Netflix viewers have an affinity for South Korean original content and zombies; when filmmaker Lee Jae-Gyu presented both the elements under a single 12-episode series called All Of Us Are Dead, the show became an instant hit on the streaming giant, following the likes of Squid Game, Hellbound, and others.
Based on Joo Dong-Geun’s 130-episode webtoon, Now At Our School, the 12-episode series, is based in Hyosan High School, where a mysterious virus outbreak causes zombification hordes of people. This compels a group of students to fight desperately to survive against these ravenous zombies while being alienated from the outside world.
Besides chronicling a gruesome zombie apocalypse, the show also touches on various important issues like teenage conflicts, peer pressure, unnerving academic pressure, bullying, sexual assault, suicide and revenge porn against the backdrop of chaotic teenage conflicts, burgeoning love triangles, betrayal and friendship.
Brutal and heartbreaking, the series gained a lot of audience attention due to the complex character arcs. Now, Netflix has renewed the series for a second season much to the delight of fans.
Ahead of its release, here is everything we know about All Of Us Are Dead season two…
Everything we know about ‘All Of Us Are Dead’ season 2:
What happened in All Of Us Are Dead season one?
All Of Us Are Dead season one was based on a popular South Korean webtoon by Joo Dong-geun, titled Now At Our School. The series revolved around a massive zombie outbreak that takes place in Hyosan and ravages the entire population.
As the infection rapidly spreads through the high school, a group of students seek shelter in various classrooms, alienated from the rest of the world by the ravenous and grotesque zombies in between.
With no access to food, cellphones or other methods of communication, the kids are left to fend for themselves against the zombies as they fight for survival. Towards the end, one of the lead protagonists, Cheong-san makes a selfless sacrifice to save the lives of the rest of the group.
Grotesque yet heartbreaking, the series touches upon a variety of important and dark themes that plague contemporary East Asian society, namely bullying, peer pressure, sexual assault, revenge porn, suicide, unbearable academic levity and more.
How many episodes did All Of Us Are Dead season one have?
The first season of All Of Us Are Dead had 12 episodes which clocked in at just a little under or over an hour each.
Who were the cast members in All Of Us Are Dead season one?
All Of Us Are Dead season one introduced a mix of old and new actors. In the lead, Yoon Chan-young starred as Cheong San, Jo Yi-hyun as Nam Ra, Park Ji-Hu as On Jo, Park Solomon as Su Hyuk and Yoo In-soo as Gwi-nam.
The rest of the cast included Lee Kyu-hyung, Kim Byung-chul, Lee Chae-eun, Kim Jin-young, Jeon bae-soo, Shin Jae-hwi, Ahn Ji-ho and more.
Has Netflix’s All Of Us Are Dead been renewed for a second season?
On June 6th, 2022, Netflix released a teaser trailer announcing the return of All Of Us Are Dead for a second season. While a premiere date has not yet been announced, Netflix has promised that the second season will be “coming soon”.
What can we expect from All Of Us Are Dead season two?
While All of Us Are Dead was initially meant to be a limited series, filmmaker Lee Jae-gyu always envisioned a second season. He talked about how he “intentionally” left enough loopholes that will lead to the expansion of the All of Us Are Dead universe.
The introduction of the half-human half-zombie seems to be one such plot point as the director elaborated, “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.”
He said that while the “first season can be seen as having presented humanity‘s survival”, the upcoming season would probably focus on the “survival of zombies”.
While fans were left shocked by Cheong-san’s tragic sacrifice, they have since then asked the director to bring him back. While it seems most unlikely given how he was burnt to ashes, Lee has not shunned away from the prospect yet.
He said, “If Cheongsan were to come back to life, there will be some viewers who won’t accept the situation and some that will like it.” Whether that refers to a zombified Cheong-san who is unable to recognise his friends is not yet known as Lee emphasised a definite plan that he cannot share now.
The second season will also focus on Nam-ra’s survival as a half-human half-zombie and perhaps see the crew return to school once again.