Last week, Netflix launched their latest original Korean drama ‘Hellbound’, but has the supernatural thriller series already been confirmed for season 2?
It was a busy weekend for many Netflix fans, who were streaming Tiger King season 2, Arcane Act Three and Cowboy Bebop all at once.
However, one title that should definitely be added to your watch-list is the fantastic Korean drama, Hellbound.
The new K-drama premiered around the world on November 19th, but as with any Netflix release, many fans quickly binged the entire six-episode series.
So, has Hellbound been renewed for season 2 by Netflix and what date could it potentially release worldwide?
Has Hellbound season 2 been confirmed?
At the time of writing, Hellbound season 2 has not been confirmed by either Climax Studio (the production company behind the series) or Netflix.
However, fans should not be too concerned by the lack of official information, the streaming giant makes a habit of waiting several weeks before making any type of announcement on renewals. The good news is that season 2 is definitely set up by the dramatic finale in episode 6.
When Min Hey-Jin escapes the New Truth with the baby, it appeared that the main narrative would wrap itself up with the world finding out that the decree can be given without any ‘original sin’.
Nevertheless, the screen fades to black as we return to Park Jung-Ja’s home, the location of the first livestreamed demonstration from episode three. Smoke and dust fill the room once again as the incinerated remains of Mrs Park start to regenerate…she awakens naked on the floor, seemingly returned from hell.
So, the storyline in Hellbound is set up to continue into a second season but as is the case with all Netflix original titles, any renewal is entirely dependent on how many people watch the series.
Hellbound season 1 ratings…
Unfortunately, Netflix does not publicly release their official viewership numbers for original titles, making it difficult to gauge how popular a particular show or movie is on the platform.
However, the platform does reveal weekly scores for their titles, spearheaded by their new Top 10 website. Here, Netflix reveals that the Korean series did rank in the Top 10 series of the week, and has been watched by users for over 43,480,000 hours!
“I started just thinking of watching one episode and perhaps leave the rest for a later time. Instead, I ended up binge watching the whole series. The story line, suspenses and gore are gripping and will leave you numb at times. Nevertheless, it’s a brilliant series and can’t wait for S2.” – User ‘tezzjoseph’ via IMDB.
Favourable reviews are also coming in from critics, with Digital Spy giving Hellbound season 1 a solid 4/5 stars and arguing that there is “more ground left to cover” if Netflix does decide to continue production.
Similar opinions are echoed by Decider, who states that despite a “slow and disjointed” opening, Hellbound “sets up an interesting story that could go just about anywhere.”
So, assuming that Hellbound is watched by enough households and is renewed for season 2, when could the Korean drama return to Netflix?
Hellbound season 2: Potential release date…
As Hellbound season 2 has not been officially confirmed, a targeted release date has not been shared by either Netflix or the showrunners. However, we can make some predictions based on the production timeline for the first instalment.
Whilst the series is an adaptation of a popular Webtoon, the Netflix show takes some liberties and adds in countless scenes for added context.
This means that the problem with predicting a potential release date for season 2 is that we don’t know if the production team have already drafted a storyline for the next chapter in the Hellbound story.
Assuming that Netflix will greenlight season 2 and that work on the potential story can start in the next few months, fans could see Hellbound return to Netflix as soon as October 2022.
A quick review of Hellbound…
As part of the promotional campaign, Hellbound was built as this supernatural thriller series with many fans assuming that the K-drama would focus on the horrific monsters and where they came from.
However, Hellbound takes a different approach and tells the story of those people affected; whether it’s the victims, the sceptics or those who have formed a cult-like religious group, the New Truth.
This is where the Korean series shines: when it shows humanities reaction and rather inhumane response to these monsters, rather than the creatures themselves.
In this manner, the entire cast is superb – especially Yoo Ah-In as leader of New Truth Jung Jin-Soo and Kim Hyun-Joo as Min Hey-Jin.
The only negative in Hellbound was the untimely demise of Jung Jin-Soo, who is dragged down to hell halfway through the series.
This character was both terrific and terrifying throughout the opening arc as the religious activist, but there was definitely something missing from the final few episodes following Jin-Soo’s death.
Personally, I would have loved to see Jin-Soo be the main ‘villain’ for the entire series and become some type of global religious icon, rather than an activist who many people had forgotten about by episode 6.
Overall, Hellbound is a fantastic series that is filled with emotion, suspense and horror; it should rank as one of the best K-dramas of 2021 by the end of the year.
This article will be updated as soon as more information on Hellbound season 2 is shared by official sources.
By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]
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