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Squid Game: Season 2 renewal and ending explained

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Netflix has only just launched their latest Korean drama ‘Squid Game’, but can viewers expect to see a second deadly tournament in season 2?

Squid Game can only be described as a rollercoaster ride from start to finish; feeling like an expertly crafted mixture of Deadman Wonderland, Alice in Borderland and The Purge.

The series only premiered through Netflix on Friday, September 17th, but many fans will be busy binge-watching the entire adventure over the weekend.

The final episode of Squid Game season 1 certainly had all the twists, turns and high-stakes moments that fans have become accustomed to in a Netflix suspense thriller.

However, episode 9 was so much more than just a dramatic finale and potentially set up a second deadly-lucrative season.

SPOILER WARNING: This article will contain spoilers for season 1.

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How did Squid Game end?

After Sang-woo killed himself in the final game, Gi-hun is released from the island with a credit card containing the prize money and some serious post-traumatic stress disorder.

A few weeks later, he is invited to play one final game with the grandmaster – which turns out to be none other than Oh Il-nam, player 001. Il-nam explains how he comes from a group of extremely wealthy individuals who put on Squid Games around the world for their own entertainment.

After Il-nam passes away, Gi-hun appears to find some closure; giving a large portion of money and custody over Sae-byeok’s brother to Sang-woo’s mother.

On the way to the airport, our now red-headed protagonist runs into another person being recruited to the Squid Game and takes his gold card. As he prepares to board a plane, he phones the number on the card and connects through to the gamemaster, who we know to be Detective Jun-ho’s brother.

He says that he is not a horse to race, but a person and states that he is going to find out who the people running the game are. “I can’t forgive you for everything you’re doing” says Gi-hun, as he turns around and walks away from the plane – perhaps towards a potential second season?

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Has Squid Game been renewed for season 2?

At the time of writing, Squid Game has not been publicly renewed for season 2 by either Netflix or Siren Pictures Inc, the production company behind the hit K-drama.

However, fans can be confident that we will see another round of the deadly competition at some point in the future.

The most obvious hint at a second season is that open ending to episode 9, with Gi-hun deciding to stand his ground and fight those who are running the game.

Interestingly, the majority of Korean dramas are only ever designed to run for one season and therefore, viewers rarely get to see such a fully intended open ending. When such an ending does occur, it naturally puts the emphasis on another season being planned by the producers – think back to Alice in Borderland for example.

The series should also be popular enough to warrant a second season, currently scoring an impressive 90% on Asianwiki, 8.1/10 on MyDramaList, 8.2/10 on IMDB and 94% on Rotten Tomatoes – although these numbers are expected to rise over the weekend.

Considering the initial viewer reaction to Squid Game and the open ending to episode 9, it should only be a matter of time before season 2 is officially announced. This article will be updated as soon as the production team or distribution partners share any new information.

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What could season 2 be about?

The Squid Game is certainly not over for Gi-hun, with our main character now setting himself on a path of revenge and revelation against the game-runners. However, the second season could even stray away from Gi-hun and focus on an entirely new cast.

The VIP’s discuss how the competition is held around the world and was only “this year” in South Korea. Squid Gam season 2 could see us jet off to another country and another tournament; North America or Europe most likely considering the VIP’s languages.

As noted by Den of Geek, the first season is centred around Korean culture, but that opens the door for other countries to have their own unique games.

“If the series creator were up for it, it could be interesting to see the same framework critiquing modern capitalism applied to a different country and culture to tell the story in a new, yet interlocking way.” Kayti Burt, via Den of Geek.

Similarly, Il-nam mentioned that the game has been taking part for a number of decades; perhaps a second season would travel back to the late-1980’s?

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Potential release date for season 2…

The Korean drama was announced in a press release back in September 2019, with the cast being confirmed by June 2020.

However, creator of the series Hwang Dong-hyuk recently revealed that planning for Squid Game has taken 10 years to complete.

It is reasonable to assume that the team behind Squid Game know the direction that season 2 (if renewed as expected) would take – shortening the potential wait required before production could begin.

At an early-prediction, fans could see a second round begin around one year from now in September 2022 but is again, dependent on how much of season 2 has already been planned.

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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