Squid Game creator Hwang Dong-hyuk has said that the show’s season 2 will come out as soon as next year.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, the South Korean filmmaker shared that he is in communication with Netflix to discuss the final draft of the second season for the hit series. He is spitballing ideas and has the plot roughly sketched out onto three pages that he intends to convert into the script for the show. Dong-hyuk estimated that it could come out in 2023 or 2024.
“Humanity is going to be put to a test through those games once again,” he said. The filmmaker elaborated on the potential themes he has got in mind, saying he wants to pose the question “is true solidarity between humans possible?” after the characters were “focused on wanting to kill each other off” the first time around.
He also confirmed that sole survivor of the Game lead actor Gi-hun, who is played by Lee Jung-jae, is definitely coming back for more. Dong-hyuk also feels inclined to bring back the mysterious Front Man and overseer of the games, played by Lee Byung-hun, and give him a more important role in the new season.
The series is a survival thriller that follows a group of contestants who agree to participate in a mysterious survival game with a grand prize total of nearly $40 million. The nine-part thriller followed a group of average citizens thrust into a high-stakes competition of childhood games with a deadly twist run by a mysterious organisation in a bid to win 45.6 billion won ($38 million).
It quickly became a worldwide sensation becoming the streamer’s biggest series launch ever and the first Korean series to reach the No. 1 position on Netflix’s top 10 titles in the United States.