In the second half of 2021, you would have had to be living under a rock to have missed the Korean series Squid Game on Netflix.
The battle of wits to the death caught the attention of people all over the world and finally made some people aware of the amazing Korean content that is available to subscribers all over the world.
It’s hard to believe that we almost didn’t watch Squid Game at all, given how popular it has become.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, the show’s creator, Hwang Dong-hyuk, said that the idea behind the show had been turned down at first.
In 2009, the show’s creator tried to get it made into a movie, but he was turned down.
“People told me it was too far-fetched,” Hwang said. The project was called “absurd” because it was about making a movie about how debt and poverty can make people make life-threatening decisions. This was at a time when the real world was going through a global financial crisis.
Hwang Dong-hyuk put the script away and worked on other things, like directing The Crucible, Miss Granny, and The Fortress, all of which were well-received.
He didn’t give up on Squid Game, though, and went back to the script in 2018. “It was a very strange thing to go through,” he said, “because things that seemed so impossible at the time didn’t seem so impossible anymore.”
Few shows have had as big of an impact on culture as Squid Game. Creepy giant “Red Light, Green Light” dolls have popped up all over the world, and fans have made their own versions of the games (without the added side of death).
Around Halloween, the pink guard uniforms and green competitor tracksuits became so popular that New York’s schools made it official that they could no longer be worn.
Park Hae-soo, who played Cho Sang-woo and Player 218, is proud of what he did on the show and how it changed popular culture (via EW). “We made a very Korean story about a very Korean topic with all Korean creators, including the crew, the staff, and the great cast. I’m really proud that something we worked on for a long time and showed to the world in the Korean language and full of Korean culture was loved by so many people all over the world and that so many people could relate to it.”
When Might the Second Season of Squid Game Come Out?
“Ready, set, go! Set. Greenlight.” Get your green tracksuits ready, because the second season of Squid Game has been officially approved.
The good news was shared on Twitter by Netflix on June 12, 2022, along with a short teaser video. Fans almost went crazy when they asked for the return of some of their favorite characters, even though they had been killed in bloody ways.
One fan said, “I won’t watch unless Kang Sae-byeok comes back from the dead.” It’s pretty hard to live through having your throat cut, but we’re here for the love.
There was also a lot of realistic talk about who might come back. Some people thought Wi Ha-joon might come back as detective Hwang Jun-ho. We know he “died,” but as one Twitter user pointed out, we didn’t see a body.
Hwang Dong-hyuk was nice enough to confirm that two people from season one will be back for season two. Seong Gi-Hun (Lee Jung-jae), our favorite gambler-turned-survivor, will be back for more games and blood. Literally, because the last time we saw him, he had taken the bait and signed up to play in the squid games again.
Lee Byung-hun will play Hwang In-ho, also known as The Front Man, again. We don’t think he will feel very bad about killing his brother Hwang Jun-ho. He seems pretty cold and heartless, but will he get what’s coming to him? Looking forward to finding out.
Hwang Dong-hyuk Said This About His Squid Game Journey
“Last year, it took 12 years to make the first season of Squid Game, but it only took 12 days for Squid Game to become the most watched show on Netflix ever.
“As the person who wrote, directed, and made Squid Game, I want to give a big shout out to all the fans around the world. We’re glad you watched and liked our show.”
At the moment, there is no official date for season two of Squid Game, but it is coming.
But you shouldn’t get too excited about it. During the same interview with Vanity Fair, Hwang Dong-hyuk talked about the progress of the second season. He said that the second part of the bloody suspense thriller won’t be available on streaming services until at least the end of 2023, and probably not until 2024.
As of May 2022, Hwang said that he only has about three pages of ideas that he will turn into a script, but he has confirmed that there will be more games. “Those games are going to put humanity to the test once more.”
When asked if some of the same themes would come up in the second season, Hwang Dong-hyuk replied:
“I want to ask, ‘Is it possible for people to be truly united?'”
Hwang Dong-hyuk confirmed in November 2021 that new episodes had been ordered, so now fans just have to play the waiting game. (See what we did? We made a game pun. So proud.)
Associated Press: “He told us: “So many people want a second season, and there’s a lot of pressure and love for it. So I feel like you don’t give us much of a choice. I can say, though, that there will be a second season. I’m thinking about it right now. I’m in the process of making plans right now.
“But I don’t think it’s time to say when or how that will happen yet. So I’ll tell you this… Gi-Hun will come back, and he will help the world in some way.”
Not only that, but it looks like there may already be plans for a third season.
In December 2021, Hwang told KBS, a Korean news station, through Korea Times: “I’m talking with Netflix about seasons two and three. We will soon reach a decision.”
The first season took two years to make, so don’t expect an official release date any time soon.
Who Is in Season 2 of Squid Game?
Because of how the Squid Game works, you shouldn’t expect to see too many familiar faces in season two.
All but one of the 456 people who were in the first season died.
But Seong Gi-hun is the one person we know will come back. He left the game alive, but when he saw someone else get picked for the mega-millions life-or-death game, he was tempted to go back in.
What Will Happen in the Second Season of Squid Game?
At the end of the first season of Squid Game, Gi-hun has won against all odds. But the game is still going on. Gi-hun finds out that the Squid Game is still going on with new competitors after the death of the man who made it.
Given all of this, it would be easy to keep the story going with Gi-hun at the center, doing everything he can to stop the game, just like he promised in the end.
And it looks like season two will go in that direction.
People’s actor Lee Jung-jae said, “I don’t know what will happen or how big it will be, but [director] Hwang did tell me that Seong Gi-hun will be in the show again, and he will be playing in the arena again.”
But even with his new money, it’s hard to see how Gi-hun could beat the people who made the game.
When Can I Watch the Second Season of Squid Game?
As far as we know, filming for the new season hasn’t even started yet, so a release date is a long way off.
Because of this, there is also no trailer.
But Squid Game has made us never want to gamble again. If we had to bet money on when new footage will come out, late 2022 seems like a good bet.
Check back often, and we’ll let you know as soon as we have more information.