Has Twenty Five Twenty One been renewed for Season 2? Here’s what we know:

Renewed Or Cancelled?

Twenty Five Twenty One combines the best parts of Racket Boys, Reply 1988 and feel-good romcoms to deliver one of 2022’s best shows.

This 16 episode k-drama has been a real treat over the weeks but now that the series has nearly ended, you may be wondering if this one’s been renewed or cancelled.


What is Twenty Five Twenty One Season 1 about?

Twenty Five, Twenty One is a classic K-drama romance between two very different souls in the late 90’s, Hee-Do and Yi-Jin. Hee-Do is a member of her high school fencing team but thanks to the financial crisis, she’s forced to switch schools, becoming a member of the sabre fencing national team.

Meanwhile, Yi-Jin’s father goes bankrupt, changing Yi-Jin’s life forever and forcing him to eke out a living. After experiencing the upper-echelons of society and all the benefits that go with that, it’s tough for him.

As time goes on, these two find solace in one another, allowing their romance to blossom.

We have extensive coverage on Twenty Five Twenty One across the site, including ongoing recaps for all 16 episodes. Feel free to check them out HERE!


Has Twenty Five Twenty One been renewed for season 2?

At the time of writing, tvN has not renewed Twenty Five Twenty One for season 2. Given the respectable ratings over the weeks, it’ll be interesting to see if they actually do renew this for a follow-up.

The ratings began with a respectable 6.3% nationwide and has been growing steadily, increasing to highs of 10.9% during episode 8. Given this is a weekend k drama up against stiff competition, that’s very impressive.

Based on this there is a possibility that Twenty Five Twenty One may be renewed. However, given most k-dramas wrap up their stories in a single season – we predict that Twenty Five Twenty One will not be renewed.

We’ll be sure to update this section with more details as they become available.


What we know about season 2 so far:

Most Korean dramas are reserved to one season and with the rare exception of ongoing Netflix shows (Love ft. Marriage and Divorce, Hospital Playlist etc.) then it seems unlikely that this one will be renewed.

However, there is always the possibility that the actors return for a follow-up or even a spin-off ala. the Reply series. Given this show has similar vibes, it’s not outside the realm of possibility. We’ll have to wait and see if this one’s greenlit or not.

We generally aim to update this page when more information becomes available.


Would you like to see Twenty Five Twenty One return for a second season? Or do you think the story has run its course? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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    Analysis and Speculation about a possible sequel TFTO-2

    Spoiler Alert: Do not read this article if you havn’t watched TFTO, or if you are patiently awaiting TFTO Series 2.

    Like many viewers, I was initially disappointed with the ending of TFTO but eventually I realized there is more to the Hee-do, Yi-jin tale than has been presented. There were many anomalies and indicators that pointed to a continuation of their relationship. For example, Min-chae is 15 years old during the Covid19 crises indicating that she was born in 2006 or 2007 at the latest. Why did Yi-jin congratulate her on her marriage in the 2009 interview when she won the gold medal in LA? The question 5 that he deleted from the list, with obvious embarrassment, may have revealed a secret connection between them.

    TFTO provides many clues, and probably some misleading ones, about the future of Na Hee-do and Back Yi-jin after their break-up. They still had strong feelings for each other as displayed in the very emotional scene where they cried and embraced just before he left to take up the position in New York. Nevertheless, based on an analysis of the available information, and a little bit of imagination, their relationship could have a rather eventful future along the following lines.

    When news of their breakup travels through the Korean fencing team several male members hit on Hee-do, an attractive and talented female who is suddenly free. She may have been reluctant to get involved in romantic relations because of the bitter breakup with Yi-jin, but over time she probably puts her concerns aside and becomes attached to one of them but apparently not Jong Ho-jin, ‘sweetie pie’. A steamy relationship likely follows as the fencing teams travel together with regular contact between them. Assuming the partner is Kim Eun-su, who is mentioned later in connection with her diary, they likely share travel, meals and, perhaps secretly, rooms. Unlike the love affair with Yi-jin, where timing was difficult and he was often late or missed rendezvous, regular and frequent contacts come with their positions.

