Global Korean zombie hit All of Us Are Dead is back to feast on everybody’s TV brains after Netflix renewed the series for a season 2 on the first day of Geeked Week last June 6, 2022.
All of Us Are Dead dominated the streaming giant’s Global Top 10 for weeks after its release on January 8, 2022, and the show’s zombie junkies couldn’t get enough of its deadly charm.
Fans are craving a bite of what happened after the city was razed and the strong halfbies were revealed to be chilling somewhere in the wreckage.
And most importantly, is Lee Cheong-San among the surviving halbies?
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All of Us Are Dead Season 2 Release Date
All of Us Are Dead Season 2 Release Date
Countdown to December 15, 2022 at 11:00 AM (UTC)
Since the announcement of its renewal, Netflix has yet to release news regarding the popular zombie series, especially regarding its release dates.
Though sources say that All of Us Are Dead has already entered pre-production for season 2 on July 13th, 2022.
With that, Netflix will probably drop in the new season sometime late in 2023 or early 2024.
All of Us Are Dead Season 2 Trailer
Netflix released two videos about the announcement, one being a short clip showing a zombie horde from the K-Drama’s opening sequence, followed by the title and a bloody red ‘2’.
The second video is the one above, an extended version of the first video featuring the series’ Korean stars.
It was released by The Swoon, Netflix’s Youtube channel on all K-Drama and Asian drama.
In the video, All of Us Are Dead stars Yoon Chan-young, Park Ji-hu, Lomon, and Cho Yi-hyun are sending their love to the fans.
One important detail about all these is that Yoon Chan-young, or Lee Cheong-san in the series, is in the video thanking All of Us Are Dead‘s faithful for their support.
Though that doesn’t really say something, it really SAYS something. The fan-favorite Cheong-san might still be out there.
All of Us Are Dead Story
All of Us Are Dead presents a familiar premise of zombie survival stories: high school kids trapped inside a school teeming with zombified students and teachers.
Lee Byeong-chan is a Hyosan High science teacher disgruntled by how his son Lee Jin-su gets bullied constantly by fellow student Son Myung-hwan and his cohorts.
Wishing to strengthen his meek son, Byeong-chan somehow develops a substance known as Jonah Virus.
After trying it on Jin-su, he notices that the boy is developing zombie-like symptoms.
Byeong-chan tries keeping a lid on it, but then one of the bullies, Kim Hyeon-ju, gets bitten by an infected hamster.
The infected Hyeon-ju escapes after being locked by Byeong-chan inside his lab and starts the zombie hell that upends the lives of Hyosan’s denizens.
At the center of this apocalyptic struggle are the students of Hyosan High’s Class 2–5, led by class president Choi Nam-ra, close friends Lee Cheong-san and Nam On-jo, former delinquent Lee Su-hyeok, and spoiled rich bully Lee Na-yeon.
These students, along with other stragglers hoping to survive, try to pull through and escape the school, while the authorities outside who learn of the outbreak also attempt to fix the situation.
But with a horde of bloodthirsty zombie waiting, leaving with their lives is a tall order.
All of Us Are Dead Season 2 Expectations
All of Us Are Dead, or more like Almost All of Us Are Dead.
The end of season 1 left very few survivors out of tens of thousands of Hyosan residents, and they would be thankful to just carry on and forget about what went down in the city.
K-Dramas do not easily get a second season; it’s usually a one-season deal. K-Drama fans have already gotten used to that, despite their clamor.
One example is the worldwide hit Squid Game, which received its season 2 green light last June 13, 2022.
The only difference was that Squid Game‘s writer-director, Hwang Dong-hyuk admitted that he has no initial plans for a second season.
On the other hand, All of Us Are Dead director Lee Jae Kyoo has always been open for a second season for the globally popular zombie series.
The director has already envisioned more for All of Us Are dead, stating “many directions, settings and scenes were intentionally produced to expand the story into an additional season, including the introduction of the new races of zombies — immune and immortal.”
He also hinted that If season 2 comes out, All of Us Are Dead might be more enjoyable with a more expanded story.
Netflix and the production staff can do so much with season 2 since there are still threads of plots waiting to be explored.
Like whatever happened to the halbies (or hambies in the Korean dub).
Nam-ra revealed in the last episode that there are other halfbies like her as she says her goodbyes, leaping into the night. Nam-ra will probably play a significant role in the upcoming season once more.
Another halfbie (and apparently half-cockroach, too) is Yoon Gwi-nam, who just can’t die despite being thrown down everywhere.
Powered by his hatred for Cheong-san and his mullet, Gwi-nam keeps popping right until the end, and there is a high chance a halfbie with vitality like his is still lurking around Hyosan.
And the biggest question and hope for fans is the survival of Cheong-san, who was last seen going down with Gwi-nam during the explosion.
With Nam-ra revealing the existence of more halfbies, who knows, Cheong-san might just jump out in the second season.
The announcement video also lit up the expectations of All of Us Are Dead‘s devotees, seeing Cheong-san’s actor Yoon Chan-young show up and casually greet them.
Even the actor himself wanted Cheong-san to live.
“Personally, I’d like to live. I’d like to be able to say things that I didn’t get to say,” Chan-young related.
Though he clarified that haven’t heard about what will happen next, and nothing had been decided yet.
With Gwi-nam hellbent on revenge against Cheong-san, they might have already settled their beef off-screen.
No one really knows what will happen, and there’s even a rumor circulating among Knetz about a casting call for an All of Us Are Dead season 2 set 10 years from season 1’s timeline.
These questions, plus more, will only be answered when All of Us Are Dead comes back with more neck-chomping goodness.
All of Us Are Dead News
Since Squid Game made the world fear red and green lights, Netflix cashed in on more K-Dramas.
Countless Netflix viewers devoured the series with a whopping 474.26 million hours in its first 30 days in the streaming service.
The series is written by Chun Sung-il based on the renowned webtoon Now at Our School (Jigeum Woori Hakkyoneun) by Joo Dong-Geun, which ran from 2009 to 2011.
It took more than a decade for it to be given life on TV, though it came as a digital release.
The series will be called All of Us Are Dead, with Film Monster, a JBTC Studios subsidiary, and Kim Jong-hak Production credited for production.
Korea is known for memorable representatives of the zombie-horror genre, one being the 2016 smash movie hit Train To Busan.
Another is Netflix’s first Korean original, the 2019 period horror Kingdom.
The following months after the April announcement, All of Us Are Dead held casting calls and enlisted relatively unknown young actors and actresses.
Director Jae Kyoo believed that hiring such cast members “would add to the immersion of the series.”
Though temporarily delayed in 2020 due to COVID, the filming continued until Netflix streamed All of Us Are Dead worldwide on January 28, 2022.
With the success and clamor it generated, a second season was almost guaranteed, just like what happened to Squid Game.
Two months after its release, rumors about its continuation had already started circulating.
One notable report was from small-screen.co.uk, which revealed on March 21, 2022, that a new season was already in the works at Netflix.
The anticipation simmered until Netflix finally announced All of Us Are Dead‘s continuation during Geeked Week last June 6, 2022.