Netflix Teases ‘Squid Game 2’ Return

The Netflix original series “Squid Game” came out of nowhere last year to become the streamer’s all-time biggest ratings hit, tracking more than 1.6 billion hours streamed in its first 28 days of release.

Hwang Dong-hyuk

In a June 12 post, Hwang Dong-hyuk, director, writer, and executive producer of the South Korean-based survival drama, said it took 12 years to bring the first season of “Squid Game” to life last year. And it took 12 days for the show to become the most popular Netflix series ever. 

Dong-hyuk said the second season of the series is coming, without elaborating details on any launch date or program/cast details.

He did say that characters Seong Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae), also known as Player 456, and Hwang In-ho, a.k.a. “The Front Man” (Lee Bung-hun) would return, and that the man in the suit with ddakji might be back. 

“You’ll also be introduced to Young-hee’s boyfriend, Cheol-su,” Dong-hyuk wrote. 

“Squid Game” revolves around a contest in which 456 players, all of whom are in deep financial problem, risk their lives to play a series of deadly children’s games for the chance to win a $38 million prize. The title of the series draws from a similarly named Korean children’s game. Hwang reportedly came up with the idea based on his own financial struggles early in life, as well as his thoughts on South Korean class disparity and capitalism.