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Through the Darkness

Title: 악의 마음을 읽는 자들 / Through the Darkness
Also known as: Those Who Read the Minds of Evil
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Episodes: 16 (To Be Completed)
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2022-Jan-14 to 2022-Mar-05
Air time: Friday & Saturday 22:00


This drama is based on the novel “악의 마음을 읽는 자들 / Those Who Read the Minds of Evil” by Kwon Il Yong and Ko Na Moo which was published on 2018-September-28 by Alma. Kwon Il Yong is South Korea’s first criminal profiler.

It is about a criminal profiler who struggles to read the minds of serial killers. Song Ha Young (Kim Nam Gil) is a criminal profiler. He is calm and has charisma. He digs up cases and looks deeply into the human mind.


Main Cast

Kim Nam Gil as Song Ha Young
Jin Sun Kyu as Kook Young Soo
Kim So Jin (김소진) as Yoon Tae Koo

Supporting Cast

Lee Dae Yeon as Baek Joon Shik
Ryeoun as Jung Woo Joo
Kim Won Hae as Heo Kil Pyo
Kong Sung Ha (공성하) as Journalist Choi
Ko Gun Han
Jung Man Shik

Production Credits

Production Companies: Studio S (SBS)
Director: Park Bo Ram
Screenwriter: Sul Yi Na

Episode Ratings

    Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
2022-01-14 1 5.2 - 6.2 (14th) 6.4
2022-01-15 2 5.2 - 7.5 (7th) 8.1 (5th)
2022-01-21 3 5.6 - 7.9 (9th) 8.6 (9th)
2022-01-22 4 - - 8.2 (5th) 8.6 (2nd)
2022-01-28 5        
2022-01-29 6        
2022-02-04 7        
2022-02-05 8        
2022-02-11 9        
2022-02-12 10        
2022-02-18 11        
2022-02-19 12        
2022-02-25 13        
2022-02-26 14        
2022-03-04 15        
2022-03-05 16        

Sources: TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielsen Korea


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Official Site

Official Trailer
Trailer I
Trailer II
Trailer III

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  1. 1 : scarlet Says:

    I think this will be another interesting drama to watch.

  2. 2 : Çiğdem Says:

    I love crime dramas so I’ll watch it and I’m curious about the novel. Reminded me of Hannibal.

  3. 3 : scarlet Says:

    #2 Cigdem

    Haha .. yes, reminds me of Hannibal too, and of the female profiler who was studying him. Actress Jodie Foster ?

    In that show, Hannibal was sooooo frightening. Made us want to hide whenever he faced the camera (our direction).

    Maybe this time round, I might want to hide under the table…. got to take care of the poor heart. Its suffered much lately, first the covid pandemic, then Jirisan, and now this ….

  4. 4 : Çiğdem Says:


    yep it was Jodie Foster. Anthony Hopkins did a great job in movie, ıam still afraid of that character. I dont know about jirisan. And you should watch serie of Hannibal (actually must). Mads Mikkelsen acted good too as Hannibal.

  5. 5 : scarlet Says:

    #4 Cigdem

    No, thank you very much. No more Hannibal shows for me. He frightened the hell out of me already. Enough.

    I owe meself to stay healthy and sane.

  6. 6 : Kaleem Ullah Says:

    Hello Friends As Usual You Can Watch This Drama On Here…

  7. 7 : scarlet Says:

    Caught a brief preview on tv. Woah … expect to be scared out of your wits. I think, the drama is going to be exciting, suspenseful and scary. How about a short handle sledge hammer for a maximum kill? Suspense is the dirty killer …

    While watching, not recommended are popcorn, potato chips or chocopie or whatever that you like to munch. You may choke yourself. Talking from experience here. Wanting to optimise my time, I would watch and keep my mouth busy with food too. Only thing was when the preview was over, the food was still stuck in my mouth. Watch what you are eating .. mochi is a no, no, no !!

    Haha .. for all my excitement, I hope and pray that I am not wrong in what I saw on tv …. that the drama will really be on air here very, very soon. (Not mentioning dates and time, in case its a delusion). 😜

    Have a nice day !!

  8. 8 : scarlet Says:

    Hahaha … saw the same announcement on tv again !! Really ? Drama will be on tonight?

    Been disappointed so many times before. This time gonna take it easy here – if it shows, it shows. If not, then it’s not. Will watch it when I watch it. 🤗

    Sounds pathetic isn’t it ? I know … hehe !! What to do? Life is never boring.

    Scarlet, fighting !! 🤭

  9. 9 : scarlet Says:

    Haha !! Happy to say, this long awaited drama did screen last night !! Was holding my breath the whole time I was watching. Gripping …

    First impressions – the backdrop was dark and gloomy. The air was thick with suspense. It could be cut with a knife.

    Hopeless burnt out law enforcers, operating from a dark crowded police station. These officers did not investigate cases. They scripted them. Wrote their own endings. And our future Profiler was not allowed to intervene here.

    Add in a crowded working class neighbourhood. It had become a serial killer’s hunting ground.

    Tada .. a perfect scenario for the degradation of humanity was born.

    Among the choas – one officer stood out the most – it was a sensitive lone ranger who took his job seriously. Who cared about everything orbiting around him. His name was Song Ha Young. He would become the Profiler.

    This episode introduces him when as a young boy, he came across a dead girl at the bottom of a lake. He had fallen in accidently and almost got drowned. This incident traumatised him and was the catalyst that shaped the character that he was.

    The first episode was fast paced. Full of tension and rather scary too. One thing obvious from the episode. The story did not hold back information hoping to catch viewers’ attention. But actually the more information viewers had, the more suspense start to build up, waiting in anticipation, asking … what next ?? Suspense and anticipation were the stars here … not handsome SHY (Actor Kim Nam Gil).

    Is this another Alfred Hitchcock style suspense in the making ??

    We will know as the story progresses in forthcoming episodes.

  10. 10 : scarlet Says:

    The drama started with Episode 1 introducing Song Ha Young, a young police officer.

    He’s a police officer who was born with a strong set of “feelers” in him in addition to the standard senses we humans have. In other words, he does not skim thro life as he lives. But he unconciously sees the world in more detail, and more complicated, than an average person would. This is what makes him stand out, and himself to feel that he is different. He has become used to being a lone ranger.

    These unusual quirks (if they could be called such) did not escape notice by a colleague, Guk Young Soo. GYS, it so happen was planning to set up a new criminal behavioral unit to profile criminals. A new concept which he hopes to introduce to police work in Seoul.

    Episode 2 solidified SHY’s ability as a profiler.

    It tells how SHY based on his unusual instincts about a closed case, and following due pursuit of the truth, broke a mishandled case open. This saved an innocent life from ruin, and the real serial killer brought to justice.

    A preview towards the end of this episode, shows SHY moving into an empty, big and cluttered store room reporting for work.

    My guess is, without a doubt, this is going to be his new office and which is going to be the Criminal Behavioral Study Unit which both he and his colleague are going to set up.

    Lets look forward to how Song Ha Young The Profiler catch the worst, and most crazy killers on record.

  11. 11 : N. Br. Says:

    One of the best Korean Thriller! Great teamwork like family (not just the usual and anonoying hero-heroine self-egos centred) and great mixture of great young-older actors/actresses! Also great potrayal of ordinary Korean peoples lives and culture.

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