Why is ‘Alchemy of Souls’ going on hiatus? K-drama to pull a ‘Stranger Things’ and re-edit

K-drama fans wonder if the re-edits will allow female lead Jung So-min to return in season 2 as another character


                            Why is ‘Alchemy of Souls’ going on hiatus? K-drama to pull a ‘Stranger Things’ and re-edit
Fans had first been disheartened when it was announced actress Jung So-min would be replaced in season 2 (@tvn_drama/Instagram)
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Fans were first shocked when the Duffer Brothers confirmed that they were indeed re-editing past ‘Stranger Things’ episodes after they had already aired so as to get rid of loopholes and moments that had disappointed fans. Well, it looks like it is about to become a trend, as now even the K-drama industry is taking a page from their playbook. The ongoing hit drama ‘Alchemy of Souls’ will be going on hiatus 2 weeks before its finale so that the producers can make it better.

‘Alchemy of Souls’ is the next big K-drama of summer 2022 along with hits like ‘Adamas’ and ‘Extraordinary Attorney Woo’. It was approved to have 20 episodes, longer than most 16-episode K-dramas. On top of it, before it had even aired, the producers shared that season 2 had been confirmed. Its immense success was already palpable as even Netflix acquired it to distribute it overseas for international viewers. Well, now that we are in the second half of the storyline which focuses on the Jin family, it seems that ‘Alchemy of Souls’ will be making some changes.

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‘Alchemy of Souls’ to go on hiatus

On August 4, it was announced that the K-drama will be going on a one-week hiatus. The broadcasting company tvN revealed that episodes 15 and 16 will air in the coming week which is on August 6 and 7. However, after that, there will be a break. Instead, on August 13, tvN will air a highlight episode that will give viewers a quick recap of everything that has gone down from the premiere till episode 16. On August 14, we will then get a special broadcast from the cast of ‘Alchemy of Souls’.

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‘Alchemy of Souls’ will be going on hiatus so that the remaining unaired episodes can be re-edited “to improve the quality of the second half,” according to the production. Fans feel that there are a lot of fan theories or expectations circulating regarding the ending of the K-drama that must have caught the creators’ eye. While Jung So-min became an instant favorite as the female lead Nak-su/Mu-deok, she has been replaced in season 2 by Go Yoon-jung who played the original Nak-su. Fans are hoping that the new changes will allow So-min to return in season 2. 

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‘So-min for season 2’

Fans left comments like, “It is okay as long as happy ending for mudeuk and jang uk. also Jong so min for season 2. Please.” Another wondered, “I believe because of Jung so min’s popularity they’ll revise the last 2 episodes of part 1 to enhance and include her as one of the main characters in part 2.” One viewer guessed, “It might be for CGI effects because editing does take a long time. So maybe something major happens in the next few episodes so it’s taking extra long…? ‘Enhance level of completion for the second half’.” Another joked, “They either effed something up or they are planning to eff something up lol.”

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‘Alchemy of Souls’ airs every Saturday and Sunday at 9:10 pm KST (8:10 am ET) on tvN and Netflix.