At the end of the Tale of the Nine-Tailed season 1 finale, Lee Yeon returns to life after Lee Rang sacrifices himself for his brother and to save Ji-Ah from paying the cost of bringing her love back. Though his loved ones believed he returned as human, the final scene confirmed that he was back as a Gumiho and would return in a new season soon.
Tale of the Nine-Tailed 1938 premiered on May 6, 2023, on tvN, the direct sequel to the hit South-Korean drama starring Lee Dong-Wook, Kim Bum, Jo Bo-Ah, Kim Jung-nan, Hwang Hee, Kim Yong-ji, and more.
Where can you watch it? Well, tvN is not an option in the US, but you can view the show on Prime Video and Viki. Plus, once the entire season is out, Netflix will include it in their Top K-Dramas list roughly a month after the final episode.
In the latest season, episode 1 opens with the Gumiho adopting his old role as the hunter-fox after striking a deal with Taluipa and going to the past for his first mission.
The nine-tailed supernatural creature must visit the past while running on a goose chase for a stone, which will determine the future’s survival. I’m here to explain what happened in the first episode of season 2 of Tale of the Nine-Tailed, so keep reading!
Lee-Yeon Hunts A Thief in 1938
Tale of the Nine-Tailed picks up Lee Yeon’s story four months after his return, his marriage to Nam Ji-Ah, and his brother’s sacrifice. The mythical fox asks Taluipa, the River of Dead’s guardian, to bring back Lee Rang, and she agrees to grant his wish under one condition – he must return to his job as a supernatural hunter.
Yeon agrees with a sub-condition that his immortality be limited until Ji-Ah dies and the contract is sealed. Soon after, a masked man steals the boundary stone from the river of the dead, and evil spirits start spilling into the real world. Barely holding them off, Taluipa sends Yeon to hunt the thief and retrieve the stone. To escape his capture, the thief jumps into the past, and Yeon follows with a timer on his mission.
Lee Yeon lands right in the center of Korea’s rebellion against Japan in 1938, and in the scuffle, the stone is lost to a thug, who the hunter follows after a slight delay. Turns out the ruffian works for Lee Rang of the past, who is in his bandit phase, and while Lee Yeon is happy to see his brother, he must gain his trust.
He manages that, but right as he intends to demand the stone, the masked man appears and steals it back, fatally wounding the hunter’s brother. Yeon hastily decides to save his brother and ditches the stone, and his brother demands they go to Myoyeongak, the second-best place to eat in town.
Bang Sak’s Trap & Lee Yeon’s Meeting with His Past-Self
Their trip to Myoyeongak ends with Yeon finding Long Living Dong Bang Sak, a demon who claims he can increase lifespans.
He tasks Lee Yeon to bring the sword of Utari, the only weapon that can kill him, and Lee Yeon departs. The hunter was suspicious of the demon and thus warned the restaurant owner, Ryu Hong Joo, and tasked her and the other employees to keep Lee Rang safe.
Lee Yeon visits his past self – an opium addict grieving the loss of his one true love. Why? Because he possessed the Utari in the 1930s.
Lee Yeon called it! Bang Sak is a devious being who tricks people by claiming he will increase their life thread but only steals their souls. The restaurant workers hide Lee Rang’s body, but Bang Sak eventually finds it. Lee Yeon arrives with the Utari and fights him, and Lee Rang comes to the rescue after his hanging soul possesses the body of the demon’s previous victim.
Lee Rang exposes the demon’s secret, and the brothers exploit it and eventually sever his head with the sword, restoring Lee Rang and the girl whose body he borrowed. The detour saved Lee Rang, but now Lee Yeon’s time is up, and he’s stuck in 1938, where the thief is still running around with the guardian’s stone.
How will the hunter return to the future to those who he holds precious? How will he find the masked thief and retrieve the stone? Will Lee Rang help his brother, and will Lee Yeon come face to face with his past self again?
The next episode of the second season of Tale of the Nine-Tailed will release on tvN on May 13, 2023, at 5 P.M. So, keep an eye out and stay tuned to the Korean supernatural drama and Cine Dope for the latest update on Lee Yeon’s story!
About Tale Of The Nine Tailed
Tale of the Nine Tailed is a South-Korean fantasy television drama starring Lee Dong-wook, Jo Bo-ah and Kim Bum. It aired on TvN from 7th October, 2020 to 3rd December, 2020.
Directed by Kang Shin-hyo and Jo Nam-hyung, the series tells the story of Lee Yeon (Lee Dong-wook), an over 1000-years-old Gumiho (nine tailed fox) who is on the look out for his long lost first love who has reincarnated in the mortal world. Besides that, Yeon also fights evil spirits that can harm the mortal world and its inhabitants.