    Dates are critical to understanding this tale. Hee-do and Yi-jin broke up in 2002 when he left for the NY to take up the position. Therefore, Hee-do may have become involved in a serious relationship a year or two later, say 2003 or 2004. It could have proceeded to the point of marriage by 2005, at the time of her gold medal victory at Prague. However, as she commented later, “You never know till you actually walk down the aisle” so the marriage appears to have been a deep disappointment to her. Perhaps fond memories of her love affair with Yi-jin still haunted her.

    Renewed contact with Yi-jin may have resulted from her gold medal victory in 2005. Did he interview her on that occasion and congratulate her on her wedding? A celebration dinner with her mother and Yi-jin possibly follows providing an opportunity for them to catch up on their respective situations including her separation and pending divorce. Hee-do’s mother, Jae-kyung, has always had a soft spot for Yi-jin and encourages their renewed relationship by conveniently being out when he visits, which he does with increasing frequency. They must keep their new relationship secret because of the reporter-subject problem and her divorce proceedings. Nevertheless, the affair may have blossomed into a new romance. One can speculate that Ye-jin suggests that they go on trip, compensation for the one they missed in 2001, and to give them more time together. As mentioned earlier, Hee-do has never been to Jeju and wants to go there, so it is the perfect destination. A volcanic island about 30min from Seoul by air, it is popular for romantic getaways. Yi-jin takes care of the booking, with separate rooms as insisted by Hee-do. Famous and easily recognizable, she doesn’t want a scandal while she is seeking a divorce.

    They fly to Jeju city and drive to a secluded resort on the south coast of the island. ‘Far from the maddening crowd’, they have a delightful holiday, visiting many of the unique sites on the island by day and enjoying sunset dinners in the evenings. The volcanic origin of the island is clearly visible with walls of volcanic rock enclosing fields and paths paved with the same material. Hee-do’s superior level of fitness soon becomes evident. There are long stairs down into the huge Mahjang lava tube that had carried lava during the last volcanic eruption. Also, Mount Hallasan is a comfortable walk for her, but Yi-jin comes puffing and panting behind. Nonetheless, Hee-do is supremely happy. She can finally enjoy the deep heartfelt pleasure of spending day and night with the man she loves, the one who first penetrated her heart. Before leaving Jeju, they take out forms to register their marriage and return to Seoul with a stronger bond than ever. Hee-do is also joyful a few weeks later when it is confirmed that she has a baby on board. She informs the coach and takes a year off from competitive fencing.

    However, they are now in an exceptionally delicate situation; Hee-do is seeking an uncontested divorce and her connection with Yi-jin must be kept secret because of his work at UBS. Her estranged husband soon gets word of her condition and refuses to sign the divorce agreement. Eventually he relents but not before the baby is born and named Kim after him rather than the father. Thus, Min-chae appears in the series as Kim, not Back.

    After a year off for maternity, Hee-do finds it difficult to recover her competitive form. When she confides her concerns to Yu-rim during an online chat she volunteers to help and goes to the training centre regularly with her. Yu-rim is still in excellent shape because of her fencing school and easily defeats Hee-do. In a short practice bout, the score ends at eight to zero. Hee-do is devastated but Yu-rim is delighted, sweet revenge for an old sore. However, losing to Yu-rim frequently riles Hee-do and arouses her competitive spirit. She works furiously to get back into shape for competitions including the LA games. Regular bouts with Yu-rim enable her to monitor progress. Eventually they reach parity and Yu-rim declares that Hee-do is ready to take on the world, which she does winning gold in LA.

