Netflix has only just launched their latest Korean drama series, My Name, but binge-watching fans are already desperate to know about season 2.
Following Squid Game’s global success, there was understandably a lot of attention being directed towards Netflix’s library of Korean content and their latest project, ‘My Name’.
Thankfully, the series did not disappoint in the slightest, delivering an action-packed, adrenaline-filled thrill ride from start to finish.
The series only launched on October 15th, but countless fans around the world have already binged the entire 8-episode season, leading many to question what the future holds with season 2?
Has My Name been renewed for season 2?
At the time of writing, My Name has not been renewed for season 2 by either Netflix or Studio Santa Claus Entertainment, the production company behind the epic K-drama.
Whilst we may not have an official word on My Name’s future, it is highly unlikely that the series will return for a second ass-kicking instalment.
On the one hand, the series is arguably popular enough with fans to merit a second season. Netflix may not reveal their official viewership statistics, but My Name is currently scoring an impressive 8.1/10 on IMDB, 93% on AsianWiki and 8.6/10 on MyDramaList.
However, the main reason for our pessimistic outlook is the fact that the episode 8 finale all-but tied up the series’ fantastic storyline.
Granted Jiwoo, a.k.a. Corporal Oh, is still on the run from the police, but she has killed Choi Mu-Jin and left the entire Dongcheon organisation in ruins.
The entire plot of the series was for Jiwoo to get revenge for her father’s murder and to resolve the mystery surrounding his death; both of which she accomplished by the season finale.
Even as a hypothetical, if a second season was being planned by Studio Santa Claus Entertainment, there would have been some type of hint given in the final few scenes.
However, five of the seven main characters are now confirmed dead (Mu-jin, Pil-do, Tau-ju, Gang-jee and Dong-hoon), with the only remaining ones being Jiwoo and Captain Cha Gi-Ho.
Gi-Ho ended his story by siding with Jiwoo, he certainly won’t make a deal about chasing our protagonist down, and the rest of the Narcotics team arguably weren’t prevalent enough to merit being the main ‘antagonist’ in a second season. Therefore, there is no reason for a second season to be produced; the story has concluded itself in a brilliant finale anyway.
This is also all in addition to the fact that the vast majority of Korean dramas are only ever designed to be one-season broadcasts. On the special occasion a K-drama does return for a second season, it is either announced publicly beforehand, or essentially confirmed with a cliff-hanger ending – neither of which feature in My Name.
Overall, it would be a shock, but a welcomed one if My Name season 2 was confirmed by Netflix and Studio Santa Claus Entertainment. If the series was renewed, considering the extremely fast production schedule, a second season would likely release in Fall 2022.
However, as previously mentioned, neither the production team nor the episode 8 finale hinted at a second season enough for a renewal to be expected.
This article will be updated if more information is shared by either Netflix or Studio Santa Claus Entertainment.
Is there enough fan demand for season 2?
Of course, with any television series being streamed on Netflix, it’s the numbers that truly matter. That is, the number of households that stream a title and generate money in Netflix’s already-deep pockets.
This means that series always have the chance to receive a greenlight for season 2, even if they aren’t Netflix original productions like My Name. As previously mentioned, the streaming giant doesn’t reveal viewership statistics for individual titles, meaning only they know how the K-drama has performed internationally.
However, a quick scan through either the public reviews on MyDramaList or your Twitter news-feed will reveal that countless fans are desperate for My Name season 2.
“This is a must watch series for you if you are a thriller/action genere fan. Series is filled with action sequences. Another big positive of this series is the music , just awesome.” – Pavan, via MyDramaList.
As noted by Forbes, the success of Squid Game gives My Name fans hope that it could become the next global mega-series: achieve anywhere near those numbers, and the production company may be swayed into a part 2.
By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]
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