Great news is upon us, Season 2 of Squid Game is in the works. Squid Game director, creator, and writer Hwang Dong-hyuk claimed the Netflix blockbuster would return with new games and adventures. He stated: “There’s been so much pressure, so much demand and so much love for a second season, so I almost feel like you leave us no choice! But I will say there will indeed be a second season.”
What we know so far
Season 2 is currently “in the planning phase,” according to the director, who did not specify a release date or when filming would begin. He continued: “Gi-Hun will come back, and he will do something for the world,” as shared on AP Entertainment’s Twitter page.
— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) November 11, 2021
Squid Game, directed by Lee Jung-jae, follows Seong Gi-Hun, played by Lee Jung-jae, as he and hundreds of other desperate and highly indebted contestants compete for $38 million USD in a violent and often obscene tournament. The prize can only be won by one person, and those who lose the series of children’s games pay with their lives. Squid Game was Netflix’s biggest-ever series debut, and it remained as the most-watched show on Netflix for weeks (it’s still in the Top 10 in the U.S. and abroad).
The show’s traditional folk games have since become a source of internet meme fodder and the hashtag #SquidGame has received over 56.5 billion views on TikTok, with several videos created that discuss fan fiction and fan theories about the show. One of these theories is that there is a version of Squid Game in every country, and the first season happened to be set in Korea.
It’s worth noting that Squid Game has been a long-term project for Dong-hyuk. He had been trying for a decade to get Squid Game produced into a TV show or movie, and the writing process was difficult. In an interview, he shared:
“In my earlier days, I’d drink half a bottle of soju (Korean liquor) to get the creative juices flowing. I can’t do that any more. Writing (Squid Game) was harder than normal for me as it was a series, not a film. It took me six months to write and rewrite the first two episodes. Then I consulted verbally with friends, and picked up clues for improvements through my own pitching and from their responses.”
We can’t wait for the next installment.
While you wait, check out these Korean TV shows and movies and read about all the real-life South Korean issues that Squid Game addresses.