Squid Game Season 2 has officially been given the green light (not the red light), Netflix co-CEO and chief content officer Ted Sarandos confirmed. The South Korean survival show quickly emerged as the streaming giant’s biggest series of all time, and now, as revealed by Variety, Sarandos has hinted at further stories far beyond just a second season.
“Absolutely. The ‘Squid Game’ universe has just begun.”
Speaking for Netflix’s fourth-quarter 2021 earnings interview, Ted Sarandos has not only confirmed that Squid Game Season 2 is absolutely, definitely, totally happening (something which should please fans aching for more after that cliffhanger style ending) but even suggests that the hugely successful first season will spawn a wider franchise. Make no mistake, Netflix is now very much in the Squid Game business.
Created by Hwang Dong-hyuk, who shopped the idea around for a decade, and starring Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, O Yeong-su, Wi Ha-joon, Jung Ho-yeon, Heo Sung-tae, Anupam Tripathi and Kim Joo-ryoung, Squid Game centers on a contest in which 456 players, drawn from different walks of life but each deeply in debt, play a set of children’s games with deadly consequences, in the hopes of winning a 45.6 billion Won prize.
The first series of Squid Game was released last year on September 17, 2021, and was met with much critical acclaim and international attention. Squid Game now stands as Netflix’s most-watched series, becoming the top-viewed program in 94 countries and attracting more than 142-million-member households and amassing 1.65 billion viewing hours during its first four weeks from launch, surpassing the previous titleholder, Bridgerton, as the streaming platform’s most-watched show.
While it took some convincing, Hwang Dong-hyuk was eventually persuaded to return for a second season of Squid Game. “So there’s been so much pressure, so much demand and so much love for a second season,” the creator said in November last year. “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.”
Details of season 2 remain a closely guarded at present, though Hwang Dong-hyuk has offered some insight into where the world of Squid Game might go next, with the creator saying that it could focus on mysterious character, The Front Man. “While I was writing season one, I thought about the stories that could be in season two if I get to do one – one would be the story of the Frontman.” Portrayed by Terminator Genisys star Lee Byung-hun, The Front Man begins as the masked leader of the Squid Game, before being revealed Hwang In-ho, the missing brother of police officer Hwang Jun-ho, and previous winner of Squid Game.
With season 1 leaving so many questions unanswered, and Squid Game being such a huge success, expect to see a lot more from the show in Netflix’s future.
It’s very unlikely you haven’t heard about Squid Game by now as the show has just smashed the record for the biggest launch on Netflix.
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