In what seems like the most obvious of outcomes, the creator of Squid Game has said that the success of the show makes it a virtual lock to have a followup.
At an event in LA, Hwang Dong-hyuk said that while he did not have plans in place, the phenomenon has led to him getting out his pen and paper.
“I almost feel like you leave us no choice!,” he said, adding, “There will definitely be a second season” and that he is “in the planning process, currently.”
Netflix has not announced anything but what in the world would keep them from trying to recreate the magic of the first season? Literally nothing.
Within the first month of the show launching, Squid Game was viewed by 111 million accounts globally, making the series Netflix’s biggest series debut ever — as well as the first Netflix original title to top 100 million viewers within its first month on the platform.
By the time Halloween came around and everyone was dressing as a guard, the series reached an insane amount of viewers, prompting Netflix to write in an announcement to their investors, “a mind-boggling 142m member households globally have chosen to watch the title in its first four weeks. The breadth of Squid Game‘s popularity is truly amazing.”
“Well, these days we are, in fact, living in a deeply unfair and economically challenging world. Especially after the pandemic. I mean, there is more inequality, more severe competition and more people are being pushed to the edge of their livelihoods,” he said. “Currently, I would say that more than 90% of people across the world will be able to somehow connect and empathize with the plight of the characters that are portrayed in the series. More than anything else, that’s probably why the series was such a big success worldwide.”
The next logical question is: How will Season 2 will go? What could it possibly be? Not another game… that is not captivating…
Well, Dong-hyuk suggested that the new season would at least partially focus on Gi-hun, the lone survivor of Season 1’s games.
In his interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Dong-hyuk said, “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.”
He also said a possible plot could revolve around “the story of the police officer and the story of his brother, The Front Man. So if I end up creating Season 2, I’d like to explore that storyline – what is going on between those two brothers?”
No matter what is going to happen in Season 2, Dong-hyuk is cashing in as Netflix is now going to move forward with three other titles from Dong-hyuk: Silenced, Miss Granny, and The Fortress.