Seldom has any South Korean Netflix Original series has gained exponential popularity tantamount to that of Squid Game. However, All of Us Are Dead is an exception. Based on the webtoon Now at Our School by Joo Dong-geun, the zombie horror has been written by Chun Sung-il and directed by Lee Jae Gyoo, who is popular for his works like Trap, King2Hearts, and Intimate Strangers.
Ever since the popular zombie-horror series was renewed for a second season back in June 2022, everyone is madly anticipating streaming the latest season on their screens. For those unversed, All of Us Are Dead follows the repercussions of a failed science experiment by Hyosan High science teacher Lee Byeong-chan
The said experiment led to the emergence of a mysterious virus that transforms humans into zombies which began spreading across the school as well as the entire city. In order to prevent it from spreading further, the authorities announced a state of emergency, and the city was placed under lockdown. However, during this announcement, a group of students trapped in Hyosan High, who now must unite to survive the zombie outbreak.
The official synopsis of All of Us Are Dead reads:
“A high school becomes ground zero for a zombie virus outbreak. Trapped students must fight their way out or turn into one of the rabid infected.”
The series features Yoon Chan-young, Park Ji-hu, Cho Yi-hyun, Park Solomon (Lomon), Yoo In-soo, Lee Yoo-mi, Kim Byung-chul, Jeon Bae-soo, Lee Kyu-hyung, Im Jae-hyeok, Ha Seung-ri, Lee Eun-saem, and many others.
When will All of Us Are Dead season 2 be released on Netflix?
At the time of writing, it’s difficult to predict when the latest installment will be released on Netflix since we don’t know for certain when the production started or if the production has actually started or not. Be that as it may, we know for sure that All of Us Are Dead season 2 will not arrive on Netflix in July 2023 since it is not enlisted in the litany of the shows and movies scheduled under the July lineup for release on Netflix. However, since the assumption that the filming started in September 2022 has proven to be mendacious, we expect All of Us Are Dead season 2 to be released on Netflix in late 2024. However, this is just our assumption. You have the full liberty to take it with a grain of salt.
What can we expect to happen in All of Us Are Dead season 2?
Unlike the plethora of fans who are deeply anticipating a second season, some critics find there is no real need for producing All of Us Are Dead Season 2. That’s because, in season 1, only a few students survived Hyosan High School while a majority of people were turned into zombies, and they, in turn, were strategically bombed by the Korean military. These few survivors are now living in a refugee camp, waiting for the military’s cue to return home safely.
Unless the new season begins with a new outbreak, or the season magnifies on Nam-Ra, who interestingly did not succumb to the virus even after being infected by it. She was not only able to stay human but also gain new strength and endurance after being infected by the virus.
The new season could focus more on zombie hybrids like Nam-Ra, with questionable identities that can counteract anytime in the series.
In addition to that, before All of Us Are Dead was renewed for a second season, director Lee Jae-kyoo mentioned in an interview with The Korea Herald that he wanted to create a second season of this zombie series. He said, “If the first season can be seen as having presented humanity‘s survival, the next season can talk about the survival of zombies.”
Since the Korean zombie thriller is inspired by the webtoon, we can expect the unexplored plot arcs to be foregrounded in the upcoming installment. However, director Lee Jae-kyoo mentioned earlier that he has already made key changes in the series as compared to the webtoon. So, looking toward the text for season 2 predictions might not be prudent for us.
The director said (via the Korea Herald), “I think the level of expression in a webtoon is very different from that in a film or drama series. In trying to make our series enjoyable to wide range of people, I definitely refined some characters and made them look less violent and murderous, including Gwi-nam and Na-yeon.”
“It has been more than 30 years since I graduated high school. The original webtoon series began in 2009. I think 10 years is enough time for everything around us to change. I carefully monitored the expressions and behaviors of high school students today, though it was not easy,” Lee said.
“Some actions and expressions of today’s students were very difficult to comprehend with the mind of an adult. We carefully communicated with the actors, who were high school students themselves, to confirm these parts,” he explained.
He added further, “The origin of [the] zombie virus was introduced in the series as an attempt to highlight the people who take responsibility and those who do not when an event, such as school violence, occurs. Though it is another zombie action thriller, I thought the series provides the viewers with a chance to think about what kind of people they are.”
What is the production status of All of Us Are Dead season 2?
At the time of writing, the second season of the South Korean Netflix Original zombie horror series appears to be in the production stage. As per the photos shared on Twitter, the cast and crew were first spotted to be shooting the second season in September 2022. Be that as it may, we don’t know when the production actually started. Later in October 2022, a fan shared a TikTok video that showcased the cast and crew still filming.
The video showed some people acting like zombies while others were running away. Interestingly, it’s of paramount significance to note that neither the streaming giant nor the creative team has disclosed that the show has begun filming. Unfortunately, Park Ji-hu, in conversation with Teen Vogue, revealed in March 2023 that All of Us Are Dead season 2 has not started filming yet. This opens up the possibility that the videos shot could be a part of another project.
The first season has reportedly taken eight months to film. Be that as it may, it was temporarily suspended due to the pandemic. Once the production was wrapped, it took 11 months for the first season to make its way to Netflix. If the production of the second season does not begin in September 2022, the release schedule for the show is presumed to be pushed back even further.
Who are the cast members of All of Us Are Dead season 2?
Currently, Netflix has not confirmed who will return in All of Us Are Dead season 2. Be that as it may, we expect On-jo (Park Ji-hu), Su-hyeok (Lomon), Hyo-ryeong (Kim Bo-yoon), Dae-su (Im Jae-hyuk), Ha-ri (Ha Seung-ri), and Mi-jin (Lee Eun-saem) to be back in the second season as well. In addition to these names, we also expect Cho Yi-hyun to reprise her role as Nam-ra. Hopefully, if Cheong-san (Yoon Chan-young) survived the bombing, he would also be back in the second season. Besides these returning cast members, we expect some new cast additions too.
In conversation with Soompi, Yoon discussed the fate of his character, explaining, “I was actually asked about whether Cheong San died or not in another interview recently. To be honest, I don’t know. I haven’t heard about what happens next, and nothing has been decided yet. Personally, I’d like to live. I’d like to be able to say things that I didn’t get to say.”
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How many episodes will be there in All of Us Are Dead Season 2?
At the time of writing this article, the official streamer has not revealed the exact number of episodes constituted in season 2. Based upon its previous season, we expect the second season to also constitute 12 episodes, each having an average runtime of approximately 50 minutes.
2. Will All of Us Are Dead Season 2 be rated TV-MA?
Currently, no official information has been released regarding the age ratings of the season. Nevertheless, we expect it to have a TV-MA rating like its predecessor.
3. Is All of Us Are Dead based on a book?
The South Korean Netflix thriller is based on a titular Naver webtoon by Joo Dong-guen, which was published between 2009 and 2011.
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