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Jo Seung-woo confirms second season of Forest of Secrets

After two years of much anticipation, hit 2017 legal thriller Forest of Secrets (a.k.a. Stranger) has officially started casting for its second season. The story from season one was about a prosecutor who had a crucial surgery on his brain in childhood that left him unable to feel emotions. He partners up with a righteous, warm cop, and they begin to pursue a murder case that leads them right back to the door of the prosecutorial organization.

For season two, it has been announced that writer Lee Soo-yeon from season one will be returning to write the script, but the director has been changed from Ahn Gil-ho to Park Hyun-seok (Dance Sports Girls, Uncontrollably Fond).

Additionally, according to his agency, Jo Seung-woo (Life), who starred in the first season as an emotionless prosecutor, will be reprising his role as Hwang Shi-mok. Currently, his co-star Bae Doo-na (Kingdom), who played his partner, Detective Han Yeo-jin, has been offered her role again, but she has yet to confirm.

The ratings for Forest of Secrets were amazing, beginning with 3.041% and rising to 6.568% according to the Nielson Korea system. It also won all kinds of awards including the Daesang at the 2018 Baeksang Arts Awards and the 2017 Seoul Awards. So there are high hopes for season two.

As of yet, the production is still in fetal stages, so no time slot on tvN for season two has been decided. But if anyone wants to gear up for the next season, Forest of Secrets’s season one is still on Netflix to binge watch (check for it under the title Stranger).

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omg omg omg omg omg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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So we can expect 200+ comments in each recap.

>beginning with 3.041% and rising to 6.568%
What was the final rating? Its too low for a show that won applause from critiques.

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2017 was the year of terrible ratings a lot of tVn dramas didn't do well, the dramas before secret forest did terribly (i.e tomorrow with you, chicago typewriter) so it was the first drama to break out of the bad ratings and actually rise.

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Are you sure you're replying to anothernicole's comment? Why are you suddenly complaining about the number of comments on FoS posts, when all she said was omg omg!!!

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Yeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah
Yes, I've lost all maturity with this news...

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I'm kinda worried with the director change. Hope we can at least get the same cast from season 1. I can't picture Forest Of Secrets without Lee Jong Hyuk and Bae Doona.
Is it too much to hope for a plot twist where Eun Soo is still alive? u_u

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Lee Jong Hyuk also confirmed also adding Yoon Se Ah in the cast!

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just saw that!! so super excited. (here's a link if anyone else is obsessing as much as i am right now: https://www.soompi.com/article/1349838wpp/tvns-forest-of-secrets-confirmed-for-season-2)

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Thanks!

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Yoon Se Ah 😍😍
She was my favorite in Sky Castle. So glad to have her in FoS.

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Her staredown with Bae Doona at the dinner table will always be one of my favorite scenes.

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Meanwhile, Ahn Gil-ho has done an AMAZING job on Watcher, which is exactly the show for a FoS fan. Watch iittttttt!

*obsessed with Watcher*
*wants Season 2*

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Lool I stayed away from Watcher because it seemed like a dark show (and it is not really my cup of tea) but if it is anything close to FoS, I'll give it a try for sure!

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@saya Can I take this to mean that you think FoS2 will be in good hands with Ahn Gil-ho?

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But he is gone, no?

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@mina ohhh i see. i misunderstood. got it now --thanks <3

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Noo Eun Soo already dead, face that.
Lol I'm typing while wishing another plot twist where Lee Chang-Joon still alive instead.

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Yeeesssss! Please say yes, Bae Doo-na! Pretty pleaaaseeee!!!!

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When you've had a tough day and then you get read this news in the evening... Totally worth it ❤️

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YES WEASEL IS COMING BACK TOO!!!

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I KNOW! IT'S WONDERFUL NEWS.

Still waiting for Bae Doona though.

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I'm so excited! Thank goodness the writer and Jo Seung-woo are back for sure. But I'll be super sad if Bae Doo-na doesn't come back too. Don't break up the team!

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I am going to miss Yoo Jae-myung and Shin Hye-sun.
I hope Bae Doo-na will sign on because I don't want to miss too many people from the first season. I love them all.

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Everybody is hoping for BDN and I'm over here sniffing that it will not be the same without YJM 😢

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I will pause my glee for a moment to share a sniffle with you re: this. 😢 No one will ever compare with YJM in FoS1...I wish I had had the time to do a theme-of-the-month post on him when we covered villains. So much of the intrigue of that show was due to his extraordinary performance. I hope they can find someone to carry the strong-villain tradition, but even so, YJM will be muchly missed.

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EXACTLY. Agree with every word.

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Agree with this. Although, if you can find a way to get a story out there, I would greatly appreciate it. I don't think Lee Chang joon don't get his due as a true villain. We have seen in programs what villains are packaged to be and he did not fit the mold. Looking back, I should have been paying more attention.

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His role was what I had been wishing to see in a show for many years. I kept holding my excitement down because I didn't dare hope it would actually happen at last.
And when it did... I was so so happy that I basically don't remember much about the good guys.

I should add that is very rare for me. I almost never prefer the villain to the good guys.

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Yes I miss Lee Chang-Joon so much oh my God

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is this for real??!! I can't believe it!!!! please be good~~~~

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I am not going in with the expectation of it being even close to what we witnessed in the 1st season. That was perfection and will never be duplicated.

I know that this will not be a trainwreck so there is that. This will be fine.

And yes it's real. They are talking 1st half of 2020. It will be here before you know it.

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I've been disappointed by lots of Season 2s but seeing that Jo Seung-woo has signed on, my hopes are up again. 2020 here I come!

