we do know star-crossed lovers Orpheus and Eurydice, from the Greek myth about a musician who rescues his wife from the underworld only to lose her again, have been nominally confirmed as characters.

However, as Charlie Covell explained to the Radio Times, it’s highly likely Hades, king of the underworld in Greek myth, will figure too.

The same can be said for major Greek deities Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Athena, Apollo, Ares, Aphrodite and Hermes.

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As for Kaos’ casting, there’s no information about who will feature in the series at the time of writing.

Given the show is a British production, it’s possible it will favour Brit stars as opposed to American ones.

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When is Kaos coming to Netflix?

The journey of Kaos to screens has been a rocky one.

Although the series’ creator suggested Kaos would land on Netflix in 2021, the pandemic speed-bump has slowed UK production for the better part of a year.

Kaos did eventually get an official Netflix details page set up, but no more official production info has been shared since, nor has any news emerged on the state of the shoot.

But considering Netflix was confident enough to set up an official page for it, we can feel reasonably safe betting on a release some time in 2022.

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What is the meaning of Kaos?

Kaos comes from the Ancient Greek “kháos” or “cháos” (χάος).

It means disorder, mess. Kaos is also the origin of the modern English word “chaos”.

Kaos can also refer to the first of the primordial gods to emerge at the dawn of creation.

According to Theoi Project, Kaos was the lower atmosphere that surrounded the earth – the invisible air and the gloom of fog and mist.

As the goddess of the air, Kaos was also the mother of birds.

Late classical authors redefined Kaos as the chaotic mix of elements that existed in the primordial universe.

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Mafalda Costa is a second year BA Journalism student originally from Portugal. Her main passions if life are music, arts and culture, while she's particularly knowledgable on cinema and anime.