Strong Girl Nam-soon Season 2: Is the Netflix K-Drama strong enough to secure a renewal?

By Jonathon Wilson
Published: November 25, 2023
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Strong Girl Nam-soon Season 2
Strong Girl Nam-soon Season 1 Key Art | Image via Netflix

Strong Girl Nam-soon is, perhaps unsurprisingly, a spin-off of Strong Girl Bong-soon. Kang Nam-soon, the protagonist, is a blood relative of Do Bong-soon and has the same matrilineal superpowers. As it turns out, all the women in the family do, which is all the better for taking down a nasty organized crime syndicate peddling a very dangerous new drug across Korea in some rather novel ways. The show has been very popular and largely well-received, so it only makes sense to ask an obvious question about its future — What’s the renewal status of Strong Girl Nam-soon, and are we likely to see Season 2?

Has Strong Girl Nam-soon been renewed for Season 2?

Official renewal status: Not renewed

At the time of writing, Strong Girl Nam-soon has not been renewed for Season 2 and it is unlikely that this will change. However, there’s a pretty good reason for it.

K-Dramas aren’t renewed all too often, though there are obvious exceptions (such as Sweet Home Season 2, due for release in December 2023.) However, the artistic intention for what I’m calling the “Strong Girl” franchise is clearly a group of spin-offs. According to Soompi, plans for a third installment in this franchise are already in the works.

When might the Strong Girl Nam-soon spin-off be released?

According to the report above, the third installment in the franchise is currently in the “planning” phase, and JTBC are currently “concentrating on writing another project.” This seems to imply that the spin-off is a while away yet.

Strong Girl Bong-soon released in 2017, which means there was a six-year gap between it and Strong Girl Nam-soon. This, again, implies that there’s hardly a short timeframe here. It will likely be several years before the second spin-off sees the light of day.

How has Strong Girl Nam-soon performed for Netflix?

Strong Girl Nam-soon has undeniably been a hit for Netflix. It has spent all seven weeks since its debut in Netflix’s non-English top ten, and has been viewed for a whopping 23,700,000 hours. It’s worth noting that most K-Dramas, given the length and number of episodes, tend to have an inflated watch-hours statistic, but it’s still a very impressive number. In the week of November 13-19, it was only beaten in this field by Criminal Code, which to be fair had 6.5m views and almost 60m watch-hours.

While there aren’t enough critic reviews to form a consensus on Rotten Tomatoes, the audience score there is a very respectable 70%, and likewise on IMDb Strong Girl Nam-soon has a consistent 7.1/10 rating.

The response on social media has also been fairly positive. Users on X, formerly Twitter, weighed in:

What is Strong Girl Nam-soon about?

The plot synopsis, according to AsianWiki, is as follows:

Gang Nam-Soon (Lee Yoo-Mi) has superhuman strength. She went missing as a kid in Mongolia. Now as an adult, she comes to Gangnam, Seoul, South Korea to find her parents. She finally meets her mother Hwang Geum-Ju (Kim Jung-Eun). Her mother is a wealthy woman and is a resident of Gangnam. After she lost her daughter, Hwang Geum-Joo tried to find her daughter and she also tried to live a righteous life, obsessed with doing good deeds. Gil Joong-Gan (Kim Hae-Sook) is Hwang Geum-Ju’s mother and Gang Nam-Soon’s grandmother. The grandmother and mother were also born with superhuman like strength like Gang Nam-Soon.

Somehow, Gang Nam-Soon, her mother Hwang Geum-Ju and her grandmother Gil Joong-Gan get involved in a drug case that takes place in Gangnam. Detective Kang Hee-Sik (Ong Seong-Wu) begins to work with the 3 women on the drug case. Gang Nam-Soon also becomes attracted to Detective Kang Hee-Sik.

You can also check out our in-depth coverage of the show by visiting our Strong Girl Nam-soon page.

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