But Hellbound has decidedly not flopped with audiences. As of the time of this writing, lower than every week following the Korean drama’s launch on Netflix, Hellbound is #5 on Netflix’s U.S. Top Ten chart and, according to FlixPatrol analytics, it’s Netflix’s #1 present globally. In its first 24 hours, the present was the world’s most watched Netflix TV sequence, in line with FlixPatrol, topping the streaming scores in additional than 80 international locations. Given these numbers and the primary season’s structure, Hellbound will virtually definitely get a second season.
Park Junga’s Return
But what’s going to that second season seem like? Presumably, will probably be pushed by the thriller surrounding the return of Park Jungja, which prompts so many follow-up questions: Will the opposite victims return too, or is Park Jungja particular? How are Jungja’s kids doing? Does Junga have reminiscences of what occurred to her between demise and rebirth? Did she play a hand in her personal resurrection? Is the miracle linked to Toughie’s survival?
That final question is maybe essentially the most attention-grabbing one to me, and the one that might drive Season 2’s story. Toughie is the primary decreed to outlive a supernatural proclamation of oncoming demise. Her survival is a miracle, nevertheless you outline that phrase. Did this miracle beget one other miracle? While there’s no purpose to imagine that Jungja’s resurrection got here proper after Toughie’s survival (in spite of everything, this present is canonically cool with time jumps), the sequence of occasions implies a connection between the 2 occasions.
Often, in tales like this one, the universe calls for stability; in different phrases, if somebody survives who isn’t “meant to,” then another person should die of their place. In Toughie’s case, each of her dad and mom died so as to preserve her alive. Thematically, there’s a connection between Park Jungja and Sohyun/Youngjae. They are all dad and mom, and good ones at that. All three of them are proven to be dedicated to their kids’s survival and nicely being above all else. Jungja agrees to have her brutal demise televised reside by the New Truth so as to be certain that her kids may have the financial resources to hold on after her demise. Heartbreakingly (and disturbingly), she calls her demise sentence the most effective factor that has ever occurred to her, as it is going to give the only mother the chance to financially present for her kids in a approach she has by no means been capable of earlier than.
Parental Love as Central Theme in Hellbound
If Park Jungja and Sohyun/Youngjae are at one finish of the good-to-bad dad and mom spectrum in Hellbound, then Jeong Jinsu’s dad and mom are on the different. We know from early in Hellbound‘s narrative that Jinsu grew up at a Catholic orphanage. In Episode 3, we get a bit more of his backstory: as a small child, he was left by his mother at a carnival, leading to his placement in the orphanage. Prior to getting a decree from an “angel,” he says he lived his life by the rules, believing that if he was good, then his mother would return for him. He is understandably angry and confused when not only does this not happen, but he is sentenced to hell in spite of his rule-abiding life—he is left to process that fear alone, seemingly without any kind of emotional support system. While Jinsu’s villainous actions are his personal, his story can be, partially, a cautionary story about what occurs when dad and mom neglect their kids, and children develop up with out love and help. Parental love can be the weapon Jinsu makes use of towards Detective Jin to make sure that the world proceed on with the New Truth in energy following his demise.
It’s not a stretch to imagine a Hellbound Season 2 would proceed to lean into the theme of parental love as a strong power for each good and unhealthy. Not solely is it a serious a part of Season 1, however additionally it is a serious theme in Yeon’s live-action function debut, Train to Busan. The 2016 movie follows emotionally neglectful dad Seo Seokwoo as he tries to avoid wasting himself and his daughter, Suan, within the aftermath of a fast-moving, lethal zombie outbreak in Korea. Ultimately, Seokwoo not solely makes the last word sacrifice for his daughter, struggling a zombie chunk within the strategy of making certain his daughter’s survival, however can be capable of struggle off the results of the virus lengthy sufficient to throw himself off of the practice that may carry Suan to relative security. Given Yeon’s curiosity within the theme, it’s doubtless that, ought to Hellbound Season 2 occur, an exploration of parental love would proceed as one of many sequence’ central themes.