Squid Game season 2 : You had to be under a rock in order to see the incredible phenomenon that was Netflix’s Korean series Squid Game.
The world’s imagination was captured by the to-the-death war of wits. It also brought to the attention of some people the stream of incredible Korean content available to subscribers.
It’s amazing that the show is so popular, it’s difficult to believe we almost missed SquidGame all together.
Interview with Vanity Fair. the creator Hwang Doh-hyuk said that the original idea was rejected.
The show’s creator tried to pitch it as feature film in 2009 but was turned down.
Hwang stated that “people were telling me it was too unrealistic.” Hwang said that the project was absurd. It was about poverty and debt leading to life-threatening decisions in a world where there was real financial crisis.
Hwang Donghyuk put aside the script and focused on other projects, including the acclaimed The Crucible and Miss Granny as well as The Fortress.
He didn’t abandon Squid Games, and he revisited the script again in 2018. He said, “It was very strange,” because what seemed impossible at the time wasn’t as absurd anymore.
Few shows have had such a profound cultural impact as Squid Game. There are creepy giant Red Light, Green Light’ dolls all over the globe and many recreations of the games being played (without the death).
The distinctive pink guard uniforms and green competitor tracksuits became so popular around Halloween that New York’s schools officially banned them.
Park Hae-soo (Cho Sang-woo, Player 218) is proud of his work on the show, and the impact it had on pop culture (via EW). “The fact that we created a uniquely Korean story, with a very Korean subject matter, with all Korean creators – the crew, the staff, and the wonderful cast.”
“The fact that something we prepared for a long time and showcased to the world in the Korean language and filled with Korean culture, the fact that this was loved by so many around the world and so many people related to it, that was something I’m really proud of.”
So, will we find out what’s happening next to Gi-hun following his experiences within the games? Here’s everything you need to know.
Squid Game season 2 release date: When will it air?
“On your marks. Set. Greenlight.” Get your green trackies ready, because Squid Game has officially been given the go-ahead for a second season – unsurprising, given its popularity and viewing success.
And Hwang Dong-hyuk is ready to go with a season two outline. “I have a treatment of a whole season two episode with new games and new characters,” he told E! Online. “I like it. I think it’s good. It’s better than what I expected.”
The good news – announced by Netflix via Twitter on June 12, 2022 – was accompanied by a teaser video. Fans just about lost their minds demanding the return of some of their favourites, despite their bloody demises.
“Won’t be tuning in unless [Kang Sae-byeok] rises from the dead,” said one fan. Pretty hard to survive a slashed throat but we’re here for the passion.
More realistic speculation over who may return was also rife with some predicting Wi Ha-joon may return as detective Hwang Jun-ho. We know, we know, he ‘died’, but as one Twitter user pointed out, we didn’t actually see a body.
Squid Game season 2 cast: Who’s in it?
Considering the nature of the Squid Game itself, don’t expect too many familiar faces in the upcoming season two.
Out of the first season’s 456 competitors, all of them but one died.
But the one person we know we can count on to come back is Seong Gi-hun who, after making it out of the game alive, found himself tempted back in after seeing someone else recruited for the mega-millions life/death game.
Alongside Lee, the rest of the cast is basically up for debate, with pretty much everyone having met their maker.
The announcement of its second season did confirm the The Front Man will be back, while also teasing the return of the man in the suit with the ddjaki. It also hinted the debut of Young-hee’s boyfriend Cheol-su may be possible but made no confirmation.
Previous players – including actors Park Hae-soo, Oh Yeong-su and Hoyeon – could potentially make a comeback, but only at best in flashbacks as Gi-hun takes on the games once again, remembering his fallen friends.
One other important name that fans would be keen to see return is Gong Yoo, the Korean icon who’s most recognisable to international audiences as the star of Train To Busan.
Not only was Gong’s high-profile cameo a highlight for fans, but it also sets up the possibility of a return for his character. After all, he must surely be out there somewhere, still recruiting new participants to die in the game, so it wouldn’t be hard to bring Gong’s character back in season two (hopefully with more scenes this time around).