'Squid Game' Season 2 Is Inevitable. Just Ask the Creator.

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Get your jade tracksuit on, we're going on an adventure. Squid Game, the massively successful Korean drama that took over Netflix is, according to creator Hwang Dong-hyuk, getting a second season. In a new interview with AP, Hwang said that the massive fan fare left him "no choice" and that lead character Gi-hun "will do something for the world."

Netflix's Korean battle royale drama, Squid Game, is (if somehow you're the one person who has not watched it) a blood bath of the most epic—and cinematic—proportions. Starring Lee Jung-jae, the series became a near instant hit on the streaming service following its late September release and is now, officially, the most popular premiere the streamer has ever experienced. The nine episodes follow a man named Gi-hun who gets pulled into a game that pays a handsome reward of $38 million dollars for its winner. The only catch: if you don't win, you die. And with 456 competitors, the odds are definitely not in your favor (sorry, Hunger Games).

Speaking of the Hunger Games though, these battle-to-the-death stories often punctuate themselves. When (spoiler) 455 people die, that leaves the cast list a bit bare for a second outing, which means there's much work to do in the casting department before filming can begin.

Let's discuss what might come.

Will Squid Game Have a Season Two?

While Netflix has not made the formal announcement, considering the popularity of the series, it seems clear that the creator's comments are spot on and that the series will come back for Season Two. As Hwang noted in that interview, "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... It's in my head right now. I'm in the planning process currently."

The series has skyrocketed to the streamer's top watched list, so fans are feeling desperate for more. Plus, there's been news of Netflix's recent investment in more Korean dramas. Also, while Hwang originally suggested that there was not going to be a Season Two, that narrative began changing pretty soon after the successful stats starting rolling in.

So now, it's less about if there's a story to tell and more so if Netflix wants to give it the green light (red light!) (sorry, terrible joke). The only foreseeable issue? They're gonna need a whole new cast. Everyone in this one is dead.

What Would Squid Game Season Two Be About?

If we go off of what Hwang has said he envisions for the series, the next installment of the series could actually be a prequel and highlight the backstory of the Frontman. In particular, the story would focus on his history as a police officer. As Hwang told The Sunday Times, "I think the issue with police officers is not just an issue in Korea. I see it on the global news that the police force can be very late on acting on things—there are more victims or a situation gets worse because of them not acting fast enough. This was an issue that I wanted to raise. Maybe in Season Two I can talk about this more."

Famously, Hwang wrote Squid Game completely on his own, meaning that if Season Two gets greenlit, it could introduce a whole writer's room's worth of perspectives.

In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter though, Hwang said that he has a few ideas of what Season Two could look like.

I’d like to explore that storyline — what is going on between those two brothers? And then I could also 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. 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, in short, there's a few interpretations that he could explore.

Just Out of Curiosity, What Game Do You Think You'd Be Best At?

So glad you asked. I would absolutely destroy my competitors at marbles, but I would likely die playing Red Light, Green Light, so this point is moot.

Keep checking back for more information on Squid Game season two. This will be updated as new information is released.

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