Words may fail to describe just how much of a global phenomenon Money Heist became as more and more fans flocked to indulge in the Spanish crime caper.

Halloween costumes, fan pages, countdowns to new seasons – the works.

Fortunately, the fandom has finally been treated to Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area, a South Korean TV series set in the same universe as its predecessor.

While there are new characters and stories to embrace, the flavour is similar, with some welcome twists and turns to subvert certain expectations and compliment the change of location.

As the viewer is plunged into a hostage crisis in the Korean Peninsula, they’ll be hesitant to hop off the train when it arrives at the finale. So, it’s worth asking how many episodes are in Money Heist: Korea altogether.

still from Money Heist: Korea trailer, Netflix

How many episodes in Money Heist: Korea?

Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area will offer a total of 12 episodes in its first season.

The first six episodes were added to Netflix on Friday, June 24, 2022 and six more instalments will be added to the platform later. A release date of those has yet to be confirmed.

Like recent seasons of such popular shows as Better Call Saul, Ozark, and Stranger Things, Netflix has split the season into two parts. Nevertheless, audiences will find the six episodes currently available make for quite the palatable binge.

The streaming service has generally unveiled the second half of a season roughly one month or so after the previous, as of late. Taking that into consideration, we predict the second part could premiere as early as late July or early August.

Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area | Teaser Trailer | Netflix

Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area | Teaser Trailer | Netflix

Is Money Heist: Korea renewed for season 2?

No, neither Netflix nor the creators of the latest series have announced a season 2 renewal.

However, it’s arguably far too early to expect concrete renewal news; especially when the first season’s second half has yet to reach fans.

When reflecting on the success of its predecessor, on the other hand, it’s easy to envision Money Heist: Korea was intended to be a successful multi-season series, with aims of replicating the success of the original.

‘The biggest change is the set-up’

Park Hae-soo (who plays Berlin) recently sat down with Discussing Film and was asked to share some insights into Money Heist: Korea:

“With this being the Korean version, the biggest change is the set-up. It is based on Korean history and us being a divided nation. So that’s going to be something you might want to look out for in particular as you watch it, and that’s something that’s going to differentiate the Korean series from the Spanish original.”

Even from the opening episode, it’s evident the location ushers in some crucial contextual deviations from the predecessor.

As for his character, Park Hae-soo continued: “I play a character that’s North Korean and it was a new challenge for me because this is not something that’s fictional. It’s actual history for us. I paid special attention to portraying the details of what’s going on in the concentration camps in North Korea.”

He added that he wanted to do his “duty in portraying it because it is, again, history not fiction. There was a sense of responsibility.”

Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area is now streaming exclusively on Netflix.

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