*Warning: This article contains spoilers*
If you bingewatched Netflix’s Squid Game and are still suffering from nightmares, you might want to prepare yourself for some more restless nights.
Since the dystopian thriller series hit our screens on September 17 it’s become Netflix’s number one ‘must-see’ show across 90 countries and the streaming platform’s most successful non-English show. In recent days, it also became Netflix's biggest ever series launch (surpassing Bridgerton’s record earlier this year), and the hashtag #squidgame has now had over 27.5 billion (yes, billion) views on TikTok.
Fans of Squid Game have been hooked by the show’s disturbing plot, which sees 465 people (all with serious debt issues) compete in six children’s games over six days to win £28 million ($38 million). The losers? Well, the majority of the show's characters suffer pretty gory deaths, but not before we’ve all become obsessed with them and theories about that open ending.
To quench your Squid Game thirst, here's everything we know about a possible Squid Game season two.
Has Squid Game season two been confirmed?
Not exactly, but given the streaming platform’s history for renewing successful Netflix original dramas like Stranger Things and Bridgerton, we have a feeling we won’t have seen the last of the Squid Game competitors.
Usually Netflix waits a couple of months before renewing its big shows, so keep your eyes peeled.
When would Squid Game season two be released?
If a second season was commissioned we’re pretty sure we wouldn’t be seeing it on our screens for quite some time.
We first heard about Netflix’s Squid Game back in 2019. It then took another two years for filming and production to finish up, so it’s likely we wouldn’t see a second season until 2023 (even 2024!).
What have the cast said about a Squid Game season two?
Not a lot, but actor Wi Ha-jun (who plays Detective Hwang Jun-ho) has hinted that his character might return if season two was commissioned.
Fans of the show will remember the detective spent the majority of the first season on the hunt for his missing brother nnd resorted to working behind-the-scenes at the Game. In the end the character learns his brother is in fact the Games' Front Man and is shot by his brother for failing to give up his gun and his police investigation. The last we saw of Jun-ho was when he fell off the side off a cliff after being shot.
In a recent interview Deadline, Ha-jun said he wants his character to still be alive so he can the answers to many questions.
'I'm dying to know what happened to him,' the actor told the publication. 'I want him to return alive, find his brother and ask him tons of questions. As a brother, I would ask him sincerely.
'As a detective, I want to explore the overall secrets behind the game as well. I really hope to see Jun-ho come back alive and explore all these questions. I hope to see a more brotherly-love side of their relationship as well.'
That said, the actor isn't so sure a reconciliation between the brothers would be on the cards. 'I will have to hear why he made certain choices,' he said.
Okay, so it's not a confirmation that a second season is in the works, but it's clear the cast want to find out what happens next for their characters.
Kim Joo-ryoung (Han Mi-nyeo/Player 212) has also been delighting fans by sharing numerous behind-the-scenes photos from the Squid Game set if that’s any consolation?
Writer-director Hwang Dong-hyuk recently told Variety that working on Squid Game was pretty challenging, so it’s likely he wouldn’t want to jump head first into a second season without giving it some in-depth thought.
‘In my earlier days, I’d drink half a bottle of soju (Korean liquor) to get the creative juices flowing. I can’t do that any more,’ he said. ‘Writing (Squid Game) was harder than normal for me as it was a series, not a film. It took me six months to write and rewrite the first two episodes. Then I consulted verbally with friends, and picked up clues for improvements through my own pitching and from their responses.’
Dong-hyuk is currently working on a film titled KO Club, so don’t expect a season two Squid Game script any time soon, okay?
What would happen in the Squid Game season two plot?
Your guess is as good as ours.
At the end of season one, only Gi-hun and Cho Sang-woo remain in the competition. Gi-hun is ultimately the winner, but at the last moment offers his hand to Sang-woo, only for the latter to take his own life.
The Front Man then explains to Gi-hun that the Squid Game is a form of entertainment for the rich, in much the same way people bet on horses. We then see winner Gi-hun being dropped off in an unknown location and going home to see his mother.
A year later, Gi-hun is sitting on a beach and receives a rose with a black, pink ribbon-wrapped envelope attached to it with the words: 'December 24. 11:30 p.m. Sky building, 7th floor. From your gganbu', inside. It's believed Player 001 is known as gganbu, who Gi-hun thinks he'd killed in the Games.
So, does this mean a second Squid Game is on the horizon for Gi-hun? Perhaps.
Is there a Squid Game season two trailer?
To our knowledge a second season hasn't even been written so it would be fair to assume a second trailer doesn't exist. In the meantime, you can watch the season one trailer at the top of this article.
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