If you’re hungry for a fantasy K-drama to obsess over after The King: Eternal Monarch, then you must be waiting for TvN’s Tale of Gumiho with giddy anticipation. The folklore-based drama, starring Lee Dong Wook, Jo Bo Ah, and Kim Bum, is set to premiere on October 7.
That said, we’re already feeling the buzz online over the still photos and trailers TvN has been releasing over on their Instagram. And while not much has been revealed yet, the teaser videos do hint on a lot of action and banter between the lead stars—and with a bit of a horror mystery undertone.
Here are the five reasons why we’re tuning into this show come October:
1. This is Lee Dong Wook’s first fantasy genre drama since "Goblin."
The actor has veered away from anything supernatural or magical since the hit 2016 series. In that four-year-gap, he has played a doctor in medical drama Life, a stoic lawyer in lighthearted rom-com Touch Your Heart, and a psycho killer in suspense horror mini-series Strangers from Hell.
2. It looks like an action-packed show that’s more than just a love story.
If the trailers are any indication, Tale of Gumiho seems like a suspenseful drama with captivating action to boot.
3. This is Kim Bum’s TV comeback since he was discharged from the military earlier this year.
The Korean heartthrob, who enlisted back in 2018, was dearly missed by his fans. This new series will also let us see the actor in a different and more villainous light.
4. The banter between the main couple looks promisingly funny.
Though the clips we’ve seen so far are mostly dark and moody, there are a few of funny scenes with the lead characters that look pretty funny. Jo Bo Ah and Lee Dong Wook’s relationship seemingly starts off with the typical cat and dog banter, and we can't wait to find out what they've been bickering about.
5. The mystery horror undertone is refreshing for a romance drama.
When this series was announced, many were expecting it to be quite the rom-com (much like the classic K-drama My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho starring Lee Seung Gi and Shin Min Ah back in 2010). But it was a pleasant surprise to see that TvN is taking a more supernatural and sci-fi route that seemingly puts the action to the forefront.