Squid Game Creator Announces Season 2 Is Happening
Netflix's landmark series Squid Game is coming back for a second season.
"So, there's been so much pressure, so much demand, and so much love for a second season. So I almost feel like you leave us no choice," creator Hwang Dong-hyuk said. "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 that's going to happen."
Squid Game premiered on Netflix in September and centers on a group of indebted people in South Korea who agree to compete in a series of children's games for a chance at financial prosperity. The catch, however, is that those who lose the games are executed.
Within just one month's time, Squid Game surpassed Bridgeton to become Netflix's biggest series launch of all time after being viewed in 111 million households. Naturally, this fueled speculation that a second season was on the horizon, but not even Hwang was sure at the time.
"It’s true that season one ended in an open-ended way, but I actually thought that this could be good closure for the whole story too," Hwang said in October. "Season one ends with Gi-hun turning back and not getting on the plane to the States. And that was, in fact, my way of communicating the message that you should not be dragged along by the competitive flow of society, but that you should start thinking about who has created the whole system — and whether there is some potential for you to turn back and face it. So it’s not necessarily Gi-hun turning back to get revenge. It could actually be interpreted as him making a very on the spot eye contact with what is truly going on in the bigger picture. So I thought that might be a good simple, but ambiguous, way to end the story for Gi-hun."
But if you look at it in a positive way, because so many people loved season one and are expecting good things for season two, there are people everywhere in the world offering their opinions about where the show should go," he continued. "I could actually pull ideas from fans all around the world to create the next season. I think that’s what I’m wrestling with right now — that I shouldn’t just view it as a huge amount of pressure, but think of all of this love and support I’m receiving as a big box of inspiration that I can leverage for season two."