    Concurrent with these activities, Ji Seung-wan bonds with Yi-jin’s brother, Yi-hyun, leading to a passionate and adventuresome relationship. Yi-jin frowns on their activities but can’t say too much as they are both aware of his secret connection with Hee-do. A beautiful wedding for Moon Ji-ung and Yu-rim with some special effects courtesy of the groom. He designs custom made clothes for his close friends attending the wedding.
    Hee-do and Yi-jin continue to maintain absolute secrecy about their close relationship. They are both well-known public figures and register their marriage secretly in Jeju. She sometimes wears a wedding ring to indicate her marital status but refuses to reveal the identity of her partner. This situation continues through 2009 when she wins gold in LA. Question No. 5 that Yi-jin deleted from the list prepared for the interview was probably about her spouse. However, her unspoken comment during the interview reflected the reality of their relationship: ‘Wherever you are, I’ll make sure my support reaches you. I’ll take care of everything. See you then.’ That certainly sounds more like a statement from a life-partner than an old girlfriend from almost a decade earlier.

    Hee-do’s daughter, Kim Min-chae is an important factor and her birth date can be deduced from indirect pieces of information. She is 15 and mentions that her school trip was cancelled this year because of Covid-19 restrictions. Thus, she must have been born in 2006 or 2007 at the latest. That would have given Hee-do just time to get back to the level of fitness and competitiveness required for the LA games in 2009.

    We also learn that Min-chae is anxious to have her father back home. He is unable to come for short visits because of covid-19 quarantine rules in Korea and the country where he is posted. That gives a small clue to who and where her father is. Her online search also provides clues to his situation. She finds that there is an undefined connection between Yi-jin and Hee-do at the time of the LA games and there is a mention of ‘diplomatic tensions’ in his connection. This suggests that he may have become involved in diplomatic work. This could have led to an overseas posting at a time when Min-chae was too young to remember him and would explain why she doesn’t recognize him in a photo from 1998. Covid rules restricted travel to Korea from 2019 to early 2022. The quarantine rules have been relaxed so it is now possible for Yi-jin turn up as the father of Min-chae, reuniting the family and everyone, including many fans, will be happy.

    With congratulations to all the performers in Twenty Five Twenty One, Series 1.
    Beautifully executed.

    JWP, August 14, 2022

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    I would also like to see season 2 of 25/21. I would like to see how Na heedo and yijin marry please,please or that he is the father of Minchae at least – I am sooooo sad about the ending.

  3. It doesn’t have to end with them being together but pls!!…just show the courtesy to let us watch them actually “moving” on and being satisfied with their decisions and being happy for each other….so it hurts us a bit less.
    But be sure to make it worth watching like the first season, otherwise…. Don’t do it, Don’t ruin it.

  4. I loved the k-drama so much! I love how they represented love, friendship, loss… life itself! it breaks my heart that some things aren’t forever, it really does. I loved the characters and their ups and downs. I love how real it all felt. it makes me sad how it ended (actually it just makes me sad that IT actually end, I really didn’t want to) and I feel divided about wanting a 2 season or not. if they do it, I’m going to watch it all the way!! but I love how they just left it there. Aaahhh so many mixed feelings. I’m so sad, I’m crying. AAAAAHH.

    Thank you! 🤍

  5. Episodes 14,15, and especially 16 drove that emotional spike so deep i still get worked up weeks after. Please, don’t leave this powerful story hanging. We need closure! The last interview after San Francisco showed so much regret in both characters this cannot be left hanging. A happy ending is in order! Even Meteor Garden ended on a high note. How can the writers feel they did a job well done when so much is left hanging and a continuation could make this story outstanding? Please consider all who are fans and all who will be fans.

  6. I’m hopeful they’ll be a possible renewal for Season 2, but it would be Hee-do’s daughter story this time.
    Remember she hinted in the last episode that she’ll write her own story and “even a better one”

  7. I was so disappointed in the finale. Please do not let this be the ending.
    Season 2 is a must for all your fans!😊

  8. Seaon 2 pleaassseee… You left us hanging in season 1 with so much questions unanswered. Hoping for another season ❤️

  9. yASSS I REALLY HOPING FOR SEASON 2😭😭😭🤍🤍🤍THEY CAN BE TOGETHER AND WHO IS THE FATHER OF DAUGHTER OF HEE DO😭😭

  10. Absolutely!!! It would be a grand delight if Twenty Five Twenty One is renewed. They are superb actors. If not renewed, I would love to see them in another series.
    KUDOS to the actors, writers , producers and camera crews…great cinematography!!!

