Will There be a Backstreet Rookie Season 2?

‘Backstreet Rookie’ tells the extraordinary story of two people, employed in a very ordinary convenience store. Based on the webtoon, ‘Convenience Store Saet Byul’, this K-drama offers a warm, joyful ride. However, the romcom faced severe backlash from critics, owing to some vulgar display of actions by a webtoon artist (a character in the series). Yet, ‘Backstreet Rookie’ managed to draw consistently good ratings throughout its inaugural outing. And this makes us wonder if the first season has opened the door for a follow-up edition. Let’s try answering this very question.

Backstreet Rookie Season 2 Release Date: Renewed or Canceled?

‘Backstreet Rookie’ season 1 premiered on June 19, 2020, on SBS. After airing two weekly episodes every Friday and Saturday, it ended with its 16th episode on August 8, 2020. International viewers can watch all the episodes on iQIYI, where the season is available in Korean, accompanied by subs in multiple languages, including English.

Just a day before the finale, the cast shared their views on filming the final episode. As reported by Soompi, star Ji Chang Wook said: “I had so much fun filming [this drama] for the past four months. I think the last day of filming was really bittersweet. I am so grateful to everyone who has enjoyed our drama. Please keep enjoying it till the end.” His co-star Kim Yoo Jung added, “For our last day of filming, we were on set all day and I don’t think it really hit me that it was over. I remember every moment, from the first day I appeared at the convenience store to the two of us bickering and Jung Saet Byul’s action scenes. I want to express my gratitude to the cast, crew, and director who worked with me, and I also want to thank our viewers.”

From the lead actors’ statements, it appears that they have bid their farewells to the show. And if you have watched the finale, you would have noticed that the unexpected and unique conclusion suffices as a fool-proof end. Moreover, although the tv version deviates a bit from the original webtoon, it essentially covers the entire content. Considering the above-mentioned facts, a second season seems unlikely. Most probably, the K-drama was conceptualized as a one-off, and as per our speculations, ‘Backstreet Rookie’ season 2 stands canceled. But if the creators decide to adopt a fresh storyline, owing to popular fan-demand, we will update this section. In the unlikely scenario that a renewal happens, ‘Backstreet Rookie’ season 2 should premiere sometime in 2022.

Backstreet Rookie Cast: Who is in it?

Ji Chang Wook stars as Choi Dae Hyun, a manager in a small convenience store, with an attractive persona. Kim Yoo Jung plays Jung Saet Byul, a bright, pretty, and energetic young girl, who takes up a part-time job at the store. Saet Byul is smitten by her boss. Han Sun Hwa essays the role of Yoo Yeon Yoo, Dae Hyun’s wealthy, strong-minded, and a tad selfish girlfriend. We finally have Do Sang Woo as Jo Seung Joon, the son of the convenience store’s owner and the head office director. The story is additionally narrated through several other recurring characters, played by notable Korean actors.

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