Why ‘Hellbound’ Season 2 Isn’t Scheduled with Netflix Just Yet, According to Director

Hellbound has already been met with rousing success after its premiere on Netflix. The Korean drama is helmed as the next big hit for the streaming platform. Directed by Train to Busan’s Yeon Sang-ho, the K-drama left a lot of loose ends and cliffhangers fans want to see answered. According to the director, Hellbound Season 2 is not going to be scheduled anytime soon and gives a reason why.

[Spoiler alert: This article contains mild spoilers about Hellbound.]

Director Yeon Sang-ho for 'Hellbound' Season 2 Netflix talking on walkie talkie.
Director Yeon Sang-ho for ‘Hellbound’ behind-the-scenes | via Netflix

What happened during ‘Hellbound’s’ finale?

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The six-episode K-drama ended with a jaw-dropping unresolved storyline. The events lead to baby Toughie surviving the prophecy. Bae Young-jae (Park Jeong-min) and Song So-hyun (Won Jin-ah) sacrifice themselves to shield the baby from the emissaries.

The survival of a newborn baby supposedly condemned to hell changes the mindest of civilians who witnessed the event. Min Hye-jin (Kim Hyun-joo) takes the baby to a safe location with the help of a taxi driver. In a surprise twist, Park Jeong-ja’s (Kim Shin-rok) charred body comes back to life. A Hellbound Season 2 has to explore who is condemned to hell and why? Or if hell indeed does exist?

Director Yeon Sang-ho explains ‘Hellbound’ Season 2 needs to be further discussed

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Fans of the K-drama got their answer on whether or not it will receive a second season. In an interview with Variety, Yeon explains working with Netflix was an enjoyable experience. But before Hellbound became a Netflix live-action drama, it was first a webtoon and animated series. Yeon explains where the K-drama’s storyline will head next.

“Because Hellbound is based on the original webtoons, my partner Choi Kyu-seok and I have decided that the story afterward will be told first through the webtoon,” said Yeon. The decision to turn it into another live-action Hellbound Season 2 is still up for discussion.

“We have only just released “Hellbound” Season 1, and so we didn’t have any time to discuss that issue with Netflix,” explained Yeon. Fans of Hellbound will have to wait and see how Yeon and Choi continue the story online before being able to see it come to life on the small-screen again.

Where to read the ‘Hellbound’ webtoon?

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Webtoon-based K-dramas are not a rare occurrence. Popular dramas like Sweet Home, Itaewon Class, and others first came to life as illustrations and written dialogue online. Hellbound was a collaboration between Yeon and Choi and published on the Naver Webtoon site. According to Bustle, the webtoon has 55 chapters, and the K-drama covers them entirely and more.

The webtoon is being translated to English for international fans and is available to anyone through the website. According to Huffington Post Korea, Yeon and Choi plan to publish the next webtoon installment of Hellbound later in 2022.

Yeon teases Hellbound Season 2 will reveal what happened to Jung-ja and new information about the phenomenon. “[The] message of the story will align with the first one, but there will be changes in how it will be delivered,” said Yeon. The director also explains the new installment will explore more of the characters’ wrongdoings and supposed sins.