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Sweet Home Season 1 Recap: What Happened in The K-Horror Netflix Series?


As Sweet Home returns to Netflix for a second season, here’s a recap of what went down in season 1 of the riveting K-horror series that premiered back in 2020.

Sweet Home S2 Oh Jung-se as Dr. Lim in Sweet Home S2
Photo: Kim Jeong Won | Netflix

This article contains spoilers for Sweet Home season 1.

At the press conference for season 2 of Netflix monster K-drama Sweet Home, new cast member Kim Mu-yeol admitted that, when he got the gig, he had to rewatch the ending of season 1 because he had forgotten what happened. Relatable. It’s been three years since the first season dropped on Netflix, becoming the first ever K-drama to rank in the streamer’s U.S. Top Ten. The global success of the K-horror series spurred Netflix to order two more seasons, which were filmed together. With all eight episodes of season 2 dropping on Netflix on Dec. 1, here’s everything you need to remember about season 1…

What Happened in Sweet Home Season 1?

The first season of Sweet Home was adapted from a webtoon of the same name, and follows the residents of Seoul’s Green Home Apartments during the outbreak of the monster apocalypse. Over the course of 10 episodes, we mostly stay inside the building as our group of neighbors fight to stay alive. Most of them don’t make it, picked off by monsters or other humans in this dystopian evolution of Seoul.

While Sweet Home has an all-star cast, teen loner Cha Hyun-su (Song Kang) is the protagonist. His parents and sister were killed in a car crash prior to the start of the series and when we meet Hyun-su, he has his death by suicide planned in his phone calendar. The monster apocalypse changes that, as he gets pulled into helping his neighbors survive. When Hyun-su begins to turn into a monster himself, he demonstrates a unique ability to fight the transition, making him something between a human and a monster. His superhuman abilities, especially an accelerated ability to heal from what would otherwise be fatal injuries, make him even better at protecting his found family.  

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