The hit Korean drama ‘Squid Game’ is Netflix’s most popular title and now, we can finally confirm that the series will return for season 2!
Squid Game can only be described as a rollercoaster ride from start to finish; feeling like an expertly crafted mixture of Deadman Wonderland, Alice in Borderland and The Purge.
The series premiered through Netflix on Friday, September 17th and went on to become the biggest title on the entire platform – with over 142 million households watching the deadly K-drama.
The final episode of Squid Game season 1 certainly had all the twists, turns and high-stakes moments that fans have become accustomed to in a Netflix suspense thriller.
However, fans can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the creator, writer and director Hwang Dong-Hyuk has now confirmed that season 2 will be produced!
SPOILER WARNING: This article will contain spoilers for season 1.
How did Squid Game end?
Spoiler warning: This section will discuss the ending to Squid Game season 1.
After Sang-woo killed himself in the final game, Gi-hun is released from the island with a credit card containing the prize money and some serious post-traumatic stress disorder.
This PTSD (the S stands for Squid) is only made worse when he travels home to find out that this mother had passed away. A few weeks later, he is invited to play one final game with the ‘grandmaster’ – which turns out to be none other than Oh Il-nam, player 001.
Il-nam explains how he comes from a group of extremely wealthy individuals who put on Squid Games for their own entertainment. Not only this, but viewers are finally able to piece together that these tournaments are a regular occurrence, with games taking place around the world.
After Il-nam passes away, Gi-hun appears to find some closure; giving a large portion of money and custody over Sae-byeok’s brother to Sang-woo’s mother.
On the way to the airport, our now red-headed protagonist runs into another person being recruited to the Squid Game and takes his gold card. As he prepares to board a plane, he phones the number on the card and connects through to the ‘Front Man’, who we know to be Detective Jun-ho’s brother.
He says that he is not a horse to race, but a person and states that he is going to find out who the people running the game are. “I can’t forgive you for everything you’re doing” says Gi-hun, as he turns around and walks away from the plane – towards a second season.
The creator confirms season 2 will happen…
It’s good news for fans of Squid Game, as the original creator Hwang Dong-Hyuk has now confirmed that season 2 will be produced.
Speaking at a red carpet event for the series, Dong-Hyuk said that “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. It’s in my head right now, I’m in the planning process currently. But I do think it’s too early to say when and how that’s going to happen.” – Hwang Dong-Hyuk, via AP Entertainment Twitter.
Whilst fans around the world will be celebrating Dong-Hyuk’s interview, many were already confident that we would see another round of the deadly competition.
The most obvious hint at a second season was that open ending to episode 9, with Gi-hun deciding to stand his ground and fight those who are running the game.
Interestingly, the majority of Korean dramas are only ever designed to run for one season and therefore, viewers rarely get to see such a fully intended open ending. When such an ending does occur, it naturally puts the emphasis on another season being planned by the producers – think back to Alice in Borderland for example.
The series is, rather obviously, popular enough to warrant a second season, currently scoring an impressive 90% on Asianwiki, 8.6/10 on MyDramaList, 8.1/10 on IMDB and 94% on Rotten Tomatoes – although these numbers continue to rise.
“Squid Games takes a fresh idea and spins it into a thrilling drama; we hope it continues to build the tension we saw in the last 20 minutes throughout the season.” – Joel Keller, via Decider.
Potential story for Squid Game season 2…
The Squid Game is certainly not over for Gi-hun, with our main character now setting himself on a path of revenge and revelation against the game-runners. However, the second season could even stray away from Gi-hun and focus on an entirely new cast.
The VIP’s discuss how the competition is held around the world and was only “this year” in South Korea. Squid Game season 2 could see us jet off to another country and another tournament; most likely in North America or Europe considering the VIP’s languages.
As noted by Den of Geek, the first season is centred around Korean culture, but that opens the door for other countries to have their own unique games.
“If the series creator were up for it, it could be interesting to see the same framework critiquing modern capitalism applied to a different country and culture to tell the story in a new, yet interlocking way.” Kayti Burt, via Den of Geek.
Similarly, Il-nam mentioned that the game has been taking part for a number of decades; perhaps a second season would travel back to the late-1980’s?
Interestingly, the director for Squid Game Hwang Dong-hyuk recently shared his thoughts on a potential second season in an interview with The Times.
“If I do get to do one — one would be the story of the Frontman [the man in the black mask overseeing the game]. I think the issue with police officers is not just an issue in Korea. I see it on the global news. This was an issue that I wanted to raise. Maybe in season two I can talk about this more.” – Hwang Dong-hyuk, via The Times.
When could Squid Game season 2 release?
The Korean drama was announced in a press release back in September 2019, with the cast being confirmed by June 2020.
The creator of the series Hwang Dong-Hyuk recently revealed that planning for Squid Game took 10 years to complete.
However, on the red carpet event previously mentioned, Dong-Hyuk said that season 2 was in the planning stage of development.
At an early prediction, fans could see a second round begin around one year from now in September 2022 but is again, dependent on how much of season 2 has already been planned and when filming can begin.
This article will be updated as soon as the production team or distribution partners share any new information.
By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]