Wu Assassins star reacts to cliffhanger ending and gives season 2 hopes

Jess Lee
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From Digital Spy

Note: This article contains spoilers for Wu Assassins.

Wu Assassins launched on Netflix last week, and already attention is on whether or not there will be a second season.

One person keeping her fingers crossed for a renewal is star Celia Au, who plays mythical spirit Ying Ying – the mentor of lead character Kai Jin (Iko Uwais). Ying Ying tasks the reluctant hero with saving the world, after he is granted the power of the Wu Assassins.

Photo credit: PHOTOGRAPHY: Nick Onken | HAIR: Corey Tuttle | MAKE-UP: Romana Makeup New York | STYLING: Carolyn Son

Across the ten episodes, Kai attempts to carry out the mission by collecting the five elemental Wu Xing, but midway through the season, Ying Ying decides to abandon Kai when he chooses to save his father Uncle Six (Byron Mann) instead of killing him when extracting the Fire Wu from inside of him.

The season-long mission culminates in an action-packed finale which sees Alec McCullough (Tommy Flanagan) – the Wood Wu, a former Wu Assassin, and the season's Big Bad all in one – successfully opening a portal to a mythical plane called the Dao.

With help from his friends, Kai stops McCullough and kills him in order to prevent the Dao from being corrupted.

Six weeks later, at Jenny Wah's (Li Jun Li) restaurant, Kai is shocked to see Ying Ying again – and in the world of the living – as she delivers an ominous warning that the world still needs the Wu Assassin.

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"I was so excited for that to happen!" Au said in an interview with Digital Spy, when asked about Ying Ying being in the human world.

Ying Ying pretty much only shared scenes with Kai and McCullough in the first season, but the twist opens up the possibility of her interacting with other characters.

"We actually have an ongoing joke," Au added. "Lewis [Tan] who plays Lu Xin, Li [Jun Li] who plays Jenny, and Lawrence [Kao] who plays Tommy, they're like, 'For the second season, we're going to take Ying Ying shopping. She needs new clothes!'

"How funny would it be if there's this scene where we just take Ying Ying shopping and give her a makeover? She gets a haircut, has different make-up, wears new and modern clothes, and tries to fit in this world."

Photo credit: PHOTOGRAPHY: Nick Onken | HAIR: Corey Tuttle | MAKE-UP: Romana Makeup New York | STYLING: Carolyn Son

More seriously, Au thinks that there is plenty to explore with Ying Ying, should there be a second season.

Little is known about the character beyond the fact that she was the very first Wu Assassin and has mentored the following 999 Wu Assassins.

"I like the fact that when you meet her and even at the very end, she's all mysterious," she said. "I definitely want to see more about what happened with the other 997 Wu Assassins.

"In my mind, throughout the years of her failing her mission and seeing her Wu Assassins dying, she becomes less emotional and harder and harder on her Wu Assassins – because she can see the consequences and she's seen it all, and she doesn't want for it to repeat itself even though it has 999 times."

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Au praised her co-stars, calling Uwais and Flanagan "complete sweethearts" and saying that she gets on well with the cast away from the set as well. The camaraderie shines through in the series, with the stars sharing an easy chemistry in front of the camera.

"We're basically one big happy family," Au said, adding that they would regularly spend time and have dinner as a group. "It's rare when you have a whole cast that gets along really well, and everyone is always together and hanging out."

As for the show's chances of a second season, the star is optimistic.

"Right now, I have to say we're all feeling pretty good about it, but we rely on fans to keep spreading the word," she said, explaining that the higher the numbers, the more likely Netflix will renew the drama. "We're like, 'Everyone, watch the show so we can tell more stories in season 2 and continue to follow our characters!'"

All ten episodes of Wu Assassins season 1 are available to watch on Netflix right now.

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