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Everything We Know About Squid Game Season 2

Netflix's demented spin on the battle royale genre has room for a second season.

To put it mildly, Netflix's Korean battle royale drama, Squid Game, is a blood bath of the most epic—and cinematic—proportions. The series starring Lee Jung-jae has become an 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. Not to fear, however. Netflix does list Squid Game as a seasonal series, not a limited one, which means that a second season could absolutely be on the horizon.

Let's discuss what might come.

Will Squid Game Have a Season Two?

Netflix has not made any formal announcement of a second season. Okay, with that disclaimer out of the way, Squid Game will almost certainly get a second season. 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 the show's creator Hwang Dong-hyuk originally suggested that there was not going to be a Season Two, after speaking with The Sunday Times, it appears that narrative is changing.


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 nest 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.

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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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Justin Kirkland is a writer for Esquire, where he focuses on entertainment, television, and pop culture. Prior to Esquire, his work appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Hollywood Reporter, and USA Today. He is from East Tennessee and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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