The Squid Game swept 2021, becoming the most watched series on Netflix. After months of rumours, finally its creator, Hwang Dong-hyuk, revealed that he was already working on the second season, something that the streaming platform has now confirmed.
“The universe of The Squid Game has only just begun,” said Ted Sarandos, CEO of Netflix, as collected by Deadline. The executive stressed that “without a doubt” there will be a second season of the global phenomenon. The first season of the series, made up of nine chapters, has reached more than 142 million Netflix homes and its subscribers have consumed more than 1,600 million hours.
In addition, Sarandos spoke about the turning point that the movie Parasites, winner of four Oscars, meant for South Korean fiction, highlighting the work that the team of The Squid Game did while staying true to its style. “They didn’t try to make the series different to be seen outside, but they tried to find all the things from Korean drama and cinema and use them with new levels of production,” he said.
“We didn’t have to go and teach someone in Korea how to make great content. It’s an amazing market. There has always been curiosity around the world, the Korean drama market has always been successful everywhere, but the ease that we have offered has brought the genre into the mainstream,” he said.
It was last November when Hwang Dong-hyuk confirmed the second installment. “There’s been a lot of pressure, a lot of demand, and a lot of love for there to be a second season. So I almost feel like we’ve been given no choice!” Hwang stated. “I confirm that there will indeed be a second season. It’s in my head right now. I’m currently in the planning process. But I think it’s too early to say when and how it will happen.” “I promise you this: Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae) will return. He will do something for the world,” he teased.