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Since it's release on Netflix in September 2021, Squid Game quickly made its way to the number one spot and is now officially one of the most-watched series on the streaming platform of all time. So naturally, season two has been confirmed.
Squid Game topped the US Netflix charts just a few days after its release . The K-drama, which has been likened to Hunger Games and Kill Bill, was the brainchild of South Korean writer-director Hwang Dong-hyuk.
In what was his first TV series venture (having always worked on movies), Dong-hyuk set out to write an allegory for "modern capitalist society" and "something that depicts an extreme competition, somewhat like the extreme competition of life," he told Variety.
This chilling series sees some 456 financially desperate individuals compete in a bizarre tournament to win a huge cash sum. The stakes are high, with the prize being financial freedom, but the risk of losing is death.
The show stars Lee Jung-jae as Seong Gi-hun, the main protagonist, as well as Park Hae-soo as Sang-woo, and Wi Ha-jun as Joon-ho. In addition, newcomer HoYuen Jung, who plays Player 067, soon became a fan-favourite.
Squid Game season two was officially greenlit in November 2021. But in the time leading up to that, there were doubts about it being renewed.
The show's creator, Hwang Dong-hyuk, said he wasn't immediately thinking beyond the first series. "I don't have well developed plans for Squid Game 2," he said. "It is quite tiring just thinking about it. But if I were to do it, I would certainly not do it alone. I'd consider using a writers' room and would want multiple experienced directors."
This was writer-director Hwang Dong-hyuk's first venture into TV series having devoted his decades-long career to films up until now. According to the publication, Dong-hyuk first started conceptualising Squid Game in 2008 and it was previously understood he may return to movies for a while before working on Squid Game season two. But that's not to say season two won't be coming.
An official release date hasn't been announced yet, but we'd expect it to be released at some point in late 2022 or more likely, early 2023.
Squid Game season one was first announced in 2019 and was released on 17th September 2021, so judging by that it'll be 18 months to two years before we could see season two. But let's not forget there was a global pandemic in between Squid Game being announced and released, which disrupted a lot of film and TV productions throughout 2020.
We'll let you know as soon as we hear anything.
As season two has only just been officially confirmed, it's too early to expect a trailer. We'll drop it here as soon as we know more.
Warning: Squid Game season one spoilers alert.
As Squid Game hasn't officially been renewed for a second season yet, we can only speculate about the cast based on who survived at the end of season one. If you haven't watched it yet, you may want to look away now.
Many of the characters in season one, including two of the main characters: Kang Sae-byeok (Jung Ho-yeon) and the secret mastermind Oh Il-nam both, died by the end of the first season. Of the main characters, only Seong Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae) remains, so it's likely we could see him return in season two to try and shut down the game.
As for the rest of the cast, that really depends on the direction the storyline takes. Will we simply see a whole host of fresh faces competing in the tournament? Or will the games be made harder with some new twists and turns? Only time will tell.