South Korean high-concept survival drama series Squid Game is well on its way to becoming the most popular Netflix series ever, with more and more subscribers sitting down to watch the gory, yet completely addictive show.
If you’ve yet to watch, Squid Game takes viewers into a world where debt-riddled folks agree to participate in a series of children’s games in the hopes of winning millions of South Korean won — even though losing a game means being immediately executed.
The sadistic games take place in a mysterious, state-of-the-art facility that is overseen by masked men whose rank is identified by the shape they display on their masks. Within the series, there are also several captivating sub-plots with the show itself making comments on the themes of equality, desperation, morality and human relationships.
Squid Game is for sure brutal, and you’d be forgiven for covering your eyes on more than one occasion, but it’s also supremely watchable thanks to the saturated, primary colour palette, use of inventive camera angles and superb acting which is 100% better enjoyed in the performer’s native language instead of with English dubbing.
It’s really no surprise that people are simply desperate to know if there will be a second season of the series, especially as the first one ended on such a question mark.
Squid Game‘s creator Hwang Dong-hyuk has previously been vague when asked if there would be a sophomore outing for his hit show, saying that he didn’t have a clear plan in mind for what a second season would look like.
In an interview with UK publication The Times, the writer and director has now suggested that perhaps an idea is starting to crystallise.
“If I do get to do one — one would be the story of the Frontman,” he said. “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.”
Meanwhile, Netflix’s global TV head Bela Bajaria has told Vulture that while a second season has yet to be confirmed by the streamer, if Hwang Dong-hyuk was agreeable to making one, the company would do what they could to accommodate him.
“He has a film and other things he’s working on,” she said. “We’re trying to figure out the right structure for him.
“We could not imagine that it would be this big globally. We always knew it was going to be a signature title for Korea, but there’s no way to have anticipated it would be this big.”
Noting that Squid Game‘s popularity has grown fairly organically (that is to say, mainly by word of mouth), Bajaria said, “People hear about it, people talk about it, people love it, and there’s a very social aspect to that, which does help grow the show outside of what we do.”
Squid Game is now streaming on Netflix.