K-dramas create ‘sticky’ memories that stick with you for a long time. An episode of Boys Over Flowers (2009), Legend of the Blue Sea (2016), Crash Landing On You (2019) or It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (2020) is enough to make viewers turn to the genre. After all, two beautiful people going through quite the drama to eventually fall in love always makes one’s bingeing experience memorable. But there’s much more to K-dramas than fairy-tale romances and looks like the upcoming month has in store, quite the unusual lot of K-dramas to pique one’s curiosity. Hence, we bring you some of the unmissable K-dramas releasing in December 2022. With an impressive arsenal of gripping storylines, crackling chemistry between leads and thoughtful executions by stellar cast, this list is sure to tug at your heartstrings. 

While the ‘K’ in the dramas kept winning throughout 2022 with incredible releases, November was quite oxymoronic with both light dramas such as Call My Agent and serial killer crime thrillers such as Somebody. However, December being the month of holidays and celebrations, it looks more promising and the best time to binge-watch. Alchemy of Souls: Light and Shadow, Connect, Money Heist: Korea Season 2 and Big Bet are just a few of the K-dramas releasing in December 2022. There’s a lot more in store for all K-drama enthusiasts. So keep your snacks handy, and get ready to binge and chill.

Here are some of the most anticipated K-dramas perfect for your winter bingeing sessions

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01
Alchemy of Souls: Light and Shadow
Alchemy of Souls: Light and Shadow

Directed by: Park Joon-hwa

Cast: Hwang Min-hyun as Seo Yul, Shin Seung-ho as Go Won, Yoo Ju-sang as Park Jin and Oh Na-ra as Kim Do Ju

Release date: 10 December

Episodes: 10

Synopsis: The second season of the much-loved show, Alchemy of Souls begins three years later. With Jang Uk (Lee Jae-wook), returning from death, it will be interesting to see the story of mages unfold anew.

About the show: The first part was a major success and now the second part, Alchemy of Souls: Light and Shadow, is one of the most eagerly awaited K-dramas releasing in December 2022.

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02
Money Heist: Korea, Season 2
Money Heist: Korea, Season 2

Directed by: Kim Hong-sun

Cast: Yoo Ji-Tae as Professor, Kim Yunjin as Sun Woo-Jin, Park Hae-Soo as Berlin, Jun Jong-Seo as Tokyo, Lee Won-Jong as Moscow and Kim Ji-Hoon as Denver

Release date: 9 December

Episodes: 6

Synopsis: Season 2 of Money Heist: Korea follows the story of the Professor’s master plan, as he goes on to “let the world know who the real thieves are.”

About the show: Money Heist: Korea, the Korean remake of the beloved Spanish series La Casa de Papel aka Money Heist (2017), has become a worldwide phenomenon just like the original. The part two of the series, releasing in December 2022, has a promising plot. It will be interesting to see the illustrious thieves making one final escape, with all odds and authorities against them.

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03
The Forbidden Marriage
The Forbidden Marriage

Directed by: Park Sang-woo and Jeong Hoon

Cast: Park Ju-hyun as So Rang and Kim Young-dae as Lee Heon

Release date: 9 December

Episodes: 12

Synopsis: Based on a Korean web novel of the same name, The Forbidden Marriage is an MBC royalty drama about King Yi Heon and his kingdom-wide rule prohibiting marriage. The king is seen mourning the death of his wife and the former crown princess. However, the plot twist of the king encountering a con artist possessed by the late princess’ spirit in the later years of his life, totally adds charm to this K-drama releasing in December 2022.

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04
Connect
Connect

Directed by: Takashi Miike

Cast: Jung Hae-in as Ha Dong-soo, Go Kyung-pyo as Oh Jin-seok and Kim Hye-jun as Lee I-rang

Release date: 7 December

Episodes: 6

Synopsis: Based on a webtoon of the same name by Shin Dae-sung, the upcoming series Connect, is a crime thriller revolving around a man who is kidnapped by a gang of organ harvesters.

About the show: Connect is to be dropped on streaming giant Disney+ and is one of the most anticipated thrillers to be releasing in December 2022. No doubt the Disney+ Korea’s Instagram feed is full of Connect updates.

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05
The Interest of Love
The Interest of Love

Directed by: Jo Young Min

Cast: Moon Ga Young as Ahn Soo Young, Yoo Yeon-Seok as Ha Sang-Soo and Keum Sae-Rok as Park Mi-Kyung

Release date: 21 December

Episodes: 16

Synopsis: Also known as Understanding Of Love, the internationally licensed South Korean Netflix Original, The Interest of Love, is an upcoming romantic drama revolving around four people who meet at the Youngpo branch of KCU Bank. With the protagonists believing that love doesn’t stay forever, this is one of the few realistic K-dramas releasing in December 2022.

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06
Big Bet
Big Bet

Director: Kang Yoon-sung

Cast: Choi Min-sik as Cha Mu-sik, Son Su-kku as Oh Seung-hoon and Lee Dong-hwi as Jeong-pal

Release date: 21 December

Episodes: 16

Synopsis: Also known as King Of Savvy, the upcoming Korean series Big Bet, releasing in December 2022, follows a man and his struggles to become a casino mogul. After a chain of unfortunate events create a major setback for the man, he starts risking his own life to get back on track.

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This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia India 

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