Netflix Officially Confirms Squid Game Season 2, The Green Light  Is On!

Stop what you’re doing right now and freeze — Squid Game Season 2 is official (and it’s about to slap even harder). After premiering last fall, the South Korean series took the world by storm. The show shattered Netflix streaming records, collected many historic awards and catapulted its cast into global stardom.

The series’ writer-director Hwang Dong-hyuk announced the news Sunday in a letter to fans, noting that the global popularity of the South Korean show paved the way for a Season 2.

“It took 12 years to bring the first season of Squid Game to life last year. But it took 12 days for Squid Game to become the most popular Netflix series ever,” Hwang wrote, providing a slight tease at next season: “And now, Gi-hun returns. The Front Man returns. Squid Game Season 2 is coming. The man in the suit with ddakji might be back. You’ll also be introduced to Young-hee’s boyfriend, Cheol-su.”

He added, “Join us once more for a whole new round.” However, the streaming service did not provide a potential release date (or even a year) when Squid Game might return.

Netflix chief content officer and co-CEO Ted Sarandos previously stated that Squid Game was “absolutely” coming back for Season 2 after the show quickly became Netflix’s most watched series globally ever. “The Squid Game universe has just begun.”

Hwang added in an interview that he was “in talks with Netflix over Season Two as well as Season Three. We will come to a conclusion any time soon.” Still, a second season wasn’t officially cemented until Sunday’s announcement, with Hwang even hedging that the series could have ended with the first season’s final episode.

“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,” Hwang told The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”

In the dystopian K-drama, citizens gamble away their lives in order to win a life-changing cash prize. Through a lineup of terrifying and brutal childhood games, players are fatally eliminated until there’s one left standing. Fans might have to wait a bit longer before returning to the games, however. “We are working on the script right now and making the form of the story,” executive producer Kim Ji-yeon tells Tudum. “But there’s definitely a lot of pressure on how to make [Squid Game Season 2] even better. I know that a lot of the different fans and audiences have enjoyed the series very much, but really we’re focusing on how to make it even more joyful to the global audience.” 

Squid Game Season 2 Release Date

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Squid Game © Netflix

The announcement for Squid Game Season 2 was made on 12 June 2022. A short and brief teaser was released for the same. Netflix renewed the show announcing another season. However, an exact date for the release of Squid Game S2 is yet to be notified. Netflix and the creators have considered the love and appreciation that the viewers have showered upon this series.

Thus, they have fortunately decided to renew it and started preparing for the same. It is expected that another sason will be soon released on Netflix. Viewers can anticipate Squid Game Season 2 by the end of 2023 or even the beginning of 2024. All the fans of the Squid Game must keep checking the space for more information and the exact release date for the trailer and Season 2 of the Squid Game.

Squid Game Season 1 Recap

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Squid Game © Netflix

Exactly 456 cash-strapped contestants sign up for the chance to win enough money to turn their lives around. They’re taken to a mysterious facility where they compete in a series of childhood games — but these aren’t exactly like the ones from your schoolyard days. With roughly $38 million literally dangling over the contestants’ heads, their lives on the line and only one possible winner, the games become a high-stakes arena of survival of the fittest. 

Out of the five terrifying and death-defying trials, Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae), Sae-byeok (Jung Ho-yeon) and Sang-woo (Park Hae-soo) make it to the end as the remaining three competitors. By this point, Gi-hun has found a greater sense of empathy and cares for Sae-byeok. But Sang-woo isn’t on the same page. After the three’s celebratory dinner, in which they don tuxes and eat steak, a steak knife is left for each of them. Sang-woo, we have learned, will do whatever it takes to win, including betraying those closest to him. When the lights go off in the dormitories, he stabs Sae-byeok, who’s already suffering from injuries from the glass bridge game, and she dies. 

During the ride back to the real world, the Front Man, who’s in charge of the games, informs Gi-hun that the games are a form of entertainment, just like the horses on which Gi-hun used to bet. Earlier, we find out that the Front Man is Detective Hwang’s (Wi Ha-joon) missing brother, who was the 28th winner of the games. Hwang, who had infiltrated the games to find his brother, escapes to a nearby island to alert the authorities of this murderous operation. The Front Man reveals his true identity to his brother in their face-off, but, remaining loyal to the game, shoots Hwang. Stunned, the detective stumbles backward and falls off a cliff — but whether he is dead or alive remains a mystery.

Despite his winnings, Gi-hun has lost too much, and he comes home to find that his mother has died. Gi-hun decides to continue on and takes care of Sae-byeok and Sang-woo’s other requests: He finds Sae-byeok’s brother, leaves him in the care of Sang-woo’s mother and gives her half his winnings. While the games were taking place, his daughter, his ex-wife and her new husband emigrated to the States. But as he’s about to hop on the subway train, he hears the familiar sound of ttak — the sound of a ddakji hitting the cold floor of the station.

Gi-hun makes it to the airport, staring at the life-altering card in his hands. Just before boarding the plane, he makes a call to hear a voice once again prompting for his name and birthdate. Angrily, Gi-hun bites back at the agent that he’s not a racehorse and that he’s angry about the cruel games. Always alert, with his eyes and ears on the game, the Front Man intercepts the call and advises him to catch his flight. Well, Gi-hun’s had enough of listening to the Front Man and he doesn’t get on the plane. He turns back. One thing’s for certain: For Gi-hun, the game isn’t over.