Hey there, tentacled friends. By now I’m sure you’ve seen the huge 2021 hit Squid Game. It’s chaotic, full of death, and jam-packed with some heavy moments, but most importantly, it leaves you with many a question.
So, after completing Season One in 2022 like everyone else, you’re probably thinking: what on Earth is going to happen next? I mean, Squid Game absolutely opens itself up to a follow-up season, and there’s a lot that could possibly go down in the future.
With that said, we’ve gathered everything we know about Squid Game season two in this yarn, which we’ll keep on updating as new facts roll in.
Is there a Squid Game Season 2 release date?
Currently, there is no release date yet for season two. However, the good news is that Netflix has confirmed that the series will make a “triumphant return this year”.
It also confirmed that Emmy winner Lee Jung-jae will be returning as Gi-hun. We’ll also see the Front Man (Lee Byung-hun) and the Recruiter (Gong Yoo) make a comeback in Season Two. Plus, there’s even a new character in the mix played by Park Gyu-young. How curious!!!
Squid Game Season 2 First Look
Although we don’t have a locked-in release date, the good people at Netflix have bestowed upon us a first look at the upcoming season. So far, it looks as vibrant and curious as ever.
Squid Game Season 2 confirmed by Netflix
In 2022, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos was asked whether or not Squid Game would be officially returning for a second season.
“Absolutely,” he said.
“The Squid Game universe has just begun.”
Now Netflix has posted up some major hype to its social channels. Firstly, a Reel featuring this bitch:
And then the streaming service put up a post actually divulging some small but interesting details about season two’s plot. Give it a squiz:
According to Variety, Ted Sarandos also put Squid Game in the same category as Bridgerton and Stranger Things when he spoke last year about shows with massive potential to grow. I’m inking at the thought of all the Squid Game possibilities.
What will Squid Game Season 2 be about?
Director Hwang Dong-hyuk had previously doubled down on clues he gave before about the Squid Game Season Two plot.
In a post on Netflix’s Instagram, he mentioned Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae) would be coming back. This was super exciting for fans of the show, but a little confusing because previously, Hwang hinted that we might not see the main character as much in season two.
In 2021, Hwang sat down with The Hollywood Reporter and said the story of Gi-hun had come to a complete conclusion.
“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,” he said.
“Season one ends with Gi-hun turning back and not getting on the plane to the States. And that was, in fact, my way of communicating the message that you should not be dragged along by the competitive flow of society, but that you should start thinking about who has created the whole system — and whether there is some potential for you to turn back and face it.”
“So it’s not necessarily Gi-hun turning back to get revenge. It could actually be interpreted as him making a 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.”
Hmm. A lot of q’s and we need some a’s, please.
Will Squid Game Season 2 be about the Front Man?
In the Netflix post, Hwang hints we’ll see more of the Front Man and the hottie in the suit (Gong Yoo) who recruits people for the actual Squid Game.
This checks out with what Hwang told the Hollywood Reporter last year: “There are some other stories in the series that have not been addressed. For example, the story of the police officer and the story of his brother, the Front Man.
“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.”
I mean, we have a lot of questions about the Front Man. For example, how did this bloke go from winning the Squid Game in 2015 to hosting it in the current day? Did the old man hire him? What’s the story here? How close is he to his brother?
Hwang also told AP Entertainment in a red carpet chat in 2021 that he wanted to explore the cop storyline a little more — perhaps through Hwang Jun-ho (Wi Ha-joon), the aforementioned brother/police officer who may or may not be dead right now after Squid Game season one.
“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,” he said.
Who is Young-hee?
Young-hee is the horrible doll who says “red light, green light” and in Netflix’s new post, Hwang says we might meet her BOYFRIEND in Season Two. No, thank you!
Season 2 will definitely have multiple writers
Initially, Hwang made it clear that he never really intended the show to have a second season. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with a strong and open-ended single season, right?
“I don’t have well-developed plans for Squid Game Two,” he told Variety.
“It is quite tiring just thinking about it. But if I were to do it, I would certainly not do it alone. I’d consider using a writers’ room and would want multiple experienced directors.”
So, could we expect a bit of a tonal shift in the next season with a whole bunch of writers taking the reins for some fresh episodes?
There are suspicions it will have a weekly release
In an article by Forbes, it’s reported that Netflix will finally drop its highly-treasured format of just dropping a whole season at once for Squid Game season two. I mean, it makes sense, right?
This way, we can all talk about the crazy games that Squid Game presents to us one by one, instead of just having to wait for our mates to watch the whole thing before dissecting the entire season.
Either way, we can’t bloody wait.