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Will There Be a Second Season of Squid Game?


Spoilers ahead.

Ever since its premiere just a few weeks ago on Netflix, Squid Game has enraptured and disturbed so many viewers around the world that the streaming giant already predicts that the Korean dystopian thriller will become its most popular show, ever. Of course it’s not hard to see why. For those who have yet to binge all 9 episodes, the Hunger Games-meets-Parasite premise of Squid Game is that 456 people who are desperate for money are invited to a creepy facility where, over the course of six days, they’ll play various children’s games (some are specifically Korean, like the Dalgona candy challenge and the titular Squid Game, while others are more universal, like Tug of War). The winner of it all will take home $38 million—but lose a game and you pay with your life.

At the center of the story is protagonist Gi-hun (played by Lee Jung-jae), an unemployed gambling addict running from loan sharks who appears to grapple most deeply with the grotesque moral compromises these players are forced to confront as the games progress. But there can only be one winner, and ultimately it’s Gi-hun.

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A still from Squid Game.

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Still, Squid Game leaves several questions unanswered. First is the origin story of the Front Man, the mysterious masked presider who, as it turns out, was himself a winner of the games several years ago; not only that, he was a former cop. Second is the greater conspiracy behind the whole purpose of it all, which is for rich, white “VIPs” to seek entertainment and sick pleasure from watching poor Koreans kill each other for money. And lastly, it’s that the show ends on a cliffhanger: Just as he is about to board a plane for America to be reunited with his daughter, a chance at a fresh start, Gi-hun turns around, instead vowing to expose the criminal organization responsible for the games.

In other words, though it has yet to be officially confirmed, there is plenty of material to mine for a potential season 2. And although the show’s creator and director Hwang Dong-hyuk originally had no plans to write a sequel, he recently shared a few ideas for a sophomore run with the Sunday Times. “While I was writing season one, I thought about the stories that could be in season two if I get to do one—one would be the story of the Front Man,” he said. “I think the issue with police officers is not just an issue in Korea. 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 two I can talk about this more.”

It really seems to be a matter of when a season 2 will be green lit, not if—it’s hard to imagine Netflix passing up on the opportunity to continue the Squid Game story after such immense success.

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Leena Kim
Associate Editor
Leena Kim is an associate editor at Town & Country, where she writes about travel, weddings, arts, and culture.

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