Unless you’ve actually been living under a rock, you’ll know that Squid Game was THE show of 2021.
The candy coloured South Korean thriller about the nightmares of capitalism had us all on the edge of our seats as we watched the debt-ridden contestants risk their lives for the win.
“I wanted to write a story that was an allegory or fable about modern capitalist society, something that depicts an extreme competition, somewhat like the extreme competition of life. But I wanted it to use the kind of characters we’ve all met in real life,” Hwang told Variety.
To The Times, Hwang elaborated, saying: “We’re just all focused on winning. I wanted to take a break and think about who makes the system, and what we’re moving towards.”
Squid Game launched in September 2021, and quickly surpassed Bridgerton as Netflix’s most successful series to date, become the number one show in 90 countries. 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, as the show racked up 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.
With season one of the series ending on quite the cliffhanger, fans were left waiting for news of Squid Game season two. Here’s everything we know so far:
Is Squid Game Season Two Confirmed?
Yes! Netflix and Squid Game creator Hwang Dong-hyuk have officially confirmed that Squid Game Season 2 is in the works.
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.”
He continued: “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 ❗❗ (@squidgame) June 12, 2022
Of course, the confirmation of Season 2 is no surprise. Aside from the fact that the first season was one of the biggest shows in Netflix’s history, Hwang had already confirmed the news back in November 2021.
Speaking with Associated Press, Hwang said there had “been so much pressure, so much demand and so much love for a second season”.
He continued: “So I almost feel like you leave us no choice! But I will say there will indeed be a second season”.
Hwang said that season two was “in his head” and that he was “in the planning process currently”.
— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) November 9, 2021
Meanwhile, in January 2022, Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos announced that ‘the Squid Game universe [had] just begun.”
Sarandos is thinking much more broadly than the series itself, though, telling 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 Two Be About?
When it comes to confirmed details about the plot of Squid Game season two, there’s unfortunately not a lot to go on, as the season is so early in its production.
When speaking to Deadline at the 2022 Producer’s Guild Awards, Hwang said: “There will be more great games, that’s all I can say.”
Speaking to Vanity Fair for the June 2022 cover story, Hwang stated that he had about three pages of ideas which will be fleshed out into the second season.
Of the plot, he teased: “Humanity is going to be put to a test through those games once again. I want to ask the question, ‘Is true solidarity between humans possible?’”
Before the second season was confirmed, however, Hwang did speculate a little about the various directions he could take the show in.
“I could … go into the story of that recruiter in the suit who plays the game of ddakji with Gi-hun and gives him the card in the first episode,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “And, of course, we could go with Gi-hun’s story as he turns back, and explore more about how he’s going to navigate through his reckoning with the people who are designing the games. So, I don’t know yet, but I’ll just say there are a lot of possibilities out there for season two storylines.”
#SquidGame creator Hwang Dong-hyuk teases Season 2 of the global sensation.
— Variety (@Variety) March 13, 2022
Meanwhile, actor Lee Jung-jae, who plays Gi-hun, told People in December 2021 that he had “no idea what will happen or the scale of it”.
“The only thing [director Hwang] did tell me was that Seong Gi-hun is going to be in the show again, and he’s going to be playing in the arena again,” he teased.
Who Will Star In Squid Game Season Two?
As you’ll recall, when we left season one of Squid Game, most of the characters were dead, which really limits how many of them we can reasonably expect to see return for season two — at least, outside of any potential flashbacks or dream sequences.
Speaking to Associated Press in November 2021, Hwang confirmed that Lee Jung-jae will return as Gi-Hun, saying: “I will promise you this… (in English) Gi-Hun will come back, and he will do something for the world.”
Hwang has also confirmed that Lee Byung-hun will likely reprise his role as Front Man, as well. In April 2022, Hwang told Deadline that Gi-Hun would be back “for sure”, adding: “and I believe the Front Man will back too”.
Another familiar face we could see return for season two is Korean icon Gong Yoo, who plays the man who recruits Gi-Hun into the Squid Game, but nothing has been confirmed just yet. One of the show’s most high profile actors, the confirmation that the games have continued beyond Gi-Hun’s win leaves the door open for fans to see more of him in the future.
Meanwhile, actor Wi Ha-Jun, who plays officer Hwang Jun-ho, is very keen to reprise his role for the second season, as he is “dying to know what happened” to his character.
Speaking to Deadline, he said: “I want him to return alive, find his brother and ask him tons of questions. As a brother, I would ask him sincerely as a detective, I want to explore the overall secrets behind the game as well.
“I really hope to see Jun-ho come back alive and explore all these questions, I hope to see a more brotherly-love side of their relationship as well.”
As for our dearly beloved favourites, like Kang Sae-byeok (aka player 67), fans shouldn’t hold their breath for any appearances.
“I’ll try something to bring them back to season two. Let’s say maybe [Kang Sae-byeok] has a twin sister, you’ll see,” Hwang joked to Deadline on the red carpet at the 2022 Producer’s Guild Awards.
When Will Squid Game Season Two Be Released?
Unfortunately, no official release date has been announced for Squid Game season two.
Writing for the season is in the earliest stage of development, with Hwang telling Variety on the Critics Choice red carpet that he hadn’t actually begun writing it yet.
“It’s here. Not on the page, it’s here,” he said, pointing at his head. “Everything is secret. I cannot tell anything.”
Currently, Hwang is hoping that season two will premiere on Netflix by the end of 2024.
Good things come to those who wait, though, and we’ll update this post as new information becomes available.
Where Can I Watch the Squid Game Season Two Trailer?
In short, you can’t, because it doesn’t exist… yet.
Season two is currently still in the process of being written, and production won’t commence anytime soon, so there’t nothing to see here.
With that being said, watch this space, and 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 two as well as season three”.
He added: “We will come to a conclusion any time soon.”