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I am honestly hoping that these actors wouldn't sign on for a season 2 if they didn't think it had the potential to be very good. I agree with @larelle79 that it can't really come close to season 1...there was a degree of perfection there that I can't imagine a match for. BUT it can still be excellent, and I have high hopes knowing that it's this writer and so much of the same cast.

(All those hopes can shimmy on down the drain if BDN doesn't come along, though)

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Let's pray that she does! Can't imagine what it'll be like without her.

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Happy for everyone who has been wanting this.

Season 1 was just okay for me, but I love Bae Doona and will watch if she signs on.

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I screamed when I saw this. Such a perfect drama. Ahhhhhh, I can't wait.

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I'm still waiting for Signal >_<

Otherwise, I'm happy. JSW was so good in this role! I hope BDN will say yes :) I will miss some actors from the season 1 like Yoo Jae-Myung and Lee Kyu-Hyung.

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OMG, that show was everything back in 2017! I loved all the characters. I even missed the theme song of it :)

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I still listen to the theme song on YouTube at least once a week! I’m obsessed with this show.

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Same writer, different director is a worry. I remember what happened to Mystery Queen and Neighborhood Lawyer when they changed the production team. If they keep the Jo Seung-woo character the same it should be OK -- he was not only interesting but calming to the viewer. I liked that lack of emotion.

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I was trying not to think of MQ2. Why would you jinx it, kellie? T___T Whyyyyyy

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i was worried about this, too, but (see above) it seems like this director might be a good fit for the show?

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He sounds like a good fit.

(Butttt remember MQ2's director also directed Chief Kim which was hilarious, but but but...)

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oh that's right. ugh.

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What is MQ2?

*There was no MQ2 she mumbles bitterly to herself*

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🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉!!!!

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I just watched Season 1 on Netflix recently and loved it, so looking forward to this!

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Yayyyy great news! I really hope Bae Doona comes back too.

I'm glad the writer is the same, but a bit bummed the director is different. Ahn Gil Ho directed the recent kdrama Watcher. ♥♥♥

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Yes!

Pssst FoS fans, go watch Watcher right now!

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Thank you @saya <3.
WATCHER gave me the FOS feels at times. It's definitely my crime thriller for the year!
Credit to PD Ahn Gil Ho for the amazing cast, directing and ost. Writer Han San Woon did a great job with THE GOOD WIFE and I'm a fan for life after WATCHER.

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I don't know, I love the cast and the directing and the plot has potential. But for a drama that claimed psychological thriller, it lack emotional connection and depth. Maybe her writing it's not my think. I expected something like beautiful world kind of ride.

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Maybe give it a second try and not watch anything else. I had to put everything on hold and just concentrate on it.

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it's more of a socially complex thing imo. im kinda surprised they label it as a psychological thriller and not political thriller. the little emotional threads are there but it's definitely not beautiful and i wish there was more time for the emotional aspect but they wanted to focus on the story for suuuuure.

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*sigh* This almost makes me not want to watch the first season. I like my kdramas one and done. Even if the first season can stand on it's own, the completionist in me will want to see the rest of the seasons (if it's good, which I'm sure it is with all the praise)....

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If only the director is Park Hyun Seok, I will be more confident. It's time he expand his talent and move on from KBS. He is amazing. And heck even more talent than previous PD for me, well I'm bias since I'm his fans. Btw, lol. he did well in spy. But I heard the director is Le so Yeon? Which news I trust.?

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Secret Forest was the best drama of 2017 and I'll always hold a special place for it amongst my list of endless dramas. I'm super SUPER excited for the new season and I can't wait for the endless discussions and theorising we'll get into once it starts. PLEASE BAE DOONA CONFIRM

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Yaaassss can't wait!! Hope Bae Doo-na accepts the offer!

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THE EXCITEMENT IS REAL! Now we’ll know for sure if your weasel has changed his weasely ways or not. Also, I can’t wait to see Yoon Se-ah back as the vengeful widow. The little snippets of her character in season 1 were great! I bet she would make a great adversary to JSW. Hopefully BDN confirms! An article on Soompi said she’s considering it “positively”. *sending prayers to dramaland’s gods*.

Meanwhile, I’m gonna continue rewatching season 1 for possibly the 100th time.

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I'm not sure about the 2nd season BUT for nor I'm just as happy as the other fellows here. Reminisce back then whenever FoS recap came out and it were like buzzing about it in here sharing our excitement, our prediction and all. What a good time.

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I sat on this one for a long time and just recently watched it. It is EVERY BIT as good as everyone said it was. I also feel like even if the main duo is back they would still have a lot of room to explore the characters together as his extremely limited emotions (it's more like he only feels 1-2% not that he has none; he did laugh and accidentally smile ONCE during the show) did seem to get slightly stimulated from palling around with her. Even if it's just a good mystery to tackle again that would be fine. Just don't give me Mystery Queen 2: We Shouldn't Have Made A Second Season.

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For me its one of the best Korean Drama. I cant wait for the second season.

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Wow!!!! That's the best news in ages.... I check in here and find that wonderful surprise. Hope season 2 lives up to the standards set up by season 1 and meets our expectations.

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Yes! Awesome!

It took me some time to get into the show, but it stayed with me for a long time. Also, because of it I discovered Jo Seung-woo in his role as Hedwig, which is like a whole new level of wow.

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So, so, so excited for this--as long as Bae Doo Na comes back as well.

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does anyone know if this is pre-produced? i believe that it should be. that writer did a phenomenal job. i don't have any high expectations for the format and i can deal with a season change as long as it keeps the intelligence of the writing which was damn near flawless. i am so excited.

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Too bad for the changes regarding the director though....
S1's cinematography was incredible. I don't think I'll ever find something as artistically flawless in another Kdrama, ever. Why didn't Ahn Gil Ho come back? T.T

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