'Parasyte: The Grey' Season 2: Everything We Know

The Netflix horror K-drama could add a major new character going forward.

a woman (Jeon So-nee as Jeong Su-in) with a deformed tentacle protruding from half of her face, in 'parasyte the grey'
(Image credit: Courtesy of Netflix)

Whether you're a diehard fan of Korean entertainment or a horror buff looking for the next terrifying monster, Parasyte: The Grey should be next on your watchlist. Directed by Yeon Sang-ho (of Train to Busan and Hellbound fame), the latest Netflix K-drama takes place in the world of the iconic Japanese manga Parasyte by Hitoshi Iwaake, where humans become infected by other-worldly parasites that take over their brains and turn their bodies into horrific tentacled monsters. The series follows Jeong Su-in (Jeon So-nee), an ordinary woman who must learn to co-exist with the parasite (that only partially takes her over), and the pair must evade an elite military hunting unit known as The Grey.

All six episodes of Parasyte: The Grey dropped on Netflix on April 5 and immediately shot up the Netflix Top 10 chart, as countless viewers were sucked into the brutal horror drama. Viewers who have already finished the series know that the final episode leaves the door open for the story to continue, with a special Easter egg that hints that the war between humans and parasites is just beginning. Read on for what we know so far about a possible Parasyte: The Grey season 2.

Jeon So-nee as Jeong Su-in in Parasyte: The Grey

Jeon So-nee plays Jeong Su-in and parasite Heidi, in Parasyte: The Grey.

(Image credit: Cho Wonjin/Netflix)

Who is the mystery man in the final scene of 'Parasyte: The Grey' season 1?

By the end of Parasyte: The Grey's six episodes, the humans have won a major victory over the invading parasites. With the help of Heidi, the parasite living inside Su-in, the humans are able to stop the leader of the parasites from inhabiting the body of Seoul's mayor. After Heidi proves her allegiance to the humans, Team Grey leader Choi Jun-kyung (Lee Jung-hyun) decides not to arrest Su-in, leaving the human/parasite hybrid free to rebuild her life. Meanwhile, former gang member Seol Kang-woo (Koo Kyo-hwan) joins Team Grey, to help hunt down parasites throughout South Korea.

In the final scene, we meet a man called Shinichi Izumi (Masaki Suda), who offers to help Jun-Kyung and Team Grey get rid of the parasites. Shinichi is the main character from the source manga, which followed him as a 17-year-old high schooler learning to co-exist with his own parasite that failed to take over his brain and instead inhabited just his right arm. Shinichi and Migi (the parasite, named after the Japanese word for "right") quickly bond while working together to survive, and fighting on behalf of humans.

a man (makasi suda as shinichi) stands in a sunny office, in 'parasyte: the grey'

Shinichi Izumi (Masaki Suda) in the Parasyte: The Grey season 1 finale.

(Image credit: Cho Wonjin/Netflix)

The introduction of Shinichi leaves the door open for lots of questions, especially considering that we've now learned that the new live-action series is meant to be a sequel spin-off of the manga. If Team Grey accepts Shinichi's help, they'll have a human/parasite hybrid working to track down all of the parasites hiding in Korea. Or maybe they'll have two, if Su-in/Heidi decides to rejoin the fight. Of course, we'll also have to see what new Big Bad our heroes will have to go up against in potential future episodes.

Shinichi Izumi (Masaki Suda) offers a hand to Jun-kyung (Lee Jung-hyun), while standing in a sunny glass-walled office, in the Parasyte: The Grey season 1 finale.

Shinichi Izumi (Masaki Suda) offers a hand to Jun-kyung (Lee Jung-hyun) in the Parasyte: The Grey season 1 finale.

(Image credit: Cho Wonjin/Netflix)

Has 'Parasyte: The Grey' been renewed for season 2?

Netflix hasn't given any word yet on whether Parasyte: The Grey will get a second season, but that's likely because the series has only been available to stream for a week. The streaming giant tends to wait on ratings to see whether to renew their shows, so fans will have to be on the lookout for news over the next several months. Luckily, horror K-dramas like Sweet Home, All of Us Are Dead, and Gyeongseong Creature have been renewed in the past, so if ratings stay high, Parasyte: The Grey's chances are looking good.

a woman (Lee Jung-hyun as Choi Jun-kyung) aims a shotgun while standing by a police car, in 'parasyte the grey'

Lee Jung-hyun plays Team Grey task force leader Choi Jun-kyung, in Parasyte: The Grey

(Image credit: Courtesy of Netflix)

In fact, director Yeon Sang-ho already has a plot in mind for Parasyte: The Grey season 2. In an interview with the Korean outlet News1, Yeon revealed that he discussed his ideas for a future storyline with actor Masaki Suda while filming the surprise cameo.

"That is not a matter I can decide," the director said when asked about season 2. "When I spoke with actor Masaki Suda, I had an idea about the content behind it, and he explained that he had come to meet me at some point. I showed the scenario to actor Lee Jung-hyun [who plays Team Grey's Jun-kyung]. If Season 2 is produced, it is difficult to give details, but it can be said that Shinichi will appear."

a man (Koo Kyo-hwan as Seol Kang-woo) shines a phone flashlight on a corpse in a clear bag, in 'parasyte the grey'

Koo Kyo-hwan plays gang member turned hero Seol Kang-woo, in Parasyte: The Grey.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Netflix)
Contributing Culture Editor

Quinci is a Contributing Culture Editor who writes pieces and helps to strategize editorial content across TV, movies, music, theater, and pop culture. She contributes interviews with talent, as well as SEO content, features, and trend stories. She fell in love with storytelling at a young age, and eventually discovered her love for cultural criticism and amplifying awareness for underrepresented storytellers across the arts. She previously served as a weekend editor for Harper’s Bazaar, where she covered breaking news and live events for the brand’s website, and helped run the brand’s social media platforms, including Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Her freelance writing has also appeared in outlets including HuffPost, The A.V. Club, Elle, Vulture, Salon, Teen Vogue, and others. Quinci earned her degree in English and Psychology from The University of New Mexico. She was a 2021 Eugene O’Neill Critics Institute fellow, and she is a member of the Television Critics Association. She is currently based in her hometown of Los Angeles. When she isn't writing or checking Twitter way too often, you can find her studying Korean while watching the latest K-drama, recommending her favorite shows and films to family and friends, or giving a concert performance while sitting in L.A. traffic.