“Squid Game” (오징어 게임) made history by becoming the first K-drama to hit the top spot on Netflix U.S. That’s quite an impressive feat, no? Since it aired last week, many viewers have already finished binge-watching the 9-episode series.
The “Squid Game” finale ended with Seong Gi-hun vowing to stop the Game. But what will his next move be? Will we see him entering the game of blood bath again? The question is – will there be a second season to answer our burning questions?
In speaking to Variety, creator and director Hwang Dong-hyuk said, “I don’t have well developed plans for ‘Squid Game 2’. It is quite tiring just thinking about it. But if I were to do it, I would certainly not do it alone. I’d consider using a writers’ room and would want multiple experienced directors.”
“Writing (‘Squid Game’) was harder than normal for me as it was a series, not a film. It took me six months to write and rewrite the first two episodes. Then I consulted verbally with friends, and picked up clues for improvements through my own pitching and from their responses,” he told the publication.
P/s: There are plenty of heavy spoilers ahead, so read at your own risk.
“Squid Game” Season 2 release date
Netflix typically observes how a show performs before deciding to greenlight more seasons. As Hwang Dong-hyuk pointed out, there hasn’t been any developed plans as of now. Some are hopeful that we could get it in 2023.
Which cast members would return?
Obviously protagonist Seong Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae). As far as we know, The Front Man aka Hwang In Ho (Lee Byung-hun) is still overseeing the run of the Game as he warns Gi-hun to mind his own business and just board the plane to Los Angeles (to see his family as he originally planned).
Since the vast majority of the cast are dead, there’ll need to be a fresh crop of contestants to compete in the Game. What happened to the players who didn’t return to the game after opting out the first time around? Will some of them be desperate enough to gamble their lives? If not, The Salesman (hi, Gong Yoo!) is already recruiting new players at the Subway.
Besides Gi-hun, fans are also hoping to see Wi Ha Joon reprise his role as the police officer with 6-pack abs Hwang Jun Ho. There’s certainly more to unfold about the Hwang brothers. Some speculated that In Ho wanted to protect his younger sibling and that’s why he shot the cop off the cliff. It’s a possibility that Jun Ho managed to survive after falling into the ocean.
We’re also curious – how did Hwang In Ho became the front man and what made him do so?
While these aren’t anything major, we also want to know more about:
- The small group of O masks guards that were selling organs.
- What becomes of Kang Sae-byeok’s younger brother from the orphanage after Gi-hun left the young boy in the care of Cho Sang-woo’s mom.
- What happened to the VIP’s confession after revealing what he knew about the Game to Jun Ho? Was the cop able to send out his exposé in time?
Hints that player 001 was the mastermind all the while, as pointed out by @midnight_oat.
Episode 4: Oh Il-nam (Player 001) shouting, “Stop it!”
Episode 5: Detective Hwang Jun Ho was going through files of the current player database (year 2020 – Gi-hun file was included). However, player 001 was not there. The first page was straight to player 002.
Episode 5: When he accidentally peed on himself, there was a water bottle shown beside him. Eagle-eyed fans noticed this well-thought-out detail on how he managed to fool everyone, especially Gi-hun.
Episode 6: Player 001 execution was never shown. Movie rule number one: No body = no death. This is why we’re hopeful about Jun Ho’s survival too.
Episode 7: His wrinkle hands
Some also noticed how Player 001 was always shown happy and eager to play the games.
Seriously though, all those wasted tears on this mf.