Although it took longer than anticipated, Netflix confirmed that Squid Game's worldwide success has been renewed for its second season. However, the wait for season 2 will be long according to creator Hwang Dong-hyuk, who predicts the series won’t return on Netflix until late 2023 or early 2024.
Written and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, Squid Game is a South Korean Netlfix Original thriller series, and one of the most popular titles we’ve seen from the country since Kingdom and Crash Landing on You.
The series is a credit to Netflix’s growing investment in South Korea, which has seen hundreds of millions of dollars being invested into Korean movies and television shows.
Netflix Official Renewal Status: Renew (Last Updated on 18/05/2022)
We guessed that Squid Game was going to be popular, but we certainly weren’t expecting the K-Drama to become the worldwide phenomenon it now is. Amassing an audience exceeding the hundreds of millions, Squid Game is officially Netflix’s most successful Original ever.
There was a lot of speculation about the future, given how successful this series has been. It was the world’s worst secret that Netflix had greenlit the show for a second season.
In the wake of the show’s success, many have reached out to Hwang Dong-hyuk, the creator of Squid Game, to which he hasn’t been shy about sharing his thoughts. Dong-hyuk revealed to Variety how happy he has been with the show’s success, but thanks to how long and stressful the process of making the series was has initially put him off from jumping straight back into the project.
However, the cogs have been turning in Dong-hyuk’s head, as he has revealed that he has a basic storyline mapped out in his head for season 2. AP News reported at a red carpet event for a special screening at Neuehouse Hollywood, Hwang Dong-hyuk has stated that season 2 will happen someday;
I do have a basic storyline for season two, it’s all in my head, and I am currently in the brainstorming stage. It will happen, someday, but as for when I cannot tell you the details.
In January 2022 Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos confirmed that the second season of Squid Game is on the way.
Hwang Donghyuk, in an interview with The Korea Times revealed that he has been talking to Netflix about a second or third season.
I’m in talks with Netflix over Season 2 as well as Season 3. We will come to a conclusion any time soon.
It is a remarkable development considering the initial reluctance of Hwang Dong Hyuk to return to the series for a second installment. The Korean filmmaker must have been generating ideas about where to take the story next.
What’s most exciting is the interview heavily suggests we’ll see a renewal reveal extremely soon.
Given the overwhelming success of Squid Game, we’d be shocked if Netflix hasn’t approached Hwang Dong-hyuk already to discuss potential talks of renewal.
Detective Hwang Joon Ho was searching for his missing brother when he discovered the identities of the Frontman. Unable to send any of his evidence of the games back to the police, Hwang Joon Ho was confronted by the Frontman who revealed his identity to be that of Hwang In Ho, Joon Ho’s missing brother. In-Ho refused to cooperate with his brother and was forced to shoot Joon Ho. This led to Joon Ho's little brother being thrown off the cliff.
In Ho, who is shaken by his actions and haunted about what he did his brother could have devastating repercussions in later games.
In Ho, as the Frontman for the games is strategically placed in order to subvert the whole operation against his will.
There’s also a chance that Joon Ho survived his fall as Squid Game follows the TV troupe of characters who are believed to have died off-screen, aren’t actually dead at all.
Gi-Hon, who was traumatized by the time he spent playing the games had begun to make a recovery plan and began moving forward with his life. But to Gi-Hon’s horror, he witnessed the same games salesman who had recruited him, attempt to recruit a new potential games candidate.
He couldn’t confront the game recruiter, but he was able to take the card away from the new candidate. Gi-Hon called the number listed on his card and confirmed that the Frontman was monitoring him. Gi-Hon refused to board the plane which would have taken him to his daughter. Instead, he left, strongly insinuating that this was revenge for those who were responsible.
Gi-Hon is wealthy and motivated to retaliate against those who made the games. Gi-Hon technically isn't the only one who survived, since there were previous winners of these games dating back decades. He may find other victims who are similar to him and they might be able to pool money to find ways to get infiltrated where the games take places.
So far we’ve only seen the face reveal of one of the game’s VIPs, which almost lead to Joon Ho getting evidence to the mainland.
The games wouldn’t be possible without the backing of the VIPs, which means if they can be taken down then so will the games. Gi-Hun is aware of the existence and motivations of VIPs. Il Nam revealed that they were a way for Il Nam to escape from his wealth. Gi-Hun might be able target Il Nam's business associates if Gi-Hun is able to identify them.
Given the comments made by Hwang Dong-hyuk, we’re potentially years away from seeing a second season of Squid Game on Netflix.
We mentioned that the director has resisted returning to Squid Game without assistance from experienced directors and access to a writing space. He is reluctant to return so quickly after the series is over, as he plans to work feature films like KO Club (Killing Old Men Club), for which he is currently drafting the premise and pitching it as an inter-generational conflict.
Hwang Dong Hyuk's most recent remarks regarding season 2 release have their creator predicting a release in late 2023 to 2024.
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