The season finale of the popular Korean drama ‘Nevertheless’ has just been released, but will the hit series return for another chance at love in season 2?

The day that every Nevertheless fan has been waiting for is finally here…the season finale.

The constant conveyor belt of new Korean dramas consistently produces epic adventures, hilarious comedies, and heartfelt romance.

However, Nevertheless has felt like a particularly unique series, polarizing in both its character development and reaction from viewers.

Now, after falling in love for 10 stressful episodes, those same fans have only one important question left to answer; will we ever see Nabi and Jae-eon in a second season?

Nevertheless, | Official Trailer | Netflix

Nevertheless, | Official Trailer | Netflix

Let’s talk about Nevertheless season 2…

  • At the time of writing, Nevertheless has not been renewed for season 2 by JTBC and despite the relatively open ending and global popularity, HITC concludes that the K-drama is unlikely to return for a second love story.

Nevertheless has become one of the most popular Korean dramas on Netflix over the past few months, but the series remains unlikely to be renewed for a sequel season by JTBC; the television network broadcasting the series in South Korea.

The main reason for the pessimistic outlook is because of the domestic performance of Nevertheless in South Korea, i.e. the crucial factor in K-drama renewals.

With the season finale ratings still to be added, data from AGB Nielson reports that the series has an average national audience share of only 1.198%.

This disappointing domestic rating makes Nevertheless the lowest-performing JTBC drama in its programming block for more than two years!

For comparison, these are the average ratings for previous JTBC dramas in the same programming block – none of which have yet been renewed for season 2 either.  

  • Undercover (April – June 2021): 3.806%
  • Beyond Evil (February – April 2021): 4.716%
  • Hush (December 2020 – February 2021): 3.491%
  • More Than Friends (September – November 2020): 1.422%
  • Graceful Friends (July – September 2020): 4.259%
  • The World of the Married (March – May 2020): 18.83%
  • Itaewon Class (January – March 2020): 11.832%
  • Chocolate (November 2019 – January 2020): 4.157%

This is all in addition to the fact that the vast majority of Korean dramas are only ever intended to run for a single season. Therefore, if a sequel to Nevertheless season 1 was being planned, we would have likely heard about it from either the cast or broadcast partners already.

However, episode 10 featured a different conclusion to the Webtoon that the series is adapted from, with Nabi and Jae-eon ending up together.

This alternative ending, along with Nabi almost letting go of Jae-eon’s hand at the end, does leave the door open for a potential second season; either following Nabi and Jae-eon’s relationship going forward or her possible move to Paris.

The problem here is that the Webtoon already concluded back in 2019, meaning that an entirely original storyline would need to be created for season 2 – something that is fairly rare in most Webtoon-television adaptations.

It appears that our hopes on season 2 now rests on Nevertheless’ international broadcasting partner…Netflix.

Whilst the streaming giant doesn’t publicly release any official viewing statistics, it’s obvious that the series is incredibly popular outside Korea. At the time of writing, the K-drama is scoring an impressive 8/10 on MyDramaList with over 23,000 reviews.

Netflix predominantly purchases the distribution rights for various Korean titles, but if Nevertheless is watched by enough viewers, the streaming platform could either take the reigns themselves or encourage JTBC to renew the series for season 2 with a big enough cheque.

Since the source material from the Webtoon is now completely adapted, Netflix may also be optimistic about creating an original storyline for season 2. A second chapter in the story could see our characters continue their relationships into their mid-20’s or even a spin-off altogether – anyone up for a Sol x Jiwan-centred season 2 called ‘Notwithstanding’ or ‘Although’?

Time will tell whether the future is bright or hopeless for Nevertheless, but this article will be updated as soon as more information on season 2 is revealed: so keep checking back in!

Similar series to Nevertheless…

If you have finished Nevertheless and are looking for a similar title to fill that Nabi-shaped hole in your life, there are plenty of other series to fall in love with.

On Netflix, fans can watch Love Alarm and Navillera, both of which are excellent series that feature Song Kang (Jae-Eon) in a leading role.

Other notable titles on the streaming platform are A Love So Beautiful (2020), The King: Eternal Monarch (2020), Crash Landing on You (2019) and Secret Garden (2010).

Similar series that are not available on all international versions of Netflix include The Smile Has Left Your Eyes (2018), Cheese in the Trap (2016) and I Need Romance (2011).

Interestingly, the Webtoon’s original author, Jeongseo, also has two other series that are available to read online in English; My Boo and Happily Ever Afterwards.

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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