TvN’s 2016 fantasy drama ‘Guardian: The Lonely and Great God’ became a global phenomenon during its run. Now that it is on Netflix, we think it needs a second season ASAP!
On December 2, 2016, K-drama fans were introduced to a world we had never seen before – the fascinating world of the Goblin. Kim Eun-sook’s fantasy-drama romance became the highest-rated show in the history of Korean television at the time. The show helped all its actors secure ‘Hallyu Star’ status (top actors in Korea) and become international superstars. Netflix’s ‘Guardian: The Lonely and Great God’ was the talk of the town not just during its 16-episode run but also both before and after! The series was also the subject of critical acclaim and was lauded for not just its story, script-writing, and stunning visuals but also its soulful original soundtrack. Read on to find out why we think Guardian: The Lonely and Great God show deserves a season 2.
- The spellbinding world of Goblin
- The show’s journey to becoming a pop-culture phenomenon
- Season 2: What do the makers think?
The show is about Kim Shin (Gong Yoo), who is a 939-year-old dokkaebi (goblin) and a protector of souls. He possesses supernatural abilities. During his life as a human, 900 years ago, he was the general of his brother-in-law Wang Yeo’s army, who was a Goryeo dynasty king. But the king unjustly sentenced him and his family to death after being prompted by a wicked adviser. At the time of his death, Kim Shin was cursed that he could attain salvation only when he finds his bride i.e. the only girl in this world who could actually see the sword he was killed with, piercing his chest, and remove it.
Flash-forward to 2016, Kim Shin is living his life as an immortal under the same roof as the handsome and kind-hearted Yoo Deok-hwa (Yook Sung-Jae), a conglomerate heir who comes from a family line that has served Kim Shin for generations, and an amnesiac grim reaper played by Lee Dong-Wook. However, Kim Shin’s world changes when he finally meets his legendary bride, the ever-optimistic and chirpy 19-year-old Ji Eun-Tak (Kim Go-Eun), a girl who has the unique ability to summon him by extinguishing any candle-light by blowing on it, and is one of the two missing souls the grim reaper is after.
The spellbinding world of Goblin
The show’s journey to becoming a pop-culture phenomenon
This show had it all – drama, romance, mystery, action, and, of course, a bucket full of tears. It was not one of those clichéd Korean dramas. It was gripping and managed to keep your anticipation levels high throughout the episodes.
However, the highlight of the show was most definitely the characters and the actors portraying them. Whether it was Kim Shin’s dilemma, Deok-Hwa’s charisma, the grim reaper’s realization of who he was in his human life, Eun-Tak’s tumultuous emotions when she found out what would happen to the goblin she loved so unconditionally once she removed the sword, or Sunny’s (Yoo In-na) realization of everything that was going on around her, the actors made it all seem incredibly real. The romance between both Kim Shin and Eun-Tak, as well as the grim reaper and Sunny, was heart-warming. Even though while watching the series you knew that at the very best it would have a bittersweet ending, the makers did a commendable job at giving us a satisfactory finale.
The soaring popularity of the show made the makers produce 3 special episodes with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and interviews from the cast and crew. The special episodes showed how well the cast members got along with one another off-screen and how their friendship naturally translated into stellar on-screen chemistry.
Season 2: What do the makers think?
Even though the makers are not considering making a season 2 right now, the tightly knit cast and crew have always implied that they would love to work together again. Also, fans have been waiting for a season 2 ever since the series ended in 2017. They wish to see Eun-tak and Shin living a happy life and more of the love between the grim reaper and Sunny.
There is no other Korean fantasy show that has had this kind of impact on its audiences and the Asian popular-culture. A season 2 will give fans all the happiness and mush they so deserve to watch!
Did you watch ‘Guardian: The Lonely and Great God’? Do you think it deserves a season 2?