Beyond Evil is described as a psychological thriller that follows two police officers, Lee Dong-sik (Shin Ha-kyun) and Han Joo-won (Yeo Jin-goo), who are willing to go through extreme lengths to find the murderer who has come back to wreak havoc in their small city after 20 years. Dong-sik is a detective-turned-sergeant at the Manyang Police Substation. Despite his experience at the violent crimes division, he now works the odd and repetitive jobs at the station. Meanwhile, Joo-won is the station’s newly transferred elite detective who harbors a secret. When Dong-sik stumbles upon the same murder case that changed his life, Joo-won gets caught up in his new partner’s dangerous hunt for a serial killer.
The main poster shows Dong-sik and Joo-won sitting back-to-back inside a dimly-lit room. As if to reflect the tense mood of the image, both characters are carrying serious and guarded expressions. The photo also raises curiosity about the significance of the handcuffs between them. The chains could mean that they are bound by their inevitable fate of chasing down monsters, or it may symbolize that they cannot trust anyone, even each other, thus treating their partner as much a suspect as everyone else. To magnify the intensity of the drama’s suspenseful plotline, the series poses the questions “Who is the monster? Is it you? Is it me? Is it us?,” further implying that to find the “monster,” Dong-sik and Joo-won would have to question everything and everyone.
The drama’s production crew shared, “[This series about two men’s intense] pursuit of a monster will be interesting. The delicate and powerful acting of Shin Ha-kyun and Yeo Jin-goo, who will dig deep and portray the deepest parts of a person, will feature the core of a psychological chase thriller.”
Beyond Evil, also credited as Monster, will greet the viewers as JTBC’s newest Friday-Saturday drama beginning February 19 at 11 p.m. KST.