  11. There has to be season #2. This was an amazing well-written drama. I loved it. It felt like a full meal instead of just dessert.
    There are countless ways that the second series could be framed. As much as the fans would love to see our broken couple find each other it may not be. Just do it Studio Dragon! Make it happen. You are the best.

  12. I will go crazy if there is no season 2, 21 and 25 has become my favorite kdrama. I wish it would work between heedo and yijin. hope to find it in season 2

  13. I just watched this, and hoping for its season 2, because the ending made me confused. Otherwise, I am very much amazed by the story, it made me laugh and cry in every episode.

  14. Story was really amazing ,while watching last episode I can’t stop my tears , but as per me ending has to show Clearly.

  15. I’m not gonna watch another kdrama not until I saw Hee do and Yijin ends up together, never getting over pls season 2 with the same cast! I’m sobbing it’s been 5 days and it feels so real like I was there with them aaaaa 😭😭😭

  16. I loved this drama. I believe it’s the best k-drama I’ve watched this new year thus far. But there are still unanswered questions. Like everyone says I would really like a season 2. I believe k-dramas to be about happy endings. This k-drama I watched in three days. I speak English and yes I read the subtitles to all my k-dramas. Please create season 2 and give us the happy ending!!!!!!!💛🍀🤗

  17. I would love to watch season 2.
    And I wish that in season two, Back Yi Jin & Na Hee Do ends up together.
    The daughter actually belongs to both of them.
    Since there is a change of actress due to growing age, the story line can shows back on how they patch up, got married and gave birth to this daughter and ends with both of them growing old together. (The trust, the love & the faith that they have for each other)

    The story lines can also include how their daughter follows the footsteps of her mum & with the encouragement of the parents, she is able to succeed in her dream.

  18. At the end of the last episode, you need to fast forward the credits. It shows Yin-jin on his old computer and his friend helping him with his password. What he types says it all. There HAS to be a second season!!!! It was a cliffhanger.

  19. Yes those two need to get married.. Seems like she got divorced to whom ever she married..

  20. I chose not to watch the season finale because I felt like one episode wouldn’t answer all the questions I have. I really hope there will be a season two so everything can be explain.

  21. For me, its Very Questionable, Un Explainable&Un Satifyable Finale. I Hate It!!!!…

    Yes! I Recommend A Season 2 for this. I Think Producer, Script Writter&Director made this finale because i know in reality Baek Yi Jin Has A Covid19 while filming….

    As A Watcher, I Suggest for now Since he still have a covid19 he should rest&be well soon.

    The time he will be healed from this pandemic sickness, they can go filming for Season2 pls. I Hope as a fans, They should be fair in making the plot genres sure, before putting it in site… their plot has no “friendship” in it, The main plot they put on 1st hand is on Comedy&Romance And they are so late in changit it to Sports,Friendship&Coming Of Age…

    Why, Season2? Bcoz the finale is so questionable, I Hope they still remember music kdramas way back 2010-2015 done it for S2, like Dream High. “There Still A Chance”

    And Pls. Season 2 It’s on Kim Min Chae’s Story now making a Diary.
    Beyond the story, i hope also that Baek Yi Jin w/Definately show up.
    I Suggest Kim Min Chae’s Father is definately Baek Yi Jim, but since he’s a busy reporter they did not register their marriage that’s why Na Hee Do Registered The family name to either Her Or Baek Yi Jin relatives. And I Hope in Season2 they will definately registered it to court/west there marriage in order for her daughter to change her family name to Baek, in order for her to be Baek Min Chae, the daughter of Baek Yi Jin.

    I Hope As A Fan, You give us also a Fair Conclusion&SATISYABLE Open Coming Soon Season2 bcoz we watch the drama. We Should be FAIR….

  22. Broo I need a season twooo I have so many questions that haven’t been answered😭😭 and if Min-chae isn’t Yijin daughter I’m going to cry

  23. There are many questions running ppl are making fake theories we won’t request fa SO 2 we demand fa SO 2

  24. Either they give us a second season with the same cast otherwise I’m stabbing and killing them for sure.😭😭😡….Everyone pllssss request them for a second season..

