Squid Game Season 2 Is Officially Happening, and Its Creator Jokes Global Success 'Leave Us No Choice'

Could the stakes be even bigger?

After months of speculation, the creator of Squid Game has set the record straight: season two is officially happening, even if that wasn’t part of his original plan. 

In an interview with the Associated Press, creator Hwang Dong-hyuk joked that the global success of the show has made him rearrange his original plot. 

"I almost feel like you leave us no choice," creator Hwang Dong-hyuk said. "But, I will say [that] 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 is already Netflix’s most-viewed series of all time with over 111 million tuning into the phenomenal South Korean drama. 

With a cliffhanger at the end of season one, it was only natural for audiences to demand for a season two, but according to Hwang, the ending was intended to be open-ended to let viewers dream up their own sequels. Of course, Hwang didn’t expect the film, which was only sold to Netflix for only $21.4 million, to earn the streamer $900 million in just a few months.


"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. "It’s not necessarily Gi-hun turning back to get revenge. It could actually be interpreted as him making 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 it looks like his story isn’t over, and Hwang admits that he might just be inspired by all the fan ideas as to the future of Gi-hun.

"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,” said Hwang. 

Since the idea of season two is still being formed in the show runner’s head, we won’t be getting any official dates for release just yet. For now, we can only wait for whatever madness Hwang’s mind comes up with this time and hope it’ll top season one. 

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