Unless you were living under a rock, you’ll know that Squid Game was THE show of 2021. Now, the candy coloured South Korean thriller about the nightmares of capitalism is set to return for Squid Game Season 2. At Netflix’s Tudum: A Global Fan Event, the streaming giant announced some of the faces who would be joining the cast for Season 2.
Squid Game launched in September 2021, and quickly swept the world by storm. It’s estimated that within the first four weeks after the series launched, Netflix users streamed 1.65 billion hours of Squid Game.
The show’s success didn’t stop there, either. Squid Game went on to receive many prestigious and historic awards. At the 2022 Golden Globes, actor O Yeong-su won Best Supporting Actor in Television for his role as Player 001, making him the first Korean actor to win a Golden Globe. The series also won Best TV Drama.
Squid Game also made history as the first non-English-language series to score a nomination for cast in a drama series, actor in a drama series (Lee Jung-jae), actress in a drama series (Jung Ho-yeon), and stunt ensemble. It was also nominated for three Critics Choice Awards and a Gotham Award.
Season 1 ended on quite the cliffhanger, leaving fans waiting for news of Squid Game Season 2. Here’s everything we know so far:
Is Squid Game Season 2 Confirmed?
Yes! Netflix and Squid Game creator Hwang Dong-hyuk confirmed that Squid Game Season 2 was in the works back in June 2022.
In a letter posted to the show’s social media accounts, Hwang wrote: “It took 12 years to bring the first season of Squid Game to life last year. But it took 12 days for Squid Game to become the most popular Netflix series ever.”
“As the writer, director and producer of Squid Game, a huge shout out to fans around the world. Thank you for watching and loving our show. And now, Gi-hun returns. The Front Man returns. Season 2 is coming. The man in the suit with ddakji might be back. You’ll also be introduced to Young-hee’s boyfriend, Cheol-su.
“Join us once more for a whole new round.”
— Squid Game #오징어게임 (@squidgame) June 12, 2022
Given the show’s success, the confirmation was no surprise, of course. In January 2022, Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos announced that “the Squid Game universe [had] just begun.”
Sarandos was thinking much more broadly than the series itself, though. In an interview, he told Marca: “We’re building those muscles steadily with our consumer products, both like the Squid Game tracksuits, and then we’re making a big push on experiences that are mobile and portable.”
What Will Squid Game Season 2 Be About?
When it comes to the plot of Squid Game Season 2, there’s unfortunately not a lot to go on just yet. While speaking to Deadline at the 2022 Producer’s Guild Awards, Hwang said: “There will be more great games, that’s all I can say.”
In June 2022, Hwang told Vanity Fair that he had about three pages of ideas that would be fleshed out into the second season.
“Humanity is going to be put to a test through those games once again,” he teased. “I want to ask the question, ‘Is true solidarity between humans possible?’”
Squid Game Season 2 Cast
When we left Season 1 of Squid Game, most of the characters were dead. Obviously, this limits how many characters we can reasonably expect to see return for Season 2.
Now, Netflix has confirmed some of the returning characters, as well as some of the new faces who will be joining the Squid Game Season 2 cast.
In a cast announcement video, Netflix confirmed that (as expected) Lee Jung-jae will be reprise his role as Gi-hun. Also returning are Lee Byung-hun, who plays Front Man, Wi Ha-jun, who plays police detective Jun-ho, and Gong Yoo, who plays The Salesman.
The announcement also featured some new faces who’ll be entering the arena as they join the Squid Game Season 2 cast.
Actors Yim Si-wan, Kang Ha-Neul, Park Sung-hoon, and Yang Dong-geun are all featured in the video, which you can watch below.
When Is the Squid Game Season 2 Release Date?
Unfortunately, no official Squid Game Season 2 release date has been confirmed just yet. However, Director Hwang did confirm a rough timeline after Squid Game‘s wins at the 2022 Emmys.
Per Variety, Hwang said that Squid Game Season 2 would begin shooting in 2023, and is currently slated for a 2024 release.
“We will start shooting Season 2 next year and it’ll be released the following year,” Hwang said.
Where Can I Watch the Squid Game Season 2 Trailer?
Outside of the cast announcement posted above, there’s no Squid Game Season 2 trailer just yet. That’s because Squid Game Season 2 is currently in production, so there’s nothing to see here.
With that being said, watch this space! We’ll have it here as soon as it’s available.
Will There Be a Third Season of Squid Game?
Maybe! Hwang told Korean broadcaster KBS in December 2021 that he was “in talks with Netflix over Season 2 as well as Season 3”.
He added: “We will come to a conclusion any time soon.”
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