As well as its big-budget drama series such as The Crown, Stranger Things and The Witcher, Netflix also offers up a great range of international content and Squid Game is the newest arrival in that category.
The Korean series arrived without much fanfare but has quickly risen up the Netflix trending ranking and is currently one of the most-watched shows on the streaming service.
But just how many episodes are there in Squid Game and is a season 2 likely to follow?
Release date and plot
Squid Game arrived on Netflix on September 17th and although it initially released without much attention, the show has certainly caught the eye of fans.
The series follows Seong Gi-hun, a man down on his luck and in rising debt with loan sharks.
After playing a game of ddakji with a mysterious man at the train station, Gi-hun is invited alongside 455 other players to take part in a series of childhood games with a prize pot of ₩45.6 billion (US$38.5 million).
However, the childhood games in question aren’t as simple as they were on the school playground as the consequence for losing is death.
How many episodes are in Squid Game?
Squid Game consists of nine episodes in total.
Most of the episodes are around an hour in length while episode 8’s runtime is a little shorter at just 32 minutes.
If you’re planning a binge of the must-watch series, it will take just over eight hours to watch all nine episodes.
The titles of all nine episodes are as follows:
- Red Light, Green Light
- The Man with the Umbrella
- Stick to the Team
- A Fair World
- Front Man
- One Lucky Day
Will Squid Game return for season 2? [Spoilers]
Squid Game has yet to be officially renewed for season 2 but the ending of episode 9 suggests that more could be on the way.
In the final episode of season 1, Gi-hun is able to win the Squid Game competition and the ₩45.6 billion prize money.
However, in a flash-forward to one year down the line, Gi-hun is still traumatised by the experience.
In the final moments of the episode, he encounters the same man who recruited him into the Squid Game and he takes the man’s card and calls the number.
Gi-hun was about to board a flight to Los Angeles to reunite with his daughter but after calling the number, he is left enraged and determined to find out who is behind the deadly game, suggesting that this story has only just begun.
However, speaking to Variety about a second season, Squid Game creator Hwang Dong-hyuk revealed: “I don’t have well-developed plans for ‘Squid Game 2.’ It is quite tiring just thinking about it. But if I were to do it, I would certainly not do it alone. I’d consider using a writers’ room and would want multiple experienced directors.”
Squid Game is available to stream now on Netflix after releasing on September 17th, 2021.