Hellbound season 2: Will the South Korean drama return to Netflix?

The dark fantasy series ended on a shocking cliffhanger. **SPOILERS FOR HELLBOUND**

Kim Shin-rok as Park Jeong-ja in Hellbound

Netflix’s latest hit series from South Korea, Hellbound, has already toppled Squid Game as the current most-watched TV show on the streaming platform.

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The dystopian drama, which is based on a webtoon (recently translated into an English-language graphic novel), is set in an alternate world where supernatural creatures appear out of the blue and tell humans the date and time of their death. Shortly after, three gigantic monsters burst in from another dimension and incinerate that person on the spot.

A revelation that a mysterious force is deliberately choosing certain people to lose their lives quickly sends the world into chaos, with various unpleasant conspiracy theories taking hold, and individuals who claim to have an insight into what’s going on being elevated to messianic status.

The first season of Hellbound featured several different protagonists across its six-episode run, some of whom have scope to continue their stories in a potential second season – if Netflix decides to make one.

If you’re keen to find out more about the future of Hellbound, read on for all the details we have so far.

Will there be a Hellbound season 2?

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Netflix is yet to announce whether Hellbound will return for a second season, but there’s reason to be hopeful that the series will continue on.

Responding to questions about another series, creator Yeon Sang-ho refused to give anything away.

“The process of working with Netflix was very enjoyable on my end,” he told Variety.

“They very much agreed to and related to my creative vision, but they also created an environment where I didn’t have to think about anything else aside from focusing on my creativity in terms of distribution or when or how to release the series.

“Because Hellbound is based on the original webtoons, my partner Choi Kyu-Seok and I have decided that the story afterwards will be told first through the webtoon and, as for whether we would want to turn that into another live-action series, that’s something that we will need further discussion on.

“As you know, we have only just released Hellbound season 1 and so we didn’t have any time to discuss that issue with Netflix. So I would say this is something we need further discussion on.”

Like Squid Game before it, Hellbound has accumulated a dedicated audience all over the world, with the drama topping ratings in 80 different countries within 24 hours of premiering and toppling Squid Game as the platform’s most-watched show.

Given that Netflix is paying particularly close attention to its growing South Korean output and that Hellbound ends on a jaw-dropping cliffhanger, we wouldn’t be surprised to see it return.

Watch this space for more updates as they arrive.

Hellbound season 2 cast: Who could return?

The first season of Hellbound unfolded from the perspective of several different characters, some of whom didn’t make it to the series finale alive.

In terms of who could return for a potential follow-up, we’d say that Kim Hyun-joo is a likely candidate to reprise her role as lawyer-turned-badass Min Hye-jin, who proved herself to be a true force of nature in the final chapter.

We might also see more from Yang Ik-june as police detective Jin Kyung-hoon, who was a main character in the first three episodes of the series but disappeared halfway through, leaving his fate uncertain.

It’s a safe bet that Kim Shin-rok would reappear as Park Jeong-ja, who made a shock return at the tail-end of the finale, after being brutally murdered and banished to hell live on camera for all to see.

Her unexplained resurrection begs a lot of questions (read on for more on that).

Hellbound season 2 plot theories

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The demonic monsters make short work of an unfortunate human in Hellbound.
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The biggest question that Hellbound will have to answer in a possible second season is how Park Jeong-ja has returned from her gruesome death and condemnation at the hands of the demonic monsters rampaging across South Korea.

As we know, the New Truth’s theory that these beasts are sent by God to punish the sinful is based on no evidence whatsoever, but rather a lie dreamt up by late cult leader Jeong Jin-soo – who was himself (secretly) banished to hell.

That said, we can’t entirely rule out that the terrifying entities are satanic in nature, but if so, it’s unclear how someone such as Jeong-ja could free themselves from their grasp and return to the mortal world.

Likewise, the Hellbound ending marked the first time that someone had evaded the attack of the monsters, as parents Bae Young-jae and Song So-hyun sacrificed their lives seemingly in exchange for that of their newborn child’s, who had received the decree days after being born.

Whatever the answers end up being, one thing is certain: the hard-and-fast rules set out by the New Truth are rapidly being exposed as bogus, meaning the power dynamics in this dystopian future could soon shift drastically.

Is there a Hellbound season 2 trailer?

Unfortunately not. There’s still no confirmation that Hellbound will even return for another season on Netflix, so don’t expect to see a trailer or any other footage for quite some time.

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