'Squid Game' season 2 is on its way, and we can't wait to see what's next

Creator Hwang Dong-hyuk just spilled some major tea on 'Squid Game' season 2, including who will return

Season one of Squid Game on Netflix
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We've been waiting for Squid Game season 2 ever since we devoured the Korean thriller's debut in fall 2021. 

The series quickly found its way into the Netflix top 10, across 66 countries no less, and earned the title of Netflix's most watched series of 2021, clocking in at an impressive 143 million streams. Plus, it's considered the platform's most popular show of all time. No biggie!

Since fans are chomping at the bit to see what happens next, we'll fill you in on everything you need to know, including some much-welcome fresh intel from the show's creator, Hwang Dong-hyuk. 


The first game from Squid Game Episode one, Season one

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When will 'Squid Game' season 2 premiere? 

Not soon enough, but as of January 2022, Netflix's co-CEO and chief content officer Ted Sarandos revealed that the story will continue. 

"The Squid Game universe has just begun," he said, according to Variety

Dong-hyuk made the reveal about the sophomore installment in late 2021 when speaking to the Associated Press, but fans are confident now that the streaming platform gave it the green light (no pun intended). 

When speaking to AP, Hwang said: "There will indeed be a second season. It’s in my head right now. I’m in the planning process currently."

Plotlines are still under wraps, but Hwang did confirm that a fan favorite will be returning: “I do think it’s too early to say when and how that’s going to happen. So I will promise you this, Gi-hun will come back. He will do something for the world."

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Production for the show's debut season began in 2019, and it didn't appear on screens until September 17, 2021, so chances are we're going to have to be patient for round 2. Plus, Hwang confessed to Variety how difficult it was adjusting to a TV format. 

"Writing was harder than normal for me as it was a series, not a film," he told the publication. "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."

Squid game season 1

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What will happen in 'Squid Game' season 2?

At the tail end of the season 1 finale, fans find Seong Gi-hun discovering that the Salesman (Gong Yoo) is attempting to recruit another player for the Game. Although Gi-hun was USA-bound, he changes his plans and decides to stay in Korea following this news, with the hopes of ending the Game once and for all. 

Will Gi-hun get his way and end this death battle once and for all? Speaking of Gi-hun, why exactly did the winner barely spend any of the 45.6 billion won in prize money? 

Although the debut season takes place in Korea, this horrific Game is taking place across the globe. Could we possibly be entering a new location?

Squid Game - Production Stills

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What is 'Squid Game' about?

Mystery, intrigue and death abound in this uncompromising Game. Four hundred-plus participants in debt are tasked with playing games in exchange for a multi-million dollar payout.

But, should participants not follow the directions and find themselves eliminated from the Game, they're not just out—they're murdered in a heinous show that takes place in Korea during the present day. 

It's a mind-blowing, heart-pounding premise for sure, one that is ripe for expansion and guaranteed to bring in more fans than ever before if history repeats itself.

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

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