“Squid Game,” the highly acclaimed South Korean TV drama series, has been officially renewed by Netflix for a second season.
The survival drama series that went instantly viral after its release in September 2021, continues to be the most-watched program on Netflix globally, having racked up 1.65 billion hours viewed in its first 28 days on the streaming website.
While most Korean dramas (or K-dramas) usually run for just one season, the show’s global success made the creator Hwang Dong-hyuk feel like he almost had “no choice,” he said at a red carpet celebration for the show held last year.
“It took 12 years to bring the first season of ‘Squid Game’ to life last year. But it took 12 days for ‘Squid Game’ to become the most popular Netflix series ever,” Hwang said in a letter written to fans, released by Netflix Sunday.
When the new season might be ready, though, still remains unclear as production is in very early stages, producer Kim Ji-yeon told Tudum, Netflix’s official “behind the streams” publication.
“We are working on the script right now and making the form of the story,” Kim said, adding “there’s definitely a lot of pressure on how to make [Season 2] even better.”
The show is a cut-throat drama set in a dystopian Seoul, where 456 players, most of whom are in deep financial debt, get lured into a series of children’s games for a chance to win a prize equivalent to $38-million US.
Fans can expect some familiar faces to return in the new season, Hwang said, confirming that last year’s winner “Gi-hun will be back with The Front Man, in addition to a brand new character.”
“Join us once more, for a whole new round.”
The show’s fans took to Twitter to express excitement:
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