  25. Hear me out!
    What If the second season revolves around YiJins years and his point of view from when he left to New York? What if Hee-Doos diary motivated him to start writing In diaries as a way to help him cope with missing Hee-Doo/ being away for so long and then he continues them after coming back in 2009 to the present day 2021? I think that would really help answer the unanswered questions we ALL HAVE and are dying to know 😭😭 mainly because season one ended us showing what happened in 2009 and fast forwarded to 2021 sooo if we could just get the rest of the timeline we would all be happy 😭 this show took a toll on my emotional health

  26. Grant our wish to have a season 2, please? There are still questions that left unanswered. We badly need season 2!! :((

  27. We need closer, what happened to him, who did she got merry, are there happy? Please we need something 🥺😭😭

  28. So many unanswered questions n doubts abt the en
    ding..is keeping me hanging on the wall.season 2 please

  29. I don’t understand it. There was a scene where Hee-do said that to cancel an engagement is easier than a divorce. Did she get married to the father of Min-Chae and got divorced? If he was the one who returned the diary, why sent it if they are still married? Why not just give it Hee-do. There is also that episode where Min-Chae received a ballet dress from her Dad and asking why he does not know yet that she stopped ballet and Hee-do did not give an answer to that question. Min-chae did not even mention her Dad in the story.

    The last scene where they said their last farewell before Yi-Jin went to New York shows the possibility that they eventually got back together. Both meant the world to each other in that farewell.

    The show just left us with clues and no definitive ending. It makes us wonder what was the show really about. There are questions that needed to be answered. Who was the husband of Hee-do and the father of Min-Chae?

    In summary, the show was shallow. Only 4 characters have happy endings. Hee-do and Yi-jin did not have a happy ending. So why is the story line focused on them? Really, I don’t see the point of their love for each other.

    There’s got to be a second season for the show. We need a circle to wrap up the story. the 1st season left a big gap in the circle that needs to be closed.

  30. Please 🙏🥺 don’t end it just like that we need answers. And defenetlly will be excited to see season 2.

  31. I hope they renew! This story is so beautiful and strong. A second season would be easy as they can continue the story with how Hee Do met her husband and then reunite with Yi Jin. All the while, Hee Do’s daughter can continue with ballet and write her own story, as she said. I’d be so sad if the story ended here because it’s so good that I don’t want to let go yet.

  32. Most wanted thing at this moment right now.would love to see season 2.it’s quite unclear ending for me.so,please please please renew the second season.

  33. I want season 2 to know who is the father of minchae, will they will meet again and end up together, or is she is really married there are so many questions left unanswered.

  34. I would love to see season 2 for me to be able to answer those questions left in me like who gonna receive the email Yi-Jin sent when he was recovering for his email in the last part. If who’s the father of Hee Do’s daughter. If they gonna meet in the future and so forth.

  35. hoping for the season 2 the ending was not clear to me it breaks my heart so badly.

  36. Wondering who’s the father of He Doo’s daughter, definitely excited for Season 2!

  37. I’d like to have a season 2 of 2521, because there’s a lot of questions running in my head. Like who’s the Father of Kim Minchae and I’d like to see the older Baek Yi Jin and Na Hee-do meet.

  38. I like to have a season 2, because it ends like, there is so many questions in my head. Like who’s the Father of Kim Minchae.and etc🥺

  39. HI I AM A FAN OF TWENTY FIVE TWENTY ONE. THE STORY IS AMAZING BUT THE ENDING IS NOT SATISFYING BECAUSE WE DIDN’T KNOW WHO IS THE FATHER OF HEE DO DAUGHTER AND ALSO WE DON’T KNOW WHAT YIJIN DO IN FUTURE. I HOPE THAT YOU CONSIDER SEASON 2

  40. I would definitely like to see a season 2 of 25/21. I would like to see The wedding, and to see if Na heedo and yijin get together. Season 1 ended with so many questions And heartache. Please consider adding a second season

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