Hey there, tentacled binches. By now I’m sure you’ve seen or heard about Netflix’s major new hit show 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 1 (which you absolutely should have done by now if you’re reading this), 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 the potential Squid Game season 2 in this yarn, which we’ll keep on updating as new facts roll in.
Squid Game season 2 release date
Currently, there is no release date yet for season 2, but we can probably expect to see something in a year or two.
Squid Game season 2 has been confirmed by Netflix
During an interview upon the release of Netflix’s fourth-quarter 2021 earnings report, 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.”
According to Variety, Sarandos also put Squid Game in the same category as Bridgerton and Stranger Things when he later spoke about shows with massive potential to grow. I’m inking at the thought of all the Squid Game possibilities.
The director is absolutely down for a second season
In a recent interview with AP Entertainment, Director Hwang Dong-hyuk finally confirmed that there would be a season 2.
“So 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!” Hwang said.
“But I will say 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. So I will promise you this… Gi-Hun will come back, and he will do something for the world.”
— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) November 9, 2021
Season 2 might not even be about Gi-hun and his read hair
Hwang sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to talk about all things Squid Game, and naturally, Season 2 came up.
However, according to him, Season 1 is rather complete, and the story of Gi-hun has 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,” he continued.
“So I thought that might be a good, simple-but-ambiguous way to end the story for Gi-hun. But 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.
“So if I end up creating season two, 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, I don’t know yet, but I’ll just say there are a lot of possibilities out there for season two storylines.”
MUCH to think about.
Season 2 may be a prequel about cops
Hwang told The Sunday Times in an interview that he’d like to focus a bit on the police officers in the Squid Game follow-up (if there is one), and maybe make some clever commentary about policing across the world.
“I think the issue with police officers is not just an issue in Korea,” he said.
“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 2, I can talk about this more.”
So either Hwang Jun-ho (the cop who may or may not be alive) will be getting a backstory prequel season about his relationship with his brother, or we’re going to follow his character more exclusively next season.
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 2,” 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 reigns 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 2. 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.
It would definitely garner more hype for the show, but only time will tell if there’s even going to be a second season.
Squid Game Season 2 may centre around the Frontman
Another concept presented by Hwang is that season 2 could follow the Frontman. Really, he’s just spitballing ideas here in every interview, it seems.
“One [idea] would be the story of the Front Man,” he told The Times.
Look, there’s a lot we don’t know about the Frontman, so that could be interesting. For example, how did he 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?
Got a lot of q’s and would like some a’s, please.Image: Netflix