Season 2 of Netflix’s record-breaking South Korean sitcom Squid Game is currently in development, according to Hwang Dong-hyuk, the show’s creator. The show follows Seong Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae), a down-on-his-luck protagonist, as he competes in a series of death games for the chance to win the final prize of 45.6 billion KRW (about $38.7 million USD). Despite the fact that death game stories have been popular for decades, Hwang’s series stands out for its sharp critiques of class inequality and capitalism, which have become contentious themes since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Squid Game’s various challenges are also all inspired by classic childhood games in South Korea, several of which have worldwide analogs (for example, the show’s opening task, “Mugunghwa kkochi pieotseumnida,” is localized as Red Light, Green Light in the show’s English subtitles and audio.).
Squid Game was only two months old when it went viral, swiftly becoming Netflix’s most-watched original series of all time. Since its debut, the series has grown into a pop-cultural phenomenon, with Squid Game-related imagery abounding both online and offline, with the show’s now-iconic pink warriors popping up in everything from internet memes to Halloween costumes. Squid Game season 2 was almost a foregone conclusion due to the show’s spectacular success and its rather open ending. Season 2 has now been confirmed, which is great news for fans.
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In a recent interview with AP (via The Wrap), Hwang says that “there will indeed be a second season” thanks to the overwhelmingly positive reception from fans. However, the director does add the caveat that “it’s too early to say when and how it’s going to happen,” although he does promise that “Gi-hun will come back, he’ll do something for the world.” Check out the full excerpt below:
So 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 it’s going to happen. So I will promise you this… Gi-hun will come back, he’ll do something for the world.
With the confirmation of Squid Game season 2, fans who were upset by the show’s season 1 ending may finally get their issues addressed in the upcoming sequel. Gi-decision hun’s to follow the mystery inventors of the Squid Game competitions rather than reconnecting with his daughter in the United States drew widespread criticism from fans who wished for a more emotionally satisfying narrative for the character. Gi-choice, hun’s according to Hwang, was motivated by an altruistic desire to deconstruct an exploitative system rather than mindless revenge against his disguised kidnappers.
In any event, the announcement of Squid Game season 2 provides us with a world of creative possibilities. The series now has the opportunity to go more into the roots of the Squid Game contests, which are said to be the result of an international conspiracy engineered by the world’s elite. With practically all of his buddies now dead as a result of the games, Gi-lone hun’s battle against the masked VIPs will definitely be fascinating to see develop. Season 2 of Squid Game, hopefully, will be able to rekindle the charm that made season 1 such a huge hit.