Spoilers below for part 1 of Squid game.
Netflix’s big hit K-drama Squid game is, at face value, a spin of Japanese classics Royal War. A group of strangers are locked in a siege, where they are forced to kill each other if they hope to get hold of the carrot dangling in front of them: money and lots of it. But not like in Royal War and The Hunger Gameswhere child warriors are forced into the arena against their will, Squid game makes for a compelling moral shift: These participants are adults and they volunteer.
Just to be clear, they volunteer for one game. Each of them relies on their luck and searches for a life-changing payday — the prize is a check for $38.5 million — each contestant is invited to participate in a “survival contest.” “includes seemingly innocuous children’s games. Seong Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae) is one such unfortunate soul, encouraged to pay off her many debts through a “high bet” contest. Desperate, he accepts, only to wake up in a bizarre building surrounded by hundreds of similarly confused contestants. They are rounded to play a round of Red Light, Green Light. They sprint. Those who don’t shout to stop immediately will be knocked down.
If this sounds a little less fun than your average Netflix indulgence, your instincts are right. But Squid gamehas been developed for more than a decadeis the kind of horror movie that works because it uses its mind-twisting morality — what, after all, will friend What to do in a fight to the death? —to stir up the conversation. Since its release on September 17th, K-drama has topped the Netflix chart and became the most watched drama in history. We could spend hours analyzing exactly why this show captured the world’s attention, but in the end it only leads to Squid gameIts notable use of haunted characters. So naturally, fans are eager to see them back. As viewers gobbled up the first nine episodes, here’s what we know about the future for Netflix’s latest and greatest success story.
Will Squid game get a season 2?
The first part ends with something solvable, depending on how you choose to interpret it. Gi-hun won the Game and is currently dealing with the trauma of what he did, only to discover that the old man he befriended during the competition was in fact its creator. . Alas, betrayal on the greatest scale.
After this man dies, Gi-hun learns that the Game is still going on — he witnesses a candidate being recruited — and vows to stop it once and for all. We can choose to interpret this as the writers tying a bright bow in the finale, or maybe they intend to fuel speculation for the second chapter. Despite that, the show’s creator, Hwang Dong-hyuk, soon addressed the possibility of a season 2 after the show became such a groundbreaking performer.
“I almost feel like you don’t leave us a choice,” he told Related press on whether a second season is due, after obsessed fans around the globe have clamored for more. “There was too much pressure, too much demand and too much love for the second season.”
“It’s in my head right now,” added Hwang AP. “I am currently in the planning process. But I think it’s too early to say when and how that will happen. So I will promise you this, Gi-hun will come back and he will do something for the world”.
Hwang previously shared that he was so exhausted after making the first season that he didn’t initially think about extending the story. (K-dramas usually don’t continue for many seasons.) “I think I have an obligation to explain it to the fans and I was thinking about season 2, but at the time, I was so tired after the end of season 1, I really couldn’t think. to season 2″. he said IndieWire. “But now that it’s become such a huge hit, people are going to hate me if I don’t do season 2, so I feel a lot of pressure and think I have to.”
However, if he goes on with another season, he said he will avoid his typical solo approach and bring help. “If I had to do it, I definitely wouldn’t do it alone,” Hwang said Diversity. “I would consider using the writers room and would like more experienced directors.”
Sure enough, in January 2022, Netflix co-CEO and chief content officer Ted Sarandos confirmed on an earnings call that Squid game season 2 has been released:” Squid game the universe has begun,” he said, as reported by Diversity.
And then in June 2022, Netflix shared a message from Hwang Dong-Hyuk in which he warned, “The second round is coming.”
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“It took 12 years to bring the first season of ‘Squid Game’ to 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 thank you to fans around the world. Thank you for watching and loving our show.”
He then gave some direct answers about who fans can expect to see again, writing, “And now, Gi-hun is back. The Front Man is back. Season 2 is coming soon. The man in the suit with the ddakji may have returned. You will also be introduced to Young-hee’s boyfriend, Cheol-su. ”
The only thing missing is the actual release date.
Who will be in the cast?
Now that we know Netflix is cashing in on a sure-fire season 2, it’s likely Lee Jung-jae will return as Gi-hun. But because so many other characters have died – which is the nature of battle royale, we’ll almost certainly get a new supporting cast, possibly joined by a few cameos (in flashback or otherwise) from our old friends Park Hae-soo, Oh Yeong-su, and lover HoYeon Jung.
What will the second part be about?
The plot of Season 2 will likely focus on Gi-hun’s quest to end the Game, much like Katniss Everdeen’s story revolves around her revolutionary efforts to stop the Hunger Games and restore fair to the counties. What remains unclear is whether this noble pursuit will return Gi-hun himself to the arena, or if Squid game will pull a Westworld and draw its characters out of simulation and into more amazing reality. All we know from Hwang is for sure that Gi-hun will be back — we just don’t know how.
For his part, Hwang has a lot of ideas. “It is true that season one ended in an open way, but I really think this could also be a good ending to the whole story,” he said. The Hollywood Reporter. “…But there are several other stories in the series that remain unresolved. Take for example the story of the policeman and the story of his brother, The Man in Front. So if I end up making season two, I want to explore that storyline — what’s going on between those two brothers? I can also go into the story of the recruit in the suit, who plays the ddakji game with Gi-hun and gives him the card in the first episode. And, of course, we can continue Gi-hun’s story when he returns and discover more about how he’ll navigate through his reckoning with the people who are designing the game. So I don’t know yet, but I’ll just say that there are a lot of possibilities for a season two plot. ”
He then added that, despite enormous pressure from fans begging for a second chapter, he still chose to see adoration as a source of inspiration. “Because of all that pressure, I still haven’t decided if I should play another season,” he said. “But if you look at it in a positive light, since so many people loved season one and expect good things for season two, there are people everywhere in the world giving their opinion on the season two. where the show should go. I can really take ideas from fans all over the world to create the next season. ”
We still have a few more clues to go on, but with all the fervor surrounding the series – and the rise of K-dramas in general – we’re sure to have more news soon. .
How many seasons will there be in total?
In a recent interview with Korea Times, Hwang revealed that he is envisioning an even longer story for Squid game. “I am in talks with Netflix about season 2 as well as season 3,” he said. “We will come to a conclusion soon.”
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