Netflix’s most recent hit premiered in September 2021 and instantly became a fan favourite; fast ascending the charts to become the streaming giant’s number one original series. On Monday night, makers of Squid Game and stars Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, and Jung Ho-yeon appeared for a special screening and Q and A session at the Neuehouse Hollywood red carpet rolled out by Netflix. Director Hwang Dong-hyuk spilled beans about the season 2 in works.
Squid Game Season 1
Squid Game is based on a deadly survival competition in which the final survivor receives a large sum of money. It was inspired by South Korea’s love of game shows. The series, which was created and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk; centres on numerous characters. However, Seong Gi-hun/No. 456 is the main character (Lee Jung-jae).
The Hollywood Reporter, the press meet with the ‘Squid Game’ family and was on a query: “When is season two coming?” To this, director Hwang replied, “I do have a basic storyline for season two, it’s all in my head, and I am currently in the brainstorming stage. It will happen, someday, but as for when I cannot tell you the details”.
According to Netflix, it “only took 17 days” after the Korean series’ September 17 debut “and 111 million global fans” for the nine-episode series Squid Game to become the streamer’s biggest series ever, and the first to surpass 100 million views.
Hearing the big plans for his character, Lee who plays the lead character Seong Gi-Hun said there is no secret to not spoiling what’s to come, “because I don’t even know what’s going to happen.”
“We actually wrestled between two different scenarios for the ending. There was one, the other alternate ending, where Gi-hun would get on the plane and leave. And then there was of course the one where he would turn back and walk towards the camera. We constantly asked ourselves, is it really right for Gi-hun to make the decision to leave and go see his family, to pursue his own happiness? Is that the right way for us to really propose the question or the message that we wanted to convey through the series?”
Aside from the consequences for the story; the way Squid Game ended provides Netflix with the narrative boost it needs for the show’s second season.