Director Yeon Sang-ho, who is already on his way to becoming a filmmaker, is adapting his Webtoon series for the screen in the shocking and cerebral post-apocalyptic horror series Hellbound (Jiok). The story begins with the appearance of angels of death who tell sinners the dates they will go to hell before executing divine judgment. Little by little, the world goes up in flames with this revelation. Yoo Ah-in, who you may know from Burning, plays a completely uncharacteristic role as a charismatic sect leader. After the series, you may want to continue your binge-watching streak, and while there’s nothing like it, we’ll stick with it. Most of these series, identical to Hellbound, can be seen on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
6. The Kingdom (2021-)
The series El Reino, created by Claudia Piñeiro and Marcelo Piñeyro, is an original Spanish political thriller with drastic revelations. The series revolves around a controversial television preacher who rises to power and cultivates a personality cult around himself. But as holy as it may seem, history gradually reveals its true and power-hungry face. The contradiction between appearance and reality is at the center of the story, while a prophetic child, the fish, gives hope to the masses. Yet, as Hellbound shows, on the day of reckoning, evil often trumps good, and The Kingdom follows the same path of moral balancing.
5. Ragnarok (2020-)
Adam Price-created Ragnarok is a gripping and epic original Norwegian drama series with supernatural content broadcast on Netflix. The title, an old Nordic word, literally means the downfall of the gods. The story is set in modern times and follows the fate of doom, starting with a small Norwegian town that experiences a hot winter. In the midst of the unfolding chaos, a young boy named Magne knows he is Thor’s reincarnation. With a great legacy comes great responsibility, and Magne must fulfill his destiny by reenacting the myth in a contemporary context. If you enjoyed the seamless amalgamation of the natural with the supernatural in Hellbound, this series should be read next.
4. Snowpiercer (2020-)
The sci-fi drama Snowpiercer, developed by Graeme Manson and Josh Friedman, is based on the multicultural post-apocalyptic thriller of the same name by acclaimed Korean director Bong Joon-ho and unfolds a gruesome vision of the earth. In a future era when botched experiments to prevent global warming resulted in an ice age, the remnants of mankind roam the globe on a train. The train becomes a microcosm of society and its ethos, in which Darwinian politics is carried out in favor of the rich. There is a revolutionary promise in the poor’s search for meaning as in Hellbound, and when the fear of impending doom paralyzes you, this series will keep the struggle alive.
3. Arthdal Chronicles (2019-)
The Arthdal Chronicles (original title: Aseudal Yeondaegi) developed by Kim Young-Hyun and Park Sang-Yeon and staged by Kim Won-Suk is a mythical, epic K-drama that tells the tortuous life of netizens in the fictional land of Arthdal. The story begins with the prophecy that Eun Som would bring about the downfall of the city-state. A war hero named Ta Gon aspires to become the state’s first autocratic ruler. Tan Ya, the princess of the Wahan tribe, learns, however, that she has the same fate as Eun Som. Like Hellbound, this series also plays with the idea of free will and fate, as well as reality and illusion. If you’re looking for something a little more lighthearted without sacrificing the epic atmosphere, this series is one of the best choices.
2. Terminator – The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008-2009)
Josh Friedman develops the series spin-off ‘Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles’ from James Cameron’s and Gale Anne Hurd’s epoch-making franchise. Set shortly after the cathartic events at the end of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the story follows the mother-daughter duo Sarah and John, who try to avert Armageddon by destroying the Skynet network. You may remember how Sarah and John drove off into the distance at the end of the movie, and the series picks up the story from that lengthy road trip again. However, the downfall was not averted, but rather postponed to 2011. It’s interesting to see Friedman interpret the characters popular with fans. The ending of Hellbound is very reminiscent of Terminator, and if you follow that line of thought the show will be amply entertaining.
1. Game of Thrones (2011-2019)
But after millions of memes about Khaleesi and John Snow and a devout army of fans, of course we don’t want to introduce you again to the witty, confused and fan-friendly epic Game of Thrones by the duo David Benioff and DB Weiss. But if you want even more on-screen cruelty, this macabre medieval mayhem is sure to please you. The story is based on the book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin. Despite the confusing and lackluster beginning, a macabre vision of the world reveals itself as the story picks up speed. Already divided humanity is facing a grave threat from the ghosts of the north. The Angels of Death in Hellbound could be inspired by the White Walkers, who in this series pose a supernatural threat to humanity. And if you haven’t joined the fan club yet, you still have time.