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When will ‘Alchemy of Souls’ return? Season 2 in December hints at Jung So-min’s fate

With Go Yoon-jung taking over Jung So-min's character in season 2, fans hope So-min can return as another character thanks to the soul-shifting arc
UPDATED AUG 26, 2022
'Alchemy of Souls' follows the tale of Songrim mages and how assassin Naksu/Mudeok gets entangled with them (@tvn_drama/Instagram)
'Alchemy of Souls' follows the tale of Songrim mages and how assassin Naksu/Mudeok gets entangled with them (@tvn_drama/Instagram)

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA: Fans were wondering when will ‘Alchemy of Souls’ return with season 2 as the season 1 finale is only 24 hours away. While season 2 was announced mid-way, many were unsure if it would take months or even years. While K-dramas don’t usually return for a second season, the ones that do take some time like ‘Sweet Home’, ‘Love Alarm’, and ‘Squid Game’. But we are getting a season 2 for ‘Alchemy of Souls’ much sooner than expected.

On August 26, it was announced that filming for season 2 had already begun, and ‘Alchemy of Souls’ season 2 would air in December 2022 itself. With season 1 ending on August 28, K-drama fans will only have to wait for 3 months! The Hong sisters known for hit K-dramas like ‘Hotel Del Luna’ and ‘Korean Odyssey’ have created ‘Alchemy of Souls’. Starring Jung So-min as the assassin Naksu/Mudeok and Lee Jae-wook as Jang Uk, ‘Alchemy of Souls’ is a fantasy K-drama about soul-shifting and a political grapple to control this dark magic. While season 1 had 20 episodes, season 2 will have 10 episodes.

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‘Alchemy of Souls’ season 2 underway

Production revealed that the filming for ‘Alchemy of Souls’ season 2 will end as quickly as this fall. However, the rumors that Jung So-min who is being replaced by Naksu’s original actress Go Yoon-jung will not return for season 2 is yet to be clarified. Those who fell in love with the brazen but loveable portrayal of Naksu/Mudeok by Jung So-min hoped that she would still remain in season 2 as another character. Regarding this, the production cheekily replied that they could not confirm if Jung So-min will come back in season 2 as it would be a spoiler and give away the season 1 finale.


The writers shared that the story of ‘Alchemy of Souls’ was one of epic proportions and that is why they had always wanted to divide it into two parts. While season 1 focused on Songrim and Jin Mu as the antagonist, season 2 is said to move on to Seo Yul’s family. With Naksu regaining her powers and the finale hinting at her leaving Mudeok's body, it falls in line with Go Yoon-jung returning as the lead actress in season 2 as she plays the original Naksu. A report suggests that the broadcasting official of tvN claims Jung So-min was not seen filming for season 2 while another report said there was “virtually no appearance of Jung So-min.”


‘Alchemy of Souls’ final episodes 19 and 20 will air on August 27 and 28 at 9:10 pm KST (8:10 am) on tvN and Netflix.